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Dower House Hotel & Spa

Dower House Hotel & Spa

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48 Bond End, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

The location and surroundings make it the perfect place for holding small and intimate weddings or larger celebrations. I do hope you will consider choosing The Dower House Hotel & Spa as the venue for your wedding and can assure you our personal service experience and attention to detail will make your day very special.


The hotel is idyllically situated in the market
town of Knaresborough, with its many ancient
walkways, cobbled alleyways and historic buildings.
Knaresborough is surrounded by some of the most
varied and beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in
the whole of the United Kingdom.

The town itself is just a stone’s throw away from the
cosmopolitan centre of Harrogate, Leeds and York and
is situated just 4 miles form the A1.

The town is also served by all major road networks and just 25 minutes from Leeds/Bradford airport. 

Whatever time of year the grounds and the House make for a memorable and fantastic setting.

During the summer imagine Pimms, cocktails and canapés on the lawn, followed by glorious homemade food, or in the winter, mulled wine served to you and your guests by our roaring log fires.

Our Head Chef Victoria has created a selection of menus for you and your guests to enjoy.

Put this together with our extensive wine menus, friendly atmosphere and professional service we are sure you will have an occasion to remember.

We have thought about every aspect of your wedding and have designed bespoke wedding packages to help relieve the stress of organising your special day.

From all-inclusive wedding packages with "No hidden charges", to building your own, we have something for everyone.

We will provide you with your own dedicated Wedding Planner who will look after you every step of the way. From your initial booking through to the finer details of the day itself.

Venue Type

  • Gardens
  • Historical
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant


  • City Urban
  • Modern


  • Civil License
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Late License
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Spa

What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 4 reviews
Philip and Irene Lowe
wedding on Sat, 5th of May, 2018
We were looking for a venue in Harrogate or nearby and looked at a number of Harrogate hotels from which none particularly stood out. As soon as we entered the Dower House we knew that this had to be the one. It was quite intimate with a nice terrace and not too big for our 50 or so guests, although

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more could have been accommodated if required.
We worked closely with Jonathan, the General Manager, from the beginning, meeting on numerous occasions. He was very professional throughout and very forgiving of our numerous changes of plan, as well as being able to work around our planned 6 week trip overseas just before the wedding.
We decided on a choice of menu and were invited for dinner to sample some of the available options. The food was excellent and we met the chef, Victoria, and were able to thank her in person.
We were blessed by very good weather on our wedding day and, due to Jonathan's expertise, all went according to plan. Even the DJ was good and was able to accommodate many dedications with the music appropriate to the age range of the guests.
Without exception our guests remarked on how well everything went and how good the food was. We were slightly concerned that Victoria wouldn't be able to produce our dinner for two to the same standard for 50 or so but we needn't have worried. It was excellent.
Finally we would just like to say that all of the staff worked really hard to make the day go well. It went more than well - it was wonderful!

Review submitted on Wed, 9th of May, 2018
Brent and Hannah Dickinson
wedding on Sat, 27th of May, 2017
We chose the Dower House for our wedding reception as we felt it was a perfect setting to match the theme of our wedding. The venue and grounds are picturesque and the perfect back drop for your wedding pictures.
The staff are amazing and couldn’t do enough for us, they did everything they could

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to ensure our day was perfect.
We are so glad we found such a perfect venue, thank you to the Dower house for ensuring our day was perfect and giving us the best memories to last a life time.

Review submitted on Mon, 7th of May, 2018
Joanna and Asa Dixon
wedding on Sat, 27th of January, 2018
On viewing the Dower House Hotel and Spa we were sold immediately!
The grounds, decor and intimate feel we just what we were looking for. Having a drink in the cosy bar area in front of the log fire we were introduced to Jonathan Summerton the General Manager and wedding pro!!
Jonathan really took

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the time to understand what we wanted from our wedding and what the hotel could offer to complement our vision.

After discussions with Jonathan and a tour of the hotel and facilities we booked and cancelled all further viewings.
Jonathan was our dedicated contact throughout the whole planning phase and on the big day and was always on hand to answer our calls, meet with us as the big day drew closer and to oversee our fabulous day!!

Choosing the menu for a wedding can be difficult but at The Dower House Hotel and Spa we were delighted to partake in the tasting session in which we were able to try a selection of stater, main and dessert courses to help us make up our minds, little did we know that the food was of such a high standard that we wanted to choose the whole menu!! We cannot stress enough the exceptional quality of the food and the talent in the kitchen of this establishment!!
One of the overriding comments on the big day was the surprise of the guests at having gourmet food in a hotel!

On the morning of big day Jonathan and his team had much to organise as we had a team of event dressers, an artist for the evening reception and a large film crew arriving at the hotel, not to mention the hair and make-up, guests arriving and being a hotel they also had a breakfast sitting to deal with. The entire team were organised, helpful, composed, attentive and friendly amongst the chaos we brought!

Every part of our big day ran to time and smoothly and this was due to the planning, efficiency and talent of Jonathan and the team.
We would highly recommend this venue and rate this venue and its facilities and excellent staff a 10/10

Review submitted on Mon, 2nd of April, 2018
Emma & Andrew O’Neill
wedding on Sat, 21st of October, 2017
We had our wedding at the dower, fantastic experience, the room looks amazing just as we asked! The staff were all so friendly and organised! They made our day extra special! Thank you all again! Xx

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