My friend Jill and I had been promising ourselves a lovely spa break for ages, so I decided to go ahead and book this in May of this year. A weekend stay was too much for us to justify, so we decided on a wed to fri break instead- it was still way more than I have ever spent on a hotel,- I am more a Travel Lodge kinda girl- but it was just about affordable.
On arriving at the hotel, a porter rushed down the steps and took my bag for me and I checked in with a minimum of fuss. My room was in the courtyard area- maybe they were stables originally? and it was beautiful- warm ,lovely view over the gardens, little casement windows, big fluffy house coat..heaven.
Breakfast was in the main hotel, and I only had the continental one. It was perfectly good- plenty tea, which is a big plus for me. we didn't use the restaurant -too pricey, though we did have room service for a meal. It was small but perfectly formed, if you get my drift- nine chips piled artistically and the world's smallest omelette. My fish goujons were better though. Jill was still so hungry at the end of her meal she went upstairs and ordered one from her room( so that the waiter wouldn't think she was a greedy pig)
In fact my only criticism of the hotel is that I couldn't work out what was complimentary and what we would be charged for- and that the prices for tea, etc are really steep. I sat and waited for Jill to finish her treatment in the library, and started to sneeze explosively- I looked round half expecting a porter to rush over and blow my nose and charge me a fiver for it...
That said I thought the whole experience fantastic. The lady who complained that she wasn't reminded of her treatment time should be ashamed of herself- the spa is TWO MINUTES walk away- why did she need reminded??
We had two treatments each, and Jill was very impressed that the beautician didn't look at her scaly feet and throw up. My hair looked like Edward Scissor Hands by the end of my facial, but boy was it worth it. The pool, steam room etc was excellent.
All told we would be back next year if we win the pools. Or inherit money. Or become wealthy widows... some chance.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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- Middlethorpe Hall Hotel York
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