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

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