On a recent trip to York, I booked us into the Middlethorpe for the unique experience it offered.
What a grand building! We, and the general public, are lucky to have this building now in the care of the National Trust and available as a hotel for us all to enjoy.
We stayed in the converted stables, rather than the main house, and the room was very comfortable, though a little tight on space. However, everything was there that we needed, and it was warm and comfortable. Breakfast was taken in the dining room of the main House.
We had dinner in their restaurant, which was a fabulous evening. The standard was very high, and must rank as one of the best in the region. The whole experience was very 'country house', with pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room, whilst selecting from the menu, and then being escorted to dinner by a waiter when it was ready. There is a very subdued 'hush' to the atmosphere, which may be a bit overwhelming for some. This is probably due to the surroundings.
The building is grandly furnished with what appear to be original items. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and go out of their way to make you relax. The grounds extend to about 20 acres, with manicured lawns, croquet green, lake and a ha-ha!
I'm sure that Lord Grantham, Lady Mary and Bates were around there somewhere!
- 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