Middleton Hall is situated in open countryside, on the borders of North Yorkshire and County Durham. The nearby village of Middleton St George has good local facilities with a post office, small shop, two pubs and Dinsdale Spa golf course.
Darlington is a vibrant town just 7 miles away. Characterful buildings such as the Victorian Market Hall, Town Clock and Quaker architecture of High Row preside over the pedestrianised town centre. Here you will find a range of shops and banks, including large supermarkets, a department store and boutique designer shops as well as the main retail chains. There is also a cinema complex and Civic Theatre (currently being renovated) where you can get a regular fix of culture.
There are also plenty of restaurants, stylish bars, clubs and award-winning real ale bars in which to find that great North Eastern welcome.
Darlington folk are justifiably proud of the town’s world famous rail heritage and it is worth visiting the Head of Steam Museum to see Stephenson’s ‘Locomotion No.1’.
Yarm, at 5 miles away, is found on the banks of the River Tees. It is a chic, classy and cosmopolitan town, crammed full of wonderful ‘boutique’ style designer shopping, pubs and restaurants. Yarm was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Yarm High Street proudly boasts one of the widest cobbled high streets in England. The town has all round ‘olde worlde’ charm and is a very pleasant place for a stroll.
Richmond, 18 miles away, is a picturesque market town featuring one of the largest cobbled marketplaces in England. Founded by the Normans, it enjoyed a period of prosperity in Georgian times and has many interesting streets and buildings to show for it. The glorious Richmond Castle overlooks the wide banks of the River Swale.
Culturally, there is a lot to experience in Richmond. The Georgian Theatre Royal is Britain’s oldest working theatre, The Station is a community and arts venue and various festivals are held throughout the year.
Further afield, the stunning North East coast beckons with its open beaches and historical castles. Redcar beach (20 miles) is a great place for a breath of fresh air. The North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales are close by.
If you are keen to explore some cityscapes, York (50 miles), Newcastle (50 miles) and Leeds (65 miles) are an easy drive or rail journey away. Indeed, London is just 2 hours 20 minutes away by rail using the excellent East Coast Main Line.