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The next day of our journey turned out to be one of the best days of our entire trip.
After having a lovely coffee with my Great Uncle Trevor in Ipswich, we made our way north to York.
I chose this location because the route took us through the Yorkshire Dales. For any fans of the show and book All Creatures Great and Small, the …
... visit. After our visit we walked to Betty's to have cake and tea. Unfortunately there was a very long queue. David and I don't do queues and peering through the windows it just looked like everyone was crammed on top of each other. Personally I prefer Fortnum and Masons Diamond Jubilee Tea Room. We spent the rest of the day walking up and down the various lanes window shopping and then had a very pleasant walk back along the river and got back just before the ...
... was packed with Yorkers and we almost didn't get a table. Richard had pizza and I had Carbonara (hey, I had a long run this morning). Interestingly, we Americans were the only ones who used our little bit of Italian to speak to our waitress, whose English was a bit spotty. Highlight of the night was when the owner's son told Richard he looked like a Texas cop. "But more like a Sheriff, like Walker Texas Ranger". Oh, if he only ...
... to see coming down the river at some speed? Not for the faint hearted.
We have been so lucky with the weather on the different stretches of tidal rivers we have encountered so far on this trip. Sunny, light winds and no rain, it would be a whole different ball game in wet and windy conditions.
Y Knot is first out of the starting gate, remembering a tip from a local boater, "don't ...
Very relaxing evening in the pub with John and Vanessa catching up on what we had both been doing for the last 10 days. They had a good trip down to Sheffield after we left them and then up to Leeds where John used to work before he retired!
Another sunny day for our 3 hour trip from Beale Lock up to Selby, via The River Aire, and The Selby Canal. We had heard ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMiddlethorpe Hall & Spa York
This was one of the BEST hotel choices I have ever made! If you love classics like The Secret Garden and Pride and Prejudice, you will want to stay here. The feature I loved best over all, was that because it is owned by the National Trust, all profits go to charity.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Middlethorpe Hall & Spa York
Nothing to write home about.
We stayed here to celebrate our 1st anniversary. Although the hotel, grounds and service are very nice it is way overpriced. We were in the old stable block when we would have really liked to be in the main hotel for such a special occasion. The food was ok nothing to write home about but not piping hot. If we came to York again we would probably stay closer to the centre.
First class service and cuisine
We have stayed at this hotel many times and cannot recommend it highly enough. The rooms in this magnificent country house are delightful, I love the grandure of the main house and the cosy cottage atmosphere of the rooms in the courtyard. The bathrooms are "compact" but there is everything you need in there and the beds are the most comfortable I have ever slept in.
Service throught the whole hotel is excellent not least in the restaurant where both the food and wine are superb.
I always take the time to explore the vast gardens which are delightful and a credit to the gardeners. The main road can be heard slightly in the distance but this does not detract from the splendor of the setting.
I must also mention the spa. I was surprised to find it inside what appears to be a tiny cottage opposite the hotel. I couldn't believe my eyes when I found that it contained a swimming pool, steam room etc. plus beauty rooms. The treatments are to die for..............I could go on....
Exellence meets near Perfection
This is most certainly one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. Middlethorpe exudes the feeling of Georgian grandeur paired with superb food, a well stocked cellar and very dedicated and helpful staff, right up from the doorman to the manager. Actually, you feel that this is more of a home from home, than a hotel. I have stayed at Middlethorpe on numerous occasions (New Years Eve, especially themed weekends and evening dinners) and have also used it for business meetings or just for entertaining friends in the lavish drawing room. It is a fantastic place to bring foreign guests to, as it epitomises the best of old England and professionalism.
We were made most welcome at this country house hotel close to city centre York. The extensive gardens were a joy to stroll round before a superb dinner.
Our room was in the main house decorated with period furnishings and offered a comfortable restful sleep.
The staff were discreetly attentive and always courteus and helpful.
Loved the Hotel
I spent one night here last week and thought it was great. I have stayed here before and still think that it is a lovley hotel. Friendly, efficient staff and a gorgeous outlook. Great pool. Very small gym which meant I had to spend more time in the lounge drinking!
New year let down!
The hotel is beautiful and the staff are excellent, but where do I start, we had a 2-night package over New Year and I would not say we had that great a time! The room we had was part of the old stable block and was tiny; it was adequately decorated but had mill dew around the sink - not acceptable in any star hotel. The room was right by the door to the outside and every time someone went through it, it slammed very loudly as there was no catch on the door. The room service was very limited and also limited to very few hours in the day, I phoned for an iron was told that due to health and safety I was not able to have this so had to pay and use their pressing service!The food on the evening of the hotel was excellent although I did come back from the toilet to have one of my courses already waiting on the table - this was really not acceptable! Part of the package included a champagne brunch the next day, well all I can say was it was a cooked breakfast that went on until 11 rather than 10! There was certainly no champagne and nothing that I would accept as a brunch! Through out all the meals we had we had no music so even the afternoon tea was taken in dead silence - really not what you want when your trying to celebrate the new year It was a shame as we spent a lot of money on this particular trip but on the whole I would defiantly not say I would recommend it and it was not worth the money!
Briefly, we enjoyed our stay at this old country house but can only say it was average. There was an awfull continuous hum of traffic from the motorway which kept us awake most of the night. Reading the other reviews one can ony assume we hit at a bad time.
A superb experience
We stayed in the annex in a very comfortable, spacious room. A friend stayed in the main house (#2), a very elegant accommodation with large sitting room and separate bedroom. The staff was exceptionally courteous and helpful. The restaurant food was also excellent. All in all, we couldn't ask for more.
I very much enjoyed three relaxing days staying at Middlethorpe Hall.
My room in the annex (formerly stables) was spacious, nicely appointed, and absolutely quiet. The perfect place to recover from jet lag. The weather in early March was still a bit cold and dreary, but the gardens must be beautiful in warmer months. In the main house, public rooms are beautifully decorated, and staff is very responsive. The restaurant serves very nice food, though it isn't quite "inspired." Three nights was plenty. The health spa is reasonably well appointed but has rather limited hours. The hotel has only two real shortcomings, and neither are fatal flaws: The highway passes nearby to the south, and there is pronounced traffic noise in the grounds and, I suspect, in rooms that face south. You pretty much need a car to stay at Middlethorpe Hall. A taxi from the center of York runs at least 5UK pounds. While there is a bus that runs from the train station to a stop that is within 100 yards of the hotel's front door, it runs only every 30 minutes. The schedule from York appears to be pretty reliable, but no one could tell me when to pick up the bus that goes into town. Nevertheless, I look forward to another visit at Middlethorpe.
Loved Middlethorp Hall
This is a lovely hotel with great ambiance. The room was spacious and well appointed. I found it very charming and the staff was very accommodating.