Middleton Lodge Estate – Richmond, North Yorkshire
The independently owned Palladian estate, Middleton Lodge, is just about the coolest hotel in Yorkshire. There are 45 bedrooms scattered across the 200 acres of carefully landscaped grounds: the newest addition is the Dairy Cottage, which comprises a mezzanine bedroom with a double-height living area, wood burning stove, round copper bathtub and hot tub on the terrace – plus, of course, ample original details. Another favourite is the old Head Gardener’s Cottage, hidden within the walls of the Grade II-listed walled garden and with doors that open out onto the two-acres of year-round colour. Designed by RHS Chelsea gold winner Tom Stuart-Smith, the gardens are at the core of the estate and provide the primary inspiration for its acclaimed restaurant, the Coach House. There’s also plans afoot for a new spa and heated outdoor pool to be completed this year, along with the restoration of the original Victorian glasshouses where even more fresh produce will be grown. Sounds delicious.
Doubles from £169
+44 (0)1325 377977; middletonlodge.co.uk