" Step back in time with British History Breaks. Middlethorpe Hall is a William and Mary country house, built in 1699, from red limestone brick, for the self-made industrialist, Thomas Barlow.
It was restored to its original 18th century grandeur in the 1980’s, prior to re-opening as a hotel, restaurant, hotel and spa. In September 2008, Middlethorpe Hall was donated to the National Trust. It has the look and ambiance of a well-kept and furnished manor house rather than a 29 bedroom hotel.
We were fortunate enough to stay in the Duke of York suite, situated in the main house. This spacious accommodation, named after the stay of His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, is the flagship suite. We were impressed with the period antiques and furnishings, adding to the suite’s overall charm. We relaxed in the living room, complete with a comfortable sofa, and impressive fire-place, which forms a focal point of the room. The king sized coronet bed ensured a comfortable night’s sleep.
Following an afternoon in York, the historic centre being only a short taxi ride away, we enjoyed dinner in the restaurant, a stunning wood panelled room, overlooking the perfectly manicured gardens. Nicholas Evan’s award winning menu justifiably attracts enthusiasts of fine food and wine from around the world. Locally sourced produced was used extensively where possible and enjoyed fish from the North Yorkshire coast, and lamb from the Yorkshire Dales.
The trip was arranged by British History Breaks who offer unique heritage experiences in historic locations around the UK.
This review featured in the Travel & Leisure Magazine, September 2014.