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A quote from one of our recent guests: "Middlethorpe is absolute perfection - the house stunning, the gardens impeccable, the service superb! As an American, it fulfilled my every dream of the perfect country house experience. Large enough to be luxurious but small enough to feel like a private home. It didn't look or feel commercial in any way, which was important to me, and I enjoyed the stunning grounds as much as any of the Trust properties we visited on our trip. The interiors were perfection - such a delight! I so look forward to visiting again, and wish you continued success and longevity. Don't change a thing!"
Middlethorpe Hall is a William and Mary country house, built in 1699 of mellow red brick with limestone dressings, for Thomas Barlow, a master cutler from Sheffield. It was bought in the 1980s and reopened as a luxury hotel, Restaurant and Spa in 1984, rescued from decay, caringly and lovingly restored by Historic House Hotels. In September 2008, Middlethorpe Hall and the other two Historic House Hotels became the inalienable property of the National Trust by donation, with all profits benefiting the houses and the charity.
The restoration, conservation and conversion into a country house hotel has been carried out to exacting and historically accurate standards. It has been elegantly decorated in the manner of the 18th Century and furnished with antiques and fine paintings, so that its look and ambiance is that of a well-kept, well-furnished private manor house rather than a 29 bedroom Hotel (ten rooms and suites in the house, and nineteen in the adjacent 18th Century courtyard).
The 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland which surround Middlethorpe Hall are also the result of a transformation - from a rose bed and nettles to a parterre that now includes a fragrant rose garden, intriguing walled garden and romantic meadow which leads to a lake surrounded by beautiful specimen trees. There is also a ha'ha.
Middlethorpe Hall is renowned for its imaginative cuisine and its panelled dining rooms which overlook the manicured gardens. It also boasts a Health and Fitness Spa built behind the handsome façade of two listed Edwardian cottages. This offers guests a range of facilities from Decléor, ESPA and Jessica treatments with trained therapists to a splendid swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium.
Middlethorpe Hall, like its sister hotels Hartwell House in Aylesbury and Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno, has achieved a graceful transition from country house to first-class hotel without losing its character. Indeed, Historic House Hotels are now the yardstick by which others must be judged.
Middlethorpe Hall welcomes children over the age of 6.
In the interest of the majority of our guests and the safety of historic Middlethorpe Hall, all rooms and bedrooms have been designated non-smoking.
In September 2008 HISTORIC HOUSE HOTELS LTD and all its interests in MIDDLETHORPE HALL and the other two Historic House Hotels, HARTWELL HOUSE and BODYSGALLEN HALL, became the property of the NATIONAL TRUST, by donation, with all profits henceforward benefiting the houses and the charity.
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