Three night stay as a solo traveller (teens in school, husband unable to get time off, & I needed to use up my annual leave or lose it), I had a very enjoyable stay at Dower House. Originally from Yor... more
Three night stay as a solo traveller (teens in school, husband unable to get time off, & I needed to use up my annual leave or lose it), I had a very enjoyable stay at Dower House. Originally from Yorkshire myself, I decided to come up & make use of my English Heritage membership to visit local sites; Knaresborough made the perfect base for this. I booked on the Yorkshire Staycation deal with a luxury double room, DB&B. To me, the deal was excellent value for money.
I much prefer individual hotels to the chain providers so Dower House was perfect in this regard. A little old-fashioned but all the better for that. Room (5) was very nice, a good size, comfy clean bed so very agreeable. Bathroom fine, skirting boards a little dusty & the shower was rather noisy when I used it but plenty of hot water & clean towels. A refreshment tray was provided & I topped up my supplies by asking at reception. One small issue - the kettle still had water in it from the previous occupant when I arrived. Nice outdoor seating in the garden.
The food in the restaurant was superb. I generally avoid a dinner deal when travelling with family as I find one is presented with a restricted menu, & big supplements if one wants to eat off the main menu. Not at Dower House. The entire menu was available with the occasional small supplement (typically £2) if one wanted one of the more expensive options. Freshly cooked & nicely presented. Likewise, the breakfast was excellent. Lots of choice & hot breakfasts clearly freshly cooked to order.
Without exception, I found the staff friendly, engaged & helpful. The 2 senior staff I met were running around, manning reception, acting as maitre d' & serving drinks at the bar (I think this was because the young staff are not old enough to serve drinks); I always found them decent.
Car parking was £2/stay which was fine by me.
I used the swimming pool & spa. Pool was small (I wouldn't expect Olympic size in a hotel), barely anyone in at 3.30pm when I went for a swim. I think there's a steam room & sauna but I didn't use these.
Dower House is a lovely old-fashioned place with good staff & excellent value for money. Easy stroll uphill into the town of Knaresborough (downhill on the way back). I would definitely stay here again. less