Me and my partner visited one weekend on a whim after a less than enjoyable trip to nearby Knaresborough. Helmsley is a beautiful little village without any of the Royston Vasey vibes some others exude. After a restorative cup of coffee at a nearby coffee shop we went looking for a place to stay. Right in the market center is The black Swan, it's small old world facade masking a larger interior. As you step in the place is very warm and welcoming and great to come in from the cold to.
We checked in with minimum fuss and soon made off to our room. Very clean with nice furniture and finish with good well thought out aesthetics and use of the cosy space available. We had a relaxing bath while listening to music from the television and soon went down to the bar to enjoy some classic cocktails and lovely live music. The barman Thomasz was really on form and we had a lot of fun. We had so much of a good time we were too late for dinner :/ but the restaurant staff were very apologetic and so we opted for room service which was just the ticket. We then chose a cigar from the bar, opting for a late night stroll through the peaceful streets before bed.
In the morning we went down for a full English which had a great black pudding (if that is your thing) and pretty much all that you would want, the staff were extremely professional and polite as were the staff on reception (and pretty much all staff there come to think of it).
Clean bedroom and bathroom.
Staff very pleasant and willing to help.
Excellent food and drink.
Traditional charm and ambiance.
Windows are not double glazed.
No on-site spa or swimming pool.
A big thanks to all at The Black Swan for a lovely weekend from M Fisher.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of Yorkshire's prettiest market towns, The Black Swan in Helmsley is a superb historic inn, turned boutique hotel. Dating back to the C15th the hotel, rich in history and charm, blends antiques with classic contemporary design creating the perfect place for a relaxing break. With its own 3 AA rosette restaurant and award winning tearoom, The Black Swan Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway and a chance to escape the everyday stresses and strains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Swan Helmsley
- Black Swan Hotel
- The Black Swan Hotel Helmsley, England