Middletons is one of central York’s best-loved hotels thanks to its historic buildings and quirky character. The latest part of the property to have a major makeover is Lady Anne House. Sharon Dale reports.
When it comes to places to stay in York, visitors are spoiled for choice. Hotels, holiday lets and B&Bs have proliferated but some stand out more than others.
Middletons Hotel in central York is one of those places that has you at “hello” and regularly has guests from foreign climes in raptures thanks to its five listed buildings, each named after famous and feted figures.
Middletons was named after Dame Anne Middleton, benefactor and wife of Peter Middleton, a 17th century Sheriff of York, and she gets the double honour of having Lady Anne House named after her. It began life as a hospital for the poor and is now guest rooms set over two floors, along with a glass-roofed communal lounge with original Roman masonry.
Then there are the Sir Joseph Terry cottages, named after the confectionery magnate and philanthropist.
Chaplin House with its roots in the 17th century was once the home of Hans Hess, a former director of York City Art Gallery. Charlie Chaplin stayed there as one of his guests.
As for No.56 Skeldergate, the late 1700s property was owned by Ralph Dodsworth, a Sheriff of York. Its latest incarnation is a suite of six deluxe rooms, three executive suites and a lounge that overlooks a garden.