The delightful Coach House is one of Noelle Thornton's wonderful cluster of buildings hidden away behind magnificent Middleton Hall just outside Pickering. I'd be hard pushed to choose my favourite; all three are luxuriously furnished, with top notch kitchens, lovely linen and Noelle's sophisticated (and sometimes quirky!) design eye.
The majestic Barn is fabulously modern (but with all the good old bits intact), Applestore has the most extraordinary bathroom - on stilts - with a private view of the abundant birdlife; the Coach House I think has the lovliest garden which opens out into the woods - it feels very much part of the soft green landscape.
The Coach House (the clue is in the name) nods to its agricultural past but there's nothing old fashioned about it; there's underfloor heating, a fabulously geared-up kitchen and French doors to throw open onto that garden. Regular visitors include owls and bats - and the bell ringers at the next door church of a Monday! A gracious double and spacious twin, both ensuite feature Noelle's customary care, so expect gorgeous linen, fresh flowers, interesting art work and of course the now legendary home made scones on arrival, plus a welcome basket brimming with home made bread, local sausages, eggs and bacon; this lovely woman properly knows how to say hello.
How Much: From 700 per week, short breaks from 490
Kid's Stuff: Plenty of space for the terrors to turn troppo! Lots of corners, dens, trees, paths, bushes. You might not see them for the entire week. How enticing is that?
Well Placed: You're in the North Yorks Moors National Park with all its delights. Take the steam train from Pickering to Goathland (Potter fans will love you for it!) You don't have to venture far to find brilliant walks from the door - Noelle will point you in several directions.
Good Grub: The White Swan in Pickering is a lovely spot for lunch or dinner - sit in one of the two front bars, especially in the winter when the fires roar. Feast, next door is a cool cafe; call in for a casual lunch and a chance to buy lovely Yorkshire produce. But if you want a really memorable meal in an extraordinary thatched pub, The Star at Harome is the place. It's in our Top Ten and for very good reason.
Middleton Hall, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8NXTel 01751 472283
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 18 March 2015blog comments powered by Disqus