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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Ranked #2 of 47 Hotels in York
Certificate of Excellence
Midlands
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Birthday Treat”
Reviewed 21 May 2008

Stayed 2 nights 14th & 15th May for my birthday and a visit to York races. No complaints whatsoever the management and staff were very helpful and freindly nothing is too much trouble. The food was very good too, we had a wonderful stay. If you are going to the races its a great place to stay as you can walk to the track. Wish I had had as much luck with picking the horses as choosing to stay at Middlethorpe Hall it is Fab.

  • Liked — great service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2008

I was recommended this hotel by some friends during a weekend stay in Gloucestershire; and I was very grateful for the tip.

I stayed twice midweek at this property while on business in York. It is a stunning Queen Anne building, close to the racecourse but a good ten minute cab ride into the town centre. The Grange is a similar style property if this is unavailable, or try the more contemporary Hotel du Vin if you need to be closer to town.

Don't be put off by the price tag; some great rates (under £110 including supper) to be had during off season in January, though do make sure supper is included in your rate as the set menu is £40 per head. Trust me, the quality and surroundings justify that price tag.

Again, call up if you are booking last minute and see if you can negotiate a competitive rate.

I stayed once in the stable block, and once in the main house. Didn't notice much difference between the two; both felt homely and were of a high standard, so don't be put off booking the less expensive rooms, but do spring for the main house if you can to get the view.

The four poster in the main house had superb views past the Cedar of Lebanon over the rolling lawn, though I did notice the roar from the distant main road at the edge of the grounds in the morning, so the more secluded stables won on that front. Less of a problem at weekends.

Bathrooms are OK, but nothing special, a little dated now and with the poor water pressure endemic to York meaning a bath takes a good ten minutes to run. Crabtree and Evelyn combi shampoo and conditioner was adequate, but best to bring your own.

Beds, sheets and pillows were all top quality, and the turndown service was a nice touch. The Roberts radio by the bed tempted me to a little Radio 3, not normally my cup of tea but the surroundings made it very relaxing and appropriate.

There is an indoor pool and spa across the road, though on popping my head round the door it did look slightly outdated, though adequate.

All room have TVs with DVD players, though best to spend your day walking the grounds (note the walled garden and lake), potter back for Afternoon Tea in the library by a roaring real fire, and evenings sitting in the Drawing Room with the newspapers enjoying a drink before supper.

The candlelit Dining Room is the main event here; food is of the highest quality and every dish both tasty and innovative. It is expensive, but the cost is absolutely worth it for a special event. One evening I invited some colleagues and had the small dining room to ourselves, with candelabra, which would be great for a private party.

Morning Tea is provided complimentary, though has to be brought to your room as there is no kettle there. Home made biscuits and Hildon water is provided.

Breakfast is another superb triumph, with everything homemade and tasty, though can take a while to be freshly prepared so book ahead if in a hurry.

At all points during my stays the staff were faultlessly helpful, genuinely friendly and - above all - had a great pride in being part of this very special hotel.

VERDICT: More of a weekend retreat than a business hotel, with some of the best food I experienced in York and certainly the most impressive architecture and surroundings of any UK hotel, Middlethorpe makes a nice change from cookie cutter chain hotels.

  • Liked — The imposing Queen Anne House, High End Dining and faultless staff
  • Disliked — Low water pressure and bathrooms becoming tired
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
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England
1 review
Reviewed 2 May 2008

I've done the wrong thing here which is to check-out TripAdvisor after staying somewhere. Having said that, if I'd seen all these great reviews before staying at Middlethorpe Hall I would have expected it to be really something and really something it aint.

Where do I begin? Awful, dark, shabby room with 80's decor. 1980's that is - i.e. tasteless. Tasteless also describes the food.
The staff were wooden. The service as plastic as their smiles.

I really can't think of a positive.

I have stayed at lots of lovely hotels in lots of beautifil locations and this is the first time that I have had such a dire time.

Middlethorpe Hall need to start investing some money in refurbs.
I would suggest that they call in the Hotel Inspector - and fast!

  • Stayed April 2008
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Thank travelmuchandfar
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Middlethorpe, General Manager at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, responded to this review, 14 May 2008
The team and myself, here at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, have been delighted in receiving so many positive reviews and comments from guests over the recent years. We have also listened and learned a great deal, from the few less enthusiastic ones, who made constructive criticism and suggestions for improvements.

However, we felt rather hurt and upset when we read the review from ‘well travelled’ Travelmuchandfar (although he/she created his/her password only to review Middlethorpe) – so much so that questions were raised about the accuracy and fairness of his/her review.

We do not pretend to achieve perfection every time, but the team is dedicated to quality and takes pride in looking after our guests - many have commented on how kind and helpful the team is and have also complimented the food.

It is regrettable that ‘Travelmuchandfar’ failed to notice our brand new flat screen TV/DVD combi-sets, nor our upgraded bathrooms, nor the Wi-Fi internet connection that is available in every room. More frequent visitors would also have commented on the quality and historic accuracy of the recent redecoration of our South Hall and our Principal Suites in the main house.

Our bedrooms may indeed feel ‘old-fashioned’ in their comfort and décor (locally hand stitched mattresses, Egyptian bed linen, Italian towelling, floral patterned fabrics, antique furniture and period paintings), but we are proud to offer a luxury alternative to the more ‘modern’ grey shoe-box type bedrooms that seem to follow an already dated designer trend, in new or recently refurbished hotels.

Incidentally to terminate, as Travelmuchandfar mentioned the TV programme, it is timely to note that Ruth Watson ‘The hotel inspector’ stayed with us more than once when filming in York, and publicly praised the quality and consistency of the service at Middlethorpe Hall during a public dinner speech in the city!
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Milton Keynes
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2008

We arrived early, so that we could go to morning service in the Minster. We were warmly welcomed, offered coffee until our pre-booked taxi arrived, and then left everything for reception to manage. After our day in York, we returned to find we had been upgraded to a delightful four-poster bedroom, with our luggage in place, together with a large complimentary bowl of fruit and a box of chocolates.

On both evenings, after pre-diner drinks in the drawing room, we thoroughly enjoyed a delicious dinner, selected from a suitably extensive menu and a very tempting wine list. We spent two very comfortable nights in the tranquil country setting of Middllethorpe. Breakfast both mornings was memorable.

Throughout our short stay, the staff were unfailingly, quietly attentive; the atmosphere was one of a large country house designed to promote the comfort of the guests. Our room was beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. We would not hesitate to return or to recommend Middlethorpe Hall to our friends.

Patricia & Brian Meek

  • Liked — staff, food, cleanliness, general ambience
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank MiltonKeynesDaisy
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Gloucestershire
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2008

Wonderfully relaxing, lovely views and grounds.
First-class staff who all appear to enjoy their jobs - any
small problem was ironed out immediately.
I loved the spa swimming pool - so relaxing after a busy day.
The only criticism I could find (and this was difficult) was
the orange juice at breakfast was not freshly squeezed
and the large canister in which it was contained
was placed on the window-sill, thereby obscuring part of
the lovely view of the wonderful gardens.

  • Liked — Lovely gardens
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank St_Briavels_Glos
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Manchester
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2008

We stayed at this hotel for two nights and had a wonderful break. The staff were fantastic, genuinley friendly and helpful. The room was lovely. We ate in the hotel restaurant one evening and the meal was beautiful, well prepared and well cooked and an interesting menu. Service was again great.

We asked for an iron to be brought to our room, but instead the shirt was taken away and returned pressed, much the better option. We also really enjoyed being brought tea in the mornings.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definately return.

  • Liked — Great Service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank RachKev
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london
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2008

We had a great two-night stay at Middlethorpe Hall and ould'nt fault it. General manager welcoming us at the door, efficient and knowledgeable concierge and easy check-in.

Our room was in the historic building on the 2nd floor (room 11)...great large windows overlooking the park, comfi bed and nice decor made of antique furniture and historic artefacts (chineese style). bathroom was a bit small but OK!

Service in the restaurant at Dinner was excellent with smily pleasant staff and the food was great - the scallops were amazingly fresh and the beef ever so tender. the camp French Head waiter is so funny and helpful!

Breakfast wasjust great served by a local & very chatty lady....

No doubts that we will return.

  • Liked — quality of service
  • Disliked — bathroom size
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank londontenor
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Property: Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Address: Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2GA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in York
#1 Romantic Hotel in York
#1 Spa Hotel in York
#3 Business Hotel in York
#4 Family Hotel in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Middlethorpe Hall & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Now part of the National Trust - all profits donated to the charity. Overlooking York Racecourse, Middlethorpe Hall is close to the city of York yet enjoys 20 acres of its own peaceful gardens and parkland. It has an award-winning restaurant, the Oak Dining Room, and a heavenly spa with swimming pool. Decorated in traditional country house style, Middlethorpe is furnished with antiques and fine paintings consistent with the period of the house. Beautifully appointed bedrooms are located in the main house and the 18th-century courtyard. ... more   less 
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