Need to know
12 noon; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $195.50 (£142), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge was built in 1780 by the architect John Carr for a local mining clan and it has remained a family home ever since, purchased by the Allisons in 1980. It is a textbook example of a Georgian estate.
At the hotel
200 acres of grounds, spa, tennis court, DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: Roberts Radios, flatscreen TV, DVD player, mini fridge with free bottled water, tray of tea-making treats and Nespresso coffee machine, Noble Isle toiletries, hair dryer. Ask for hair straighteners or plug adaptors if you need them, and bikes are available to borrow.
Our favourite rooms
All have their own charm, character and exposed timber beams – most have freestanding roll-top baths and king-sized beds. The Hayloft rooms are up a narrow old stone staircase and have fabulous views over the courtyard and paddock. The Garden Rooms have their own mini outdoor seating areas. The ground-floor Tack Room is the most spacious. Taking inspiration from the blue-and-white pottery found in the nearby woods, it has a plush linen sofa opposite your own wood-burning stove.
With two treatment rooms and a tranquil terrace where guests are given mani-pedis, the Treatment Rooms is a delightful spot for a holistic time out. Eco-friendly Voya and Ren products are used in a range of signature mud masks, bespoke massages and facials, alongside seaweed wraps, and lavender and peppermint-scented sugar scrubs. There are special treatments for mums-to-be too.
Stout boots and waterproofs – you’re going to want to go walking, and the weather can be changeable. Some Tupperware in which to bring back all those delicious Yorkshire cheeses.
The main building is wheelchair-accessible and one bedroom has been adapted for mobility-impaired guests.
Welcome; it’s perfect for babies under one. Staff can supply foldaway cots and extra beds, a monitor, high chairs, and U-rated DVDs. There’s no charge for under-fives.
Babies and older children.
The Tack Room on the ground level is the roomiest and best suited to an extra cot or foldaway bed.
As well as the Forbidden Corner, kids will love Jorvik Viking Centre (01904 543400; ), an interactive museum that focuses on the Vikings’ time in York (‘Jorvik’ was the Scandinavian name for the city). Their favourite bit will undoubtedly be sitting in the little train that takes them through a reconstruction of a Viking village, complete with authentic noises and smells.
Highchairs are available. The Coach House's kids' menu includes fish, chips and peas; minute steak, salad and fries; cottage pie and mash.
The Tack Room is within monitor range of the restaurant.
If the food isn’t grown within a few yards of the estate itself, it’s locally sourced, seasonal and free-range. All the heat on the estate comes from their wood chip boiler, which uses renewable biomass to heat all the water for baths, showers, under-floor heating and radiators. Waste is recycled as compost for the gardens, and their own borehole produces mineral water for the estate (rain in the Yorkshire Dales is filtered through miles of limestone before being drawn up here).