Watch the Tour de France set off from Yorkshire

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, Yorkshire
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, taken from the landscaped gardens

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa offers guests a unique stay during this year’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, Yorkshire
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, taken from the landscaped gardens

Located just a few miles outside the city of York, Middlethorpe Hall & Spa is a William and Mary red brick country house built in 1699 that has been carefully brought back to life in elegant fashion.

With the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 setting off from Leeds on 5 July, taking in much of North Yorkshire, and the second leg setting off from York on 6 July weaving its way through West Yorkshire, the world spotlight will well and truly be on Britain’s largest county this year.

Where better then to soak up the excitement of this prestigious event than at a grand country home, where from the moment you pull up to the entrance to unload your luggage it feels as though you’ve come to visit your rich aristocratic cousin for the weekend?

Built of mellow red brick with limestone dressings, the 29-bedroom hotel sits within 20 acres of land and inside is furnished with antiques and fine paintings. The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant serves up such refined modern British dishes as diver-caught Scottish scallops, and poached loin of mountain hare. Guests can also make full use of the spa facilities, housed in two neighbouring Edwardian properties opposite the main house, and the city of York with its Gothic minster is just a short drive away.

York Minster. Tony Murray Photography
York Minster

To mark Yorkshire’s role in this year’s Tour de France, Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, one of the three Historic House Hotels owned by the National Trust, has created an inspired two-night legacy break.

For a price of £149 per person per night, guests can enjoy:

A candlelit three-course dinner in the award-winning dining room on both nights

Two-night accommodation for two people in a standard double or twin bedded room located in the 18th century courtyard

Early morning tea delivered to the room on both mornings

Full Yorkshire breakfast served in the restaurant on both mornings

Full use of the spa facilities

A 25-minute Decléor treatment per person (to be booked in advance) on one day

A cycling map of Yorkshire

The above rates are for a minimum two-night stay, valid Sunday to Thursday until 30 September 2014 and subject to availability – excluding York race days and bank holidays.

For our full feature on Yorkshire, see Volume 82 Issue 3 of BRITAIN.

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