Having read some of the recent reviews I must be living in a parallel universe. I've stayed at Middlethorpe a number of times over the last 20 years and have never seen signs of capital expenditure over that period. The building is undoubtedly impressive but the constant background noise of the A64 extinguishes any pretence of being a country house hotel.
This visit was to see my parents, and having three children in tow we paid for a two bed cottage and a room in the main house for my parents. Bearing in mind that the hotel presents itself as a luxury country house hotel we were surprised to be presented with a cottage that was straight from the pages of an English Country Cottages brochure circa 1986. Our rate was £430 for the night and we had only a single bathroom with a small tank of water.
Suffice to say the hotel now donates all of its (probably rapidly diminishing) profits to the National Trust. My bill for a tired cottage and a room in the main house with uninteresting food and (charming but poorly trained) staff was just under £1,000. I suspect this is what happens when a not for profit body tries to run a business. All I can say is that eventually it will fail. If they were building cars the outcome would be a TR7.More
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