A slice of historical heaven

picture of Middlethorpe

What better way to dine out this summer than in a traditional country house hotel? Three of the finest in Britain are the ‘Historic House Hotels‘, now owned and maintained by the National Trust. The hotel restaurants have long been lauded by our reporters and now you can receive exclusive savings on your bill with Harden’s.

If you’re planning to head north east, then Middlethorpe Hall in York is an ideal place from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales. The dining room at this stately William and Mary house, built in 1699, has long been tipped by our reporters for its “high standard” of cooking. Book with Harden’s to save up to 25 per cent on your total bill at the restaurant.

And visitors can currently take advantage of an exclusive offer – until 30 September stay at Middlethorpe Hall from just £149 per person per night. The package includes two nights’ accommodation, dinner both nights, morning tea and full use of the spa. The offer is valid for a minimum two night stay, Sunday-Thursday until 30 September 2014 and subject to availability.

picture of Hartwell

For those not wishing to venture too far, but still with the desire to escape London for the weekend, Hartwell House is just an hour’s drive away in the Vale of Alyesbury. Once the home of exiled French King Louis XVIII, this “magnificent” country house has been consistently well rated in our guide over the years. Reserve a restaurant table via Harden’s and access exclusive discounts of up to 10 per cent at certain times and dates.

Throughout 2014, the hotel is offering a selection of celebration packages in honour of its 25th anniversary. From Monday-Friday, stay for £180 per person per night, including dinner, champagne, chocolates, plus spa discounts and full English breakfast. For Friday or Saturday night, the break starts from £199.

picture of Bodysgallen

In North Wales, not far from the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, sits Bodysgallen Hall. This 17th century country house encompasses spectacular views of the mountains of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, and vaunts two restaurants. Enjoy fine dining at The Dining Room or more informal fare in Bistro 1620, which reporters say achieve “impeccable standards”. Book with Harden’s for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

 

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