Situated in the grounds of a Georgian country estate dating back to the 17th century, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is North Yorkshire's latest country hotel, offering a contemporary and casual twist on a traditional setting to create a relaxed, social and stylish space.
With just nine bedrooms, The Coach House feels intimate, like a home away from home. With each bedroom offering something different and completely personalised, the aim was to ensure every guest experiences The Coach House in a unique way to them. Referred to as the Hayloft, three of the nine bedrooms are accessed via an original stone staircase, which leads to rooms with high ceilings between the great timber beams and a great vantage point from which to view the courtyard gardens and paddock beyond. These rooms are gently inspired by boats and the swallows which used to nest there, with the clear starry skies above.
The garden rooms, in the place of the original animal pens, feature sheepskin rugs, Brown Betty teapots, Roberts radios, hand sewn cushions and original paintings of the estate. The Tack Room palette of white and blue accents, was inspired by the broken pieces of Georgian blue and white pottery which kept emerging from the woods, and feature in a collage that hangs above the large working fireplace.
The Coach House restaurant is located in the old stable block, providing the perfect backdrop for the outstanding food offering. The walls in the dining room are over 4m high, with the original plasterwork still on show, acting as the perfect reminder of The Coach House's previous life, the arches of the hay feeders long since covered over still visible. The lower level walls are covered with a replica of the original wooden paneling and an array of framed antique pencil sketches and quirky prints. The paneled snug is painted in a dark charcoal grey, with tweed banquette sofas, antique brass light fittings and a couple of mustard yellow antique armchairs. The soothing muted palette creates a restful area for guests to relax by the fire and soak up the atmosphere.
Rebecca Tappin, Design Director at Middleton Lodge, comments: "Our perspective is very much that of the guest, it was essential that we created the sort of place we would like to go to. We took inspiration from our favourite hotels and restaurants from across the world to design a destination that we, as guests, would want to visit time and time again. The interiors of The Coach House play a crucial role in creating the whole experience for our guests, everything has been thought about in one way or another, which is why it has resulted in a space that is authentic, chic and above all welcoming."