When my husband and I drove into the city limits of York at about 8p.m on June 10th, we found ourselves in the unique position of not booking, in advance, a place to stay for the night. We were in the last leg of our four day journey that included stops in Bakewell, Derbyshire and Haworth , West Yorkshire. York was our last stop , chosen for its proximity to Castle Howard which was to be our last visiting place before heading back to London. For the last night of our trip, I was looking for a place that provided both character and comfort. After enjoying the cozy inns and cottages of Peak District and Bronte country I was hankering for a room with generous proportions.
We stopped and examined the rooms of three B&Bs before pulling in the driveway of Holly Lodge and right away I knew we have arrived at our destination.The exterior of the building hinted at the spaciousness of the rooms inside and sue enough the room that we were shown into was large and expansive not to mentioned tastefully decorated in color schemes that were easy on the eyes. The huge windows were a special treat , specially the one which looked at the front of the building and provided a close up view of the beautiful climbing roses. If I was pleased with the generous size of the room, the vastness of the en suite bathroom made me do a happy dance. It is quite unusual to to find such fine big bathrooms in bed and breakfast guest houses. I looked forward to not only the comfort of a good night sleep but also the pleasure of performing morning cleansing in an open generous space.
My only regret is that due to shortage of time I did not get to enjoy the lounge which exuded a lovely tranquil ambiance. I would have loved to relax on the comfy sofa after a day out of exploring the sounds and sights of York. As it is, I am happy that after breakfast I dashed into it for a few moments and the guest house's manager was kind enough to take some very nice snapshots of my husband and I in that beautiful setting. Before we took our leave, I enjoyed an excellent chat with the manager whom I found to be superbly knowledgeable about his field.
All in all staying In Holly Lodge was a wonderful experience and I can't recommend it enough for its charm, elegance and generosity of proportion.
Hina & Qamer Shah
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