Sarah from simply by arrangement


Sarah great to have you back can you tell us a little about you and ‘Simply By Arrangement’

Always great to be here at Middleton Lodge. So I little about me - with a workshop, garden and home set in the Yorkshire hillsides that inspired many great writers, we are passionate about bringing the most beautiful seasonal flowers to the North of England and beyond. Our floral designs are wildly abundant, reflecting our own love of the English garden, each one full of texture, movement and life – almost as if still growing. We design for weddings, events, homes and magazines, and we teach others how to ‘do the flowers’ and how to make designs that tell the true story of the flowers they contain.

Can you let me know how you have over the years helped to be as environmentally friendly as possible?

As well as growing our own flowers here (without the use of pesticides) we have always used predominantly British grown flowers. Additionally our designs for weddings are done without floral foam and we teach all our classes without using any floral foam. All of our floral green waste goes back onto our compost heap.

You are running a workshop at Middleton for professional florists on how to be foam free. What is foam free?

Foam Free means to make floral designs that don’t contain floral foam (which some people might also know as Oasis). Way before floral foam was invented florists designed with more natural mechanics such as moss, containers holding water, chicken wire etc. The class we are running at Middleton Lodge with Kirsty of The Wilde will focus on these techniques showing how we create arches, wall features, table centres and huge urns.

Why is it important to be foam free?

It is well documented that floral foam contains harmful plastics which will never ever be broken down, and which eventually (and after not a great deal of time) find their way into the ecosystem. It is suggested that all aquatic life forms will have ingested floral foam. Additionally, floral foam is a single use plastic which has no other potential use once the flowers inserted into it have died. 

How long have you been running your business foam free?

We have been in business for the last 6 years, and for most of that time our designs have been foam free. There have been rare occasions in the past when it has been necessary to use foam (such as on upside down beams in barns midsummer) but, in the past couple of years, as environmental concerns become ever more central to everything that we do, we are striving to never use foam again. That venues such as a Middleton Lodge are taking progressive steps to ban the use of foam on site is extremely helpful as designs for weddings will have to be done with this in mind and couples will have to understand that timescales on their dream designs might be a little different. 

We have recently released our eco statement on our website and are always thinking of ways to be more green, do you have any further plans to improve your footprint?

Travel is something we are looking at too. Most of our weddings are in Yorkshire using locally grown flowers. As a relatively small business it is much easier to adopt new plans but we are aware that not everyone can do this, and what really matters is that many people try to do at least something. 

Do you have any other workshops planned at Middleton lodge estate?

We have a class booked on October 12th ‘The Knackered Florists’ Retreat’

Thank you very much Sarah, we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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