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Highlights from 2015 June-December

Welcome to the second part of highlights of our year. It’s a image-led whizz through what was an extremely busy year!

In October of this year we celebrated our 10th anniversary of being at the hall. It’s been quite a journey turning the 400-year-old Hall from two and a half years of dereliction into a 12 bedroom country house stately experience. It’s now an elegant wedding venue, hosting exclusive weddings throughout the year and The Dining Room at Goldsborough Hall has its own AA rosette for culinary excellence.  And over the last 10 years, the gardens and grounds have been restored for all to enjoy, and we are proud to open for the National Garden Scheme twice a year.

But yet the Hall remains a family home, and retains that family feel so that all can enjoy it. Here’s our highlights from June to December.


Summer finally arrived and the gardens at the hall looked glorious. And what could be better than enjoying afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the gardens and the parkland beyond. Simply idyllic!


The Hall was very busy with weddings this month. It’s a perfect time to tie the knot.

My huge thanks to Barnaby Aldrick and Chris Milner Photography for letting me use the images right and below of two of our July brides at the next door church of St Mary’s in Goldsborough and in the gardens at the Hall.

On Saturday 5th July we held another very successful garden opening in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities. The sun shone and over 400 happy guests wandered round. Next year’s summer opening is on Sunday 24th July.


1st August is Yorkshire Day so we celebrated by photographing the Union Flag cut into the lawn. The Flag was put in for the Golden Jubilee and the Olympics in 2012 and has become a bit of a permanent feature!

We hosted lots of lovely weddings again in August including Holly & Steve’s with photographs by Chris Chambers.

A gorgeous bridal bouquet by Lucy MacNicoll

Al Fresco Dining

It may have been a bit of a wet August but plenty of our guests grabbed the chance to eat al fresco in our beautiful grounds, either with picnic rugs and one of our gorgeous freshly prepared picnics or a la carte dinner outside.

Byerley Turk Trophy

This month owners Mark and Clare Oglesby were at Pontefract Racecourse to hand out the Byerley Turk trophy to the winning trainer from the Go Racing in Yorkshire‘s summer festival.

The Byerley Turk trophy is named after the famous horse the Byerley Turk which was retired to a life of stud at Goldsborough Hall where he covered many mares. This horse is vital to thoroughbred horse history as it is the first of three stallions that make up all thoroughbreds in the world today. This famous horse died in 1706 and is buried in the grounds beneath a tree.


September was a wonderful month to host weddings. The gardens looked amazing, with the roses out and the herbaceous borders in full bloom. My thanks to Barnaby Aldrick for the two images below.

This month our late summer garden really shines. The urns and pots were awash with blowsy summer bedding while in the new borders, the Yorkshire Princess rose (named for HRH Princess Mary) flourished.

Afternoon tea and b&b guests were able to sit out on the terrace and stroll around the 12 acre gardens and woodland.

St Mary’s Church, Goldsborough

This month we were invited to next door St Mary’s Church for the ceremonial switching on of their brand new lighting system. Brilliant Lighting had been brought in to update the lighting in this Grade I listed building with high output LED fittings. The results are remarkable and the congregation of Goldsborough and all future Goldsborough Hall brides will welcome the hugely improved lighting of this beautiful old building.

My thanks to Charlotte Gale Photography for the image. A blog on the improvements to the church lighting can be found on Brilliant Lighting’s website


It was celebration time in October for our 10th anniversary of being at the Hall. We celebrated with a large family lunch followed by a gorgeous cake courtesy of the fabulous Blossom Tree Cake Company. Kean Ong made a wonderful and elegant cake for our birthday – and it tasted delicious too!

Over the past 10 years, the hall has hosted some very famous guests and this month we were delighted to welcome the delightful Kirstie Allsopp (pictured) and Phil Spencer from Location, Location, Location. They were filming in and around Knaresborough as well here at the Hall. The programme will be shown sometime on Thursday 7th January at 8pm on Channel 4 – hopefully the Hall will be featured!

The Kitchen Garden at the Hall came into its own in October with masses of produce used in the Dining Room – talk about low food miles!

Everyday we were out picking bagfuls of fresh green and purple beans, as well as runner beans. We dug up some unusual (yet tasty) purple potatoes to create a strange coloured mash for a family dinner!

Autumn Afternoon Tea

Our Autumn Afternoon was stunning – a delightful mix of finger sandwiches with freshly baked scones along with delicate cakes of salted caramel pecan pie, white chocolate and vanilla  crème brûlée, apple and meringue crumble tart and a plum pannacotta – all washed down with a delightful glass of fizz!


November arrived and along with it autumn with its seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness! There were leaves aplenty in the famous royal Lime Tree Walk while our new orchard produced its first fruits including apples, damsons and medlars. As the trees were only planted last year, produce was rather small and we are hoping for more in 2016!

Wine & Dine Evening

We held our first wine & dine evening this month in association with Chateau Ksara from Lebanon. Ksara has over 150 years of rich wine making heritage and owner George Sara entertained our dining guests with a short talk on each wine before each course was served. Image by Theodor Bafitos.

Our next Wine & Dine evening is on Friday 22nd January 2016 with the luxury English brand Nyetimber.



Our last month of the year has been extremely busy. We started the month off with Carols by Candlelight, sung by the talented girls and boys of Highfield, HLC Harrogate. We were delighted that our two concerts, attended by over 200 guests raised over £850 for St Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate.

Festive Piano Nights

We held two delightful Festive Piano Nights on consecutive Fridays in December. These were extremely popular last year and again this. Guests began with drinks in the Library by the twinkling lights of one of the hall’s six Christmas trees before delicious food in the Dining Room at Goldsborough Hall to the accompaniment of the baby grand piano. After dinner drinks in front of the crackling log fire rounded off two superb evenings!

Winter Weddings

December has been an incredibly busy time for weddings here at the Hall. It seems the festive season has become very popular to tie the knot! Who cares what the weather is like outside when all your photographs can be inside an elegant stately home?

Fabulous decorations ranged from creams and reds of Aimee & Ricky’s wedding to sparkling gold with blush pink of Laura & Paul’s wedding. My thanks to Richard Wynn Davies for their gorgeous picture (above).

From all of us at Goldsborough Hall, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Highlights of 2015 from June-December by Clare Oglesby

Goldsborough Hall
Nr Knaresborough
North Yorkshire

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