What We Love
- A plush, five-star stay at a stately home with a royal past – includes one five-course dinnerThe fascinating heritage of this once-royal home, whose past dates back to the early 1600s
- A stroll around the market town of Knaresborough or lovely Harrogate
- Classic gourmet fare in Goldsborough Hall's traditional dining room
What To Know
- The Lascelles Suite is the real knockout; located on the top floor, it has a view of the property's Lime Walk and a sunken Jacuzzi bath planted right in front of bay windows
- Complimentary parking is available in the courtyard
- Free WiFi works well
Situated within 12 acres of private land, the historical Goldsborough Hall dates back to 1620 and was the former residence of HRH Princess Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s aunt. Located in the bucolic countryside of North Yorkshire, this imposing stately home is appointed with traditional décor and commands beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Completely renovated to accentuate its original features, Goldsborough Hall is one of the finest stately homes in the region – it’s no wonder that it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. Also home to an AA Rosette-awarded kitchen, the culinary team at Goldsborough Hall are renowned for their exquisitely crafted cuisine. When you’re not wandering the halls of this 400-year-old country manor, you could take a drive to Harrogate, York and the bustling city of Leeds, all nearby.
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Having booked a single night stay at Goldsborough Hall we were pleasantly surprised by the building and its surroundings. The room was a garden room which was extremely well presented, we were warmly welcomed by a really friendly hotel manager (I think🤔 ) who we chatted to whilst having a drink.
What should have been a perfect night away though was spoilt by totally avoidable circumstances.
The first was during our 5 course taster menu when having been served our duck dish unfortunately the wine (wine flight) didn’t arrive until I chased some 10 minutes later (luckily it was a cold dish so not a massive issue). The meal as a whole was amazing though along with the choice of wines.
Unfortunately the breakfast was not quite so tolerable, we placed our order and both meals arrived in a timely manner and I asked for some sauce, I reminded the waitress 5 minutes later but by the time it arrived (I had not started eating) my wife had finished eating and my food had cooled. I asked for it to be put under the grill just to reheat but my food was not returned for another 15 minutes by which time I was just ready to walk out of the dining room. My overall experience was good but to add insult to injury I paid a gratuity fee that was on my bill.
Not a totally satisfied customer but this could have been perfect!
Our friend bought us the 7 course tasting menu with wine flight and a deluxe room for the night. The room was nice but small and as it was described as "deluxe" my friend thought we were getting an upgrade when in fact it was the average room - misleading marketing. We were, however, impressed with the personal welcome note, the fresh milk in the fridge, and complimentary shortbread. The food was very nice and service was excellent, although there weren't enough waitresses for the number of tables. Breakfast was also lovely. Sadly the drink side was totally opposite and really let them down. I was expecting a wine flight alongside the 7 course meal. This was in fact just 3 glasses of wine served randomly throughout the meal. The bar lady had offered to select the wines beforehand but they were brought out at random with no thought about matching the tasting menu. Frustratingly the waitresses were unable to even tell me what the wines were and eventually I had to request the drinks menu to work it out for myself. I understand there is no sommelier but a simple "this is X and pairs well with courses 1 & 2" would have sufficed, or had it been advertised as 3 glasses of wine I would have selected my own - again misleading advertising led to disappointment and let the place down. They also didn't notice our water jug being empty and we had to request more, yet attention to detail on food service was great. More 4* than 5* but a little staff education and more honest advertising would have helped me give a 5* review.
We were given an evening meal as a gift from friends.
Beautiful place. Lovely people and a really nice feel to the whole evening. Very relaxing.
The 3 course dinner we had was absolutely phenomenal. Delicious food breathtakingly displayed. In my opinion, dining at its finest.
Wow what a stunning meal from start to finish. The staff were awesome! Made to feel very welcome. What a treat!
The lady at the bar deserves a pay rise (Mel I think) she was particularly helpful .
If your thinking of going just do it!
We will be returning for afternoon tea 😁
Like most of the other reviews I can only confirm the high standards found here. Though a little more pricey than our usual eating venues the service from the young staff and the quality of the food mean that my wife and I are looking forward to booking another visit quite soon. A thank you to James who was a charming host explain the interesting history of the hall.