Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

'Tis a very pritty place,' wrote the diarist and former resident, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. More

Contact details

Bishopthorpe Road
YO23 2GB
01904 641241

Hotel information


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


all year, restaurant closed for lunch Mon, Tues.


drawing room, sitting rooms, library, bar, restaurant, 
2 private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds, spa (10 by 6 metre indoor swimming pool), public rooms wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

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not under 6.


allowed in garden suites and cottage only, by prior arrangement.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B 129–£514, D,B&B from £198. 6-course tasting menu £75, a la carte £59.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Tis a very pritty place,’ wrote the diarist and former resident Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. After visiting the National Trust’s red brick mansion, Guide readers happily concur: ‘stunning exterior’, ‘wonderful venue’, ‘an immaculately uniformed staff member waited at the door to uplift luggage to my room’. The twenty-acre grounds ‘have many corners to explore’, albeit with the background hum of passing traffic. ‘Grand’ public rooms, with imposing portraits, are ‘furnished with antiques, old-fashioned drapes and fabrics’; the lounge has ‘intimate groupings of deep sofas and tables, warmed by a roaring fire’. In the wood-panelled, candlelit dining room, chef Ashley Binder’s ‘very good’ seasonal menus exploit produce from the walled kitchen garden, where the 17th-century dovecote is now a wine cellar. A typical dish: skrei cod, broccoli, brown shrimp and preserved lemon. Up the ornate oak staircase, bedrooms in the main house are agreeably traditional to some, ‘dated but well coordinated’ to others (the spa similarly splits opinion). A bathroom was ‘small, but spotless’. Breakfast brings ‘excellent molten scrambled egg, freshly squeezed juice, high-quality leaf tea’. (Robert Gower, Paul Abrahams, and others)

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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

'Ideal for those seeking individual attention and pampering. Very good cooking. ' - Robert Gower - December, 2017
'A likeable, cheerful hotel. Our reasonably sized old fashioned corner room on the top floor had large windows looking out from two sides on to the immaculate lawn and gardens. The stairs up are steep and the minute lift with two doors to close is a real squeeze. The drawing room and library snug are seriously comfortable for gin and tonics. Dinners are nicely cooked without being cordon bleu, though the menus look a bit tired. Breakfasts provide all the choice you need, and service from young staff is very good. ' - Anthony Bradbury - April, 2017
'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

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Tourist attractions

  • Castle Howard

    A magnificent 18th-century house, set in 1,000 acres of parkland.

  • National Railway Museum

    Over 300 years of rail history, with the steam engine from the Harry Potter films.

  • York Racecourse

    Award-winning, modern grandstands, listed buildings and manicured lawns set the scene for the best of racedays.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide