This perfectly proportioned country retreat (on the Palladian estate of Middleton Lodge, a superb private house and wedding venue) is just about the coolest hotel in Yorkshire. Once a neglected estate, owners James and Rebecca Allison are conjuring it back to its former glory. Following the restoration of the Coach House, the hotel now has 17 bedrooms, a buzzing, yet relaxed restaurant and superb treatment rooms. Another six bedrooms are on the way in the Dovecote – expect stone barns, huge beds and metal bathtubs. They’ve also spent the last two years restoring their two acre Kitchen Garden. The Fig House (once the site of the estate greenhouse) is now styled in bottle greens, with church doors and garden antiques, creating a beautiful, unique venue. This autumn, the Forge Restaurant is opening in an old barn, set to serve an ever-changing tasting menu picked straight from the estate. Think of Middleton Lodge as a sleeping beauty, which James and Rebecca are coaxing back to life.
Doubles from £170
44 (0)1325 377977; middletonlodge.co.uk
Located in 200 acres of private countryside, there’s a 3.5km woodland walk around the estate that takes guests through woodland, wild meadows and our landscaped grounds. Forgot your wellies? Don’t worry, you can hire Barbour wellies from reception. Hotel guests can also pick up one the vintage bicycles and explore the surrounding villages.
The Coach House is a relaxed restaurant,open from morning, noon until night.. For lunch order a fresh salad from The Kitchen Garden or a seasonal soup, using herbs foraged from the woodland. In the evening, expect a 3 AA Rosette British and chargrill menu inspired by the Yorkshire countryside. By September 2018, a new restaurant will also be on the estate.
Don’t forget to pop in to The Coach House shop, full of lifestyle and homewares handpicked by creative director, Rebecca Tappin. Expect a variety of products from gorgeous British brands from Kiss The Moon, Bronte By Moon, Katie Leamon and Nkuku.
CLAIM TO FAME:
The recently restored kitchen garden was designed by renowned landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith.
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