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

It has been a tough week for everyone, and it is with sad hearts that we are announcing the temporary closure of our hotel & restaurant. We are not waiting for an order that falls too late, so we have taken the difficult decision to close the hotel in its entirety. Our upmost priority is to protect our loyal guests, the Middleton Lodge team, and our families at home. Unfortunately we are cancelling all bookings until 1st June 2020.

To be clear: we have had no suspected cases of COVID-19, either from our guests or our team. This is a heartbreaking decision, but it is one that we have made by choice, to keep you safe during this unprecedented time. Our last working day will be Saturday 21st March and we are in contact with all event organisers helping them to transfer dates. Our thoughts are with the NHS at this time of national crisis.


What about my booking?

If you have a booking of any kind (hotel, spa or restaurant) due to take place before 1st June 2020 we will be in touch with you personally via telephone or email. If you would consider rescheduling rather than completely cancelling your booking, that would mean so much to us as an independent hotel. We promise to do everything we can to deal with this situation as swiftly as we can.We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this causes; it has been a tough decision to make, but ultimately the right one. We respectfully request that you do not need to contact us about your booking at this time, unless directly requested to do so. Our lovely team are dealing with this as quickly as possible, and we don't want to overwhelm them, or slow the process for you. This is a huge ordeal for all of us, but with a level-head, we all will get through it. And we can't wait to welcome you back when we do.


Gift Vouchers

The redemption period will be extended to allow for this unplanned closure. If you would like to purchase a voucher please email the team via our contact page.


What Next?

Behind the scenes, our dedicated team will keep working diligently to ensure that we re-open in a way that is better than ever. You will be given the first opportunity to reschedule your stay and, when the time comes, we'll offer a safe, restful escape from this global ordeal.Please take care and stay safe. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support during this difficult time. We can't wait to welcome you back.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x