Middleham is a Georgian manor house, on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s ideal for relaxed family parties, or special celebrations.
It sleeps up to 21 guests in 10 bedrooms, of which 4 are en-suite. There are an additional five bathrooms. The rooms are a mix of twins and doubles.
Middleham is very much a family house, and the drawing room contains family portraits and furniture, including a gorgeous grand piano, perfect for an evening’s recital. There is also a library, stuffed with well-read books for lazy afternoons, and a billiard room, for games of high stakes, played late into the night.
The dining room is large and easily seats 18 adults for a grand feast, whilst in the old servants’ hall (beside the children’s playroom), there’s another table for twelve. There is also a large, practical kitchen, utility and boot room.
Outside, there are wide, gravelled paths leading through the lawns, and a three-acre walled garden, with plenty of space for running about and letting off steam.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
“One of the lovely things about Middleham House is its informality, its very real sense of being a family home. There’s enough rooms and distractions here for every generation – a house in which to create some special memories.”
About the Location
Middleham is just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, and can be easily reached by the A1 (motorway). Should you wish to arrive by train, Northallerton is about a half-hour drive away.
Middleham House is just off the market square of Middleham itself, which is a picturesque Dales town with lots of pubs and cafes and interesting little shops. It’s very much a Racing town (it was nicknamed Windsor of the North’, after all the royals coming to watch their darlings), and there are about fifteen stables in training in the area. If you get up early enough, you can see the trainers taking their horses up on the Middleham Gallops.
Things To Do
Middleham House is in a great place from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales, with all of its walks and history.
Should you need something a little more high octane than afternoon tea, there is also game and clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, golf, paragliding and rock climbing.
Middleham House makes a great base for a small wedding, and couples can apply to marry in the neighbouring St Akelda’s (the house has its own private gateway to the church). Alternatively, there’s a registry office across the river, in Leyburn (about five minutes’ drive).
The house welcomes well-behaved stag and hen parties.