WELCOME to Thorpe Underwood Estate, ideally situated just 10 miles from the historic city of York and equally close to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate.

Thorpe Underwood Estate expands over 100 acres of beautifully maintained, tranquil grounds and is home to the nationally renowned Queen Ethelburga’s College and Chapter House Preparatory School. During our school holiday periods we are fortunate enough to be able to be open our doors to guests from all over the world and allow them to experience a traditional English school with a modern luxurious twist.

Set within our idyllic, rural location and with all the luxurious boarding accommodation and school facilities at our disposal, we are able to offer the perfect base for groups of all kinds visiting the area. With six accommodation blocks, all available en suite and fitted to an extremely high standard, we are easily able to accommodate groups with numbers from 10 to 1000.

Sporting, study and leisure facilities on site are second to none and with an exceptional catering function also provided on site, we are perfectly placed to provide you with a tailor made residential package to suit your specific requirements.

Summer Camp
Clean and Simple


We have over 1000 beds available on site, located in various accommodation blocks, which include Abbey Chambers, Benedict House, The Genesis Centre and Court Apartments. All our guest rooms are extremely well equipped and include LCD televisions with built in Freeview and DVD players, hairdryers, kettles, vanity units, microwave ovens, fridges and safes, all as standard.

Facilities at North Yorkshire Pool Table


Facilities available to groups, enjoying residential bookings on the estate, are quite simply unrivalled. Within the vast expanse of the recently opened Genesis Centre, guests can benefit from a very large indoor sports facility, brand new 25m pool and associated facilities, large numbers of superbly equipped classrooms, thoughtfully designed art rooms and a full range of meeting spaces, all fitted to the highest standards.

Contuct Us


The entire catering service on Thorpe Underwood Estate, both during our school term times and during those times when we are available to our holiday guests, is entirely operated “in house”. With a full team of catering staff employed directly by the estate, rather than utilising a national catering contractor, we are able to provide fresher, locally sourced produce to suit the specific requirements of our guests.