Say hello to Millie

Millie starts her Yoga residency at The Old Forge this January


After finding inspiration from her own Yoga teacher two years ago, Millie Lepic has been hooked with Vinyasa yoga ever since. So we are super excited to collaborate with Millie to host six Friday morning Yoga sessions to energise your mind and body and clear those January blues. We caught up with Millie to find out a little bit more…

We are so excited to announce our weekly yoga sessions at The Old Forge Barn, what would you say to those who are thinking about joining?

I think there is a popular misconception about yoga only being for the flexible but actually yoga is for everyone regardless of shape, size, age, gender, and ability. The Asanas are performed within the comfort of what is available to the individual and there are adaptations, modifications and progressions to suit every level, from first time attendee to lifelong devotee.

How did your interest in Yoga start?

I qualified as a fitness yoga instructor during my second year at university and instructed, alongside my studies. At the same time I also attended Vinyasa yoga classes, which is where I developed a keener interest in the traditional aspects of yoga. After graduation, I visited India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and fell deeper in love with the philosophy and spiritual practice.

Yoga is the one exercise that has never fallen out of trend, what do you think it is about Yoga that makes it such a popular exercise?

The postures focus the mind and create a sense of personal awareness whilst the body benefits from improved lymphatic drainage, neurological adaptations and increased muscle fibre recruitment. The closing posture stills the mind and body to reduce stress and improve sleep hygiene. A follower of yoga has the opportunity to discover an overall sense of positive well-being, which is perhaps the reason why it has always been so popular and continues to be so.

As a yoga instructor, what are the main benefits of Vinyasa Yoga?

I find the freedom and fluidity of Vinyasa to be energising and relaxing at the same time, it’s a beautiful way to move. The breath leads the postures and calms the mind and body to achieve union and the aforementioned benefits above.

As a beginner, how can an attendee expect to see a change after practising yoga in weekly sessions?

It will be different for each individual and changes will occur at an individual pace, but regular attendees can experience the aforementioned physical, emotional and psychological benefits and enjoy an overall sense of wellness.

Millie Lepic will be starting her weekly yoga sessions at The Old Forge Barn from Friday 12 January at 7am. £30 for six-week block.

To book a place, please call our Reception team on 01325 377977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An update from the Estate

Dear Friends & Family,
As part of our staged reopening on Thursday 23rd July, Middleton Lodge Estate will be implementing “contactless stays” in line with government social distancing guidelines.

It is looking absolutely beautiful here at the moment, and it’s a shame that we can’t allow you here yet - but by July it promises to be even better. We have space, we have fresh air, and sky, we have great food, the gardens are teaming with produce, we have gorgeous bedrooms to rest your weary heads in. We will be opening our restaurant (for residents only) at a safe distance - al fresco fine dining in a sprawling setting.

What is a contactless stay?

We have spent a lot of time thinking about how we can do this. Luckily one thing we have here in abundance is space - most of our bedrooms have their own private entrances straight into the gardens, so nobody will have to have to walk through communal areas.

Guests will be guided remotely through booking and check in prior to arrival. On arrival, all guests will have a temperature check at the new gatehouse, and be directed via a map to their private rooms. Each has it’s own private entrance and views of the gardens or parkland setting. Unwind in one of our fabulous roll top baths, with signature Noble Isle amenities proudly made in the British Isles. Order dinner in your room, or head over to our stretch tent in the Coach House courtyard for alfresco estate to plate at a distance. You might not see much of our staff, but rest assured they will be there, and available to help with anything that you might need.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, upgrades are available for rooms with hot tubs and wood burning stoves…

The great outdoors remains firmly open, and guests will have access to a selection of walking routes around the 200 acre estate and beyond. We also have our utterly beautiful Walled Gardens to explore (and are begging to be painted for any creative types - don’t forget your watercolours and easel!)

Click here to book now or you can buy as a voucher for a loved one to redeem later.

Our Mission

The Covid-19 outbreak continues to be a testing time for everyone, and we are delighted to be able to invite people back to our estate to share our beautiful Yorkshire countryside at a safe distance. The safety of all our staff and guests is paramount, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that people can come and feel safe and relaxed here.

Gift Vouchers

If you know someone who needs to get away from it all we do have vouchers available. You can boost the experience with dinner for two or a bottle of something delicious on arrival. Look out for special offers too on longer stays.

As always, Middleton Lodge Estate adheres to strict hygiene and safety guidelines. In addition to these we are taking extra precautions to limit interaction between staff and guests. We are also boosting deep cleaning practices. Though out of sight, the team will be available to assist guests with anything they might need during their stay via our new messaging service.

It should go without saying, but we do ask that any guests with any symptoms that could be attributable to Covid-19, or who may have been recently exposed to not come to the Estate. We also ask that you follow government guidelines for social distancing while you are here.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time, we have been so heartened with so many lovely messages from you all! We can’t wait to welcome you back.

Please take care and stay safe.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x