Middlethorpe Hall and Spa is a delightful country house hotel (read our full review here) – situated just two miles from York city centre – and one of only three Historic House Hotels owned by the National Trust. Built in 1699, the William III retreat is renowned for its incredible cuisine, beautiful rooms and boutique spa. Famed 18th century diarist, Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, who helped introduce smallpox inoculation to Britain, lived here in the early 1700s.
Set in 20 acres of breathtaking parkland and ornate gardens, historic Middlethorpe Hall is on the edge of the much sought after village of Bishopthorpe, which boasts the world-famous Archbishop’s Palace and enchanting riverside walks.
The hotel’s interior is truly romantic – reminiscent of one of the grand houses in hit Regency TV series Bridgerton – so it’s the perfect location for a romantic escape. But groups and families are equally warmly welcomed, with many taking advantage of the heavenly spa and close access to the magnificent city of York
Arriving at the glorious, Regency façade makes you truly feel like you’re in a Jane Austin novel, especially when you’re greeted by the dashing and charismatic General Manager Lionel A Chatard. The entrance to the 29-bedroom hall is equally impressive with lots of ornate antiques and spectacular landscape and portrait paintings. There’s a cosy, wood-panelled reception area and all the consecutive rooms as reminiscent of the refined but relaxing drawing and morning rooms from the 18th century period.
Rooms and Suites
There’s a vast array of rooms, ranging from the main house grand suites and bedrooms to the dog-friendly courtyard suites – a great place to stay if you cannot bear leaving your beloved pooches at home. Apart from luxurious king-size beds, the airy rooms feature warming, soft furnishings and incredible views. Bathrooms are generous-sized and contain Penhaligon Quercus toiletries
Food and Drink Facilities
The 1699 oak panelled dining rooms overlook the beautifully manicured gardens. Middlethorpe Hall is renowned throughout the north for its fine dining, and has twice won Restaurant of the Year in the prestigious Visit York awards as well as boasting 2 AA Rosettes. Head Chef Ashley Binder ensures the menu is fresh and seasonal, working with local suppliers and the hotel’s gardening team. Breakfast and lunch are delicious, as is the elaborate and scrumptious Chocolate Afternoon Tea experience, created by pastry chef Paul Harrison – but the candle-lit dinner is the real star of the show. We would highly recommend ham-hock ballotine with chorizo croquette to start followed by sea bream coupled with Champagne velouté, scallop, sea aster and baked potato. For pudding, duck egg custard with lemon yoghurt and Italian meringue was utterly divine.
Onsite Recreational / Activity Facilities
Just moments across the gravelled driveway of the hall is the beautiful boutique spa, which holds a stunning swimming pool, spa bath, gymnasium and treatment rooms. The warm and friendly team at the spa make you feel like royalty for the day and treatments are incredibly luxurious, using exquisite products by Aromatherapy Associates. I would urge you to try the Yorkshire Rose Garden Ritual, which helps restore radiance using precious essential oils of damask rose, which works on skin renewal and capillary circulation. The hall itself hosts numerous events throughout the year including lunchtime talks and wine club, but by far the best recreational activity is to stroll around the magical gardens.
York is one of the most stunning cities in the world with lots to see and do. It’s a must to visit the Viking attraction JORVIK, the Castle Museum and magnificent York Minster. And the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors are just a short journey away.
York station is a ten minute drive.