Let me start with the positives: this is a charming old house which has been expertly restored. Do go down to the basement, where the toilets are, to see the photos of how it looked before restoration.
The room we stayed in was immaculately clean and had many thoughtful touches.
The gardens, though small, are beautiful, and very well kept.
Now the negatives, which, I'm afraid are more numerous!
The main thing: road noise. The house sits very close to a number of busy roads, and you're never really able to get away from it. A morning ramble in the gardens and down by the pretty lake was more or less ruined by the very loud swishing past of cars in the distance. We stayed in the main house, but next time we would opt for a courtyard room - but there probably won't be a next time, to be honest.
Food: in an old house like this it would be much better to have good old-fashioned food, not the extremely nouvelle cuisine which is offered. We found the dishes over-worked, and of miniscule size. Nor is it cheap; in fact, let's be honest, it's vastly over-priced. I know that one is paying to keep a beautiful old house, and that the money has to come from somewhere, but we should have much preferred larger portions of more traditional dishes which surely would not cost any more to provide.
Coffee: a bitter variety is used, consistently made too weak. Cost saving?
The TV remote in the room didn't work. Batteries? I didn't complain because we're not big TV watchers anyway. But these things should be routinely checked.
The spa: nice little pool, bubbly bath, steam-room and sauna; tiny but well-formed gym - as long as you're alone there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now part of the National Trust - all profits donated to the charity. Overlooking York Racecourse, Middlethorpe Hall is close to the city of York yet enjoys 20 acres of its own peaceful gardens and parkland. It has an award-winning restaurant, the Oak Dining Room, and a heavenly spa with swimming pool. Decorated in traditional country house style, Middlethorpe is furnished with antiques and fine paintings consistent with the period of the house. Beautifully appointed bedrooms are located in the main house and the 18th-century courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Middlethorpe Hall And Spa
- Middlethorpe Hall Hotel York
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