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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

York, Yorkshire, England

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa is a luxury country house retreat located just outside historic York. Run by the National Trust, Middlethorpe epitomizes country living at its best with sumptuous dining, immaculate service and a relaxed air of sophistication.

At a Glance

  • Grand historic country house just outside York

  • Superb position for enjoying the attractions of York and the Yorkshire Dales

  • Award-winning fine dining

  • Excellent service - nothing is too much trouble

  • Beautiful grounds to explore

Couples, Culture, Food & wine, Spa & health

Insider's View

If you are traveling with your family, consider taking two cottage suites which can easily interconnect.

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Description

Owned and run by the National Trust, Middlethorpe Hall is a 17th-century William III country house standing in 20 acres of grounds a mile and a half from York city center and next to York racecourse. Once the private home of the celebrated diarist Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, Middlethorpe dates back to 1699, and today, behind its perfectly symmetrical red brick and stone exterior, is an elegant hotel with a refined country house atmosphere and superb dining.

The style at Middlethorpe Hall is unpretentious but sophisticated with spacious drawing rooms filled with character, antiques, deep carpets and a brandy-by-the-hearth feel. Given its age, you can expect a few creaky floorboards and uneven door frames, but in our view this adds to its considerable charm.

There are 29 bedrooms, ranging from more expensive luxury suites in the main house, with their sofas, antique writing tables and views over manicured lawns, to more affordable rooms inside a converted stable close to the courtyard gardens. All are individually decorated with a classic Laura Ashley feel. While children over six years old are permitted at Middlethorpe Hall, the atmosphere is undoubtedly quite grown-up.

Dining is a real treat at Middlethorpe and, under executive chef Nicholas Evans’ light touch, fabulous local Yorkshire produce such as lamb from the Dales and sea trout from Whitby is served by candlelight in the wood-panelled dining room, which dates from 1699. There is an excellent accompanying wine list, and the service, as elsewhere in the hotel, is friendly and flawless. A spa includes various therapy and treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, solarium and a spacious swimming pool, and there is also a gym for keeping in shape.

As a base for exploring historic York and the Yorkshire Dales beyond, Middlethorpe Hall could hardly be bettered. Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect vacation destination for couples and families. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and a wealth of visitor attractions such as the superb Jorvik Viking Center, York is a flourishing city that amply repays exploration.

Beyond are the Yorkshire Dales, where you can discover Bronte country, admire endless sheep-dotted fields surrounded by dry-stone walls, and explore limestone scars, waterfalls and gorges amid some of Northern England’s most spectacular landscapes.

Accommodation

Split between the main house and its attractive courtyard, the 29 rooms at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa look as though they have come straight from the pages of a Laura Ashley catalogue, and are well appointed with luxurious fixtures and fittings, each offering ample space.

Rooms and suites in both the main house and the courtyard each come with a comfortable bed, WiFi access, flat screen TVs and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries. The large sash windows in the main house make rooms suitably light and airy, and rooms here generally tend to be a little larger making this the better option for those who prefer a little more space. Just 75 yards from the main house is an additional cottage containing three further suites and offering a bit of extra privacy without compromising on the luxurious furnishings. All three come with their own private parking space and the Garden Suite also boasts a terrace garden with a charming pond. Interconnecting rooms and a choice of twin rooms here make this the prime option for families.

Childcare

No specific child care facilities are available at Middlethorpe Hall. The hotel certainly has a more grown-up feel but children over the age of six are welcomed, however certain time restrictions apply when using the pool and spa.

Facilities

A winner of many awards and accolades, the restaurant at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa provides an elegant setting overlooking the grounds from which to enjoy the fabulous dishes on offer. Whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner you can guarantee that the food here will satisfy even tricky to please palates, and the wine menu can be matched perfectly with each dish to enhance the entire experience.

For the ultimate in relaxation indulge in a spoiling spa treatment, relax in the steam room or opt for a soak in the pool or whirlpool bath at the Midlethorpe Spa. Decléor, Shellac, Jessica and Neom Organics products are the order of the day here and will leave you feeling nourished and pampered.

Activities

Middlethorpe Hall's location close to York gives you easy access to the city and its key attractions, including fabulous shopping, the beautiful architecture of York Minster and fascinating Jorvik Viking Center. Ghost walks are also a popular choice in the evening for something a little different, and for those with a keen interest in the arts, the Theatre Royal, Grand Opera House or Jack Lyons Concert Hall will impress with performances in a wide variety of genres. A number of museums and historical houses can also be found in the vicinity and make for some very pleasant exploration.

Location & Directions

York, Yorkshire, England

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa is located just outside York.

When to go

It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk.

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