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.
- 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