I don’t remember where I first saw Middleton Lodge but I knew it was definitely somewhere I wanted to visit. So, a month or so ago, I took Mr N for a night away to celebrate his birthday. Luckily, when I was coming to book I saw a sale advertised on Secret Escapes, so we got a great deal too.
Middleton Lodge is near the very picturesque town of Richmond, in North Yorkshire. We headed up there after dropping our girl Ava off at Grandma and Granddad’s where she would enjoy 24 hours of being completely spoiled!
We planned to stop off for lunch on the way and The Sandpiper Inn at Leyburn was recommended by a lovely friend. It’s a lovely little pub in a market town and the food is delicious. I had the Grilled Sea Bass on Wilted Greens, Smoked Salmon and Creamed Gnocchi and Mr N had the Steak. We followed that with a mooch around Leyburn before heading into Richmond for more of the same (pottering around antique and charity shops is always on the short break to do list!)
I always want to make the most of anywhere we stay so we got to Middleton Lodge around 3. I’d book a ‘Comfy’ room but on checking in, we were surprised with an upgrade to a suite in The Dairy, which was unexpected but totally lovely!
The Diary is a short walk across the field from the main building and is just opened. The very lovely receptionist, who walked us over, told us that they are building an outdoor pool area (heated for obvious reasons!) which will be fab when it’s open in a few months.
There’s a clear design aesthetic across everything and is described as a ‘modern take on the country house estate’ which really does sum it up. It’s very relaxed, laid back glamour with lots of layers, which is what makes the real difference to how you feel in a place. It’s the art, rugs, cushions, lamps, books and accessories that set it apart from a bog standard hotel and give it that ‘I’m staying at my friend’s magnificent country pile for the weekend’ type vibe. And it’s one that I could definitely get used to!
Obviously the first thing I did was take a swim in the massive tub (yes I’ve watched Pretty Woman too much…).
My mushroom and truffle risotto was so good, even a lady sitting nearby asked what it was!
After a great sleep in the very comfy bed, we enjoyed breakfast and then headed out for a walk around the grounds. Stopping off for a nosy around the main house.
And then into the quite stunning kitchen gardens, which was the setting for a wedding later that day – how wonderful would that have been!
After a mooch around the gift shop and a peek at the guest lounge, it was time to get on the road to Harrogate, where we stopped for lunch before heading back to grandma’s to pick up our girl.
I can’t recommend Middleton Lodge highly enough, everything was brilliant – amazing setting, fabulous interiors, friendly but professional service from literally everyone we came into contact with and a really lovely vibe. We’ll definitely be back – hopefully on one of those perfect summer days, so that we can enjoy cocktails by the new pool.