After going to the Phillip Memorial Aske Game Fair, I had the pleasure of driving the Craddock family to Middlethorpe Hall after they successfully bid on the silent auction prize prize for a 3 course lunch and trip in the Rolls.
After arranging to pick up at the lovely market town of Leyburn in Wensleydale, we are off to Middlethorpe http://www.middlethorpe.com/ for 1:30pm taking a nice leisurely drive. You never really know what type of people you are going to pick up but I have to say the Craddocks were some of the loveliest people I have met on my travels and the day certainly for me started well and just kept getting better – I even was renamed – Lord Carl! I quite like it but the family are taking some time to get used to it :o)
When we arrived at Middlethorpe, the guests were dropped off at the door and greeted by the doorman – what at a spectacular place owned by the National Trust with a majestic splendor you just cannot ignore.
While the guests were dining I was made very welcome by Lionel Chatard (the boss!) with coffee and cake and then headed off to see the spectacular grounds.
After my stroll the lovely Carol Craddock arranged for a cream tea and we sat on the terrace like royalty enjoying the atmosphere ? this really is a special occasion place and I am so pleased we had the opportunity to come to this beautiful English Country House. I am already thinking of when I can bring my family here, maybe when the next grandchild has finally made an appearance (anyday now please Liz!)
As part of the service, the Craddocks mentioned that they had stayed at Middlethorpe 10 years ago and so Lionel arranged for them to see the room they stayed in to relive some happy memories.
Then we make our way back to Leyburn and say goodbye after a perfect day!