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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels in York
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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“Lovely setting, fantastic food and superb service...would highly recommend!”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

My friend and I booked into Middlethorpe Hall last minute after being snowed out of our b&b in the Dales and I'm so glad we were. Middlethorpe is owned by the National Trust and has been meticulously decorated in what I can only describe as the Jane Austen era. We were shown around the property by a helpful young man who pointed out the different lounges and sitting rooms at our disposal all with fires and armchairs. Our luggage was taken up to our room for us and we were shown there up the main staircase and around the many corridors.

Rooms are simple with nice furniture and touches, we had a twin room with enormously high ceilings and period furniture. Lovely. The bathroom was clean and had Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries, bathrobes and fluffy towels so nothing to complain about there!

We ate in the restaurant that night and my oh my the food and wine were absolutely superb! I had the neck of Cumbrian lamb which was so tender...mouthwatering! And you must try the sticky toffee pudding soufflé...it's beyond incredible. The menu isn't cheap, you're looking at around £12-£15 for starters and desserts and about £25 for a main but it's absolutely worth it - this was the best meal I had in a long time and my compliments to the chef! Waiter service is also excellent and I was surprised actually at just how good the service was. Nothing was too much trouble and your wine glass was quietly replenished without you noticing.

After dinner we relaxed in the library which is just likely something out of Pride and Prejudice before rolling up to bed for a good nights sleep. Come morning we went down for breakfast where we found a good selection of continental and cooked foods including local sausages, bacon and black pudding. Again service was great with a friendly and charming lady catering to our needs.

We didn't partake of the spa while we were up or the grounds as it was snowing but I would definitely go to this hotel again and use those facilities. I loved our stay here and cannot rave about the food enough...a real unexpected treat.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

I've known and used Middlethorpe Hall for many years (even before it was restored and a nightclub!). I feared when the National Trust took it over the excellent standards of service, food and accommodation might deteriorate. My recent family visits in recent weeks reveal no need to have worried. It is still magnificent with truly excellent service.

If you enjoy racing Middlethorpe is close to the excellent York Racecourse and is used by discerning racegoers.

Also and this is a little quirky. It is close to the York Crematorium (and the Archbishop's Palace if it comes to that). We have found it a useful venue for catering and accommodation for funeral 'guests'.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing weekend at Middlethorpe Hall, a wonderful country residence owned by the National Trust. We were treated extremely well and the staff were friendly, polite and courteous as well as extremely professional. We were delighted with the service and attention was given down to the finest detail.
Meals were excellent and we even provided with packed lunches for both days. Accommodation was outstanding and the room service was very carefully attended to. The spa, swimming pool and beauty treatment facilities were an added bonus and everything was done in a very discreet and caring way. Room service was available 24 hours. We thoroughly recommend this wonderful venue for a break.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

What a fabulous experience. My new home I'd like to think!! What a luxurious stay of 2 nights. My friend Jenny and I had a wonderful, if not very cold stay. We visited and had pre booked various Spa treatments for both days. The girls at the Spa were delightful. Very pleasant. Reasonably priced as well.Breakfast was included each morning and very nice and we ate far too much! The service was excellent throughout the whole Hotel. Totally wonderful. We ate in the Restaurant both evenings and it was superb. Tea and coffee could be brought to the room at any time. We ventured into the Gardens even though it was cold and raining. To return in the Summer would be heavenly. Many Snowdrops were about under trees. I could move in permanently I feel!! Loved it

Room Tip: We had a room in the Courtyard which was lovely. Ask for a downstairs room if you require.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Having just returned from a night at the Middleton hall and spa we can honestly say it wasn't the best place we've stayed at.upon arrival we were welcomed & shown around the house by friendly efficient staff,our room which was room 1 was large with a lovely 4 poster bed,the downside was the bathroom size which was very small also no tea or coffee facilities in the room although you could order room service. The tv in the room was also small for the room size and situated at the foot of the bed made it difficult to watch comfortably.The rooms were clean and with the toiletries and bathrobe/slippers provided gave it a nice touch. We were disappointed in the gym & spa facilities having to go across the road to use theses we were greeted again and give instructions from a friendly member of staff. However the gym was at the bottom of a garden in what I can only describe as a summer house it was freezing cold and only big enough to accommodate a couple of people to safely use the equipment at any given time. The pool was lovely as was the jacuzzi,changing rooms only big enough for a couple of people. We had booked a table in the restaurant for the evening and was welcomed to the lounge before our table was ready were we had pre drinks served by the efficient friendly staff. The food was of excellent standard and so was the service. Overall we feel the hotel was overpriced for the standard of accommodation our bill for the 1night stay exceeded £450

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Middlethorpe, General Manager at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Since the beginning of February, we have received 27 comments from guests from all sources, including on Tripadvisor. Of these, 2 have been predominantly critical and the other 25 predominantly expressing satisfaction and praise.

We want all our guests to enjoy a visit here, and respond to these comments as follows:
 As explained in our ‘further information for guests’ leaflets, tea/coffee making facilities are available on request and can be placed in rooms at no extra cost.
 Room 1, which recently hosted a Royal Visitor, is located in the historic and grade II* listed building and is decorated with antiques and fine paintings…and a 26” TV! The bathroom, a modern convenience when related to the age of the house does contain a full size bath and all other amenities required in four star luxury hotels.
 Finally, in contrast to modern-built Spas, ours is located less than 50 yards from the hall in and behind a Victorian cottage. It is regrettable if the winter weather affected this guest’s opinion as they had to walk outside to access it.
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Silverdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Visit for a birthday to this hotel 18/3/13 to 21/3/13

What a lovely hotel and the staff make it so enjoyable.

We have never stayed ANYWHERE that the staff have been so helpful, they smile and just cannot do enough for you.
The hotel itself was like being in Downton Abbey....it was warm, comfortable clean, posh and relaxing. We even got a free upgrade to a suite

The spa was also brilliant, clean and inviting as again were the staff

Whoever trains these people should train the staff at M&S in York....atrocious

The whole experience was excellent from start to finish and guess what?...we will be back next year for definate

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor as the floorboards do creek
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

I was surprised to a birthday weekend away here and it was simply stunning. I have never stayed anywhere nicer than this hotel. From the minute we pulled up to the breathtaking building and the staff welcomed us and took our bags, I knew it was going to be special.
We got upgraded to a suite which was beautiful and very comfy. The room had everything we needed.
We used the spa facilities on both days, excellent standard and not crowded.
The staff in the evening were out of this world, the attention to detail excellent. The choice of food, standard of food and the service were all 5*
Would definitely go back here!!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Additional Information about Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Property: Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Address: Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2GA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in York
#1 Spa Hotel in York
#1 Luxury Hotel in York
#3 Business Hotel in York
#4 Family Hotel in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Middlethorpe Hall & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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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