We stayed three nights and were delighted by Chris and Sarah's hospitality. The room was quiet (except for the rooks in the morning!), comfortable and well appointed. It is a lovely old house. The location in the middle of town was perfect and you can watch the horses go past every morning.
The stay was made more enjoyable because it turned out that Sarah had long ago been a nanny to someone in Toronto that my wife knows quite well and whose daughter went to the same school as our son. Small world!
The breakfast was perfectly cooked using local products selected from round about by Chris and the home made cakes looked so tempting we took some with us when we left since we had not been around for afternoon tea.
Apart from being a charming village, Middleham is a good base for exploring Wensleydale, Fountains Abbey, Ripon, Richmond and it's only about an hour from York or the Yorkshire Moors.
No great restaurants in Middleham, but Chris ordered us a taxi to the Sandpiper Inn in Leyburn, which was outstanding - see review. The driver was a real character and only charged ten pounds to take us there and bring us back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of historical Middleham overlooking Richard III’s childhood home, Middleham Castle, The Priory offers an escape to the country for those who aren’t prepared to compromise on urban luxuries. Middleham is famous for its race horse connections and groups of horses pass by the front of the Priory every morning on their way to the gallops. Located within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds, Harrogate and York, 5 race courses and several golf clubs. Nearest train station is Northallerton, and the nearest town is Leyburn (2 miles). Middleham has a local village store and local public houses serving food. The main house has 5 bedrooms, a guest Drawing Room and dining room. There is a walled garden for the use of guests – sit under the apple tree sipping a glass of wine and sharing one of Chris’s special summer BBQs. Drying, Ironing & Laundry facilities available. Well behaved dogs are welcome at the Priory in certain rooms by arrangement at point of booking for a small additional charge. Street parking available, there are no yellow lines in Middleham! The whole of the Priory is also available for house parties – price on application depending on requirements. For a self catering option, The Coach House which dates back to the 16th Century sleeps up to 8 guests – dog friendly, so bring your favourite 4 legged furry friend. Enjoy walks from the door and in surrounding dales including the Six Dales Trail. ... more less
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- The Priory Guesthouse Middleham, North Yorkshire