My wife and I wanted a two night weekend break within easy striking distance of our home city - Sheffield. We were certainly not disappointed with Crescent Lodge and the ancient little city of Ripon itself.
We were given Room 1 at the back of this Georgian house - a comfortable, clean room with two easy chairs and an en suite shower room. There were tea/coffee making facilities, small TV, hairdryer and an iron and ironing board.
Breakfast was taken downstairs in the sunny lounge. There were several options but we chose the full English breakfast - nicely prepared with good quality ingredients. You could also have cereals, yoghurt and fruit juices. The breakfast room was spotlessly clean.
Crescent Lodge is just a short stroll from the town centre with its numerous pubs and eating establishments. If you like curry, we would recommend the popular little Bangladeshi Balti House on Kirkgate. Take your own drink and its very good value for money. In contrast, we thought the modern cuisine in "Lockwoods" on North Street was overpriced though admittedly delicious.
Five miles south west of Ripon are the evocative ruins of Fountains Abbey - well worth three hours of your time in decent weather. Also nearby you'll find Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle and Newby Hall plus the Lightwater Valley amusement park.
We have no hesitation in recommending Crescent Lodge at £60 a night for two people with a really hearty breakfast. The owners -Penny and Paul are friendly and helpful hosts. They took over the business in March 2008 and realise that to bring guests in they have to maintain high standards.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crescent Lodge Guest House is 5 mins away from the city centre. You are assured of a warm welcome, hearty breakfast, and clean, comfortable accommodation. ... more less