The Merchie Family, owners of The Wensleydale Hotel and The Tack Room Restaurant & Bar, Middleham, Yorkshire DalesCharles Merchie, owner of The Wensleydale Hotel and The Tack Room Restaurant & Bar, Middleham, Yorkshire Dales

Welcome to The Wensleydale Hotel

We took up the reins in 2019 with the aim of creating a small, family run continental style Hotel.  The hotel was formerly known as the White Swan, and although it was much loved it did cry out for some attention, and so we embarked upon our ambitious renovation project, which is set to take a few years, so please bear with us!

Growing up in France, Chef-Patron Charles is passionate about food and hospitality. He worked in some impressive hotels in France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as the UK, not forgetting Yorkshire, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.  His wife, Fiona accompanied him on the journey that brought the family back to her home county, being a Yorkshire Lass!   Fiona also worked in hotels and then wine & spirits.  Their sons Monty & Hugo, also passionate about food and drink, help out when they can in the University holidays.

In year one, apart from the rebranding of the Hotel and Restaurant we carried out a major face lift.  The bedroom facilities have been upgraded with new 100% Eygptian cotton bedlinen, luxury fluffy towels, new pillows and duvets, valances, introducing Temple Spa toiletries, new 32 inch flat screen TVs, some new beds and mattresses, Tea Trays in all bedrooms with a selection of Ringtons tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits, new telephones, and flip top glass bottles for water with glasses.  Some rooms also needed new shower screens and bath panels, bedside lamps, and additional furniture.  Two rooms were taken out of the inventory as they were very small, if you stayed in one of those you will know which ones we're talking about! 

In the public areas we have created a reception to make check-in more comfortable, and redecorated this area, the bar, restaurant, toilets, and the outside of the hotel has also seen a lick of paint!  The restaurant was relaunched as The Tack Room with it's racing theme as a nod to the local trainers. The Tack Room Terrace was also created with new bistro style furniture, from where you can sit and watch the racehorses trot by on their daily exercise whilst enjoying anything from a coffee to an extravagant Dinner.

Before we had had the opportunity of celebrating our first birthday we had to close our doors due to the pandemic.  In the first lock down we created our Made in Middleham range of ready meals to reheat at home supporting the local community with takeaways and home delivering to local residents self isolating.  With 2021 starting with another lock down we spent the beginning of the year refurbishing most of our bedrooms, completely refurbishing our kitchen, and replacing the majority of the flooring in the hotel & public areas. You will find the hotel clean & comfortable and the team friendly & eager to please.  

We look forward to welcoming you on the journey............  Charles, Fiona, Monty & Hugo