The Digital Detox with Kate Airey

It’s become the cultural norm to be constantly glued to technology, even though it’s an incredible thing it can have a negative impact on our lives. We can nearly always access our emails and social media so no wonder it is difficult to unwind.

The tips below are somewhat subtle, however if you are digitally dependant they may initially seem huge and unachievable, but trust me when I say, you can do it and when you do implement them they will have a positive impact on your life.

  • Schedule in some time each day away from technology, whether you delve into a book, go for a walk, cook or spend more time on a hobby you love. Make sure this is completely tech free. Take time to be in the moment, enjoy the head space and be 100% guilt free as you do it.
  • Delete all unnecessary apps on your phone. I have recently deleted Facebook off my phone. It became so addictive, with a single second of boredom I would make that fateful swipe, I would spend 10 wasted minutes swiping down my news feed achieving absolutely nothing, distancing myself from the present moment. Break the cycle, if feels incredible when you do it.
  • Switch off in the evening. Set a time in the evening where emails are shut down and the phone is placed out of site.
  • Eat your meals tech free, without television, iPad, tablets, or phones. Be strict about it - learn to talk again, focus on a conversation, laugh, enjoy your food. If you are eating on your own see this as head space and time to enjoy your food, or schedule in meals with friends and family.
  • Exercise is a must. Take a walk on your lunch break, take up a hobby you've always wanted to do, dust off your bike, or get out and garden more.

These are all small changes in a busy, hectic way of life, but they can make a significant difference.

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