Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
York, Yorkshire, England
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
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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.
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.
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.