Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, the celebrated 18th century feminist, pioneer of inoculation and comfortable clothing for women, moved into Middlethorpe Hall in August 1713. Famous for introducing her knowledge of the Ottoman practice of inoculation against smallpox to the UK, it was in later life that she was finally praised for introducing the practice here.
Celebrate the life and times of this unique woman with the following commemorative opportunities at Middlethorpe Hall:
On Friday, 15th November from 5.30pm Middlethorpe Hall will host a Black-tie Dinner and Lecture to commemorate Lady Mary’s arrival.
Guest speakers, TV Broadcaster & Food Historian Ivan Day will be joined by Peter Brown, MBE Director of the York Civic Trust. The evening will start with a lecture recollecting the life in York during the reign of Queen Anne, the sophisticated court cooking and the stunning works of art the food was served on.
Head Chef Nicholas Evans, with the advice of food historian Ivan Day and working from original recipes, will re-create a refined supper in the style favoured by Lady Mary when she entertained distinguished guests such as the celebrated architect and playwright Sir John Vanbrugh, Lady Betty Howard and her sister. Guests can expect The Queen’s Potage – containing partridge, almonds, pistachio and pomegranate followed by Boucans - Veal with York Ham, truffle and mushrooms. This lecture, four-course dinner including a Champagne reception and accompanied by wines in the style of those served at the time is priced £89 per person or £164 per person with an overnight stay (based on two people sharing) inclusive of breakfast the following day.
Lady Mary’s 300th Anniversary Break
Experience a visit to the National Trust’s Middlethorpe Hall in York– still the ‘very pretty place’ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu described in one of her letters exactly 300 years ago when she moved into the Hall in 1713. The house, its interior and the award winning gardens have been sympathetically restored so that guests can enjoy a historic and exclusive experience.
Middlethorpe Hall has created the following celebratory exclusive break for guests to enjoy, reminisce and celebrate:
- A chilled bottle of Yorkshire Sparkling wine, fruits and home-made sweetmeats to welcome you upon arrival to the Lady Mary Suite;
- Six-course Gourmet dinner designed by Head-Chef Nicholas Evans and accompanied by a selected glass of wine with each course;
- Overnight stay in the Lady Mary Suite (Queen-size bed) located on the Royal Floor of the historic Hall;
- Early morning tea delivered to your suite followed by full Yorkshire breakfast in the dining room;
- A memento of your stay in the Lady Mary Suite;
- 25% discount towards pre-booked Decléor or Neom treatments in the Spa
This break is priced £499 per night – subject to availability based on two sharing. Available Sundays to Thursdays until March 2014.
Award winning Middlethorpe Hall is home to 29 bedrooms showcasing decoration in the manner of the 18th Century and the hotel is furnished with antiques and fine paintings whilst looking out on 20 acres of stunning manicured gardens and parkland.