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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

York, The UK

Built in 1669 and originally a private country house, this grand, red-brick building has had various uses over the years. Its storied history includes housing a girls’ school, apartments and a nightclub. Today, Middlethorpe Hall & Spa is owned by the National Trust and offers fantastic service with an exclusive feel.

The pastel-hued reception area emanates the air of a refined country home and is adorned with portraits and antique furnishings. The rooms, each individually decorated in a classic English style, are split between the main house and the courtyard building.

The hotel also has an award-winning restaurant, a drawing room for afternoon tea, and a spa featuring a pool, steam room, sauna and whirlpool bath.


Despite the somewhat dated furniture in the rooms, this is a beautiful property with an exclusive feel which has even hosted royalty in the past.


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Classically decorated with traditional furniture, floral fabrics and paintings depicting rustic scenes, rooms at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa have a very traditional charm. They're split between the main house and the restored 18th-century courtyard, but all feature a TV and DVD player, wired or wireless internet, hospitality tray and spacious bathroom with either a shower, shower over bath or separate bath and shower. 


While this property is about a ten-minute drive from central York, it’s easy to get to the heart of town via a taxi, or by taking a public bus which arrives every half hour at the end of the road. 

Food and drink

Considered one of the best restaurants in York, the wood-paneled dining room at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa offers a seasonal menu as well as a gourmet tasting menu. For afternoon tea, you can head to the drawing room and lounge which overlooks the hotel’s expansive lawn and garden, or on sunny days relax with tea on the terrace.

Facilities and activities

Located in the courtyard building, the spa has a pool, steam room, sauna and whirlpool bath. Various spa treatments are also available at an additional charge.


The elevator in this hotel is small and not suitable for wheelchairs.

Tour ideas in York

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