This perfectly proportioned Georgian country retreat (on the estate of Middleton Lodge, a superb private hire house and wedding venue) is just about the coolest hotel in Yorkshire. Restored and launched by its owner, James Allison, with relaxed yet stylish interiors by his architect partner Rebecca, The Coach House is now a characterful, buzzy boutique hotel with nine sexy, sophisticated bedrooms, a curated shop, laid back lounge, cocktail bar – complete with a top flight team of mixologists and a brick-walled, unfussy yet comfortable restaurant. Plus soothing Ren and Voya facials and massages in The Treatment Rooms. And now an 18th-century Farmhouse, a wild meadow away from the Coach House, set in its own garden, is yours too: with open plan, eat-in, kitchen, dining area and lounge, masses of natural light and five bedrooms, available for private parties or individually. Think of Middleton Lodge as a sleeping beauty, which James and Rebecca have conjured back to life. Doubles from £170.
Name to Know: Head chef Gareth Rayner. Ask him to create a dish using ingredients he has foraged from the garden.
See: The Middleton Lodge woodland walk for residents only. For the early birds, take the 3.5km walk after a hearty breakfast, and watch the sleeping wildlife. Or enjoy an afternoon jaunt and choose between the woodlands, meadows and wild gardens. You might even spot some sheep shearing.
Eat: At the heart of The Coach House is the all-day restaurant, focused on locally sourced seasonal produce, with a clear estate to plate ethos. Where possible, Gareth and the kitchen team source their ingredients from the grounds of the estate, with the wild sorrel in the woodlands, plums from the garden’s bushels to the lavender in the courtyard, they all find a way onto your plate.
Buy: Stop by the curated Shop in reception to make your very own Coach House at home. Set against exposed bricks and up-cycled shelves, browse our carefully chosen range of home accessories, classic books, organic beauty essentials and natural scented candles.
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