5 fantastic locations a short drive from our Middleton St George new homes
When we’re exploring the region to develop new homes, the location is one of the most critical considerations - and our selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes at our Middleton Waters site in Middleton St George is perfectly located for so many reasons.
From the charming village of Middleton St George itself you are able to enjoy many fantastic locations instantly. From restaurants to country parks, the area is delightfully convenient for so many different reasons.
But as soon as you jump in a car and take even just a short drive out of the village, the options open up considerably - and here we’ve chosen a few of our favourite local spots you can easily visit from our new homes at Middleton St George.
1. Rockliffe Hall
This stunning 5 star hotel is the perfect place for a sophisticated meal, delicious afternoon tea, spa day or a round of golf. Nestled between the quiet villages of Hurworth and Croft-on-Tees, Rockliffe Hall is less than fifteen minutes drive from Middleton St George.
When visiting Rockliffe Hall, you can choose from an array of three different restaurants to dine in. Firstly, The Orangery is a three AA Rosette restaurant that offers an exquisite dining experience, garden-to-plate ethos and exceptional wine pairings. Embark on a unique food journey with the chef’s delicately crafted a la carte and tasting menus. Afternoon tea is also available, including the finest sandwiches, elegant desserts, and a choice of tea, coffee or champagne.
The second restaurant available is The Brasserie. Here, you can enjoy local and seasonal dishes with a gorgeous view of the surrounding landscape. Open for coffee, light bites, lunch and dinner, The Brasserie is sure to cater for your preferences.
The final restaurant at your disposal is The Clubhouse. This kitchen and bar is the perfect venue for enjoying wholesome British cuisine while appreciating stunning views across the golf course. Stop by for the hugely popular Sunday lunches or enjoy an evening meal.
Other culinary experiences on offer are wine tasting masterclasses and the cocktail bar, where you can enjoy seasonal favourites.
Rockliffe’s award-winning spa provides the perfect sanctuary for relaxation and unwinding. With thermal suites, indoor and outdoor pools and a tranquil Spa Garden, you are guaranteed to feel revitalised after your visit. Numerous treatments are available to book, along with specially designed spa days and exclusive membership deals. Membership also provides access to the fitness suite as well as the spa and many discounts around other areas of the resort.
Join Rockliffe Hall as a golf member or play for the day with five star golfing facilities at your fingertips. The resort’s 18 hole championship course is sure to challenge players of all abilities. Equipped with extensive practice facilities, driving range, a luxurious yet relaxed clubhouse and a top quality golf services team - including four PGA professionals - Rockliffe Hall is the perfect location for golfing days, breaks or membership. Combined with the exquisite facilities and atmosphere of the whole resort, you are sure to enjoy your golfing experience at Rockliffe.
2. Preston Park Musuem and Grounds
One of the largest parks located in the North East, Preston Park is just a thirteen minute journey from our homes at Middleton St George. Families are sure to have a fantastic day exploring the park, gardens and galleries.
Butterfly World is undeniably one of the most popular attractions of the park. Discover a world of tropical trees and flowers, exotic waterfall features and vibrant butterflies. Children are sure to love this wonderful experience.
The Adventure Play Area is another favourite with children. Equipped with a playground, a dedicated area for toddlers and plenty of space, children of all ages are able to let their imaginations run free.
To explore the more historic side of the park, head to the Victorian Street, which imitates how a typical street would have looked in the nineteenth century. Complete with a confectionery store, toy shop and much more, this is sure to be an interesting activity.
Many galleries are on display to educate visitors about the history of the park, and lots of historic collections are available for viewing, which are always popular with any history enthusiasts.
An extremely beautiful area of the park is The Walled Garden. Open in spring, summer and autumn, enjoying the features of The Walled Garden on a sunny day is a brilliant idea. Filled with seasonal vegetables, fruit and colourful flowers, it evokes the character of a working Victorian kitchen garden.
The Winter Garden is the perfect place to admire tropical planting, unrivalled views of the park and experience a Victorian-inspired high society garden.
Lastly, the park's Woodland Walk is the perfect nature trail. With a range of different trees, plants and woodland creatures, families can enjoy quality time with each other while strolling outside in the fresh air.
3. The Devonport
Situated in Middleton One Row, this local freehouse and restaurant is within cycling and walking distance from our site at Middleton Waters. Overlooking the uninterrupted countryside and banks of the River Tees, you can enjoy dinner with a view.
The Devonport has a dog friendly bar with an open fire, stylish restaurant, private dining room and 8 luxurious guest bedrooms. The guest accomodation is perfect if you have family members or friends coming to visit.
Classic pub dishes with a modern twist are available. Something you won’t want to miss are the delicious Sunday lunches. Perfect to finish off a relaxing weekend in your local area. This family friendly establishment also offers a great children's menu, ensuring everyone is well looked after.
An extensive wine list is provided along with an interesting selection of gin and spirits, as well as hand-pulled ales. This local treasure is ideal for residents of Middleton Waters if you fancy a mid-week evening meal or a relaxed Sunday roast.
The nearby town of Darlington provides entertainment, modern places to dine in, trendy clothing stores and a wide range of schools.
If you have a taste for shopping, you could venture 15 minutes along the road to Darlington. Some of the large franchise stores in Darlington include House of Fraser, Flannels.com, JD Sports and Topshop to name just a few. Although if you prefer shopping at smaller, local businesses you could have a wander into Geoffrey Gillow, Leggs, Coco Dress Agency or Ruby’s Darlington.
Restaurants & cafes
Plenty of places to dine in are available in Darlington. If you are wanting a light breakfast or a sophisticated evening meal, you are sure to find delicious food. A couple of great cosy cafes to grab a coffee or some brunch are the Imperial Express Cafe, The Wandering Duck and Hatch Luncheonette. However, if you are going out for dinner, you could head to the Stable Hearth for some authentic pizza, Tomahawk Steakhouse Darlington or Oven Restaurant. Some of our favourite trendy places are Salt Street Food Kitchen and Hash Bar and Kitchen.
Entertainment & Leisure
For entertainment in Darlington, you could visit the recently refurbished Darlington Hippodrome Theatre or popular Vue Cinema. All the latest performances, shows and mainstream movies are available for your enjoyment.
Many gyms and fitness centres are located in Darlington, and if you are looking to become a gym member, you should take a look at The Gym Group - which is open 24 hours - Bannatyne Health Club or Snap Fitness.
This historic market town is a hidden gem. It boasts many excellent restaurants, coffee shops and clothing stores. Yarm makes a brilliant location for a relaxing venture out. Just a 10 minute drive from Middleton St George, you shouldn’t miss out on a trip to this charming town.
There are a vast range of restaurants to choose from in Yarm. Some of our personal favourites are Cena Trattoria, which serves traditional Italian dishes, Muse, a continental cafe and restaurant, and Tomahawk Steakhouse Yarm.
Our favourite high street clothing store is The House. Both mens and womenswear are available, with many designer items available. If you love shopping, we recommend this local store.
From this, we hope to have given you a taste of all the fantastic destinations that are right on your doorstep from our new homes at Middleton Waters. From upmarket restaurants to gyms to country parks, this beautiful location really does have something for everyone.