When looking for a top Hotel In York, look no further than Middlethorpe Hall Hotel – a charming and grand retreat just outside the city…
York is a city as charming as it is bustling, with a pleasant blend of contemporary shops to cater for shopping needs and quaint coffee shops to pop in for an afternoon tea. It is a city centre shrouded in history, with beautiful building facades and the historic York Cathedral. Cosy pubs stand shoulder to shoulder with quirky bars and there is an abundance of things to do. If you are looking for somewhere to stay, look no further than Middlethorpe Hall Hotel – a William III Country House Hotel in York, surrounded by 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland.
As you enter the grand house, it is difficult not to be transported to a byegone era. Middlethorpe Hall Hotel is a William III Country House settled just outside of York and surrounded by 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland. Period style decor both in the rooms and the Hotel make for a magical and historical break destination you won’t forget in a hurry. Whilst there be sure to visit the spa and get a treatment in one of their quaint treatment rooms. Be warned, this Hotel will soon be a favourite when looking for a Hotel in York…
Built in the 17th Century, Middlethorpe Hall Hotel boasts 29 beautiful, traditional bedrooms which are spread out across the main house, with the exception of four Courtyard suites. Our room was based on the first floor and was one of their four poster rooms. The room was beautiful; as we walked in we could instantly feel the traditional charm, the decor encapsulating a classic feel which in no way felt dated.
A large four poster bed sat as the centre piece, looking enticingly comfortable. Other furniture in the room included a traditional style wardrobe, chest of drawers and writing desk. Large bay windows overlooked the courtyard, allowing the room to be flooded with natural day light making a homely environment, perfect for relaxing in before getting ready to go out. The en-suite bathroom continues with the traditional flow with a deep bath to relax in and quality toiletries to pamper yourself with.
If you get the chance, make sure you book yourself to dine at Middlethorpe Hall. Dinner at Middlethorpe Hall is not just your average meal out, its an experience and one that will entice you to come back again, even if it’s just to dine there. It comes at no surprise to us that we feel this way considering it’s twice been awarded restaurant of the year in York as well as consistently retaining 2 AA Rosettes. Ran by head chef Ashley Blinder, you can chose to dine from their A la Carte menu, or if you are feeling adventurous his famous tasting menu. As we had a big lunch we opted for their A La Carte menu which consisted of three courses.
For the starter we recommend the Hand-dived Scallops, a dish which came out well presented and cooked to perfection. The scallops wearn’t too fishy yet were full of flavour and something I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
If like us you enjoy tucking into a nice slice of beef for dinner, then the Dry-aged fillet of beef should go down a treat. Freshly cooked and well marinated in it’s sauces, our knife glided through as we effortlessly finished off the course. The texture was rich on it’s own but well balanced when met with the accompaniments of carrots, nasturtium, onion and cottage pie.
Once we had finished our starters and main courses we were given the option of a cheese board or six desserts from their pudding menu along with some dessert wines. For us there was no other option than choosing the Apple and Caramel parfait! A mouth watering dessert which was finished in seconds, we couldn’t have asked for better. Rounded off with our dessert wine, it was the perfect ending to an enjoyable evening.
The Spa at Middlethorpe isn’t overly grand and fancy, it’s a smaller facility which is a nice addition to your stay. Located just across the road, secluded in it’s own private garden in two listed Edwardian cottages they offer spa treatments, a indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room and sauna. The pool is quiet, perfect for some lengths before your treatment, although the public do have access so it may get busy at times. Treatment wise, their offering consists of: facials, advanced facials, anti-ageing, body treatments, manicures, holistic and organic and so much more.
Overall, when it comes to a UK break away Middlethorpe hall has to be on your list of hotels to consider. Our stay was perfect, the staff were friendly, the food excellent and the room full of character and charm. Middlethorpe really did combine everything that we would want in a hotel and so much more. We left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to return when booking a Hotel in York again…
Middlethorpe Hall Hotel
Seen in the City was hosted by Middlethorpe Hall Hotel, a member of Pride of Britain Hotels’ collection (never more than 50 hotels, to guarantee quality and exclusivity). The hotel is a beautifully restored William III country house with roaring log fires and candlelit rooms amidst a backdrop of antiques and fine paintings, overlooking 20 acres of manicured gardens. The spa has an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room and sauna. A range of treatments is on offer including the 55-minute Decléor Aromatherapy Warm Stone Massage (£69 pp). A night’s stay at Middlethorpe Hall Hotel costs from £199 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast. Call Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com).