Middleton Lodge Estate

North Yorkshire, Northern England, United Kingdom Book from Book from £160 per night

Romantic rooms and two gourmet restaurants on a tranquil country estate near the Yorkshire Dales; ideal for restorative weekend breaks
This is the real country-squire deal: a Georgian estate with 200 acres of lush woodland, just outside the small village of Middleton Tyas and a few miles from the majestic scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. The ‘big house’, Middleton Lodge, has long been a popular wedding venue, and now its coach house, dairy, stables and farmhouse have been transformed into 29 stylish rooms and two excellent restaurants.

Set among leafy lawns and courtyards awash with lavender, the buildings are all soft grey stone, large arched doors and pleasing symmetries. Inside, the style is rustic-chic: exposed brickwork, wooden tables and battered Chesterfields in the communal areas; pale hues, woollen throws and open beams in the bedrooms. Thanks to young and enthusiastic owners James and Becky, there are also some cool metropolitan touches that have seen the place likened to a northern Babington House: swish bathrooms, vintage trunks, and a clubby bar with tempting cocktails. As for the location, it’s weekend-break perfect: stroll around pretty Richmond, hike in the national park, or just hole up in the estate's spectacular kitchen garden and forget the outside world.

Highs

  • A beautiful setting, with blooming gardens, woodland walks on the doorstep, bikes to borrow, and croquet and clay-pigeon shooting on site
  • Spoiling rooms, many with roll-top tubs or private patios
  • Wonderfully peaceful (a good night’s sleep is guaranteed), with treatment rooms to help you unwind
  • Two atmospheric restaurants serving modern British cuisine with imaginative twists; meals here are a real treat
  • Only a short drive from bustling Richmond, the glorious Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors

Lows

  • A swimming pool and a new spa is currently being built so guests staying in the Dairy rooms or in the Farmhouse might hear building work during the day
  • The woodland walk is closed until further notice due to a tree disease outbreak
  • Middleton is an extremely popular wedding venue - be prepared to share the place with wedding guests in the summer
  • Forge restaurant is only open Wednesday to Saturday

Best time to go

Providing you dress appropriately, all seasons have their magic. Perhaps most special are late spring, when the bluebells are in flower, and autumn, when you’ll catch the trees in their golden finery.

Our top tips

Check out what’s on at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal during your stay. It’s a gem: Britain’s oldest working theatre still in its original form.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 29 (+ self-catering house for 10)
  • Restaurants & bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Available
  • Clay-pigeon shooting
  • Croquet and boules
Room:

Rooms

The rooms are dotted around Middleton Estate in four different buildings. Within each, they are categorised into Comfy, Standard or Suite.

When we first visited we stayed in the Coach House. Its Comfy rooms have a crisp feel, with modern oak furniture, while the Standard rooms have a little more character - perhaps a marble washstand beneath a sloping ceiling, or a quirky round window looking out over the grounds to the hills beyond. The Suite is the largest and its blue-and-white New England style, wood-burning stove and huge bathroom are worth the extra money.

The Farmhouse rooms are almost Provençal in style, with contemporary four-posters, elegant striped headboards or whitewashed furniture, plus parkland views in most; if you're booking them as a self-catering rental, you also get a lounge with an open fireplace.

The Potting Shed rooms are set in the walled garden and have a botanical theme. We thought the views over the spectacular floral displays from here were some of the best on the estate.

On our most recent visit, we stayed in the Dairy, located next to Forge restaurant. Our suite was simply gorgeous, with a log burner for chilly evenings and the biggest copper bathtub we've ever seen - as big as a hot tub! Very romantic.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Offering all-day dining, Coach House Restaurant is worth a visit for the atmosphere alone. Housed in the former stables, it somehow manages to be relaxed, smart, spacious and intimate all at the same time. The open beams and exposed brickwork make a soaring backdrop for rustic tongue-and-groove panelling, mis-matched tables and slate floors.

The food is just as good, with plenty of local ingredients (game from the moors, produce from the kitchen garden). We both opted for a very tasty slow-braised lamb ragu with pappardelle and gremolata - yum. Puddings are rich and delicious (my vanilla pannacotta with rhubarb, apple and ginger hit the spot), and there are interesting vegetarian options.

For lunch (served in the courtyard if you wish), there’s a mix of dishes from light salads and sandwiches to heartier fish pies and steaks. Breakfast is a Continental spread plus a selection of hot dishes - our huevos rancheros was spicy, warming and delicious. Brunch and afternoon tea are also available.

Since we last visited, a new fine-dining restaurant called Forge has opened near the Farmhouse and Dairy. It's open for dinner Wed-Sat and serves seasonal tasting menus that we're itching to try.

If you're booking the Farmhouse as a rental, you get a full kitchen with a range cooker, plus a dining table seating 12. A private chef can be arranged if you're celebrating something special or just fancy a night off cooking.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Chef on request
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the estate - the woods are waymarked, and a stroll through the trees will take you to the Palladian Lodge (ask to have a look around if there's no wedding)
  • Nearby Richmond could fill a day with its 11th-century castle (there are great views from the keep), museums and cobbled market place
  • Walkers have two national parks - the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors - within striking distance; if you prefer two wheels, there are bikes to borrow
  • Visit Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle, a château-style mansion with sumptuous decorative-art collections, whose star attraction is an 18th-century silver swan automaton
  • If you fancy a foodie tour, head to the Black Sheep Brewery at Masham, the Wensleydale cheese creamery at Hawes, and the markets at Leyburn, Richmond and Ripon. And there are splendid afternoon teas at the famous Betty’s Café Tea Rooms in Northallerton
  • If you want to stay put, you’ll find tennis courts, croquet and clay-pigeon shooting for the active, and two treatment rooms offering facials, wraps and massages for the sybaritic

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Clay-pigeon shooting
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Tennis
  • Well being

Kids

Although the hotel is geared more towards couples, children are welcome. There’s a box of games and toys, and the large lawn can be used for boules and croquet (equipment provided). Older kids will enjoy the tennis courts, bicycles and clay-pigeon shooting, too.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Baby cots (free) and rollaway beds (extra charge) can be added to the Suites and Comfy rooms. Taking the whole farmhouse as a rental is a good option for large families as it sleeps up to 12, though note that all rooms are doubles (no twins).

Babysitting:

Can be arranged on request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Baby monitors

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Children are welcome in the Coach House Restaurant (there’s a kids' menu with the likes of fish and chips, pasta, chicken goujons and ice cream), though they’re encouraged to eat early.

Distances:

  • Shops: 15 minutes
  • Hospital: 20 minutes
  • Airport: 1 hour
Kid Friendly:

Location

Middleton Lodge Estate is set just outside the small village of Middleton Tyas, six miles east of Richmond in North Yorkshire, England. It’s just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and within easy reach of the North York Moors.

By Air:
Fly into Newcastle (80km away) or Leeds-Bradford (86km away). You could take a taxi from either airport, but it’s best to have a car so that you can explore the area - see our car rental recommendations. There’s free parking at the hotel.

By Train:
Guests travelling by train usually go to Darlington (25 minutes away) or Northallerton (45 minutes away), then hire a car or take a taxi.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you confirm a booking through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around

Airports:

  • Newcastle 80.0 km NCL
  • Leeds-Bradford 86.0 km LBA

Other:

  • Beach 60.0 km
  • Shops 0.8 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

The room, food and service were all excellent. We especially liked the walled garden, which is absolutely stunning! Plus the breakfast menu was really extensive, and one of the best fry ups we've had in a long time!
One small piece of feedback would be that it would be nice to have fresh milk in the rooms, rather than the small plastic cartons, as everything else seemed to be thought through with regards to sustainability. We played tennis, and the net was broken, so would be good to know it needs a bit of attention. Apart from that we thought the setting, and also the value for money, compared with similar places we've stayed, were excellent.

Would definitely recommend!

10/10,

We have just returned from a wonderful weekend stay at The Coach House. Our room was quiet, comfy and well stocked with fluffy towels, robes,sweet smelling bath gels, and delicious home made shortbread. Steps to access the room (Adventurer) were steep, so not suitable for everyone. The team were very welcoming, knowledgeable and couldn't do enough to make our stay special. Food was delicious and the estate was beautiful, especially the walled garden.

10/10,

Beautiful room in the Coach House loft rooms, nice attention to detail in the rooms with Nespresso machines and bath in room. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the walk round the grounds was beautiful. Lovely stay, wish it could have been for longer than one night!

9/10,

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