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.
How to Get There
Goldsborough Village has a history going back to Viking times. The village church is mid 1000s and the local pub 1600. The Hall, first built in the early 1600s, was occupied by Cromwell’s army and in the 1920s home of Princess Mary, the Queen’s aunt. This was a perfect setting for us to explore our family roots both in Goldsborough (1802-1925) and nearby Braham village (1772-1848). In both village churchyards we found my ancestor’s gravestones. Goldsborough Hall provided an elegant backdrop to our travels. We stayed in the Royal Suite with a huge bed and bathroom including a large shower. The magnificent view overlooked the gardens and countryside. Meals were good though, since we stayed 4 nights, somewhat repetitive. Dinners are preceded by drinks and (limited) canapes. Since I don’t drink spending an hour waiting to be ‘taken through’ to the dining room was overly controlling. We solved this by ordering in the late afternoon and going directly to dinner. Breakfasts were excellent, freshly cooked and served in the orangery. The Hall is well maintained, with the owners obviously showing both care for the heritage property and meeting the comfort needs of guests. We would definitely stay again.
When I visited this hotel 2 years ago I was stunned and wrote what was my first ever favourable review. I recently returned for a 2 night stop and I have to say its even better than last time. An extension has been added to the rear and the new rooms are beautiful but the best thing about this hotel is the food. We had the taster menu on both nights and my wife was startled to find that the courses were all completely different on both nights and you couldnt fault any of them. If I could find a tiny fault it would be to suggest that the hotel should seek the advice of a good sommelier and improve its wine choices but thats not to say that the wine available wasnt up to standard.
Oh what a treat. Such a lovely place to spend a relaxing Sunday lunch with good attentive and friendly staff. The food was first class as usual . Also had afternoon tea here earlier in the year which was also excellent and can highly recommend. What a pity we don't live near enough so we could visit more regularly. It's so nice to find somewhere that has high standards with clean white pressed tablecloths and napkins to sparkling glassware so it's an absolute pleasure to eat and stay here. More than 5 stars.
We have had many splendid lunches here, both in the stunning orangery, & classic dining room, along with afternoon tea, all of which have been delightful, so were were excited to learn that we would now be able to dine at Goldsborough in the evening.
Our group of six were not disappointed. The lovely open fires were most welcome on a cold, wet evening, and there has always been a very warm welcome from the staff, whenever we have arrived.
We love the library, and drinks were promptly served by the fire, along with the most delicious canapés.
The food in the dining room was outstanding.
We all had three courses, and there was not a single crumb left on any plate, on any course. I think that says it all. Well done ( again) chef.
Delightful knowledgeable staff - great advice offered regarding our wine choices.
The house is fabulous. The food is fabulousl. The grounds are fabulous. The staff are delightful.
The one thing we didn’t understand was that the dining room was not full......, but reading the other favourable reviews on this site, I think the word is slowly getting around about this little hidden gem......
We selected Goldsborough Hall for our Wedding Anniversary albeit with a little trepidation since we had travelled-up from London. We arrived on a wet and wintery afternoon and were given an extremely warm welcome by one of the Senior Staff who not only took us to our room, carrying our baggage, but gave us a tour of the House; we were reminded that Goldsborough Hall was not a hotel but the house of a private family resident on the first floor. Within an hour, we were served tea in a newly built, resplendent Orangery by a delightful member of staff. Our room, whilst not overwhelming was perfectly adequate and fully met our requirements and comfort. We met with other guests for dinner, canapes served in the library, a room fit for the House and its heritage before moving to the dining room for an outstanding 5 course tasting menu, again magnificently served by the Houses’ Junior Staff, all of whom had clearly been given the remit (and freedom) to chat with the guests. Coffee and tea were taken in a more contemporary music room, finely furnished with family photographs of friends and distinguished guests including Queen Mary.
Breakfast was equally enjoyable and relaxed and, our stay, whilst only short made our Wedding Anniversary especially memorable. Well done not only to the family for bringing the House back to life with its considerable refurbishment but also to the young staff for their effort, energy and ‘polish’ clearly ensuring their guests were made to feel welcome, comfortable and satisfied. An outstanding House with great staff and specially recommended.