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Stirk House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gisburn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed here in early February and stopped Friday and Saturday night. We upgraded to one of the suites (room 10) and the room was enormous. It had a large sitting room as well as the spacious bedroom however the best part was the large jacuzzi bath. The food at the hotel was to a very high standard and we ate breakfast and dinner there on both nights. I also like my real ale and the Bowland bitter that was served was excellent.
The staff were attentive and the lounge was great - particularly if you managed to get close to the wood burning fire. We didn't use the leisure facilities because the walks around the area are so great.
All in all a great hotel which I would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

A two night stay was warm and comfortable. We were upgraded to a pleasant large room (22) in the main hotel. Check in was simple and efficient, though the walk (no lift) to the room was quite some trek through 3 sets of doors - though only one flight of stairs. The bathroom was large and well fitted with a stand-alone bath that did, as others have said, take an age to fill. The bed was giant and extremely comfortable (3 pillows wide - a queen size?). The view was OK, but better for taller people, looking over the roof of the lodge. A minor fault was readily rectified, though why a bedside lamp would be missing is a bit of a mystery. Strangely, the "return spring" of the door hits the wardrobe door behind it, but otherwise a well designed and proportioned room.
The log fire in the main lounge gives off a lovely homely smell and plenty of warmth, and all staff were very friendly and helpful. The evening meal was tasty and reasonably priced. Sometimes the lounge area can feel rather hushed, but there's plenty of room, and sitting by the fire was a delight.
But for us the highlight was breakfast - they offered everything I could ever imagine I might want to start the day, all freshly cooked, and for those with a larger appetite, they even come round offering more. Choices include the full English, natural haddock with poached eggs, eggs benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs - you name it, it's available. It's just like you think breakfast used to be - though it probably never was!
There's quite an emphasis on the local wildlife (we saw an owl within minutes of checking in) and nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the hide, about a 3 minute walk across the grounds.
The adjoining pool and spa are somewhat of an oddity, looking incongruously like an '80's addition, but there's an adequate pool and suana, perhaps a little tired-looking, and what looked like a well equipped gym.
On night two, we ate at the local "La Locanda" Italian restaurant, which we can thoroughly recommend. Overall, we had a very pleasant stay. There's plently to do nearby, and everyone was attentive and very pleasant - we wouldn't hesitate to go again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Having booked a few short breaks through Groupon, you can never be to sure how good or bad they could be, but this was certainly one of the better ones. The hotel which has recently been modernised was set in glorious grounds which focused on the local wildlife, and even though was a little on the muddy side following the heavy snow, you could borrow welly boots to meander around the gardens.

The thing which impressed me the most was the excellent staff service and genuine friendliness. I think this hotel has got it spot on, not too fussy, but friendly and efficient. The ambiance was really good, perhaps a little too quiet for some,but we had a lovely relaxing time.

The food was very good, with lots of little nice touches, such as fresh honey at breakfast, and canapés at the start of the meal, too a glass of dessert wine with the puddings or port with the cheese course.

As we had to leave really early on the Saturday morning, Danielle the receptionist , made sure that we could have a continental breakfast before we left, and the night porter made us some tea and toast to go with it. We really appreciated this.

We will definitely be going back next year, and probably in the Spring where we could appreciate the walks , in slightly warmer weather.

The free wi-fi was easy to access on my iPad, and my wife enjoyed using the swimming pool and gymnasium. The hotel is circa 10 miles from Skipton, an old market town, and this was definitely worth a visit.

Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The hotel is in a nice location and the staff we met were all friendly and efficient. We stayed in the manor house and the only failing was the bathroom where there was no shelf on which to put toiletries. Otherwise, the room was fine even though our view was only of rooftops and not the beautiful Lancastrian countryside. We ate in the the dining room - the evening meal offered enough choice to make it acceptable and the breakfast was outstanding. The smell of coal fire in the public areas brought back happy memories of childhood and, all-in-all, I would be happy to recommend the hotel. The number of favourable comments regarding this hotel should give anyone confidence to give it a try!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

It would appear judging from previous favourable reviews that it has paid off advertising deals with Group On, because we have also just spent a very enjoyable 2 day visit, and find it hard to fault the hotel and surroundings.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful and that always makes the hotel feel more like home. We stayed in the Lodge rooms which were pleasant enough and offered a beautiful view over the Lancashire countryside and it was only a great shame that our stay coincided with a snowstorm .
The food was of a very high quality and breakfast set you up for the day.
Although we stayed in February , I would recommend a lovely summer stay to take advantage of the area.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Friendly reception on arrival with staff who dealt with a problem (not their fault) smoothly, promptly and without fuss. Meal at a formal dinner was well presented with ample portions and more available. Bitter kept in good condition. Room 20 was quiet and the temperature of the room could be controlled though it was a fair (inside) walk to it from the reception.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

I had booked a 2 day stay on the 'groupon' website as they had an offer running which meant in early December for my partner and myself which was a birthday surprise for him. We were excited as we drove down the long winding country road leading to the house which was breathtaking to look at surrounded by fields, trees and wildlife. On arrival, the staff were warm and friendly and settled us into our room quickly. Walking through the foyer, adjacent to the staircase was a log burning open fire which was cozy and in keeping with the house and it's charm. We were lead through winding corridors which were decorated in cheap cream wallpaper, I was disappointed at the difference between upstairs and down. Our room was very small but warm and it had a very comfortable double bed with nice white cotton pillows and duvet. There was a dated dressing table and single fitted wardrobe with a t.v and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom wasn't very nice at all. The water pressure was so low that it took 20 minutes to fill the bath halfway. The shower was unusable and the bathroom itself wasnt very clean. The window was hard to ppen too but it was nice and warm and we had plenty nice fluffy white towels. When I opened the window in the bedroom, I quickly forgot the bathroom as the view was spectacular. As I looked out over the frosted fields, a robin red breast came to watch me from a nearby telephoned wire. The sheep were gazing below the window (we were on 1st floor) and as the landscape was iced over from the prolonged freezing temperatures, it provided a perfect pre-Christmas setting for our well earned break. Included in our stay was a 3 course a la carte meal on the first evening which was served in the original family room which is now the guests dining room. The food, service and atmosphere were first class. We were told that many guests often come to stay overnight in the nearby badger-watching hut and the staff provide Wellington boots, umbrellas and sandwiches with a flask of cocoa to see them through the night. The badgers in the area are protected and hunting is of course illegal here. On the second day, we visited the local village, castle ruins, outdoor market and coffee merchants which was lovely. We returned to an afternoon cream tea of freshly ground coffee, cream, cookies and freshly made scones with thick clotted cream and locally produced honey and jam. We sat at the front of the house in the long conservatory and enjoyed the quiet. We had another lovely meal and a few drinks that evening after visiting the on site gym and swimming pool which once again, was clean and warm. I actually had the pool to myself which was a nice little perk. We left the following afternoon (check in and out went smoothly). There was a wedding held in the hotel during the weekend we visited Andrew Lloyd as some of the wedding guests had no regard or thought for anyone but themselves, they decided to shout, scream and disturb every other guest until 5am which really spoilt our last night at the house. I would definitely return to this hotel but I would ensure there were np parties at the same time as our visit and I would asl for a better room. On the whole a very nice experience and I would love to return.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Address: Gisburn Road | Clitheroe, Gisburn BB7 4LJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Gisburn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gisburn
Price Range: $104 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stirk House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stirk House Experience - where 16th-century charm meets 21st-century luxury. A 16th-century Manor House complete with 32 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar, function rooms and Leisure Centre, with indoor swimming pool. ... more   less 
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