My best ever birthday party and I have had 70 of them! My twin brother and I recently had our birthday celebration at Rudby Hall. Of my 70 birthdays it was the best ever. The hall is a superb venue for a private party. Unlike a conventional 5-star luxury hotel, it becomes yours during your stay. We started on the Friday evening with a family dinner in the intimate and cosy Lounge with a big, open, log fire. A dozen of us stayed over that night in Rudby Hall’s splendid, beautifully decorated bedrooms. On the Saturday we had a dinner for 60 odd guests in the Hall’s large Drawing Room, with pre-dinner drinks in the stunning Entrance Hall and Library, with dancing after dinner in the Library and, later, fireworks viewed from the terrace at the front of the house with the North Yorkshire Moors in the background. We occupied 12 of the 13 bedrooms that night.The staff led by Sandra were excellent. She is the perfect host – really – utterly charming, ever helpful, always available but never in the way. The food, provided my Andrew and his team from Coghlans at Barningham was some of the best I have tasted in 70 years. I have never seen 60 cleaner plates at the end of each course. The food and drinks were served by highly professional staff with great empathy. The combination of a private and splendid venue, excellent food and friendly and attentive staff (and not forgetting the wine – Andrew’s wine) made this an unforgettable and wonderful birthday for me, my twin brother and all our guests without exception. Thank you! I can’t think of a better place for a private party, wedding or similar.