Real Wedding of Sally & James


What made you book Middleton lodge estate for your wedding?

We loved the Fig House and it’s grounds. We felt it offered the perfect mix of old and new: beautiful but with a natural, rustic element that matched the relaxed celebration we were hoping for. Our first visit was actually in the middle of winter when the garden was covered in snow and the venue not even complete, but we could see from the plans that this was exactly what we wanted. Even the little things, like the car park in the wood were just so beautiful and special compared to other places we saw online. The garden proved the perfect space for our guests to relax and enjoy the afternoon and evening on our wedding day.

I also loved how there’s regular events at the Fig House (bonfire nights, jewellery making, flower workshops) meaning the venue is somewhere I/we could visit in the run up to the day, and can continue to visit after our wedding.


Where on the estate did you have different parts of your celebrations?

When our guests arrived, they met James and the groomsmen for drinks at the Coach House. We had our ceremony and reception at the Fig House.


Can you tell me about the weather on your big day?

We had a dry day in what was one of the wettest summer weeks. The morning was quite dull but brightened for our ceremony and the rest of the day.


How did that effect your day?

It was so lovely to spend time in the garden, and to watch our guests enjoying the space.

However, part of the reason we booked the venue was because the dining area overlooks the garden, so we felt that even on a wet day it wouldn’t feel like you were missing out on the garden completely.


Was there any members of staff on your big day that you felt made a real difference?

Anna Miller and the Emma Fowler our wedding coordinators were both fantastic. Many of our guests commented on how smoothly the day ran and how great Middleton Lodge staff were at being present when needed and disappearing in between those moments.


How did you find the planning at Middleton lodge?

Great. Middleton lodge staff put us at ease whenever we visited and explained very clearly what information we needed to provide and when. When we asked very detailed questions the staff were patient with us and able to answer these.


How many guests did you have?

80 Adults


Where did you have you wedding ceremony?

The Boiler Bar in the Fig House


Where did you get ready on the morning of your wedding?

James got ready at our home in York with some of his groomsmen. I got ready at Middleton Lodge with my sister and bridesmaids. My sister and I stayed at the Coach house the night before the wedding, and the bridesmaids joined us first thing to have our hair and make-up done. The suite was the perfect place to relax the night before the big day, and get ready the morning of the wedding. We moved over to the Fig House room ‘The Head Gardeners cottage’ around midday.


Tell me about your dress?

It was a silk dress from Luella’s bridal in London. My sister lives in London and we had a really special day together shopping for my dress and celebrating afterwards.


Did you have a wedding theme?

We didn’t really have a theme. Flower wise we wanted a relaxed, informal, somewhat unstructured look. The only themed element of our day were the table names, which were places we’d visited together on holiday.  


Can you summarise your suppliers and suppliers?

  • Flowers - Briar House
  • Photography – Atken photography
  • Music – The Cave
  • Cake – Flamingo bakery
  • Dress alterations – Once upon a dress


Any tips for any brides getting married at Middleton lodge estate?

Book the suite for the night before and the night of your wedding. This was a massive help and made me feel at ease knowing I was on the estate.


If there was one thing you would change about the big day what would it be?

A minor thing, but a lot of guests went to the Fig House before the ceremony rather than heading to The Coach House, so I wish I had a personal sign made to let people know to head there for a drink before hand.


Thank you Sally & James for sharing your special day with us. We wish you a long and happy marriage from all the team at Middleton Lodge Estate

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