Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

York, Yorkshire

First-time visitors can’t help but stand and stare at this exquisite country house, with its William and Mary symmetry and 20 acres of gardens and parkland. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

First-time visitors can’t help but stand and stare at this ‘lovely hotel in beautiful surroundings’, with its William and Mary symmetry and 20 acres of gardens and parkland. Inside, elegant rooms with sash windows and wood panelling are furnished with sofas, paintings and glowing table lamps. It feels ‘gorgeous country house’ yet York is only a mile away; the racecourse is opposite. The house was given to the National Trust in 2008, yet it is not precious; there are newspapers to browse, open fires and a friendly, unstuffy atmosphere, with thoughtful service. Two cottages contain a small spa. Bedrooms, in the hall and converted outbuildings, are traditional country house with antiques, patterned wallpapers, blankets and eiderdowns. ‘Our very comfortable room was a little dated but appropriately so, with useful up-to-date details’ such as USB ports.’ All have books, flowers, fruit and delicious home-made biscuits. Canapés are followed by ‘amazing food’ such as lamb with asparagus and wild garlic, or halibut with coriander and lime. Breakfast offers freshly squeezed juice, leaf tea and cooked dishes such as poached haddock and a full grill. (Stephen and Pauline Glover, Dawn Murray)

Hotel details


Bishopthorpe Road
YO23 2GB


01904 641241


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


all year, restaurant closed Mon, Tues (light snacks available). Lunch available Sat, Sun.


hall, drawing room, library, 2 dining rooms, private dining rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, terrace, 20-acre grounds, spa (indoor pool), EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

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not under 6, extra bed £45.


by prior arrangement (no charge, welcome pack).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £196, singles from £153. Set menu £62-£79 (2/3 course), tasting menu £95. 1-night bookings refused at summer weekends.

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Special offers

Romantic Autumn and Winter Break Special Offer

AUTUMN AND WINTER BREAK. The perfect break to enjoy the best of the country and city! Escape to Middlethorpe Hall. Set in over 20 acres of parkland and with an intriguing series of interconnecting walled gardens. Not only do you feel the benefits of the country here, but you are also within 10 minutes drive of the centre of the City of York! Take advantage of this break specially created for the autumn and winter months. Enjoy the changing colours in the gardens, as trees and shrubs take on their autumn vibrance of rusts, golds and reds. Sink into comfortable sofas at the fireside, or spend the afternoon in a quiet corner with a book. Take a trip into York and visit the many attractions, gaining free admission to local National Trust properties during your stay (subject to opening times) or browse the artisan shops in and around The Shambles. This special break includes accommodation for two people in a double or twin-bedded room in the 18th century courtyard, the famous Yorkshire breakfast, use of the health spa facilities, plus a £25 allowance each towards evening meal food in the hotel restaurant and one £20 voucher each per stay towards pre-booked 1-hour spa treatments. A great break, giving you time to enjoy all the hotel has to offer, explore the gardens or take a trip out to discover the beauty of North Yorkshire. All this from £129.50 per person per night (a supplement for single occupancy will apply). Please quote WINTER23 on booking. Valid: Sunday to Thursday from 1st September 2023 to 28th March 2024. Subject to availability, and excludes 23rd December – 2nd January; York Races; 14th February. Children over six years of age are welcome. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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