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dream venue: middleton lodge

28th January 2016 | Julia Braime

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We are fortunate to hold our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at some of the finest venues in the north, from historic castles and fascinating manor houses to gorgeous boutique hotels, which means we’re pretty clued up when it comes to finding the perfect place to say those all-important ‘I dos’.

One such venue that features highly on our list is the stunning Middleton Lodge tucked away in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. With a magnificent manor house, stylish accommodation, heavenly Treatment Rooms and to-die-for-food, this is one of those venues that has something to offer to all.  Shh! We’ve also heard that there may be a few very limited, select dates still available at the venue in 2016 – info that you might be wanting to keep to yourselves!

On Sunday 10th April 2016, we will be staging one of our fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this super chic venue giving brides and grooms the opportunity to see its amazing big day offering for themselves, but in the meantime we’ve asked Anna Russell, Middleton Lodge’s wedding and events manager, to give us a taste of what couples can expect…

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Where is Middleton Lodge located?

anna says: Middleton Lodge is situated in a stunning location just on the outskirts of Richmond in North Yorkshire. It’s a gorgeous Georgian country estate, nestled within 200 acres of grounds, with views across the Yorkshire Dales and Cleveland Hills.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Middleton Lodge was built for Leonard Hartley, a local mining family, in 1780 and designed by renowned architect John Carr of York.

The main house remains a family home and is available for exclusive private hire, whilst the Coach House is an award-winning restaurant with rooms.

The house has a stunning main atrium and reception rooms with vistas across parkland towards the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 17 guest bedrooms along with a snooker room, library bar, drawing room, dining room, guest kitchen and cellar bar.

The Allison family bought the estate in 1980 and over the last 30 years have sensitively restored the estate to its former glory. Couples now have the choice of the beautiful 17th century reception rooms in the main house, with space for up to 80 guests, or for those looking for something bigger we have our marquee. This canvas can hold up to 200 guests, providing a large space to decorate with your own spectacular touches, creating an event that is truly personal and unique to your wedding.

Launched in 2014, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is located in the 200 acres grounds of Middleton Lodge. The boutique hotel and restaurant is a fresh take on a country retreat, offering an authentic and contemporary setting for guests to relax and enjoy.

Full of original character, The Coach House has been sensitively restored to create an original space, with 14 bedrooms altogether, five of which are part of the Scandinavian inspired Farmhouse, all located only a few footsteps from the bar and restaurant.

Each bedroom has been personalised and designed to reflect the style and spirit of the restaurant and hotel. Carefully selected quirky antiques and unique pieces from local craftsman create a unique ambience for each room.

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Does Middleton Lodge cater for weddings?

Yes. Couples have the chance to host family and friends in their own private mansion for their exclusive wedding, with personal staff, private chefs, 17 bedrooms and the freedom to have the day exactly the way they want it.

Guests can hide away late into the evening in the atmospheric Cellar Bar at Middleton Lodge. With exposed bricks and vaulted ceilings, you can dance the night away, enjoy the late license bar or relax and toast the morning sunrise across the stunning hills that surround the country estate.

Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?

Yes, we are fully licensed in three different areas of the Lodge. The Inner Hall, which seats up to 75 and up to 130 additional guests standing on the balcony. The Drawing Room, which seats up to 75, and the Outside Pavilion (weather dependent) which is available for 100 seated on gravel area, more if lawn is dry.


The Treatment Rooms are a recent addition to Middleton Lodge, can you tell us about the facilities?

The Treatment Rooms offer a variety of facials and massages, using the most organic and natural products from exclusive brands REN and VOYA. Derived from plants and minerals, REN’s core principle focus on purity, pleasure and high performance. VOYA is a completely organic seaweed based product range that’s hand harvested in Ireland by the same family-run business.

Located just footsteps from the main house, the therapists at The Treatment Room offer everything from wedding make up to blissful massages and luxurious manicures, all perfect for the bridal party and guests to indulge and relax ahead of the big day.

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What makes Middleton Lodge a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Middleton Lodge is a ‘home from home’ privately owned venue with an award winning events team. Still very much a family home, the main house creates an atmospheric and personal venue, with guests having complete exclusivity for their big day.

With 17 bedrooms, four reception rooms, the grand hall, marquee and atmospheric cellar bar, the venue provides ample space to relax and enjoy for either their one or two night stay.

Not only that, located just footsteps away is The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, an award winning restaurant with rooms. Wedding guests have the option to stay in one of the nine individually designed bedrooms and enjoy pre or post wedding meal at The Coach House restaurant. Guests looking for a more intimate space can stay at The Farmhouse, a five bedroom restored cottage, which can be hired exclusively for the duration of their stay.

The Treatment Rooms at Middleton Lodge offer the bridal party and guests the opportunity to indulge in a host of heavenly treatments, such as massages, facials and wraps, all using natural and organic products.

Not forgetting the award-winning wedding and events team, with their committed one-to-one customer service and dedication, the team works along alongside brides and grooms from start to finish creating their perfect wedding day.  Each event is different, from themes, food to entertainment, therefore the wedding team ensures that all suppliers, guests and brides and grooms are organised, happy and enjoying themselves every step of the way.

What sort of bride would be a Middleton Lodge bride?

Middleton Lodge is the perfect venue for any bride. Dependent on their style and personality, the wedding team works closely with the couple to create a day that reflects their character, with their own personal touches. The main house and marquee are to be looked at as a blank canvas, when viewing from the first time, and perfect for a bride and groom to transform their dream into a reality.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

From the moment a couple book their wedding at Middleton Lodge, our reception and events team are on hand to assist with everything they may need in the run up to their big day. Anna Russell, wedding and events manager, will contact the bride and groom to arrange a bridal appointment in which an itinerary will be discussed. From this appointment the couple are more than welcome to come back as many times as needed, including bringing people from the bridal party for a separate viewing.

We work closely alongside a wide range of suppliers that feature on our ‘Recommended Suppliers List’, which the team spend all year creating to produce an effective, reliable and trustworthy database of suppliers from across the region.

The events team also host a variety of wedding fairs throughout the year, where suppliers have the chance to showcase their offering to brides and grooms.

Can you describe the look and feel of the accommodation at Middleton Lodge and tell us how many rooms you have available for wedding parties?

Surrounded by breath-taking scenery, the picturesque Main House at Middleton Lodge, which is still very much family home, has long been a great favourite for unique weddings, private parties and corporate events.

The 17 bedroom private home is available to hire as a whole, for those looking for an exclusive yet private event. With an array of reception rooms, dining spaces and games rooms, guests can relax and enjoy the generous space that Middleton Lodge provides.

The Lodge is a mix of traditional and contemporary decoration, stunning 17th century original architect and breath taking panoramic views of the countryside. The seamless mix of classic and contemporary design is continued throughout the seventeen individually designed bedrooms, all with original furniture and features.

Launched in 2014, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is located in the 200 acres grounds of Middleton Lodge. The boutique hotel and restaurant is a fresh take on a country retreat, offering an authentic and contemporary setting for guests to relax and enjoy.

Full of original character, The Coach House has been sensitively restored to create an original space, with nine bedrooms across The Tack Room, Hayloft and Garden Rooms. The recently restored Farmhouse provides a further five bedrooms, private lounge and dining room, all located only a few footsteps from The Coach House bar and restaurant.

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Tell us about your catering services: food/ menus/ wines? What makes them special? 

All of our catering is in house. Our award winning chef Robert Taylor, works closely with his team to provide a seasonal menu that uses the best regional produce. We introduce seasonal menus each year (spring/summer and autumn/winter), these menus are created to current trends, taste and the seasonal produce available.

Not forgetting the restaurant menu at The Coach House, created by head chef Gareth Rayner. The menu is based around ‘estate to plate’ cooking with Gareth’s rustic approach to well-loved simple dishes which are created using the very best locally sourced produce; from premium cuts of beef to a selection of seasonal vegetables, all from the North Yorkshire area.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price or any special wedding packages available?

We don’t offer any packages as such, allowing us the flexibility to price per head per item to suit each individual wedding.

Does Middleton Lodge offer minimoons? If so what is there for couples to do during their stay?

We can provide bespoke minimoon packages including the hire of our best luxury suite at The Coach House, The Tack Room, with its own wood-burning stove in the bedroom and ‘his & hers’ solo basins in the spacious bathroom.

Our recently converted Farmhouse (which sleeps 10), complete with a hot tub, outside barbecue and private chef, can also accommodate hen parties with onsite activities including cocktail masterclass, clay shooting, massages and facials, makeovers and wine pairing with dinner.


Any really memorable weddings at the venue during 2015? 

2015 has certainly been one to remember. From owls as ring bearers and dogs as bridesmaids.

Our most memorable has to be the bride that came over from America to marry an English man. Originally married in America, they then had a blessing under the oak tree at Middleton Lodge on its luscious summer green lawns scattered in white daisies. This has to be the most idyllic weddings with the sun beaming and drinks flowing on a hot summer’s day.

Do you have any special events coming up shortly?

We will be holding a special Valentines Dinner at The Coach House for guests to treat their loved ones to a romantic evening, whilst enjoying a delicious meal at The Coach House.

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know? Any exciting plans in the pipeline?

We are currently renovating our secret walled garden into a working Kitchen Garden, where the chefs will use the plants for ingredients and guests and local residents can walk around and enjoy learning about the regional vegetables.

Where can we get more information or contact the venue?

Additional information is available on our website www.middletonlodge.co.uk

The best contact number is 01325 377977, reception will then be able to transfer the call to the correct person. Each couple will be given a brochure to take away at viewing stage containing all information regarding food and beverage options.

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