North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

Rates from (ex tax)$176.66

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP160.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Well-groomed stables

Setting

Georgian country estate

By the rolling North Yorkshire moors, on a lushly green private estate, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is a place of old-fashioned English charm and slick, modern dining. This boutique hotel, restaurant and bar is the little sister to the grand Georgian mansion and is within easy reach of market town of Richmond.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–Out

12 noon; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $176.66 (£133), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP160.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

The main building is wheelchair-accessible and one bedroom has been adapted for mobility-impaired guests.

Children

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.

Best for

Babies and older children.

Recommended rooms

The Tack Room on the ground level is the roomiest and best suited to an extra cot or foldaway bed.

Activities

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.

 

Meals

Highchairs are available. The Coach House's kids' menu includes fish, chips and peas; minute steak, salad and fries; cottage pie and mash.

Also

The Tack Room is within monitor range of the restaurant.

Eco‐friendly

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).

Food and Drink

Photos The Coach House at Middleton Lodge food and drink

Top Table

The far-end alcove is the best for tête-à-têtes. If six or so are suppering, the curved tweed corner banquette. Groups after proper privacy, book the candlelit private dining room.

Dress Code

Walking boots and waterproofs – you’re going to want to stretch your legs and the weather can be changeable.

Hotel restaurant

The beating heart of this boutique hotel is its restaurant. The modern British menu is strictly seasonal and showcases the best of Yorkshire’s plentiful produce – much comes from this very estate. Head chef Gareth Rayner eschews fussiness for flavour and great-quality ingredients. Breakfast is a winner too, always made to order whether that’s eggs Benedict, a full English, or pancakes. Only breakfast is served on Mondays (guests must book their table by Sunday night), so take a tasting sojourn to some of the surrounding eateries.

 

Hotel bar

There’s no need to leave your city-slicker cravings at home. The espresso martini and kir royale No 2 are some of the classic drinks with a quirky twist from in-house mixologist David, who is passionate about experimenting with new flavours. He has even been known to forage for herbs and honey for his concoctions, and he is armed with his own science kit to create his magic.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is 7.30am–10am, (finishes 10.30am on weekends); lunch from 12 noon–2.00pm (4pm Sundays); afternoon tea from 1pm–4pm (not available Sundays); and dinner 6pm–9pm (from 7pm Sundays).

Room service

The hotel doesn’t officially offer in-room dining, but if they’re not rushed off their feet in the restaurant you can sweet-talk them into rustling up a bacon sandwich or a cocktail to enjoy in private.

Location

Photos The Coach House at Middleton Lodge location
Address
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge
Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas
Richmond
DL10 6NJ
Richmond
United Kingdom

Planes

Durham Tees Valley airport (www.durhamteesvalleyairport.com) is only 20 minutes away; Newcastle International Airport (www.newcastleairport.com) is a 45-minute drive.

Trains

Darlington is only eight miles away, and connects to London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Durham. Northern Rail Lines (www.northernrail.org) can take you from York into the North Yorkshire Moors or the Yorkshire Dales.

Automobiles

Don’t be deceived by the rural idyll: you’re only a mile from the A1, which means you’re poised to hit the M1 with ease. Cars are essential if you want to really poke your nose around North Yorkshire properly.

Other

If you’re coming by chopper (get you!), you need to set your helicopter to coordinates 54.456744 N, -1.658978 W.

Worth getting out of bed for

This is a one heck of a county to explore. Wander the woodlands of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and reach for your ordnance survey maps to ramble through rickety gates on your own adventures.

For awe-inspiring, 360-degree views of the North Yorkshire Moors – and, on a clear day, out as far as Teeside and the Yorkshire Dales – clamber up to the summit of Roseberry Topping, just east of Helmsley. Closer to home, the 100-foot-high tower at Richmond Castle promises impressive views over Swaledale. This English Heritage attraction is also interesting historically – it’s the oldest stone Norman castle in England, built by William the Conqueror’s cousin. Mais oui.

Richmond itself is the nearest market town and well worth a stroll around – but you’re best off skipping the pubs. Even though there seem to be lots, the best places to eat at are most out in the sticks. A great circuit on foot is from Richmond up to another English Heritage site, Easby Abbey, which is an easy-to-amble  three-quarters of a mile downstream on the banks of the Swale. The ruins are hauntingly atmospheric, and even though so much has collapsed since it was built in the 12th century and long since condemned by Henry VIII, it makes compelling viewing. A good trail to follow is that in the footsteps of Richmond’s legendary disappearing drummer boy.

Masham is a must-visit market town, not just because it rather impressively boasts three breweries, but because it is also charmingly timeless, with old-fashioned shops such as the tiny traditional bakers and butchers.

Beer lovers get thee to Theakston’s HQ (best known for its Old Peculiar Ale), and sample some of the brown stuff at the Victorian-era Black Bull in Paradise, plus poke your nose around the Black Sheep Brewery – the offshoot from a Theakston descendent.

For an amazing drive through the Dales, head to Hawes, the main town in Upper Wensleydale. When you are there, go to Hardraw Force an incredible waterfall. Also try Aysgarth Falls – both had starring roles in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

If you’ve got whippersnappers in tow, be sure to book tickets for Forbidden Corner – it’s a sprawling eccentric maze well worth the trip to Tupgill Park (+44 (0)1969 640638; theforbiddencorner.co.uk) for anyone with boys and girls to exercise. Self-dubbed ‘Strangest Place in the World’ it’s an antidote to the plastic and commercialization of Disney and its kooky walled gardens and fantastical grottoes are great fun to get lost in.

 

Local restaurants

The Bay Horse (+44 (0)1325 720663) in Hurworth, a 20-minute drive away, has a fabulous menu of upmarket 'pub grub' (reserve fillet steak, wood pigeon wrapped in parma ham), served in a cosy 15th-century establishment. We love the roaring mahogany fireplace and the antique knick-knacks. Excellent seafood and decadent desserts are the speciality at the Bridgewater Arms (+44 (0)1325 730302), a pretty Teesdale eatery a 20-minute drive away. The Black Horse Inn (+44 (0)1609 749010) is another local favourite, a 20-minute drive away, serving up black-pudding Scotch eggs, rare-breed pork and plenty of finely grilled beef. Wend your way west of Richmond along the River Swale to The Bridge Inn (+44 (0)1748 884224; bridgeinn-grinton.co.uk), a 13th-century coaching inn in Grinton, right in Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s the stuff of log fires, Cumbria’s Jennings beer and game occasionally shot by the landlord himself.  Cask ales and a convivial atmosphere next to some of England’s best-loved breweries may sound like lure enough to The White Bear Hotel (+44 (0)1765 689319; www.thewhitebearhotel.co.uk), but it’s not just about the Theakston’s beer at this Masham institution. Dining at the White Bear is actually quite upmarket, but without any over-the-tip price tags: eat first-rate fish and chips or gourmet pies pub style at a wooden bench or by a roaring fire, or sign up for slightly more special scenarios in the white-clothed dining room.

 

Reviews

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Josh Katz

Anonymous review

I’m one of those irritating Londoners who travel far and wide… but haven’t explored beyond the M25 when it comes to the UK. At 36 years of age, it was time for a change; so when I had the opportunity to visit the Coach House at Middleton Lodge in Yorkshire, the time had come for me to explore my homeland, and shake off the shackles of London-centric ignorance. 

Middleton Lodge had a stately feel to it, with expansive grounds unfurling into the North Yorkshire Moors. Wide pathways lead in all different directions, and grandiose buildings are dotted across your eyeline. Incoming guests have three options: stay in the Main House (an authentic Georgian mansion), the Farmhouse, or the Coach House (a horseshoe-shaped building set around a considerably beautiful courtyard), where we were stationed throughout our stay. 

The Lodge has a long, tree-lined driveway, which made me feel as if I’d pulled up at the entrance to Forrest Gump’s house, or a great plantation in the Deep South (my only previous point of reference for Yorkshire a David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2012). This was the quintessential northern-English version, with elms instead of oaks, sub-zero temperatures and even fewer comprehensible accents.  We alighted from our car and were struck by the welcome sound of silence, soon broken by as my other half laboriously dragged their suitcase through the gravel.

The formalities of check-in complete, we were assigned a Garden Room named Methera. For those unfamiliar with Yorkshire vernacular, Methera, along with Yan, Tan, Tethera and Pip, are not – as I had presumed – characters from The Lord of The Rings, but terms used by shepherds for counting sheep. Useful to know if you accidentally find yourself on University Challenge.  We, on the other hand, had accidentally found ourselves in a British version of City Slickers; I feared a participatory sheep-shearing exercise come morning. 

Safely entrenched within our room, we took stock of our surroundings; a king-size bed, (large enough for a king and several mistresses); freestanding bath (who doesn’t love a freestanding bath?); under-floor heating, and the almost obligatory (for upmarket hotels) chaise-longue. Ms Smith dutifully informed me that the style was ‘farmhouse chic’. It was tasteful and well thought out, with exacting attention to detail. Rooms are Internet-friendly too, but you’re irritatingly logged out of the WiFi after a few minutes of inactivity; it’s as if the hotel’s deliberately steering guests offline during their stay, which I suppose is the point. However, as a Londoner, checking my phone every three-and-a-half minutes is a deeply ingrained habit. 

We whisked ourselves off to dinner at the Coach House restaurant. This dining room set in an old, converted carriage house, has retained many original features: exposed brick mingles with wooden beams, farmhouse cottons with cast iron… Head chef Gareth Rayner’s menu reads Modern British with European influences; rustic, seasonal, locally sourced: it ticks off all ‘farmhouse bistro’ buzzwords, but here it feels justified. I dined on terrine of pressed, corn-fed chicken, and duck and ham with scorched clementine and a slick of onion jam. Ms Smith skipped the starter to make room for her 8oz rib-eye steak, with a hearty helping of skinny fries, drenched in Béarnaise sauce. I believe the simplest dishes are the truest test of a kitchen’s technical skill (like ordering a Margherita pizza in Naples); the steak was perfectly medium-rare, the sauce glossy. My main – duck with salsify and cavolo nero in a herb emulsion – was beautifully presented and flavourful, if lacking wow-factor. For dessert, an apple-and-vanilla mille-feuille, topped with toffee and brown-butter ice-cream, was decadent and moreish. Well-fed and exhausted from the four-and-a-half-hour drive, we retired to our luxurious bedroom.  

We woke early the next day, intent on extracting as much from 24 hours in Yorkshire as possible. Middleton Lodge offers two activities: shooting and spa treatments.  I opted out of the former, Ms Smith had to be forcibly removed from the latter. Muscles soothed, we set off to explore. The picturesque town of Richmond is filled with cobblestones, fudge-stacked sweet shops and hobbit-size doorways; here we began our ramble into the surrounding foothills. After walking south for 15 minutes, we found ourselves in a land of burbling brooks, rugged greenery and farm animals – rural England at its most spectacular. Even more awe-inspiring was stumbling across the ruins of Easby Abbey, which was founded around 1152. Walking around its remains, I felt as if I’d been transported back to medieval Britain. Other notable attractions include the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Oldstead. It’s an hour’s drive from the lodge, but it was one of the most exemplary displays of cooking I’ve been fortunate enough to eat in a long time, with pitch-perfect hospitality. It’s worthy of its Michelin-afforded status. 

On the journey home, I reflected on cultural observations I’d made as a London-dwelling urbanite visiting Yorkshire for the first time. Middleton Lodge has been lovingly put together, straddling a well-plotted course that sidesteps stuffiness and makes guests feel special; it’s a family business and feels like it. Staff were genuinely warm and welcoming, as were the Yorkers we met during our stay; as a Londoner accustomed to more abrasive exchanges, it’s this that makes me eager to return.  

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We loved

The setting was so perfect and peaceful. We loved the restaurant and thought the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The highlight had to be the outdoor cinema screening! We were celebrating our minimoon so an outdoor showing of Romeo and Juliet capped things off perfectly for us! Richmond is not too far and is a lovely little town. We would recommend the little independent bakery at the railway station!

Rating

Stayed on 31 Aug 2017

We loved

The service, the staff, the drinks and the ambiance.

Don’t expect

Couldn't find any faults.

Rating

Stayed on 30 May 2017

We loved

The design and decor is gorgeous - no chintz here! Luxurious and modern. Little touches like the Roberts radios in the room, and the coffee machine, were lovely. We sat outside in our little "garden" area and had a glass of wine in the sunshine. Despite being right off the motorway it's genuinely very quiet. The restaurant is great, with incredibly friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Room service breakfast in bed (they don't have it - but it's moments to walk to the restaurant), or lots of activities. But we took the recommended walk around the estate and it was a good 35 minute stroll! And nobody comes to a place like this for anything other than relaxation and chilling out.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2017

We loved

The beautiful secluded setting and the wonderful food. Look out for Kevin Costner at Aysgarth Falls! A set location for 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'.

Don’t expect

...hustle and bustle.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Oct 2016

We loved

We loved comfy beds and lots of hot water. Loved the funky cocktails and friendly staff and the food was amazing. We'll be back.

Don’t expect

Near the motorway, but luckily couldn't hear it.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything about it! The room was gorgeous, every little detail thought of. We had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant and the food was amazing. The staff were friendly attentive and I would highly recommend it. On Sunday morning we sat outside reading the papers.

Don’t expect

Rowdy guests

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Stayed on 13 Aug 2016

We loved

The food, the bread and the staff. Bowes Museum at Barnard Casyle is a must see

Don’t expect

To lose weight!

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Stayed on 4 Aug 2016

We loved

The Garden room, woodland walk, the restaurant and the brilliant staff. 

Don’t expect

Crowds, nightlife or a good mobile signal in the rooms, but honestly this is what we loved about it.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Jul 2016

We loved

The whole atmosphere of the hotel. Lovely courtyard to sit in for pre-dinner drinks, very well equipped room, excellent and innovative food in the restaurant and friendly and efficient staff. The building is set in fabulous grounds in which you can do a three mile walk, which is sign posted. Lovely part of the country with loads of places to visit - Aysgarth Falls, Boulton Castle, Leyburn, Richmond, ......

Don’t expect

A typical hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

Rarely have we had such a genuine and warm welcome upon arrival from staff who really seem to enjoy working in this relaxed country environment, set in 200 acres. Rachel and Emma were full of tips for local walks in the Yorkshire Dales and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was modern and very comfortable and we enjoyed sipping our complimentary cocktails in the courtyard on a sunny summer's evening. The Shoulder of Mutton in the village of Middleton Tyas serves excellent pub fare at reasonable prices. Do walk or cycle the Woodland Trail around the property, especially in the summer when the lambs are frolicking in the fields. Hiking along the banks of the River Swale in the Yorkshire Dales is a must for lovers of the outdoors. 10/10

Don’t expect

Mobile phone signals are very poor and internet can be a bit patchy. Our meals did not live up to the promises of the menu and breakfast was painfully slow to arrive.

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Stayed on 5 Jun 2016

We loved

It is achingly stylish, the food is completely utterly divine, the staff are friendly efficient, the setting is lovely, I just loved the decor too- perfection!

Don’t expect

Couldn't be better

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

The preservation of the Old Coach House yet the modern, warm, comfort of the conversion. For a great local walking excursion the hotel recommended The Ordinance Survey walk of Middleton Tyas. 

Don’t expect

Quaint stable conversions for hotel rooms.

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Stayed on 24 Feb 2016

We loved

The rooms, the food and the bar.

Don’t expect

Any fuss, or massages on a Sunday.

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Stayed on 7 Feb 2016

We loved

We stayed in the Tack room which had beautiful bathroom and the log fire was an added bonus, very cosy on a winter afternoon. The service from the staff was very good and the food in the restaurant was of a high quality. Lots of little touches,for example fresh milk in your room, improved the stay.

Don’t expect

You need to book if you want to have an afternoon tea.

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2015

We loved

Relaxed cool country house vibe, exceptional food, enthusiastic staff, the blazing braziers in the courtyard on a frosty dark evening.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife!

Rating

Stayed on 20 Nov 2015

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