The Coach House, Middleton Lodge, Yorkshire
Opened in: October 2014
Owned by: James Alison
The story: Middleton Lodge has operated as a luxury standalone estate since 1780, with the bedrooms, mansion house, library, bar and dining room available to hire for photoshoots, weddings and private hire. Owner James Alison then invested £2m to turn the old Georgian stables in the grounds of Middleton Lodge into a nine-bedroom boutique, country hotel, hence the Coach House was born in 2014 after years of planning.
Why we like it: With croquet on the lawn, a well-stocked bar and plush linen sofas, there is something about this hotel; it’s the epitome of a Great British retreat. It has the charm of a historic estate, complete with honey-coloured sandstone, high ceilings, exposed beams and timber panelling; the design has been sensitive to its heritage. 2015 will see the addition of a newly-restored kitchen garden as well to complement the 2,000 sq ft dining room with 80 covers.
James commented: “Throughout this project it was essential that The Coach House complemented the setting but had a contemporary twist, plus we knew that we had to offer something unique to the area.
“We really wanted people to feel like it’s a home away from home, where they can cosy up by an open fire with a bottle of wine or enjoy a hearty meal after a winter walk in the countryside.”
Twitter followers: 2,100