Hotels With a History - If Only The Walls Could Talk!
Present day visitors can walk in the footsteps of the rich, famous and in some cases infamous, and let their imaginations run riot!
Perhaps you’d like a hotel fit for a king or queen?
King George V and Queen Mary were frequent visitors to Jacobean Grade II listed Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough, now a luxury conference venue and hotel, where their daughter the Princess Royal lived.
Cromwell’s army entered and occupied Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough as they laid siege to Knaresborough Castle in 1644!
The historic Boar’s Head coaching inn is part of the Ripley Castle estate, held by the same family for 700 years and shares its turbulent history of Gunpowder Plot sympathizers and conspirators.
Or for those with a yearning for a literary connection – Agatha Christie sparked off her own real life mystery when she disappeared and was subsequently found at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate – having been inspired apparently by a travel poster advertising the town’s charms at Waterloo Station.
The 19th century poet Lord Byron, dubbed by his peers as “mad, bad and dangerous to know” stayed at Harrogate’s Crown Hotel in 1806, whilst the famous composer Edward Elgar was a more frequent visitor staying at both the Majestic and Crown Hotels!
For those seeking a whiff of scandal – rumour has it that King Edward VIII was first introduced to the infamous Mrs Wallis Simpson at Nidd Hall – an Elizabethan Manor house and now a luxury hotel near Knaresborough.
The town has even had its own taste of Beatlemania!
The Fab Four allegedly stayed at the Crown Hotel early in their careers in 1963!
Elsewhere in the district, a warm welcome awaits you in historic hotels which had a different past; a cathedral deanery, a royal household, an industrialist’s stately manor as well as coaching inns and castles.
Original chandeliers, stained glass ceilings, ornate cornice work and wood panelled drawing rooms have all been beautifully preserved to maintain distinctive character but clever modernisation means that these precious buildings of yesteryear offer luxury to today’s guest.
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The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate is one of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, Yorkshire, with a history going back nearly 200 years.
With picturesque lawns and gardens, and just a short stroll to the centre of town, Harrogate International Centre and many tourist attractions, it combines...