Middlethorpe Hall, a National Trust hotel, is a 17th century William and Mary country house standing in 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland just outside of the historic medieval city of York. Today award-winning Middlethorpe lives again as originally intended, with the look and feel of a luxurious and private country house. It is the ideal destination to discover a city and a truly unique hotel at the start of a new year.
Visitors can explore York’s Roman, Viking, and medieval heritage, plus a wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster (the largest medieval gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and a treasure house of over 800 years of stained glass). For full atmospheric effect, approach the Minster via The Shambles, an ancient cobbled street mentioned in the Domesday Book, where the upper stories of the 14th-century timber houses lean out, almost to within touching distance.
Middlethorpe Hall has proved remarkably adaptable to the changing needs of English domestic life. As guests arrive they enter the Entrance Hall which still has its original stone-flagged floor, black marble chimneypiece and oak door surrounds. Georgian portraits, landscapes and still-lifes will keep guests entertained for hours. These are the kind that would have been hung at Middlethorpe in the eighteenth-century.
The Oak Dining Room was one of the grandest rooms in Thomas Barlow’s house. Thomas Barlow wanted to be recognised as a country gentleman, and that’s just what he achieved by building himself a smart new country house at Middlethorpe.
All guests have access to the spa whose facilities include a heated indoor pool, a steam room, sauna, whirlpool bath and a gymnasium. In addition, the spa offers membership to non-guests and a selection of spa treatments to all. A few of us at Lawyer Monthly recently indulged in a luxurious facial treatment at Middlethorpe Hall’s spa facilities, and were thoroughly impressed with the attention to detail and fine relaxation provided by their team.
“I felt very welcome as I entered the cosy cottage that the spa is set in. An open fire burning, the warm glow of fairy lights twinkling around the room, friendly staff at the reception desk and a window showing the steam radiating from the heated pool behind. I was given a soft fresh robe and slippers, and to ensure I was completely comfortable during the treatment, the bed was heated and soft music played. I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing 60 minutes at the hands of one of the experienced therapists. After receiving my aromatherapy-based facial with the luxurious Decleor products, I felt energised. It was so refreshing to receive this treatment and make full use of the spa facilities provided. I would wholeheartedly recommend a trip to Middlethorpe for the spa alone.”
Here at Lawyer Monthly we understand that sometimes you have to rest and take in the view, therefore exclusively to our readers, Middlethorpe Hall is offering the ‘Tailor-made’ Break of your Choice from only £139 per person per night and to include:
o A one-day York Pass per person (offering free entry to over 30 attractions in York);
o Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in the C18th Drawing Rooms;
o A chilled bottle of Pink house Champagne in your room on arrival;
o A 25-minute Decléor or NeomOrganics treatment per person in the Spa.
This offer is subject to availability, available Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and York Race days) and not valid in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Supplement apply for single occupancy or for an upgrade to a room located in the historic hall or a suite.
Middlethorpe Hotel & Spa
York, Yorkshire, UK
www.middlethorpe.com / Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB / Tel: +44 (1904) 641241