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Highlights from 2016 Jan-May

Welcome to the highlights from the first half of the year. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone… Our biggest news was building the Orangery, such a fabulous addition to the Hall, but we’ve also been on Channel 4, hosted The Wedding Affair Fair, and opened the gardens for the National Garden Scheme. Enjoy the first six months!


In January we began a new building project, to create a gorgeous Orangery to replace the old link corridor that joined the Hall to the Dower House. In doing so, we added a new dimension to the Hall by opening up another 1,000sq ft of space where we could host wedding breakfasts, afternoon teas, lunches, private dinners, in addition to the function rooms in the main house. We were also able to create two new private dining rooms in the Dower House, great for intimate lunches, private dinners as well as business meetings.

In the pouring rain on New Year’s Day we demolished the old ‘link corridor’, a 1980s building linking the main Hall with next door Dower House. This rather dilapidated and forgotten space was going to be turned into something truly beautiful!

Throughout the first half of the year, the Hall juggled the needs of guests with builders behind the scenes. More on the Orangery completion in the second part of our blog…

Location, Location, Location

Back in September last year, we were delighted to host Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer while they were filming their Channel 4 programme Location, Location, Location in nearby Knaresborough. We were thrilled that the Hall was featured on the show, as you can never be sure that you haven’t ended up on the cutting room floor! Kirstie and her client were shown discussing their housing options in the Jacobean Library while later Kirstie chatted about how the programme had gone while walking barefoot along the parapet by the Rose Garden!

Nyetimber Wine & Dine evening

At the end of January we held a very successful Wine & Dine evening with our good friends from Nyetimber Wines.

At the dinner we tasted four of their delicious English sparkling wines including the Classic Cuvée which was served at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, the demi-sec, rose and blanc de blanc.

Nyetimber Wines have proved very popular with all our guests this year especially those sampling the rose with their afternoon tea, showing that the quality of English sparkling wine is easily a match for the Champagne houses of France.


In the garden the roses were pruned hard and all the left over leaves cleared away. The snowdrops looked amazing on the Snowdrop Days, flowering spectacularly along with delicate yellow winter aconites and hellebores. Dates for the diary: Snowdrop Days for 2017 – Sun 12th and Sun 19th February.

Cover star: How wonderful to star on the front cover of the February issue of Yorkshire Life – what an honour. The magazine also listed us in their top 6 places to view snowdrops.

Once again we were hosts to the wonderful Wedding Affair Team for The Wedding Affair at Goldsborough Hall. On a gorgeous sunny February day we welcomed over 35 top Yorkshire suppliers and plenty of future bride and grooms. Funnily enough, there was lots of interest and discussion in our Orangery build and how it might look finished!

My thanks to Todd & Moore for The Wedding Affair’s images below.  Our 2017 Wedding Affair Fair is on Sunday 26th February 2017 12-3pm – free entry.

AA Gold Star Award

We are thrilled to receive, once again, our five Gold Star Award from the AA for our accommodation. This is the 8th year in a row and we are proud to be the highest rated guest accommodation in Yorkshire!

The AA also renewed our rosette for dining which complements our AA Gold Star Award!

Five green stars also from TripAdvisor which awarded us our 2016 Certificate of Excellence once again.


When we should have been thinking about spring, the weather took a turn for the worst, dumping a load of snow on to the March gardens. Still the doggies enjoyed it!

Despite the snow at the start of the month, we successfully opened the gardens to the National Garden Scheme later that month for the fabulous daffodil show. Lots of people came to enjoy the gardens, stroll up the Lime Tree Walk, buy plants and relax with a cream tea! Our next Spring NGS opening is on Sunday 2nd April 2017 12-4pm.

Also this month we were delighted to receive our Burgon & Ball Trowel Award for 10 years of National Garden Scheme charity openings at Goldsborough Hall from Biddy Marshall, head of the Yorkshire NGS, at a tea party at her home in Whixley.

Wedding season

We kicked off the wedding season this month with the delightful Spring wedding of Beth and Tom. Despite the cold chilly winds, there were some fabulous outdoor shots and some wonderful spring flowers. Our thanks to Photography by Kathryn for these images.


We featured in a magazine once again with our good friends at Yorkshire Life! The fashion shoot, with photographs taken by Amber Marie Barker back in February were published in the April issue.

Dining at the Hall

Great food is a very important part of the experience of visiting the Hall, with many lovely comments from guests, either those having ‘dinner for two’, staying the night or from wedding guests! Jamie, the head chef, creates dishes that work, look and taste amazing and are seasonal, moving effortlessly from winter warming dishes to spring favourites.

The Dining Room at Goldsborough Hall is also open to non-residents and is available daily. Pre-booking essential on 01423 867321.


May flew by this year, especially when photographer Joel Skingle brought a drone to create this fabulous shot of the hall and grounds for Rachel & Edward’s wedding. The bridal couple also kept the flying theme going by making one of the most stylish wedding exits – by helicopter! My thanks to Joel Skingle for these images of their day

Such beauty in the garden this month with the delicate blossom from The Emperor of Japan’s cherry trees, the dark mysterious Queen of Night tulips and the soft bluebells lining the woods near the gazebo – perfect!

By the end of May, the Orangery was nearly finished!

We had been working on building it since the dark days of January and by the end of this month it was nearly complete.

Check out my blog of the second half of the year to see its grand opening!

Highlights of 2016 January – May by Clare Oglesby