First impressions: Anywhere good enough for a real princess, is good enough for us! Princess Mary, The Queen’s aunt lived here for several years in the 1920s and today, Goldsborough Hall is a bona fide foodie stately home hotel and family home to Mark and Claire Oglesby, who hire out the humungous rooms and public spaces for those of wanting a slice of upstairs life. Each room is filled with ancestral portraits, antiques, hand made beds and Chesterfields. The Library is full of the sound of tunes from the Roaring Twenties and you kind of wish someone would just break out into the Charleston as the waiting staff bring out post-dinner liqueurs. It’s all very Gatsby-esque. Right outside my room is a bookcase stocked with boardgames – perfect for cosying up with next to the open fire.
Room for romance: Set in the pretty market town of Knaresborough, there are 16 rooms to choose from and any would work perfectly for a bride on the morning of her wedding or for newlyweds on their wedding night. All the rooms are light-filled spaces with four poster beds, flatscreen TVs and double Jacuzzi spa baths.
There is, however, one special room, which oozes romance – the Presidential Suite, with its sunken bath, electric windows, (which change to cover your modesty), and a projector cinema screen. The owners give it a real home-from-home feel, you get freshly baked cookies in mason jars and Taylor’s of Harrogate teas in your room. Yorkshire certainly knows a thing or two about delicious tea – I drank my body weight in it over the weekend.
Wine & dine: The restaurant is a gastronauts heaven and its thriving dining scene attracts discerning diners from Harrogate and beyond. All the ingredients we associate with Yorkshire have made their way onto the menu in an inventive way, think sweet Yorkshire puddings filled with chocolate and fruit compote and eggs Benedict with Yorkshire cured hams. For a special dinner book the tasting menu accompanied by endless glasses of vintage wine.
Wedded bliss: Weddings here have an intimate feel despite the grandeur of the venue, which can cater for up to 150 guests. The venue can be hired out exclusively to couples and St Mary’s Church stands adjacent to the grounds making it the ideal package. The manicured grounds and the beautiful entrance are just crying out to be wedding photo backdrops.
We love: Being able to stock up on teas and fancy cakes from Betty’s in Harrogate, enjoying champagne in the conservatory bar (there are plans to turn it into a full blown orangery soon), and the trees in the garden, which are adorned with plaques bearing the name of the royal or aristocrat who planted it.