This is not a bad experience but a caution: if stairs are a problem for you, as for me, avoid the top floor - it battered my hips and breathing, none of which is the hotel's fault, I should have judged better and I would certainly stay again, but on a lower deck. Younger and fitter guests were leaping upstairs at a suitable rate. And staff did offer to help with our luggage without prompting.
Also our pre-ordered morning newspapers didn't appear, a minor niggle offset by so many positives.
This is more boutique hotel than pub B&B, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised and welcomed . Marvellous staff, especially Joe (who, in fairness, we saw most of), including those who looked after our room. Food (breakfast is lush - eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, a morning feast), spacious room, brilliant shower, sophisticated decor, relaxed atmosphere, blazing fire in bar. What more do you need for a country break?
The lounge is spacious, with very attendant staff and service. There is a real warm buzz, the way it should be, as many locals visit; Don't forget, with that in mind, to make sure you book for evening meals, the restaurant gets busy. We stayed three nights, in room 12, midweek as short break, and would not hesitate to return.
Nearby Ilkley has some fine shops, specially shoes! (and antiques and assorted tat for the man) and a Betty's Teashop - don't bother with the one in Harrogate - and surrounding countryside is wonderful.
Thanks to all for a very welcome break away. Money well spent.