This is a Brilliant place to stay with a real and not a plastic feel to the whole hotel
As a long standing member of trip adviser, I always give honest reviews good or bad, about my experiences of not only hotels but other venues as you will see by my reviews so far.
As some background to my stay at this hotel, I will firstly give you some additional information so you can make an informed choice.
This stay was for our 20th wedding anniversary.
And I was looking for something very special that would also allow for my wife’s intolerances of Gluten , Dairy and Egg ( YIKES LOL ), yep I know this is a difficult one.
I checked all the usual web sites for a deal, but the information was sometimes very limited, so I decided to contact the hotel directly.
After explaining my wife’s needs I was delighted to find that they can allow for this AND they matched the cheapest price I saw online if I booked this directly with the hotel.
I was not disappointed, & we were treated with respect from the min we walked though to reception, also the online photos on the dower house and trip advisor web site we saw were a match to the environment we experienced.
We spoke to the head chef Victoria to explain my wife’s needs, and not only did she understand, she also went out of her way to provide her with a special meal that was amazing, & the steak I had was also done to perfection.
All the staff were brilliant and understanding of my wife’s condition especially Victoria and that means a lot to us.
We had a wonderful and relaxed time.
The prices are reasonable, ok… ok …. This is not the cheapest hotel around, but the quality of the meal and the service make up for this and it is well worth the money as ……. PAY - CHEEP - GET CHEEP !! as the saying goes.
And as this hotel is only 13 miles from my home, I would defiantly also travel to this restaurant just to have a meal there, as it’s worth the journey.
There is even a lovely small bar separate from the restaurant.
Knaresborough town is literally a 5 min walk away, YES ITS TRUE not like some adverts ( LOL ).
So being so close to the town understandably they only have 29 rooms, PLUS The Restaurant and the Spa.
I advise you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
The amenities are very good, the rooms are clean and well cared for, considering this hotel must be over 100 years old, so make allowances folks .
There is some character to the main hotel and rooms and they could possibly do with a spruce up in places.
So ….. if you only stay in 5 stars, and want 5 star for a 3 star price ….. REMEMBER this is a REAL Hotel if you know what I mean.
Over all - This is a Brilliant place to stay with a real and not a plastic feel to the whole hotel.
We had a wooden beam in the room we stayed in, So please remember, anyone tall needs to watch out for that, as 100 years ago people were a bit smaller than nowadays, although I could walk safely under it and I am 5 ft 10 inch.
The spa is not massive, but it is surprisingly good and gives a cosy and relaxed atmosphere with a small pool, a gym ,2 saunas, and large spa bath that fits at least 6 .
For the less infirm of us please note : Knaresborough has a lot of hills.
The main town of Knaresborough is yes ONLY 5 mins walk LOL.
It has some brilliant independent shops to explore along with its own Castle, Mother Shiptons Cave, Plus Cafes, and boats you can hire on the water front.
Overall, I give this Hotel 5 stars…… EVEN though this only has a 3 star rating on most sites ,and I will be staying here again.
Once again to close this review we would like to give a BIG thank you to the staff and Victoria especially for making our stay extra special. less