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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'Tailor-Made Break' Special Offer

40TH ANNIVERSARY OFFER. Enjoy the hotel’s 40th Anniversary with a 40% DISCOUNT OFFER! Save 40% on bed & breakfast rates. In 2024 Middlethorpe Hall & Spa will celebrate their 40th Anniversary of the opening as a hotel. Come and stay in this magnificent, historic National Trust house in this special year with a celebratory offer of 40% DISCOUNT on the hotel’s published bed and breakfast rates! Such celebrations call for a bottle of bubbly, chilled in your room on arrival, and for total relaxation, enjoy a 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments. Book now and look forward to a special get-away to break up the winter months. After the festive celebrations you can relax and re-energise, looking after your well-being at Middlethorpe Hall. Stay in one of the beautifully appointed rooms, where you will find comfort and warmth. Relax in the health and beauty Spa, taking a dip in the pool or working out in the gym. Book a spa treatment, and allow the therapist to restore your vitality with an aromatherapy body or facial treatment. In the evening, relax over dinner choosing from a mouth-watering menu created by Head Chef Ashley Binder, capturing the essence of the season using the finest of locally sourced ingredients. Many reasons to visit and take advantage of the very special celebratory offer. T&Cs: Valid for stays between 3rd January to 27th March 2024, Sunday to Thursday, subject to availability, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Book now. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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