Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

‘A cheerful, likeable hotel’, this William and Mary mansion stands in Italianate parkland, with easy access to the city centre. More

Contact details

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Bishopthorpe Road
York
Yorkshire
YO23 2GB
England
01904 641241

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

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).

Background music

none.

Children

not under 6.

Dogs

allowed in garden suites and cottage, not in main house.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B from £143, D,B&B from £218. Set gourmet dinner £75, seasonal menu £45, à la carte £59. 1-night bookings refused summer weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A cheerful, likeable hotel’, this ‘stunning’ William and Mary mansion stands in Italianate parkland, with easy access to the city centre. Built in 1699 with an eye on Wren’s Hampton Court, it was rescued and restored by the National Trust in the 1980s. An oak staircase sweeps upwards from the entrance hall; the ‘grand public rooms’ (‘seriously comfortable for pre- and post-dinner gin-and-tonics’) are filled with antiques and fine pictures. Bedrooms, fittingly, are traditional – ‘old-fashioned’, some say – and decorated with not a few frilly valances. ‘I felt, at first, as if I were visiting a rich grandmother at her country pile. But I came to appreciate my high-ceilinged room, whose well-coordinated decor suited the hotel’s ethos.’ There’s a spa in a ‘lovely brick cottage’ (‘where some rejuvenation wouldn’t go amiss’), but wander in the ‘well-cared-for gardens’ instead – ‘there are lots of corners to explore’. Dinner is ‘nice, without being cordon bleu’ – perhaps lamb loin, ricotta, wild garlic – ‘and the chefs offer to rustle up an alternative if you fancy something different’. ‘Breakfast provides all the choice you need.’ The A64 rumbles close by. (Anthony Bradbury, Michael Gwinnell, 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.

Map

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Bishopthorpe Road
York
Yorkshire
YO23 2GB

Guest comments

'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.