OUT AND ABOUT THE AREA MIDDLETON LODGE ESTATE
WHO WE ARE
We are a country retreat based in the heart of rural North Yorkshire, with 200 acres of private countryside on the outskirts of Richmond. Our 18th century Main House is for those large parties looking to dance the night away, from a traditional English wedding to a magical winter ball. The Coach House is for eating, sleeping and playing, with nine individual cosy bedrooms and a further five bedrooms in the Farmhouse, for guests to rest their weary heads. The Treatment Rooms focus on a natural and holistic experience, with a soothing menu of wraps, facials and massages from REN and VOYA. For the adventurers, our Woodland Walk and vintage bicycles allow you to explore the grounds. Itâ€™s beautiful in all seasons, from the spring bluebells to the winter ivy. And our working Kitchen Garden, with organic vegetables, herbs and fruit, all coming soon to the estate. Five minutes from Richmond. Ten minutes from Tees Valley Airport. Ten minutes from Darlington Train Station. Forty minutes from Newcastle and one hour from York. Designed by John Carr, the estate dates back to 18th century. Originally owned by a local mining family, the grounds included a working farm, which it remains today. The estate is now home to the Allison family.
COMING UP SOON
OUTDOOR CINEMA SEASON From the classics, cults to new releases 4 August – 2 September, every Thursday and Friday Check out the show listings online £6.00pp BUSHCRAFT FOR KIDS Mini adventurists will learn, explore and even taste the great outdoors 10 August 9am – 4pm £30 per child DOTTY THE DRAGON CHILDREN’S OPEN-AIR THEATRE Blunderbus presents an enchanting fairy tale adventure 17 August 3pm – 5pm £8.50pp or £30 for a family of four (Children under 12 months are free of charge) www.middletonlodge.co.uk/events
ON THE ESTATE
We have two treatment rooms and a mani-pedi area, offering massages, wraps, facials from natural and holistic skincare products REN and VOYA. We ask that all treatments are booked in advance, as spacing is limited. Our therapists also offer waxing, eyebrow tints and lash extensions.
Pick up all your skincare essentials after your treatment, try the latest candles and body washes from the beautiful British brand Noble Isle. Or treat yourself to something from our carefully curated range of home accessories from brands including Bronte by Moon, Garden Trading and Nkuku.
For the early birds, take the 3.5km walk after a hearty breakfast, just watch out for the sleeping wildlife. Or enjoy an afternoon jaunt and choose between the woodlands, meadows and wild gardens for a picnic, you might even spot some sheep shearing.
Our vintage bicycles make getting around the grounds a whole lot easier. Gentlemen on forest green and ladies on black, just pop on your helmet and away you go.
Looking to practice your shot? Our in-house clay pigeon instructor will guide you on an hour-long session, from learning the basics to finding out how good your aim really is. Available for beginners to the expert shot. Please book in advance.
For those lazy days, cosy up in our lounge, we have a selection of our favourite books to read. Or if youâ€™re in the mood for a challenge, try one of board games from Chess, Snake and Ladders to Pictionary, just try not to fall out with one another.
Available to hire at Reception.
ON THE ESTATE
The most important meal of the day is served between 7.30am and 10am. Whether you’re getting up for a day of exploring, business or lazing around, tuck into our hearty cooked breakfast, homemade pastries, fresh seasonal fruit and cereals.
Served between 12pm and 2pm, our menu of sandwiches, salads, and other lunchtime dishes, make for a light, refreshing pick-me-up – our favourite is the chicken ceasar. Choose to eat from the Snug, Restaurant or go al fresco in our Courtyard.
PRIVATE DINING ROOM
We can host up to 24 guests in our Private Dining Room, where parties can eat, drink and relax in their own, exclusive space. In summertime, open the barn doors wide and soak up the evening sun. Or in the winter, have a cosy late night supper, all lit by candlelight.
Homemade cakes, pastries, tarts and other sweet treats make our seasonal Afternoon Tea a delicious way to spend your day. Our coffees and loose teas are locally sourced. All we ask is you book in advance, so there are enough cakes for everyone.
Inspired by the Yorkshire countryside, Gareth’s modern British menu changes with the season. Choose from our Market Menu or Dinner Menu, but remember to save a little room for dessert.
When you have a team of top flight mixologists ready to make you their latest concoction - it would be a crime not stop by for a sip. Pre, post or mid-dinner cocktails are a must. If it’s not on the menu, just ask and we will create our very own version.
IN THE AREA - WITHIN 45 MINUTES RICHMOND CASTLE
Only five minutes down the road is Richmond Castle. Originally built to subdue the North of England, it is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain. Learn about the castle’s past, stroll through the gardens or just take in the breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales.
There are many walks, varying from easy to difficult, through one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful Dales. Pass through rugged limestone valleys to reach high points like Richmond Falls, Kisdon Force and Catrake Force. Ask at reception for a map.
CYCLING IN THE DALES
A French château in the North of England, housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art. Explore the permanent collection and a calendar of exciting temporary exhibitions which have included works from Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, Time Walk and YSL. Stop by the shop which takes inspiration from the museum’s collections.
Take on your very own Tour De Yorkshire, with a variety of routes through our National Park. Perfect for mountain, off roading and road bikes. We can arrange bike hire for you and provide a selection of Garmin routes all starting from the house, with each route varying in ability. We’ll have a slice of homemade cake and coffee waiting for you on your return.
Adrenaline junkies take a visit to Tees Barrage International White Water Centre with activities from white water rafting and kayakaing, powerboating, sailing, canoeing and bellboating. The man-made course has a variety of routes, channels and courses, dependent on your chosen activity.
There are plenty of excellent golf courses in the area where you can play 18 holes, including Rockliffe Hall, Catterick, Bedale and Richmond. Rockliffe Hall is renowned for its golfing facilities and you can enjoy your game surrounded by stunning scenery. There’s also a driving range for those looking to practice their swing.
IN THE AREA - WITHIN 45 MINUTES GEORGIAN THEATRE
Britain’s most complete Georgian playhouse, dating back to the 18th century. You can take part in one of the hourly guided tours, to learn more about its history, or take a visit to the museum. For those looking to watch a play, visit the box office and choose your favourite show from music, dance, drama, comedy and much more.
There are plenty of opportunities nearby for horse riding. Brookleigh Riding Centre has both an indoor and outdoor riding paddock where you can book a session with an experienced instructor. Sessions available for all abilities, you can even bring your own horse.
Step into a real life Hogwarts with a visit to this 11th century cathedral. It took 40 years to construct and has been voted Britain’s best building. As a world heritage site, the Cathedral hosts a variety of events. The annual light festival Lumiere is definitely worth a visit.
Recently renovated, Richmond’s old train station is all about food, film and art, all under one roof. With a coffee shop, restaurant, art gallery and a small art-house cinema.
FOXGLOVE NATURE RESERVE
A DAY AT THE RACES
This 100-acre local nature reserve is based just on the outskirts of Catterick and is bustling with different wildlife and species. Take a walk around the heathland, lake and wet meadows. Children can take part in pond dipping and meet face to face with some wonderful insects.
Fancy a flutter? There’s Ripon, Catterick, York, Newcastle and Wetherby Racecourses all within an hour’s drive of the estate. There are nine courses throughout Yorkshire, hosting 180 days of racing throughout the year. From the formal, championship races to jam packed family fun days.
Don’t forget to stop by the artisan food producers for a delicious treat.
IN THE AREA - WITHIN 45 MINUTES MIMA
KRYPTON ASSAULT COURSE
Opened in 2007, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art is based in central Middleborough, and is part of Teesside University. Visitors can browse exhibitions and collections from national and local artists, and take part in talks, tours, workshops and creative family sessions. Exhibitions are free and change throughout the year.
Located on the outskirts of Catterick, Krypton Assault Course is a series of assault courses with climbing walls, cave diving and zip wires. This course is renowned for its difficulty even by professional climbers. For those looking for an easier day out, there is a 50ft climbing wall based in Richmond.
WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT
HIGH FORCE FALLS
James Alfred Wight, better known as James Herriot, took inspiration for his much loved stories from his North Yorkshire home. In the World of James Herriot visitors can step back in time and see a traditional 1940s home and take a drive in the Austin 7 car used in â€˜All Creatures Great and Smallâ€™. Afterwards take a visit to the World War Air Raid Bunker.
Discover the natural beauty of High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. Located at Forest-in-Teesdale, in the heart of the Durham Dales, its 21 metre drop and surrounding woodland make for a beautiful walk with an array of wildlife. Definitely a place for the keen photographer, just remember to pack waterproofs and a picnic.
DURHAM HOT AIR BALLOON
Durham Brewery is the oldest brewery in the city. Authentically made, the family run brewery has remained small, focusing on quality and flavour. Visitors can book on a two-hour tour, and learn about beer history, culture and traditional brewing methods. Tour includes a tutored tasting session and lunch. Tours must be booked in advanced.
See Durham from the sky with a hot air balloon ride. Look over moorland and dales, as well as the cathedral and castle. If you would rather take off closer to the estate, the guides can show you the closest locations to set off from. The balloons usually launch early morning, so pack a warm coat and camera.
PLAYTIME FOR KIDS FORBIDDEN CORNER
Take a mystical trip into this labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies. Meet some interesting and mythical friends along their way. Located in Leyburn, this four acre garden in the Dales is a fun, mind-bending day out for children of all ages. Pack a picnic during the summer or visit the coffee shop for a bite to eat. Pre-booking is recommended.
Step back in time to the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s, where this open-air museum will take you through the eras and life of North East England. For something truely authentic, take part in the traditional baking twilight experience. Cook delicious treats on a coal-fired range, all set on the Home Farm. Remember to pay a visit to the old fashioned sweet shop.
WALWORTH CASTLE FALCONRY
A family run falconry centre set in the grounds of Walworth Castle. Watch one of the falconry flying displays, and children have the chance to fly their own owls and hawks. Or take a walk in the ancient woodland to find the hidden creatures on the nature trail.
For the mini Bear Grylls, Log Heights at Ripley Castle has some of the best high rope challenges in the region. From the leap of faith, Jacobâ€™s ladder, high all aboard, high beam, zip wire, mohawk walk, crate challenge, criss cross and high multi-vine. Or you can keep your feet firmly on the ground by trying archery, bush craft skills and orienteering.
BIG SHEEP & LITTLE COW FARM
Run by a local family, this is a real working farm in Bedale, where children can get up close to the animals, from pigs, llamas, goats, donkeys to tortoises. Children can bottle feed the animals and hold the smaller ones. There is a soft play barn for the little ones too and coffee shop for mum and dad.
A fascinating collection of science and the local history based in the heart of Newcastle. The museum is set over three floors, the first floor takes visitors on a journey through maritime, scientific and technological advancements. For historians, floors two and three tell the story of Newcastle from the Roman times, World Wars to present day.
BIGGER ADVENTURES - OVER AN HOUR AWAY NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
The greatest railway museum in the world, is located an hour from the estate in York. With over 300 million years of history and over million different objects to see. Check out the Flying Scotsman in its new home. After your visit, take a stroll along the famous Roman walls to take in the sights of York.
England’s largest national park and home to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, The Lake District is a great day of adventures, exploring and climbing. Hire a boat out on one of the lakes, take a dip in the water, if you’re brave enough, and enjoy lunch at the bustling Bowness-on-Windermere.
BALTIC ART GALLERY
ALNWICK CASTLE & GARDENS
Housed in a landmark industrial building, on the edge of the River Tyne is the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The gallery has an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and events, from local to international artists. A place for adults and children to enjoy modern art and have a fun day out. Don’t forget to stop by the viewing platform.
One of Britain’s most iconic castles, which has been home to the Percy family for more than 700 years. This is a jam packed day of discovering the state rooms, and all their finery, playing medieval dress up and taking a walk in Alnwick Gardens, with its very own outdoor theatre, fairy garden and treehouse to explore.
KILBURN WHITE HORSE
Located under one of Europe’s darkest skies, Kielder Observatory can be found in the protected Kielder Forest. As the world’s third largest protected dark sky reserve, the observatory offers visitors the chance to engage with the Universe, with the guidance of the amazing team of Astronomers. Daytime, evening and nighttime activities available.
Although it’s around an hour’s drive from the estate, its worth the trip to pay a visit one of England’s largest and most northerly hill figures. A walk to the top rewards you with breathtaking views, or take a well earned rest on one of the Bagby Road picnic benches and enjoy a scenic snack.
BIGGER ADVENTURES - OVER AN HOUR AWAY YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK
RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR
The UK’s leading open air gallery is an hour and half way from the estate. Aimed at combining culture, exercise and fresh air for all the family. Take a walk around the lake and meet sculptures and installations by Gormley, Kaws, Nash and Goldsworthy to name a few.
One of the UK’s most acclaimed gardens, located on the edge of Harrogate. The area features a winter walk, gardens through times, annuals meadows and Bramall Learning Centre, one of the greenest buildings in the country. With a variety of seasonal events, don’t forget to call in at its very own Betty’s Tea Room for a fat rascal.
NEWTON BY THE SEA
WHITBY WHALE WATCHING
This stretch of coastline is renowned as the most beautiful seaside village in Northumberland. Owned by the National Trust, it has picture postcard cottages and glorious sandy beaches.
Set off from the same harbor as Captain Cook, as you sail out into the North Sea to spot for whales. On board the Specksioneer, Esk Belle III and Kerrera, crews have seen Minke, Fin, Sei, Northern and Humpbacks whales, as well as thousands of seals, dolphins and porpoise. Wrap up warm.
WHITE SCAR CAVE
All aboard the world famous Settle to Carlisle railway. Relax on a magnificent steam train and take in one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Or for closer to home, try the North Yorkshire Railway, any Harry Potter fans might fancy making a special visit to Goathland Station, or should we say Hogsmeade.
The longest show cave in the UK, with waterfalls, tight crevices, low-roof passages and The Face, can be found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Make the most of these beautiful underground caves with a guided tour that covers one mile and takes about 80 minutes. It can be a wee bit chilly down there, even in summer, so wrap up warm.
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