The story so far
Brought back to life by the Allison family, Middleton Lodge is a 200-acre privately owned estate located near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Elegant and enchanting, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing countryside escape, and somewhere to taste the seasons at sustainability-conscious restaurants. Memories can also be made here in one of the exclusive event spaces which host private celebrations and dream wedding days. Over the past 16 years the Allisons have transformed the estate’s walled gardens, farmhouse and outbuildings, which are now home to two award-winning restaurants, a 30-bedroom hotel, two self-catered cottages and two treatment rooms – all carefully dotted in hamlets amongst the private meadows, gardens and parkland. Each individually designed space takes inspiration from the two-acre walled garden, which was redesigned by Tom Stuart-Smith in 2014. The restoration is ongoing. Forge, the second restaurant on the estate has opened February 2023 and the first phase of the estate Forest Spa will open the late spring. Sustainability will continue to be the driving force behind current and future estate developments. Rebuilding and conserving the estate and its environment is a passion for owner and managing director James Allison and this is evident in the current environmentally friendly installations and systems, a trend which will continue in his future developments. Biomass boilers, electric kitchens and car charging units, an anaerobic digester, low food mile menus, and a recycle and reuse ethos are already up and running. Future plans include the addition of solar panels for heating and electric, additional planting beds to supply the kitchens, and hydroponics. Middleton Lodge is a dream country estate. Be inspired, pause and gather.