The Old Smithy | Scriven | Knaresborough | Luxury Bed and Breakfast

The Old Smithy KnaresboroughIf you have never been to Knaresborough then please take my advice and add it to your list of places to visit. It is a beautiful part of the country. Knaresborough is situated in North Yorkshire just a few miles away from Harrogate and historically was a market town.

There are plenty of nice places to stay including some nice hotels but we decided on a bed and breakfast in the shape of The Old Smithy which is situated in Scriven and is less than a mile from Knaresborough so within walking distance. In fact it took us under 20 minutes to walk it.

Scriven is a lovely small village. There are no pubs or shops in Scriven. Around the village green where The Old Smithy is situated there are no streetlights so if you are coming back late you might want to carry a torch!

The Old Smithy is run by a lovely couple Andy and Sarah. We stayed in the double room which costs £120 per night which includes breakfast, obviously,mini sweets selection but also some really nice extras such as a small bottle of white wine and red wine, a selection of mini sweets and a selection of items that you might either forget or not actually think you will need such as plasters, toothpaste, bottle opener and scissors.

For breakfast there was so much choice. Cereals, yoghurts, toast, melon and raspberries and cooked breakfast. If you want a cooked English breakfast you need to order it the night before.

Sarah really looks after you and goes out of her way to make sure that you enjoy your stay. We asked her for advice on where best to eat and she gave us several choices. We decided on eating at the Carriages which is a wine bar in the Beer Garden view from Carriagescentre of Knaresborough. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and we would both recommend the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. The staff are very friendly especially Chris the manager who went out of his way to make sure we felt welcome and that everything was okay.

The beer garden is lovely and is situated above the railway line. The view on the left is the view from the bottom of the beer garden!

Earlier in the day we went for a walk around Knaresborough, we walked through the castle where there were lots going on including people dressed in medieval costumes putting on events and shows and also places where you could try your arm at archery.

We then walked down from the castle towards the famous viaduct where we ended up having lunch outside at Marigolds Cafe & Boating watching people trying to grasp the art of rowing!

Other places of interest that we didn’t visit include Mother Shipton’s cave and Conyngham Hall where there was a circus, 18 hole pitch and put golf and tennis courts.

This will certainly not be our last visit to the beautiful town of Knaresborough and we will definitely be going back to the Old Smithy.