As a National Trust Historic House Hotel near York, Middlethorpe Hall stands up well as a quality retreat for a few days away break. Its period features blend in with modern essentials to give it that comfortable feel in albeit stately home type charisma. The garden and grounds (25 acres) are beautifully manicured and the drinks terrace at the back of the house takes full advantage of the outlook. We stayed there for a three night break, Thursday until Sunday. Our stay started well with a room upgrade to a four poster suite in the house. We had booked a room in the Courtyard originally. The room was delightful and the outlook over the gardens at the back was stunning.
We used the Spa which was functional with all the things you’d expect such as pool, sauna, steam room and exercise room.
Up until Saturday night, and more of that later, the dining experience was excellent and was very much of the fine dining variety with a price to match! However, there is an allowance in the room rate that goes towards dinner which lessons the expense a little, and encourage one to use the restaurant. One thing to note though was the menu didn’t change for all our stay and that was a bit limiting. The service at breakfast and generally was a bit inconsistent and whilst the full English was on offer the items that made up the continental breakfast were spread along the window sills which made for awkward selection. However, because of the house design it probably could not be arranged any better.
Now to cover Saturday night and this issue is a hobby horse of mine. Whilst I accept that hotels have to cater for weddings given the lucrative nature of these events, when they impact on the running of the hotel for the rest of guests then I really get annoyed. Particularly give the cost of staying at Middlethorpe. Firstly, that evening I had a perfectly good glass of Kir Royal tipped down me by the inexperienced waiter and furthermore it took the best part of 40 minutes to have a 15 minute chocolate soufflé delivered to the table. Small details but when one pays top dollar, near perfect service is expected.
That said when things run smoothly the hotel is a desirable destination, but may be avoid Saturdays
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now part of the National Trust - all profits donated to the charity. Overlooking York Racecourse, Middlethorpe Hall is close to the city of York yet enjoys 20 acres of its own peaceful gardens and parkland. It has an award-winning restaurant, the Oak Dining Room, and a heavenly spa with swimming pool. Decorated in traditional country house style, Middlethorpe is furnished with antiques and fine paintings consistent with the period of the house. Beautifully appointed bedrooms are located in the main house and the 18th-century courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Middlethorpe Hall Hotel York
- Middlethorpe Hall And Spa
- Middlethorpe Hall York