10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"After our lovely stay in December we decided to stay here on our wedding night - along with teenage daughter and best man! We were warmly greeted by Pat and found baloons in our room. We had booked room 12, the suite, which has a very large bed (2 singles zipped together) and a sitting area through an open archway. Lovely bathroom and toiletries. Best man had room 15 (I think) which was significantly smaller but still very nicely appointed. We sat in the garden for a couple of hours in the afternoon with a glass or two of bubbly - very peaceful and pleasant. Breakfast, cooked freshly to order by William, was very good - plentiful and very tasty. Altogether another wonderful visit - peaceful, relaxing and very friendly. Can't wait to go again."
- Travel date: 7th April 2007
"We were extremely impressed by the quality of our room and the service offered by the owners. There were lots of lovely touches from tea and cake on arrival to the free DVD library. The whole place has been very recently and beautifully refurbished to a very high standard, giving the place a luxurious feel. The owners are very friendly and were very helpful in accommodating our bikes and even letting us use their hose after a particularly muddy ride. The breakfast menu is varied and everything we had from it was delicious. This is a lovely place to stay for a special break and incredible value with it! It thoroughly deserves its 5* rating."
- Travel date: 2nd September 2006
A luxurious little slice of heaven!
"I booked this weekend break on the strength of the reviews on tripadvisor and must admit we were not disappointed. Having asked for room 12 with the separate lounge area we were very pleased by the size and layout, just what was required a romantic weekend! We took advantage of the 'Book and run' service offered by William and Pat, whereby they book a local restaurant of choice for you and then provide transport there and back, and this was the first time I have experienced this before. Breakfast, as others have mentioned, was a gargantuan experience putting you in good stead for the day ahead, and we also sampled the room picnics on offer which were very nice with a bottle of wine of the extensive menu. Continental breakfast in the room the following day was also very filling. The whole experience was one that would definitely see us going back again (in the new year for my birthday hopefully!). If I had to be critical I could think of two points: 1) We tried ringing for a room picnic on a sunday afternoon but nobody seemed to be around. After about an hour we managed to place our order 2) The bed was a superking which was effectively two singles pushed together. This made it a little uncomfortable if sleeping across the two mattresses as they weren't quite the same height. To be fair though, it is stated on the website that the room can be converted to a twin. I must stress that the above points in no way would stop us returning, but the strength of Tripadvisor is that you get impartial reviews, not biased ones. See you next year!"
- Travel date: 29th August 2006
Lovely small hotel, luxurious and well located.
"We stayed at 17 Burgate for two nights while exploring the North Yorkshire Moors. The hotel is down a quiet street just steps from the center of town. It is located in a beautifully refurbished, old townhouse, and is elegant in appearance. Out back there is a lovely garden and terrace where you can enjoy drinks from the honor bar. The car park is back there also and is just large enough to accommodate cars for the owners and the five rooms. I would like to say that there seems to be some confusion about the room numbers. We stayed in what was indicated as room 11 which is a mini-suite at the front of the hotel. It does get the afternoon sun, but if you are intelligent, draw the heavy curtains in the summer and keep the room cool! Air conditioning is not a typical feature in England. In the evening, Pat the owner opens the back door to the garden letting in the cool air from the shaded side of the building. What we did upon returning in the evening was just open the windows in our room, prop the door open for 10 minutes, and drew huge volume of delightfully cool air up the stairwell and into our bedroom from the back garden. These old stone houses cool very quickly in the evening, and even though the weather had been in the mid 80's (low 30's celsius) our room was extremely comfortable for sleeping. The "bar" is a quiet lounge and we heard not a peep from it although guests used it. The room itself was nicely apppointed, the bathroom brand new and smartly fitted with tasteful fixtures and tile, excellent toiletries, robes, etc. The TV and DVD were brand new as well. Downstairs is a breakfast room where we were served a very fresh traditional English breakfast that will keep all but those with the most robust appetites from feeling hungry before tea time! There is also a lounge and honor bar well stocked with water, soft drinks, beer, wine etc. The hotel does not accept children under the age of 12. The owners were friendly and clearly want to make your stay a happy one. I would recommend you give this establishment a try!"
- Travel date: 21st July 2006
What a lovely town house hotel
"We wanted a base to spend a couple of days away from the children. We did feel pampered at 17 Burgate (from the jelly beans to the scented candles in the room). We stayed in Room 11 and we felt the quality of the fixtures and fittings were excellent. The breakfasts were fresh and I have to say that I haven't had a better breakfast elsewhere. Pat and William were friendly and went out of their way to make our stay even more special and they remembered every little detail about our preferences. The only thing I can say is that Room 11 is quite warm and we found it quite stuffy for sleeping. We will be returning. We even had an amazing meal at The Anvil Inn - without William's knowledge we would never have found this inn."
- Travel date: 4th June 2006
"We stayed in Room 11 and had no problems at all. This room looks out over the back garden and we found it to be a very quiet room. All guests are provided with their own key to the back door so there is no need for anybody to be disturbed at all. The room itself is excellent - real 5 star! Beautiful big bed (and so comfortable!!), real attention to detail in teh furnishings of the room, dvd player. The bathroom was large and modern with a sunken bath and the shower was excellent. Lovely Gilchrest & Soames toiletries were provided for guests, along with cotton bathrobes. The hosts - Pat and William - were very friendly and competent. This is definately one of the best hotels I have stayed in (and I've stayed in a lot!)."
- Travel date: 6th January 2006
Christmas in Pickering
"Deciding to visit England this Christmas, we first picked N.Yorkshire and then found 17 Burgate to be just right for us; a small hotel in a small town, but from the pictures elegant, cosy and quiet. The total refurbishment of this once-a-townhouse has been done to perfection, with a keen eye to details as well as to the total interior (and exterior). Comfortable furniture, a good sized bathroom, spotlessly clean, providing hot towels and two bathrobes - so nice when you're up watching a late movie after a day on the moor. And in addition: Great cooking and wonderful hosts give you that "it's just like family"-feeling - what else would you need? Pickering is an ideal starting point for trips; - go visit York, the cities along the coast or find your way to the area's historic homes and gardens."
- Travel date: 6th January 2006
"don't take room 11. It's above the bar and at 1.00 am there is nobody at the reception. So if you want to get some sleep you will have to deal with the "civilised" people yourself."
- Travel date: 27th October 2005
"Looking at some of the reviews here, if your thinking of a stay in Pickering, best place by far is 17 Burgate. Town house hotel, very plush, lovely friendly hosts, definately worth the money & in a quiet spot in the town centre. The helpful owners will point you in the direction of places worth seeing and restautants worth visiting. Spacious rooms, spottlessly clean & huge breakfasts."
- Travel date: 31st August 2005
"We stayed in Room 2, with its antique bedsteads and split level ensuite bathroom. This was the best hotel we have ever stayed in. run by a family, they cooked ALL their meals with fresh homemade ingredients. Even the pasta was made in the hotel by hand. I believe most of the meals were throroughly researched and there was astory behind each. If you are in the area, this is a must stay hotel. It was in a quiet location but within 3 minutes walk of the town centre, North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Pickering Castle. Excellent."
- Travel date: 30th January 2002