Middletons Easter Egg Hunt
Middletons Hotel, York, is marking the completion of a £1m refurbishment with an Easter egg hunt around the city.
Between April 15-18, 20 Terry’s Chocolate Orange eggs will be placed in key places ready to be found.
And it’s not just the chocolate there for the taking but also some extra prizes, including gym membership, gin nights and overnight stays at the Skeldergate hotel.
Adam Wardale, General Manager, said: “We’ve just refurbished 20 guest rooms, so we are celebrating with 20 Easter eggs hiding 20 great prizes.
“Part of our recent refurbishment included the almhouses, known as the Terry Memorial Homes, that were built through public subscription in honour of Joseph Terry, the famous York confectioner.
“Those cottages have had an incredible makeover and we wanted a unique way to celebrate that transformation, which is where our Easter egg hunt has come from.
“We hope people join in the fun. There will be 20 Easter eggs placed in key visitor attractions and businesses around the city and each one will have a letter of congratulations attached for the lucky finder with additional prizes.”
Clues will be placed on Middletons York’s Facebook and Instagram pages to help people discover the eggs.
The hotel has just completed phase 1 of a major investment programme which will refresh all areas of the property.
The refurbishment pays homage to its historic roots and heritage through the design, with elements of surprise planted in the detail, including a Terry’s chocolate orange hidden waiting to be discovered in the new look almshouses if guests solve a riddle.
These cottages now sleep up to six, to appeal to larger families or small groups - the top prize in the Easter egg hunt is an overnight stay for 5 adults or a large family in one of these cottages.
Another highlight from the initial phase of the refurbishment is a new look for 18 guest rooms in the Cromwell House, which take inspiration from the history of timber trading, making use of reclaimed timbers and handcrafted furniture.
Middletons Hotel is made up of six Listed Buildings, centred around a courtyard garden. Each building has a different story to tell but all have played a part in York’s glorious history.
The next stage of the refurbishment plan will involve guest rooms in Lady Anne House which was formerly a hospital, the Organ Factory, which was used by the organ builder Walter Hopkins until he retired, and the bar area.
Middletons Hotel is part of the House of Daniel Thwaites collective which has developed a reputation for its refurbishment projects that celebrate heritage. Also part of the group is Judge’s Lodging, which was transformed by the company in 2014.