Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old noble home and Grade II Listed building, and former chateau (and initial marital home) to one of a benefaction Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has determined itself as one of Yorkshire’s glorious marriage venues though has also enjoyed a flourishing trade for guest simply looking for a few nights away. We paid a revisit to see why.
We were tenderly welcomed and privately shown to a bedrooms within a categorical building. The staff we encountered were consistently accessible and useful throughout, as was a manager, James, who introduced himself to us later that evening.
I trafficked with family and so we occupied dual suites, any with a identical layout, though one a building directly above a other – The Wharton Suite (named after a Wharton family who owned a Hall in a 17th Century) and a Bridgeman Suite (named after Lady Florence Bridgeman who lived during a Hall before to relocating to Harewood House with her husband, a 5th Earl of Harewood, in 1893). The bedrooms were tastefully furnished, recognising a building’s story and grandeur, while still exuding a complicated style.
A preference of magazines enclosed publications such as The Rake and Living North could be found in any room.
Free WiFi was arguable via a building and approach dial telephones between bedrooms were useful given that we had bedrooms on apart floors. Each room also had a possess tea and coffee creation facilities.
The accommodation ignored a apportionment of a estate’s drift – there’s a sum of 12 acres of pleasing drift during Goldsborough, and this has warranted a hotel prestigious approval with The Times journal as one of a ‘top places to stay with good gardens’.
Contemporary bathrooms were versed with a spin bath and twin potion basins, as good as Molton Brown toiletries.
We were usually there for a brief stay though were advantageous adequate to have a event to representation a restaurant. Pre-dinner drinks were served in a Jacobean Library (which is also used for afternoon teas, renouned with both residents and non-residents). This is a really grand, nonetheless cosy, room with record glow and oak-panelling; in a Summer months, it opens out onto a poetic outward patio and conservatory bar.
Here we were served canapés – tasty duck and rabbit croquettes and treacle-cured salmon.
After creation a selections from a menu, we changed by to a Dining Room – we had a tender pan-fried scallops served with a pea and wasabi purée, and a sugar and soy dressing…
…whilst my mother was equally gay with her choice of a goats cheese mousse, roasted red peppers purée, black olive sticks and thyme honey.
My categorical of contingent of pig consisted of fry pig fillet, braised pig swell and slow-cooked pig cheek, served with birthright carrots and anise.
I also got to ambience my wife’s strap of hake served on a bed of puy lentils with chorizo, red peppers mousse and red booze tartar.
But my favourite categorical was my son’s choice (he was also kind adequate to let me have a taste!) of beef sirloin with a Bourguignon sauce, fry shallot and fungus puree.
Not usually was a food of a high standard, though a display – as we can see – was an equal match, and a grill entirely deserves a AA ensign for culinary excellence.
We common a ambience of chocolate to finish: chocolate brownie, dim chocolate mousse and white chocolate and pistachio.
We had selected from a a la grant menu though also accessible is a epicurean seven-course taster menu. As mentioned, cooking is served in a Dining Room that is also where we had breakfast any morning.
I had a full Yorkshire breakfast one morning, and a eggs Benedict another, though other options are available, including a likes of homemade porridge, Yorkshire eggy bread with crispy bacon, smoked haddock kedgeree or honeyed Yorkshire puddings (with fillings such as fruit compote, hazelnut chocolate and butterscotch sauce).
Other good touches
We were welcomed with a personally-written note in a room from a owners, Mark and Clare Oglesby, who are also proprietor during a residence and are a ones obliged for restoring this pleasing building to a former glory.
Rates start from an appealing £189 for a customary King room, including dinner.
The best bit
Although a accommodation and food were both excellent, a best bit was how acquire we were done to feel. Nothing was too most trouble.
The final verdict
The hotel has somehow successfully achieved something that’s substantially some-more formidable than it looks – namely, that it has defended a story and impression of a building and drift while still providing a complicated and contemporary 5 star charity that is in gripping with a expectations of a benefaction day.
Disclosure: My stay was pleasantness of Goldsborough Hall.