History in the Making at 17th Century Middlethorpe Hall / Restaurant of the Year Visit York Tourism Awards 2015
7 Jun 2015
• Fascinating history at Historic House Hotel in Medieval York and at famous York Minster
• Get back to nature amongst the striking gardens and specimen trees within 20 acres
• Learn about Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who once lived at Middlethorpe Hall
• Dine at the ‘Restaurant of the Year 2015’ awarded by Visit York
Middlethorpe Hall is a 17th century William and Mary country house standing in 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland just outside of the historic medieval city of York. Once the home of the famous diarist Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, Middlethorpe has been restored with carefully chosen antiques and art work. The historic house has had many incarnations including a girl’s school and a nightclub but its beginnings were as the home of a master cutler from Sheffield who wished to establish himself as a country gentleman. Francis Barlow, High Sheriff of Yorkshire made his mark during his time here in the 18th century adding pilasters and parapets. Now it lives again as originally intended, with the look and feel of a private country house.
Spring, and then summer, is the perfect time for discovering the delights of the manicured gardens and parkland that surround Middlethorpe Hall. A parterre includes a fragrant rose garden, intriguing walled garden and romantic meadow, which leads to a lake surrounded by beautiful specimen trees. From the Deodar Cedar with its gently, grayish-green young foliage and pink-brown new shoots, to the spreading branches of the Variegated Sycamore who spreading branches form an oval canopy not to mention the fruit trees – espaliered apples and pears – in the Walled Garden.
For visitors wishing to explore what is on the doorstep, York’s city walls contain some of the most splendid urban architecture in the British Isles, including the magnificent York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe. This masterpiece of stained glass and stone is truly awe-inspiring and will wow visitors of all ages. Experts from York Glaziers Trust are working alongside York Minster’s Stoneyard to restore the Great East Window – the largest expanse of medieval glass in Britain, which depicts the beginning and, the end of all things according to the book of Genesis.
Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, the celebrated 18th century feminist and diarist, moved into Middlethorpe Hall in August 1713. Famous for introducing her knowledge of the Ottoman practice of inoculation against smallpox to the UK, it was in later life that she was finally praised for introducing the practice here. A large painting of Lady Mary greets guests as they climb the staircase to their suites including the Lady Mary suite. Situated on the first floor of the historic hall and overlooking the beech avenue, this junior suite contains a living room with desk and sofa, a dressing room and a double bedroom with a ‘queen size bed’ and stunning views of the grounds.
York Break at Middlethorpe Hall
Enjoy Middlethorpe Hall with tailor-made breaks from £139 per person per night, based on two sharing a twin or double room, with a three-course dinner (£43 food allowance pp), early morning tea, use of the spa and overnight parking plus one of the following: chilled Champagne in room; one-day Yorkshire Pass to discover York’s attractions; Champagne afternoon tea for two and a 25-minute Decleor Aroma Back treatment for two. Valid Sunday to Thursday.
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