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Rockliffe Hall Hotel & Spa

County Durham, England

Rockliffe Hall Hotel & Spa

County Durham, England

Price Guide

Features

  • Couples
  • Family Friendly
  • Going Solo
  • Outdoors
  • Wellness

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Golf
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Pool – Indoor

Rockliffe Hall is a glamorous five-star resort spa, with golf and fine-dining – the full package for a country escape in England’s northeast. The driveway leads you up to the stunning red-brick 19th-century century house with its sympathetic spa extension, and vistas across manicured lawns to woodland and the river Tees as far as the eye can see.

Set in the quiet village of Hurworth, Rockliffe’s location is perfect for discovering the treasures of Durham city, the drama of the North East coastline and the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire moors.

Attention to detail is everywhere, and thoughtful touches make delightful discoveries, such as the bedside wallet-size booklet 50 Things to Do, and a gourmet seven-course tasting menu that’s also offered for pescatarians and vegetarians.

The Spa

Expansive, modern and elegantly designed, this destination spa has all the facilities you could wish for. Highlights include an Igloo, a Tropicarium, Tepidarium and Caldarium (salt steam room), a Roman sauna and an impressive hydrotherapy pool.

The Spa Garden is the star of the spa – with an infinity-edge pool, a glass-fronted sauna and tepidarium beds.

A nail bar, fitness studio, Technogym, treatment rooms and relaxation rooms, complete the picture.

Spa Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Hot tub
  • Tepidarium
  • Caldarium
  • Roman sauna
  • Tropicarium
  • Nail bar
  • Relaxation areas
  • Treatment rooms
  • Spa garden
  • Fitness studio
  • Technogym

Spa Products

  • Neom Organics
  • Comfort Zone
  • Caudalie

To Stay

Each of the 61 bedrooms are designed to offer guests the ultimate in luxury. Look out onto the beautiful golf course, surrounding countryside, and the meandering River Tees.

Bathrooms are crisp, modern and spacious. Relax in Villeroy & Boch bathtubs and enjoy the peace and quiet or watch your favourite program on the bathroom ‘Tile TVs’.

Woodland Mews Holiday Homes offer the chance to experience all the benefits of Rockliffe Hall from the privacy and intimacy of a 4 bed-roomed holiday home.

To Eat

Headed up by award-winning chef Gary Duffy, The Orangery offers a varied menu, exquisite wines and carefully concocted cocktails in a conservatory-style light-filled room.

The Clubhouse serves up the classics with a focus on quality, wholesome food and the bright and buzzy Brasserie offers locally sourced seasonal specials as well as smoothies and juices.


Getting There

Hurworth on Tees Darlington County Durham DL2 2DU

Old Hall Double

Old Hall Double

Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • Queen-size bed
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Smart TV
  • Views across the gardens and woodlands
  • Writing desk
  • Bathroom with bathtub and in-bath shower
  • Average 32m²
Old Hall Superior

Old Hall Superior

Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • King-size bed
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Lounge and seating area
  • Smart TV
  • Mini fridge
  • Views across the gardens and woodlands
  • Writing desk
  • Bathroom with bathtub and walk-in shower
  • Average 52m²
Old Hall Suite

Old Hall Suite

Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • King-size bed
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Lounge and seating area
  • Smart TV
  • Mini fridge
  • Views across the gardens and woodlands
  • Writing desk
  • Bathroom with bathtub and walk-in shower
  • Fireplace
  • Average 52m²
New Hall Junior Suite

New Hall Junior Suite

Details
  • Sleeps 2 adults and up to 2 children
  • King-size beds
  • Twin bed suite also available
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Private balcony or terrace with seating area
  • Smart TV
  • Seating area
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Views across the gardens and woodlands
  • 49m²
New Hall Superior

New Hall Superior

Details
  • Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children
  • King-size bed
  • Finest Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Large seating area and dressing area
  • Spacious en-suite with large bathtub and monsoon shower
  • Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal in-room safe
  • Luxury bathrobes and slippers
  • Writing desk
  • State-of-the-art TV and audio facilities
  • Professional hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridge
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • 49m²
New Hall Accessible

New Hall Accessible

Details
  • Sleeps 2 adults and 1 child
  • Wheelchair accessible and specially designed to accommodate guests with accessibility requirements
  • Twin bed suite also available
  • South-facing views overlooking the garden and golf course
  • King-size bed
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Seating area
  • Spacious en-suite wet room style bathroom, includes a seating area within the shower
  • Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
  • Person in-room safe
  • Luxury bathrobes and slippers
  • State-of-the-art TV and audio facilities
  • Professional hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridge
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • 49m²
Tiplady Double/Twin

Tiplady Double/Twin

Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • King-size bed
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Private balcony or terrace on lower levels
  • Pet friendly
  • Seating area
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Smart TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Views across gardens and woodland
  • 42m²
Tiplady Accessible

Tiplady Accessible

Details
  • Sleeps 2 adults and 1 child
  • Wheelchair accessible and specially designed to accommodate guests with accessibility requirements
  • Private balcony or terrace on lower levels
  • King-size bed
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Seating area
  • Spacious en-suite wet room style bathroom
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Person in-room safe
  • Luxury bathrobes and slippers
  • State-of-the-art TV and audio facilities
  • Professional hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • 49m²
Armstrong One Bedroom Apartment

Armstrong One Bedroom Apartment

Details
  • Sleeps 2 adults and 1 child
  • King-size bed
  • Private bathroom with bath and shower
  • Fully equipped kitchen and lounge
  • Views of shared garden and woodland
  • Tea, coffee and fresh milk
  • Use of the award-winning spa from check-in to check-out
Armstrong Two Bedroom Apartment

Armstrong Two Bedroom Apartment

Details
  • Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children
  • Wheelchair accessible and specially designed to accommodate guests with accessibility requirements
  • Master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Single bedroom
  • Spacious wet room style family bathroom
  • Modern kitchen, spacious open plan living and dining areas
  • Large flat screen televisions in both bedroom and lounge
  • Complimentary luxury toiletries
  • Ironing facilities
  • Professional hair dryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
Woodland Mews Self-Catering Holiday Homes

Woodland Mews Self-Catering Holiday Homes

Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • Four bedrooms; one double, two twin rooms and one single room.
  • Spacious family bathroom with large bathtub and walk-in shower
  • Sitting room with Large Smart TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen and private dining facilities
  • Tea, coffee and fresh milk
  • Private lawn garden with woodland views
  • Use of the award-winning Spa from check-in until check-out
  • Parking
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dog friendly
Laura IvillBy Laura Ivill

Rockliffe Hall is a glamorous five-star resort spa, with golf and fine-dining – the full package for a country escape in England’s northeast. The driveway leads you up to the stunning red-brick 19th-century century house with its sympathetic spa extension, and vistas across manicured lawns to woodland and the river Tees as far as the eye can see.

The country estate, near Darlington, in County Durham, was bought in in 1996 by Middlesborough FC millionaire Steve Gibson OBE. At Rockliffe Park, he built a £7 million football training facility and academy over 160 acres, which was used by the Team GB football team in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

The neighbouring hotel, set in its own 375 acres of parkland, opened in 2009 as one of the finest places to stay in a region that isn’t overburdened with weekend-away options. Attention to detail is everywhere, and thoughtful touches make delightful discoveries, such as the bedside wallet-size booklet 50 Things to Do (whatever the weather), and a gourmet seven-course tasting menu that’s also offered for pescatarians and vegetarians (from £65).

The Spa

Expansive, modern and elegantly designed, the destination spa has all the facilities you could wish for. As well as the lap pool, there’s a huge hydro pool and a hot tub in the garden, with loungers.

Indoors, cabins offer varying temperatures for assorted benefits – tepidarium, caldarium, Roman sauna, igloo and – my favourite – a tropicarium, which is a high-humidity wood-lined sauna that aids detoxification – a clever combo. A nail bar, fitness studio, Technogym, treatment rooms, relaxation room and the Spa Garden (see below) complete the picture.

The Treatment

The spa offers three top brands – Caudalie, from Bordeaux, which harnesses the health benefits of grapes for its Vinotherapie treatments; Comfort Zone, from Italy, has nourishing face and body rituals, and Neom, from the nearby North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate has especially notable natural scents.

I chose a 60-minute wellbeing ritual (£90) by Neom. My therapist Amy first asked me to ‘blind-smell’ four candles so that I would instinctively choose whatever treatment my body needed. (From sleep, de-stress, energy and happiness, I chose energy).

Each wellbeing ritual combines elements of six therapies: meditation, shiatsu, cranio, Thai massage, trigger point and reflexology, although it’s all so seemless that it translated as a top to toe full body and face massage (without deep work). I adored the energising body scrub – and found myself tracking it down in the spa shop afterwards.

To Stay

The Stay Rooms are spacious (even the twins have double beds), luxurious and many come with stunning views across the park. Choose to stay in either the Old Hall or New Hall wing.

Mum and I stayed in New Hall, which is close to the spa; we watched Wimbledon on a huge TV, drank tea on the Juliette balcony and put our glad rags on for dinner in the dressing area. We could definitely spread out and relax. The bathrooms are so up to date that they come with TV tiles.

To Eat

My mum and I kicked off the evening with expert cocktails in the bar where we poured over the evening’s menus. The Orangery is a conservatory-style light-filled room with attractive ironwork.

It’s worth highlighting how they’ve got the dining layout spot-on – larger groups bring life to the centre of the space and tables for two face into the room so everyone has a view and there’s a good buzz.

The chef, Richard Allen, offers serious diners a nine-course surprise tasting menu (£95) that will be unique to your table (ie no-one else will have the exact same dishes that evening). We chose the four-course a la carte menu (£60) – beautifully presented, with wonderful flavours and a balletic service worthy of a Michelin star. And the dining chairs! They managed to be both supremely comfortable and good for your back.

Facilities and Activities

Mischmasch is the estate’s new recreation zone and kitchen garden, with tennis courts, an adventure playground, nature trail, glasshouse and ‘activity pods’, all opening this September.

Play a round of golf on the 18-hole championship course, attack the driving range or book a lesson with one of the hotel’s PGA pros.

Take a walk in the estate’s park and woodland. The northeast’s historic cities (such as Durham and York), abbeys, castles, cathedrals, museums, river cruises, country parks and gardens, and children’s adventure centres are just a drive away.

Don’t Miss

A two-hour pass (£30pp) gets you into the Spa Garden, a haven of tranquility indoors and out. Inside is a sauna, tepidarium beds and a firepit; outside, the terrace has sunloungers around a heated outdoor infinity whirlpool overlooking a pretty garden border and across the lawns.

Lolling around under a big sky is sheer bliss. It would make a wonderful exclusive hire for a birthday pool party.

Stay & Spa by The Luxury Spa Edit™ 1 Night

Prices from £300

Please note that prices are a guide and may change due to season and availability.

Includes:

  • 1 night bed & breakfast for 2 people
  • *Spa Concierge by The Luxury Spa Edit™

Prices starting from:

  • £300 for two sharing

*Spa Concierge by The Luxury Spa Edit™ is a bespoke service tailored to our clients wishes. We can help with everything from designing a spa itinerary and booking your choice of spa treatments to booking activities and special dining experiences. Just let us know what you wish for, and our experts will do their very best to create that extra special spa break or wellness holiday – tailored for you.