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The Old Deanery
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Bingley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wedding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

My wife and I have just had our wedding at the Old Deanery and it was PERFECT!

None of our guests actually knew where we were getting married (it was a magical mystery tour) and when the bus pulled up outside the Old Deanery they couldn't have wished for a prettier and more special place. The Deanery was the perfect size for our 50ish guests and the staff made us all feel relaxed and welcome. Food was great, the canapes got lots of compliments and there wasn't a roastie or slice of beef left in sight after our main meal!

Linda, Emma and Brett were brilliant on the day and during the build up to our wedding, where they were so accommodating, flexible and full of good ideas! Nothing was too much trouble.

If you are considering having your wedding at the Deanery all we can say is, GO FOR IT!

Can't wait to go back for our first anniversary!

Thanks again, James & Rosie x

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 263JamesW
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
We have just received your thank you card and its delightful-thanks so much- but it was a pleasure from start to finish. very may years of happy married life together and keep those surprises coming!
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Having read previous reviews of the Old Deanery we had high expectations and were not disappointed. The welcome was very warm and staff could not do enough to make us feel welcome and make sure we were happy. The room was full of character, nicely appointed and very spacious. The bar area was warm and cosy. Unfortunately due to the weather we were the only diners in the restaurant but the meal did not disappoint, with a local theme to most of the dishes, and the food and wine were both excellent. Service in the bar afterwards was also excellent, with staff happy to offer tasters to ensure the right choice of night cap was made!
The inclusive breakfast the next morning was very good. Would recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stephen P
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Well, the best time to cosy up to the fire is when the weather is awful outside, so we have had a lot of that recently! It sounds as though we came up with the perfect night cap! Thank you.
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed here to see whether or not it would be suitable for our civil partnership venue. We were looking for a small top quality, but not pretentious hotel, with excellent food, wine and friendly service. We were not disappointed at all and have now booked this for our partnership.

We stayed in room 4 which is very spacious with an extremely comfortable bed. There are nice touches such as Molton Brown toiletries. It wasn't noisy at all which helped with the sleep quality.

We had dinner which lived up to our expectations. Try the pigs cheek for a melt in the mouth quality meat. The service was excellent and just right in terms of timings. There is a lovely bar area with a real fire which is great for relaxing before or after dinner.

Linda the owner is very attentive and keen to ensure that standards are kept high. In fact all the staff are friendly and helpful.

Highly recommended for a stay in a historical building that overlooks the cathedral and is directly in the city centre.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jayne H
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
I think you have understood what we are all about - perfectly! Thanks for the compliment you have paid us by booking your partnership celebration with us...I couldn't ask for more than an even bigger return booking!! See you soon for the big day..
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

After doing lots of hunting around for our wedding venue we chose The Old Deanery for our wedding because it is a beautiful and quirky building, and small enough to offer full exlusive use. We were given a full guided tour by Linda the owner and it quickly became apparent that this place really does aim to look after their customers. Emma the Deanery's wedding co-ordinator made sure everything went according to plan and all our wishes were catered for. We had the option of choosing our own menu for our celebration and the Chef did a fantastic job. Many of our guests stayed at The Old Deanery and have since commented on what a comfortable stay they had and how wonderful the staff, place and the food is.

I would certainly recommend the Deanery to anyone seeking a wedding venue. We had a perfect day.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandra P
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
I have already thanked you for your lovely photos that show the exact atmosphere of our hotel with you and your guests having such a great time....it was probably enhanced by the winter conditions, you know. We wish you all the very best in the future and hope to see you soon.
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just returned from an excellent 3 night stay at this Hotel. In common with many other reviewers we were bowled over by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Our room was large, warm and comfortable, complete with 4 poster bed.The food was excellent, and the bar area, with its open fire, was a delightful place to relax after a day's walking. The Hotel is in a quiet part of Ripon, right next to the Cathedral, perfect for hearing the choir at evensong before dinner! On top of that, Ripon is an excellent base from which to explore nearby Fountains Abbey, Harrogate and Knaresborough. We had a great time, despite indifferent "spring" weather.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CM_29
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
I love the title of your review and hope to use it myself in publicity!! We are uniquely sited and there is a wealth of things to enjoy hereabouts..I am very pleased that we continue to care and that you had such a good 3 days. We are excellent for a return getaway too!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed at The Old Deanery last weekend, for two nights, attending a wedding in the hotel on the Saturday. From the moment we arrived, until our departure on the Sunday morning the staff couldn't do enough for us. This, together with the high standard of the food and accommodation made for a perfect wedding. Thank you to all the staff who took care of us.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrsBennett1
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
I wish we were perfect but not quite yet! Its taken me far to long to thank you but I am very glad you enjoyed a warm family time here and hope to see you again....
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I'm showing my Ge when I refer to the old BBC comedy programme about a dean and his clergy all living together in the Deanery.

We attended a wedding here and stayed overnight. What a pleasure!

The food was very very good.

The room was a delight. We were on the top floor and once you recovered with the oxygen ask you entered a modern, stylish and very well appointed room and bathroom.

The bathroom was very good with good quality soaps and the likes which is always a bonus. I hate the cheap plastic bottles screwed to the wall in cheaper hotels.

Sheets were good quality. The bed large and very comfy.

Breakfast good and plentiful.

Very good hotel to enjoy Ripon and North Yorkshire from. .

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian L
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LindaRipon, Owner at The Old Deanery, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
This is a lovely review and I remember the programme whilst still being able to do the stairs without the "gas" mask! it wouldn't be the same with a lift and corporate branding would it? I am really glad you enjoyed everything about your stay and that another wedding was a success..
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Property: The Old Deanery
Address: Old Deanery Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Ripon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Ripon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Deanery 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Deanery is a laid back and lovely old building, dating from 1625, full of character, located right next to the magnificent Ripon Cathedral. Inside it is stylish and comfortable. A warm welcome, relaxed surroundings and very good food is what you can expect to find in this small hotel run by the owner, Linda, and her superb team of the finest home grown Yorkshire staff! ... more   less 
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