York’s only country house hotel offers indoor and outdoor experiences to enhance a summer staycation
Award-winning Historic House Hotel Middlethorpe Hall, part of the National Trust, is the perfect destination to enjoy 10 moments this summer including:
Middlethorpe Hall is set within 20 acres of gardens and parkland, which have been extensively restored and replanted since the 1980’s. Walks were re-created with urns providing eye catchers and paths allowing guests to discover wildlife including roe deer, beehives and various nesting birds around the lake. Guests are enticed to explore and enjoy these walks and later return to order drinks and light dishes from the Snack Menu on the South facing terrace, whilst appreciating the magnificent views over the South lawn.
The kitchen garden produces not only a beautiful display of flowering shrubs, magnificent herbaceous borders but holds herb beds and has been planted for fruit: apples, pears, plums, peaches and greengages, all of which are used by the Chef to create wonderful puddings. The team of Gardeners has also created an organic ‘potager’, producing a wide selection of vegetables that are used by chefs during the season.
Guests can follow a special tree trail around the grounds of Middlethorpe Hall, with a copy of their ‘The Gardens and Trees of Interest' Guide and Map, to identify prize specimens, from a Deodar Cedar and a Turkey Oak Tree to a Sequoiadendron giganteum and a Tulip Tree. Guests should head toward the English Oak; a tree planted some 200 years ago. From here they can enjoy spectacular views of Middlethorpe Hall.
Built behind the façade of two listed Edwardian cottages, Middlethorpe Spa is home to three treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna and club room. In the summer, spa guests can also unwind before or after a treatment outside on the terrace.
A large selection of Aromatherapy Associate facial and body treatments is available at the Spa, but we particularly recommend the expertly designed ‘Yorkshire Rose Garden Ritual’, taking inspirations from Middlethorpe’s award winning gardens, which are renowned for their herbaceous borders, which include beautiful historic roses, peonies, irises and many more fragrant flowers.
This perfect treat of dainty finger sandwiches, home-made scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, a selection of home-made seasonal pastries and slices of assorted cakes is served every day. Served between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm, in the 18th Century Drawing Room facing the south lawn.
The 1699 oak panelled dining room provides the perfect setting to enjoy the contemporary take on traditional British food. Head Chef Ashley Binder’s carefully designed dinner 'Tasting Menu' with paired wines offers a gourmet experience, while dishes are individually priced on the 'a la carte' dinner menu. An alternative 'Traditional Menu' is available Sunday to Friday for resident guests only.
Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, the celebrated 18th century diarist, moved into Middlethorpe Hall in August 1713. Famous for introducing her knowledge of the Ottoman practice of inoculation against smallpox to the UK, it was in later life that she was finally praised for introducing the practice here. A large painting of Lady Mary greets guests as they climb the staircase to their suites including the Lady Mary suite.
This pioneer gardener was the eldest child of Dr Matthew Wilkinson, a leading Manchester physician and the second husband of Frances Barlow, from whom he inherited Middlethorpe Hall. As Fanny explained, ‘When my father died (in 1878) we went to live at our own place, near York (Middlethorpe Hall), and there I began to devote myself to gardening in a practical way’. A York Civic Trust blue plaque will be unveiled in the walled garden this summer.
Middlethorpe Hall has been elegantly decorated in the manner of the 18th Century and furnished with antiques and fine paintings, so that its look and ambiance is that of a well-kept, well-furnished private country house rather than a 29 bedroom Hotel (ten rooms and suites in the house, and nineteen in the adjacent 18th Century courtyard). A stay here will be memorable for a long time.
Every stay and meal at Middlethorpe Hall benefit the National Trust which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.
www.middlethorpe.com Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, Tel:
01904 641241 B&B priced from £219.00 per night based on two sharing