A friend and I stayed at Midway House during a one night stopover in York (we were traveling back from Edinburgh to London).
We took a taxi from the York train station and found it with no problem - about a ten minute drive (outside of the center of the city, right next door to many bed and breakfasts).
We were greeted right away by Annette, who was very kind. She checked us in and showed us to our room and told us about all there is to do in York. She had lots of brochure and info on hand. And she explained how to get to the center of the city -- which is about a twenty minute walk (beautiful) along the river Ouse.
There were only two of us traveling ( college aged) and we booked the top attic room with twin beds - it was long and narrow with a sink in the room. One of the beds, the one I was sleeping in, was in the little area where the roof sloped (see picture) so it is a little difficult to maneuver (luckily I am short). There was no one sharing the bathroom with us at the time, which was very nice and just down the stairs. The room was a tiny bit musty and dated but still very cozy and nice.
York itself is lovely and worth the walk. We went to Jorvik Viking Center and the Shambles (the old butchers' street) and Yorkminister Cathedral - so beautiful. We had a decent meal at The Olive Tree (looking out at York Castle - Clifford's Tower) and then a delicious dessert at Rustique -- so good. We decided to walk back along the river right at dusk which was beautiful and there were other people walking, but a seemingly migrant man on a bike started following my friend and I until we were about to turn back to the street where Midway house was, so we ended up turning around and saying we had missed our turn so he wouldn't follow us. It was slightly disconcerting, as Annette had promised us it would be totally safe walking.
Other than that, our experience was lovely. Our traditional English breakfast by Annette was tasty and filling and she helped us get a cab back to the train.
Overall our experience at Midway House was totally positive and we would recommend a stay there to anyone! They are friendly and welcoming and run a great b&b.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely Late Victorian Villa, standing in it's own grounds with a large car-park for up to 14 cars. Resident owners Annette & Ian have over thirteen year's experience and have won three York Tourism Awards during their period of ownership. We have a great selection of en-suite rooms including Ground Floor, Doubles, Twins, Family, Four Poster and Triples all maintained to the highest standards and cleanliness and care are of continuing importance.We provide a freshly cooked breakfast and have a Visit England breakfast award. ... more less
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