Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

‘The 21st-century’s answer to staying at Downton Abbey’, this ‘elegant’, ‘well-run’ William and Mary mansion continues to win accolades from guests who deem it ‘superb’. More

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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Bishopthorpe Road
YO23 2GB
01904 641241
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Hotel information


29. 17 in courtyard, 2 in garden, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


drawing room, sitting rooms, library, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds, spa (10 by 6 metre indoor swimming pool).

Background music



over-6s welcomed.


allowed in garden suites, not in public rooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B from £143, D,B&B from £218. Set dinner £69, à la carte £43. 1-night bookings refused weekends in summer.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The 21st-century’s answer to staying at Downton Abbey’, this ‘elegant’, ‘well-run’ William and Mary mansion continues to win accolades from guests who deem it ‘superb’. The ‘lovely old house’ standing in ‘extensive’, ‘tranquil’ gardens (‘a real joy to behold’) is owned by the National Trust; Lionel Chatard, the long-serving manager, heads a team of ‘friendly’, ‘efficient’, ‘discreet’ staff. ‘The charming staff addressed us by name, and ensured we had everything we could possibly want.’ ‘Spacious’ public rooms, reached via ‘fire-lit’ halls, are ‘beautifully furnished’ with antiques. In the ‘well-staffed’ dining room, Ashley Binder, the new head chef, cooks a ‘first-class’ modern menu (though a guest this year wished for a more frequently changing selection of dishes). Well fed, retire to traditionally decorated bedrooms (‘creaky’ floorboards; ‘soft stripes and florals’ from ‘yesteryear’) spread out between the main house, the restored 18th-century courtyard and cottages in the gardens; umbrellas are provided. ‘It’s top of the tree – our favourite hotel.’ (Jane Bailey, Richard Morgan-Price, Caroline Faircliff, Harry Medcalf). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Special offers

Tailor make the break of your choice

From only £139 per person, per night to include: Overnight accommodation in a courtyard double/twin room; early morning tea; full Yorkshire breakfast; three-course seasonal dinner; use of the Spa facilities; complimentary Wi-Fi and parking; and your choice of one of the following options: Either a chilled bottle of pink Champagne in your room, or champagne afternoon tea, or a one-day York Pass to discover the magnificent City of York, or a 25-minute Decléor or NeomOrganics treatment per person. Restrictions and terms and conditions apply. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Bishopthorpe Road
YO23 2GB

Guest comments

'Superb. Very well run, lovely staff, lovely public rooms. Location (a little noise), food, service all great. So handy for York. Our room was a little poky but it was part of a deal, so fair enough. Superb (not huge) spa. ' - Richard Morgan-Price - October, 2015
'We cannot fault this hotel! With its sister, Hartwell House, it is very special. From the moment we arrived we were surrounded by antiques, beautiful furnishings and friendly, attentive but discreet staff: we had entered a calmer world. A number of the staff were familiar from our last visit two years ago: we were impressed that they greeted us by name. The attention to detail was exemplary. The food was excellent. The Spa has an inviting pool and relaxing massages. It was a pleasure to stroll around the well-tended gardens. ' - Jane Bailey - June, 2012

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