Must visits

Places you must visit during your stay with us include: Middleham Castle, Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, The Butter Tubs, Jervaulx Abbey, Newby Hall and gardens, The Forbidden Corner and Thorp Perrow Aboretum.

Walks and Drives

There are wonderful walks from Middleham House. Walk behind the castle over fields to the ‘black dub’, an ancient bathing pool on the river Cover, or a longer walk across the low moor past the gallops to Pen Hill and enjoy the wonderful views when you get to the top.

Further afield, there are wonderful drives through charming Dales towns, stopping for lunch along the way at a local Dales pub, the possibilities are endless whilst the scenery is breathtaking.

On a summer day

On a summer day, it is bliss to have a picnic or Barbecue by the riverside then stroll down to the Aysgarth Falls. On return, have your early evening drinks outside the house while children run around the garden until sunset.

On a winter’s or rainy day

On a winter’s or rainy day, Middleham House is fantastically warm and cosy with open fireplaces, and perfectly laid out to accommodate all age groups. There are plenty of family activities you can undertake in and around the house: play a game of billiards or snooker in the Billiard Room, explore the varied selection of interesting books in the Library or read your newspaper by the fire in the Drawing Room. For children, the Playroom and Breakfast Room offer plenty of space for all kind of indoor games. Hide and seek throughout the house has been a family favourite for generations! Alternatively, you could brave the elements; go for a family walk across the moor or along the river and stop at a local pub for a pint of local ale. Finally, if you have young children, Richmond which is only twenty minutes drive away, has a superb indoor swimming pool and adjacent is the Station Cinema and Bistro. The cinema has been created from the old station and the Bistro is located on the original platform serving delicious modern food.

Long stay

Castle Howard, near York,  as depicted in ‘Brideshead Revisited’ is one of the grandest private residences in Britain and would be a wonderful place to visit for the day. Perhaps, a day trip to the coast at Whitby or Staithes, approximately an hour and a half away,  with a spectacular drive over the North Yorkshire Moors and a return trip via Sutton Bank would give another dimension to your stay in Yorkshire.