We don’t often review hotels on Squidbeak. B & Bs and self-catering cottages are more our style, but when the opportunity arose to stay at Middlethorpe Hall on the outskirts of York, we couldn’t resist.
First off, it’s a beautiful 17th century mansion, built for an upwardly mobile Sheffield cutler in 1699. Yorkies still remember it from the 70s when it was Brummel’s nightclub until 1979 when Richard Broyd and his company Historic House Hotels breathed new life into the place establishing it as a country house hotel, then in 2008 in a remarkable act of generosity he gave it and two others to the National Trust.
Today it is managed as any other commercial hotel under the direction of the charming French general manager Lionel Chatard. There are ten bedrooms and two suites in the main house, a further 17 bedrooms and suites in the courtyard and, down the lane, a cottage with two interconnecting suites.
Rooms are as comfortable as you would expect. Beds as wide as houses, fine cotton sheets, heaps of pillows, towelling robes, Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries and water, grapes and petit fours – the works. My only gripe: no tea tray. I know they’re naff and proper pampering means maid service, but I want a cuppa when I want it, be it 6am or half past midnight.
Never mind, the public rooms are gorgeous. The drawing room is vast: winged chairs, cushioned sofas, family portraits, a mighty chandelier and huge Georgian windows looking directly onto 20 clipped acres of garden. The dining room is panelled and plush and if you’ve overdone the puddings, there’s the spa, housed in a cottage across the way with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and all that jazz. For a luxury, romantic getaway, consider all boxes ticked.
How Much? £139 upwards, but look out for special midweek offers.
Kids Stuff? Over 6yrs in the hotel. Over 8 yrs in the spa. Family suites available in the cottage
Well Placed? Close by York racecourse and a ten minute taxi ride into town.
Bishopthorpe Road, York, North Yorkshire YO23 2GBTel 01904 620176
Part of Stay York
Review by Jill, 23 April 2015blog comments powered by Disqus