We moved to Middleton in 1996 as our home in Pickering was bursting at the seams with an enlarging and growing family. Middleton Hall was a magical place full of brambles, ivy, undergrowth and trees leaning at odd angles. The bones of the garden showed that long ago there had been love and attention given to it and there was potential to enjoy a more managed area. The outbuildings were beating the Hall by a short head in their attempt to fall down but they had to wait until we could cope with a second invasion of builders. The Hall made a great place to bring up our five children and for them to fill the place with friends.
In time we had fewer resident children and a habitable living space, so we turned our attention to helping the garden to be more interesting and to resurrect the outbuildings. There seemed little point in repairing the buildings if they had no function so we decided initially to rescue The Applestore, then later The Coach House and finally The Barn so we could share our home with guests.
We have teamed up with Meg Joiner, property manager to ensure you are looked after to the highest quality. She has lived in the area for 15 years and will be able to help you with anything you may need or want to know. We look forward to welcoming you at our cottages soon.
We have encouraged wild birds to visit and nest around the Hall and we hope the owl and bat boxes will provide appropriate homes. You may be lucky enough to meet badgers, hedgehogs, woodpeckers and goldfinches, to name a few of our favourites. A visiting sparrow hawk can at times be a spectacular sight swooping down. We developed the wild woodland area at the very top of the garden to let in more light with cleared undergrowth. Hundreds of daffodils have breathed a collective sigh of relief and now flower annually. We have replanted with oaks and other native trees and shrubs and created a woodland walk and nature viewing area. In the paddock is a large trampoline and a bendy house made of living willow wands. Mowed paths encourage you to wander though the meadow-like grass and flowers.
The Applestore had racks for keeping fruit through winter but sadly, these had to be sacrificed to provide suitable sleeping arrangements. Otherwise the lay-out is unchanged although the ‘coppers’ for boiling washing no longer occupy the corners of the kitchen. The new bathroom is a recent addition, providing a lovely space with beautiful fittings to relax in after a day of exploring.View Cottage
The Barn was falling in all directions and needed serious stabilisation before we remodelled the interior with a contemporary style. This ‘cottage’ really does have a ‘wow’ factor due to its huge space with plenty of natural light through large windows to bring the garden ‘inside’ and has sophisticated lighting at night. The bathrooms are very special and the snug is a lovely cosy place to while away the time reading a long promised book. Two mezzanine bedrooms and a study/fifth bed offer a flexible and visually stunning experience.View Cottage
The Coach House
The Coach House was about to ‘follow the laws of gravity’ according to our architect. Major renovation has resulted in a cottage with the feel of the original building, but with a refashioned natural stone floor, under-floor heating and the preservation of one of the original stable partitions.View Cottage