Discover York’s Remarkable Heritage Staying at Middlethorpe Hall
5 Apr 2017
- Explore the city’s great art and noteworthy antiques
- Enjoy the art and antiques at 18th-century Middlethorpe Hall
The streets of York are alive with history and given its remarkable heritage, York is full of great art and remarkable antiques for visitors to discover.
Standing in over 20 acres of its own award-winning gardens in York, the glorious William and Mary house, Middlethorpe Hall, was the former home of the famous 18th century diarist, Lady Mary Wortley Montague. This National Trust hotel is the ideal inspiration for exploring the great art and antiques in the city of York, a destination of outstanding beauty.
At Middlethorpe Hall, the panelled dining rooms overlook the gardens. The finely proportioned drawing rooms are filled with fine antique furniture and paintings, making this a wonderful base before heading out and discovering:
Fairfax House, Castle Street, York – Over 120 pieces of the finest English furniture make up the outstanding Noel Terry collection displayed in one of the best Georgian townhouses in the UK.
The Antiques Centre York, Stonegate, York – Located in the shadow of the famous York Minster, visitors will discover over 120 dealers specialising in jewellery, fine art, glass, furniture and books and much more.
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York – Come for the most extensive and representative collection of British Studio Ceramics. The building originally opened in 1879 and reopened after an £8 million transformation in 2015. The museum has been nominated for the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award, the only British museum on the list.
Each of the bedrooms at the hotel is individually designed and has its own distinct story. But it is the central block of Middlethorpe Hall where guests find several rooms that are truly inspiring. Here guests encounter a breathtaking collection of antiques and art. These areas include the Entrance Hall, The Parlour, The Oak Dining Room, The Ante-Room, The Ballroom and The Staircase Hall.
The Entrance Hall – encounter original stone-flagged floor
The Oak Dining Room – enjoy the most elaborate surviving oak panelling
The Ante-Room – look out for the carved doorcases
The Ballroom – look up at the delicate plasterwork ceiling and look down at the white marble chimneypiece
The Staircase Hall – walk on the oak stairs and observe the carving of the balusters. Hanging above the stairs is a studio version of Jonathan Richardson the elder’s portrait of Middlthorpe’s most famous tenant, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
There is plenty to explore outdoors at Middlethorpe Hall too in the wonderful 20 acres of National Trust gardens. The enchanting walled gardens at Middlethorpe do not just produce a beautiful display of flowering shrubs and plants, but have been planted with vegetables and fruit: apples, pears, plums, peaches and greengages, all of which are used in the hotel kitchens by the Head Chef to create wonderful dishes.
Middlethorpe Hall’s 60 cover restaurant is overseen by Head Chef Ashley Binder. The classically panelled dining room provides the perfect setting for the British food with both traditional and contemporary touches for which the hotel has been awarded two AA Rosettes. The boutique spa at Middlethorpe Hall with its blue-tiled pool and sauna is the perfect place to relax and recharge. The spa offers a selection of treatments with NEOM Luxury Organics and Decleor.
The hotel is a 25-minute walk from the medieval city of York with its 13th-century defensive walls (the longest and best preserved in England), narrow streets, gothic minster and bookshops specialising in antiquarian books. Visitors can explore York’s Roman, Viking, and medieval heritage plus a wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster.
Middlethorpe Hall offers the finest setting for a journey of discovery of arts and antiques in York.
www.middlethorpe.com Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, Tel: +44 (1904) 641241
B&B priced from £199.00 per night based on two sharing