Sometimes, a little (or a lot of) five-star luxury goes down a treat – especially for a long weekend away. Perhaps you have celebrations coming up or, maybe, you’re just in need of a little R&R as your busy summer draws to a close. Either way, a grand hotel always fits the bill – you know you’re going to be well looked after.
North Yorkshire is home to many luxey stop-overs, but one grand stand-out has to be Goldsborough Hall – a privately-owned family residence-turned-hotel, perfect for romantic stays and a great place to make lasting memories.
The hall stands in 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, which boast unspoilt, elevated views over historic gardens and tranquil parkland, making it one of the most private and exclusive places to stay in Yorkshire. Laying your head here feels like you’re a million miles away from home – ideal for solitude-seekers!
The hidden gem has royal connections – it was home to HRH Princess Mary (the Queen’s aunt) throughout the 1920s – and has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the current owners. Today, it offers luxury, five-star accommodation and AA rosette fine dining. It’s also a hot wedding destination.
Room-wise, there’s plenty on offer, depending on how fancy you’re feeling. The spacious Grand Emperor Suites mix traditional with contemporary and each have their own whirlpool bath, the Royal Suites serve up some of the best views and the Presidential Suite is decked out with an eight-foot four-poster bed, a sunken bath overlooking the hotel grounds and a private cinema room.
The other rooms – standard doubles, deluxe king rooms, luxury king rooms and luxury emperor rooms – are all great picks, too, offering plush beds promising a restful slumber, modern bathrooms packed with treats and high-tech gear (remote-controlled shower anyone?), his-n-her sinks, big flat screen TVs, fully-stocked mini bars and more.
After brekkie, why not stroll around the grounds, or book yourselves in for a spot of Royal Afternoon Tree – something the hotel is renowned for. It’s served every day in the magnificent Jacobean Library, The Princess Mary Drawing Room, The Orangery and, when the weather allows, out on the terrace.