After realising we needed a winter break away from work, the teenagers, gadgets and everything else that has changed our lives dramatically in the last 20 years we really couldn't have picked a more... more
After realising we needed a winter break away from work, the teenagers, gadgets and everything else that has changed our lives dramatically in the last 20 years we really couldn't have picked a more friendly, quiet relaxing place to stay. I must also say that it wasn't just the Hotel staff that were very helpful and friendly it was everyone we met and spoke with in Knaresborough, really lovely people.
From the moment we arrived we were attended to in a lovely friendly but professional manner. Unfortunately our first room had a problem with its radiators and not usually being one to complain I did have to call reception because it was a little too cold for comfort, but we were swiftly offered another room which we accepted and though the first room was fine the new room was a touch larger but just perfect. Very close to the pool, sauna, steam room etc.
Facilities at the hotel were perfect for us during our stay, maybe we chose a good time to visit the pool but it was so relaxing. Small pool with jacuzzi but just right to relax around. There is a gym and other treatments available but not for us!
The bar was cosy and friendly and our meal on the first evening was lovely and reasonable value with a good selection of wines on offer (we are not wine "sniffers and garglers" but I know what I like!!)
The breakfast was superb and plentiful and everything on our plates was very hot, which makes a nice change from some hotels we have visited. You needed a good long walk to work this one off!
The Hotel is located right next to the town, about 5 minutes walk, (3 minutes if you didn't have the breakfast). It would be nice to come back to the town in summer and we would definitely stay at Dower House.
The town is charming and two places I would recommend for food would be McQueens if you wanted coffee and a cake, the owners were lovely and very helpful. The other is The Mitre pub by the station, evening meal was superb.
To sum up I would say that Dower House was a perfect relaxing stay close to the town, with great food and lovely helpful staff, a nice atmosphere and good value for money. Knaresborough is a lovely friendly town worth a visit.
We are frequent travellers, appreciate that at times things happen whilst you are away that are out of peoples control (not professional moaners) but expect value for money and to come home feeling happy and relaxed. This break was just that less