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Kev Price wrote at 2006-11-08 23:26:14
The Balmoral Hotel in Harrogate looks a likely candidate for Reniston Hall. It has turrets. I am trying to find out myself.

Bob wrote at 2006-12-11 10:26:25
There are very many posh hotels in Harrogate (Brawton) and it is difficult to tell exactly which one is being referred to, as James Herriot occasionally alters small details in his descriptions.

The one which nearest seems to fit the description is the Majestic Hotel, which certainly dominates Low Harrogate from its slightly elevated position set in its own grounds.

nick wrote at 2007-01-11 15:01:09
The 'Reniston' is almost certainly the 'Old Swan Hotel'. It's the only one laying claim to 'dominating the landscape' and at the time would certainly have been amoungst the grandest hotels in Harrogate (Brawton). The Old Swan is also famous as the hotel that Agathe Christie 'fled' to during her famous disappearance.

Hope this is of belated assistance!


JacquieT wrote at 2007-08-17 18:02:30
HI Jerry, I live in Harrogate and I think the hotel James Heriot referred to as the Reniston is the Majestic, one of the big hotels in the town, and which certainly has a slightly elevated position.

Hope this helps!

Anthony2816 wrote at 2016-08-17 23:46:25
The Reniston hotel is based on The Crown Hotel in Harrogate.

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I should be most interested in questions on Yorkshire. Since I live in Yorkshire, I should not be able to contribute suggestions on accommodation and very few on restaurants. On the other hand I have walked a considerable amount in the Yorkshire Dales and the South Pennines and my job used to see me covering all parts of the county.


Experience in the area :- I was a trade union official covering Yorkshire and Humberside from 1984 to 1994, when I was appointed to a national post. I have lived in the South Pennines since 1972.

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