Built in 1856, this hotel has a long and varied history, so it’s no surprise really that things are often heard going bump in the night. The hotel is reported to have three ghosts – one of which is thought to be the ghost of a butler, one of which is seen in the lobby area and one of which thought to be an old lady, often seen in a shadowy form in some of the bedrooms and the corridors of the hotel.
One of the guests who recently stayed at the hotel tells of her stay there: ‘However, on our last night we had strange noises in our room and both me and my husband were up a couple of times trying to investigate where the noises were coming from but still could not find them. I asked the next morning when checking out if there were any disturbances in the hotel and then found out our room was one which is occupied by a friendly ghost!’
The hotel was built way back in 1856 by Thomas Chaloner and his architect. Later on, it became the home of Lord Gisborough, Richard Chaloner – and this is where the hotel gets its name. Lord Gisborough decided to spell his title differently to the capital town of Cleveland, Guisborough, which is where the name comes from originally, and to this day the Hall is still known as Gisborough Hal, not Guisborough Hall.
In the 1940s the house was leased to the council as a home for the elderly and was not available to Lord Gisborough when he got married. Three decades after this, the house was turned into a hotel and then in 2002, £8 million was invested into the hotel when it was taken over by the Macdonald chain of hotels. It’s now a luxurious, country-house hotel with plenty of family relics strewn about the place to give you a real sense of its history.
This Grade II-listed hotel boasts 71 en-suite bedrooms, compromising of a mixture of singles, doubles and twins, in a choice of either classic or executive. All of the rooms are decorated in a traditional, classic style with the use of antiques, luxurious fabrics and rich colours, giving them all a homely yet hugely extravagant feel.
The restaurant at the hotel has won a number of awards and accolades, so you know that you’re in good hands. With an extensive wine list and an even more extensive menu, the opulent surroundings and high windows make this restaurant one-of-a-kind. The breakfast menu is not to be sniffed at either; you won’t find just cold meats or cereals here. Salmon, kipper, kedgeree, bread, porridge, cereals, pastries, yoghurts, fresh fruit and the traditional English breakfast are all served here.
As for things to do at the hotel, you could enjoy a drink in the main hall with a large fireplace and other period features, or you could sit and relax in the lounge bar or drawing-room. Try a relaxing treatment in the Revival Zone or try your hand at one of the many sports activities that the hotel has to offer, such as archery, tennis or croquet. Whatever you do on your stay, you’re sure to have a relaxing, enjoyable time here at Gisborough Hall hotel.
- 71 en-suite rooms
- 24-hour reception
- Car parking onsite
- Hairdryer in room
- Satellite television and telephone in the room
- Modem hook-up in room
- Pets allowed
- Disabled access
- Lounge menu
- Mountain bike hire and quad biking
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Beauty salon on-site
- Doctor on call
- Iron and ironing board in the room
- Valet and laundry service
- Interconnecting rooms available
- Cots available
- Meeting facilities
- Wedding license
- Business centre
Things to do
If you run out of things to do in the hotel, from the sports facilities to the spa facilities, you could always go exploring on the Yorkshire Moors. If that’s not for you, you have plenty of shopping options as Guisborough is a vibrant market town. It’s also ideally located to visit other attractions around Yorkshire and further afield.
- Classic single room, based on one person staying in the room, available from £104.00 per night, breakfast included, or from £94.00, breakfast not included.
- Classic double or twin room, based on two people sharing, available from £175.00 per night, breakfast included, or from £149.00, breakfast not included.
- Executive double room, based on two people sharing, available from £220.00 per night, breakfast included.
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