Built in 1699, Middlethorpe Hall is an impressive William III country house located within York city and set in 20 acres of award-winning gardens and parkland alongside York Race Course. The Hall has been expertly restored and the magnificent reception rooms have been decorated with antiques and fine paintings in the manner of the 18th Century, giving it the look and ambiance of a well-kept, well-furnished private manor house. Having been rescued from decay and restored, it opened as a luxury hotel in 1984 and has since been awarded consistently 4 AA Red Stars (Inspectors' Choice).
Middlethorpe Hall offers 29 extremely comfortable and elegantly appointed bedrooms, with ten rooms and suites located in the main hall. Adjacent to the main hall is a beautifully restored classical 18th century courtyard in which nineteen further bedrooms and suites have been accommodated. The bedrooms in the main house and C18th Courtyard are decorated with traditional flair and come with fresh flowers, homemade biscuits and fluffy dressing gowns.
The elegant public rooms, including the drawing room, library, and oak paneled dining room, overlook sweeping lawns and ha-ha, the sun terrace and gardens. The dining room has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and offers an imaginative menu created by Head Chef Nicolas Evans. On the first floor of the main hall is a Boardroom with adjacent sitting room, perfect for a meeting of up to 10 people, furnished with antiques and fine paintings and enjoying views across the gardens and lawn.
Just a few metres from the main hall is The Barlow Room, a self-contained, purposed built meeting room, ideal for small conferences and receptions. It has its own cloakrooms, bar and kitchen and has been decorated in an interesting and eclectic style. The Barlow Room has air-conditioning, 3-phase wiring, free Wi-Fi, central floor mounted plug sockets, black-out facilities and TV aerials. It also has access ramps and disabled facilities. A dividing wall gives flexibility to the room, which can take up to forty-five people in comfort.
For relaxation, there is a boutique Health and Fitness Spa built behind the handsome façade of two listed Edwardian cottages, offering an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, 3 beauty treatment rooms and gymnasium.
Middlethorpe Hall, like its sister hotels Hartwell House near Aylesbury and Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno, has achieved a graceful transition from country house to first-class hotel without losing its character. In September 2008, Middlethorpe Hall and the other two Historic House Hotels became part of the National Trust by donation.