Middleton Lodge Estate – Yorkshire
Hotel Type: An elegant Georgian country retreat. The Main House remains a family home and is available for private hire, whilst rest of the estate has become an award winning hotel.
Location: Set within 200 acres of stunning rural North Yorkshire countryside. It is located five minutes from Yorkshires historic town Richmond; 40 minutes from Newcastle, an hour from York and 2.5 hours from London via train.
Style: Regency splendour with modern luxury
Rooms: 29 rooms and suites split across the Coach House, Farmhouse, The Potting Shed, and The Dairy. With a further 16 rooms in The Main House available for exclusive hire.
Our Favourite Room: Holly’s favourite room is the Dairy Hot Tub room for the private gardens and huge tin hot tubs!
Ideal For: Exploring the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, celebrating something special or just taking a big breath of British countryside air.
Swimming: There is no time for swimming here, except in your bathtub.
Dining: Head to The Coach House Restaurant to sample their freshly made, locally sourced menu inspired by the Mediterranean. Sample regional ales at the bar and carefully crafted cocktails. There is also private dining available for up to 24 guests.
Activities: Explore the local countryside and the estate on foot or by bike. Spend the day relaxing with some pampering at the spa, visit Kynren for the Epic Tale of England. Go for a countryside walk or hike and visit some of the superb waterfalls in the area, head to The Bowes Museum home to the most important collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England.
Spa: The spa menu features a handpicked selection of holistic treatments that use eco-friendly Voya, Kiss The Moon and Ren products.
Children: Middleton Lodge is extremely family friendly.
Furry Friends: Dogs are welcome and have the garden rooms especially for furry friends!
Accessibility: Middleton lodge offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms.
Low Season Price From: £230 per night to stay in the Potting Shed Comfy and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: £295 per night to stay in the Potting Shed Comfy and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round
Up a grand, tree lined drive, in between the wild beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, lies the 200 acre estate of Middleton Lodge. A graceful Georgian stately house, it has been transformed by its owners, with their wonderful eye for detail, into a magnificent boutique retreat. Add to that some good old fashioned Yorkshire hospitality, delicious field to fork dining and far reaching views over farmland, and it’s no wonder that guests book time and time again. Their eco friendly credentials are first class, from home grown and locally sourced and free range produce, to the wood chip boiler providing heat for water and radiators and recycled waste used as garden compost. Wander around the kitchen garden, explore the estate and further afield, or just sit back and relax for a total change of scene from day-to-day life.
The style and décor of each room and suite is so incredibly tasteful, it’s a struggle to recommend any particular one. They are all totally different, from exposed stone work and timber frames, to painted panelled walls and deep roll top baths and colourfully tiled wetrooms – all are elegant, welcoming and very comfortable. With the Coach House as the main hub, with nine bedrooms, there are further rooms and suites around the estate in the Farmhouse, Potting Shed and Dairy, with the Main House having 16 rooms that can be taken privately. With views out over the estate, the Coach House Standard Double Rooms have super king size beds and free standing baths. For a bit more space, take a Coach House Comfy Double Rooms and ask for one with its own terrace. We love the blues and creams in the Tack Room Suite and its open log fire. It is also big enough for a family. The Dairy Comfy Room is a little quiet hideaway looking out over the estate, whilst Dairy Cottage is full blown romance. Double height ceilings, a six foot round tin bath, cosy fireplace, super king size bed on the mezzanine and a private garden with hot tub. With views of the courtyard, estate and surrounding woodland, the Dairy Suites have good size living areas, some with a free standing bath in the bedroom and are large enough to accommodate a family. The Dairy Family Rooms have bunks and can take up to four children. We love the idea of staying in a Potting Shed, so we especially like the rooms here. The Comfy Rooms have views over the fields and are really spacious – not a trowel in sight! The Head Gardener’s Cottage is now a suite and is the only room with direct access to the Kitchen Garden – enough to give you serious garden envy. For larger families, or groups of friends, the Farmhouse has six bedrooms (sleeping 12) and a fully equipped kitchen. However, if you’d prefer not to cook, everything can be brought to you. Decorated in full Regency splendour, the Main House is elegant and sophisticated. With 16 bedrooms (seven suites and nine doubles), enormous drawing room, library, billiard room and a party cellar, this is definitely a place for celebrations and large families.
Much of the produce is home grown in the large kitchen garden and hand-reared beef, free range eggs and chickens are all locally sourced, and it’s the estate’s aim to become fully self sufficient in the near future. The Coach House serves fresh dishes all day in a relaxed and informal setting. There is also the Forge restaurant serving modern British food. Breakfasts are truly hearty – homemade pastries and jams, traditional English and more, all to set you up for the day.
This is one of our favourite places to bring your family. With all the freedom that the estate brings for children, it’s pure escapism for everyone. There are family rooms with bunk beds; cots can be provided, and children’s menus. At Easter, there are egg hunts and during the summer you can enjoy an outdoor theatre. Under fives are free.
An extremely comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding national parks and nearby Richmond, it’s also the perfect place for winding down. Middleton Lodge has two treatment rooms offering a relaxing range of treatments, and guests can book pilates and meditation classes. Roam the livestock filled estate on foot or by bike – there are plenty to borrow. There’s a croquet lawn, and being Yorkshire, of course there’s a cricket pitch. Shooting can also be arranged.
Location – Yorkshire
There’s a good reason why Yorkshire is known as “God’s own country”. Encompassing the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and even a little bit of the Peak District, with swathes of it designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can’t fail to be overwhelmed by it’s raw beauty. From wild and rugged peaks and tumbling becks to miles of mighty chalk cliffs and sandy beaches to the east, this huge county promises views you’ll never forget. It’s rich in history – crowns have been decided here – and there is no shortage of stately homes, medieval castles and fortresses, picturesque cobbled villages and flourishing Spa towns. It’s also home to an abundance of wildlife that can be easily spotted in the unspoilt landscape – with the coast being a birder’s paradise. There’s adventure for families from steam trains and wildlife parks to mazes and caves. And if you’re looking for culture there are no end of garden, galleries, museums and sculpture parks.
Sustainability is elegantly woven into everything Middleton Lodge does. Dating back to its inception, Middleton remains committed to eco-friendly practises. The lodge was built during an era of self-sufficiency amongst such estates, and thus has preserved this ethos. All of the water they use is sourced from a borehole, including where it’s used in heating and showers, and a biomass generator is used to heat it. Passive technologies are used as much as possible in heating and cooling, whilst air conditioning is non-existent. All lighting is provided by low-energy bulbs, and most communal areas have motion sensors to ensure lights are not on unnecessarily. Additionally, building materials are sourced locally, either from the estate itself or nearby providers, which extends to interior furniture. This is not even beginning to mention all of their planting projects. Middleton Lodge are always planting trees and restoring the estate garden. The Kitchen Garden is another proud feature, meaning vegetables and fruits can also be grown on site, without the use of pesticides or genetic modification. All waste is recycled or composted where possible, and single-use plastics have been entirely outlawed. If there’s no way to re-use it on site, a number of local waste management centres are on hand to help.