Romance and drama, villainy and heroism all feature strongly in the fascinating and ongoing story of the Ingilbys of 700 year-old Ripley Castle.
If walls could talk, they would tell tales of kings and queens, civil war and plagues. Look for the secret hiding place concealed behind the Knight’s Chamber paneling where papists David and Francis Ingilby hid, and marvel at the tale of the swashbuckling daughter who held Oliver Cromwell at gunpoint in the Library.
Ripley Castle’s grounds contain some of Britain’s largest herbaceous borders, interspersed with fountains and lawns. There are walled gardens that are a pleasure to visit at any time of year, and the kitchen gardens contain rare collections of herbs, spices, fruit trees and vegetables. A walk around the wooded pleasure grounds leads to the lakeside path, where herds of Fallow and Red Deer graze.
There are excellent facilities including tearooms, excellent shops and ample free parking. Within the village is The Boar’s Head, a perfect stopping point for lunches, dinners or just a drink.
The castle is open all year round. For details ring 01423 770152 or visit their website www.ripleycastle.co.uk
The Ascot House Hotel
The Ascot House Hotel - meeting place of the Harrogate Catenian Circle.
The Ascot House is a quality, independent 3 star hotel just five minutes’ walk from Harrogate’s Conference Centre and ten minutes’ walk from the town centre.
Family owned and managed, the hotel was originally built by W H Baxter, an inventor, as a Victorian family residence in 1892 - many original decorative features are retained.
Relax in the informal, friendly lounge bar – or take in the sunshine on the balcony!
Enjoy the evening in our elegant, candle-lit restaurant which offers delicious traditional and contemporary dishes. Complement your meal with a bottle of wine from our well-stocked cellar.
For home-from-home comfort, all 18 bedrooms are individually furnished and offer private bath/shower, telephone, TV, radio, hairdryer, tea/coffee tray, trouser press & ironing facilities and electric blankets.
VisitBritain has given us their Silver Award, for hotels “achieving the highest levels of quality within their star rating”.
Free wi-fi internet throughout. Private car park.
For details of our next comedy “Fawlty Towers Gourmet Dinner” or special offers, please ring us or visit our website.
To book telephone Harrogate 01423 531 005
Ascot House Hotel, 53 Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5HJ