Last weekend the girls and I enjoyed a little getaway to one of my favorite English countryside retreats in Yorkshire, Middleton Lodge Estate. This beautiful estate sits on 200 acres of privately owned parkland, nearby to the gateway of the rolling hills of the Yorkshire dales. Owned by James and Rebecca Allison, who themselves have two young children, they have together created a more than welcoming place for families.
The thirty-six rooms are scattered across the estate; each having been individually designed, creating collections of calming bedrooms nestled into the original Georgian buildings. Together with the hotel, there is a restaurant, a large main house which can be hired exclusively, two-acre walled garden and Treatment Rooms. Those looking to stay with their families can choose between two spacious ‘family rooms’ which have bunk beds for little ones to curl up into, or more spacious rooms and request a fold down beds. Cots can also be added to each room and baby monitors are available too. A further four bedrooms also have giant tin, Springwater hot tubs and last summer four Shepherd’s Huts opened in the new area of the estate, the Orchard. Rooms are woven into the original buildings so sit in hamlets amongst the parkland.
There’s space for adventure and exploring too, residents can ask for an estate map and access the
giant bicycles, so they can explore the estate through the day or pop in the car and visit the nearby
Yorkshire Dales for a longer hike. The woodland walk on the estate isn’t too far, or too short and is
loved by many. For those with early rising little ones, the Walled Gardens are open between 7am
and 9am for an early morning wander.
The walled garden is like something from The Secret Garden novel and I’m happy to say the chef is often spotting pottering around collecting herbs and edible flowers for the Coach House restaurant. The food of which here is delicious, fragrant, and filled with texture.
There’s a warm and welcoming ambience, and the team here are so helpful, friendly, and eager to help. You are made to feel completely at home in the restaurant and highchairs can also be added to tables. Those looking for a more private eating experience, that being for breakfast, lunch or dinner can reserve one of the two private dining rooms. Brunch fanatics will not be disappointed with the amazing Yorkshire takes on classic brunch dishes. Little ones don’t miss out on delicious dishes either, as the children’s menu is utterly sublime.
A giant stretch tent covers the original honey coloured courtyard of the restaurant, which is perfect
for those who’d prefer to dine outdoors. Heaters, hot water bottles and blankets create a cosy
setting with twinkly lights and on the cooler evenings a roaring open fire fills the space with a warm air and inviting glow.y
Head chef Jake Jones works with the estate land, gardening teams and surrounding farming community to source the best produce possible, creating the ‘estate to plate’ menus which are served from morning until night, seven days each week. Never have we seen salads brimming with fresh, flavoursome ingredients. Over coffee at breakfast Florence was delighted when Head Chef Jake shared his secret to the chocolate bread and butter pudding we devoured the evening before.
There is a slower way of life here, the birdsong is idyllic, there’s seasonal blooms everywhere you
turn, and it really is the place to sit back and settle into the country with your little ones. Open in the summer is the Forest Spa where the outdoor pool and lodge will welcome families where they can spend the day relaxing and having fun.
When it comes to ‘you’ time, the estate doesn’t disappoint, two award winning Treatment Rooms
offer a range of handpicked beauty therapies and massages using products from gorgeous brands
such as REN, VOYA and Kiss the Moon. For mums to be there’s the most relaxing massage which
focuses on the full body, and as of recent a new massage for new mums has been added to the
Middleton Lodge really is the Yorkshire retreat to eat, gather and pause.
Vanessa in Scotland