Every now and then Gaz and I are fortunate enough to get a night away from the children and I think it does us all the world of good. Whilst being a parent is hard work at the best of times, after a hectic start to the year with more than our fair share of germs, when we were kindly offered a stay at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, it came at exactly the right time to recharge our ailing batteries!
Rookery Hall is located in Nantwich, Cheshire, just over an hour from our home so really handy for a one night stay without venturing too far away from the kids. Having already pored over the website before our stay I was fully prepared to be impressed as we approached the hotel and yet as we pulled into the car park it looked even grander than I had imagined!
Rookery Hall was built in 1816 with the French Chateau tower added in 1867 the new wing in 1990 and the health club and spa, executive bedrooms, and conference and banqueting centre in 2007. Yet despite these modernisations, the hotel still has such a historical and grand feel to it and, as we entered into reception, I felt as though it was a world away from the home we had left behind.
Although we arrived at Rookery Hall a little before our check in time the receptionist was so helpful and offered to call us should our room be ready any earlier should we wish to enjoy a drink in the lounge. Instead we decided to take the opportunity to make a five minute drive into Nantwich itself, grab some lunch, and have a wander around the town.
By the time we arrived back at the hotel our room was ready and we were taken through to the extended part of the hotel where the executive bedrooms can be found. You have to go outside to access these rooms but it is literally a stones throw from the entrance to the main building.
The executive rooms are really impressive with a gorgeous open space, light, airy and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for your stay.
With a huge king sized bed, a seating area and desk, the room is a great size and the decor was really in keeping with the overall feel of the hotel. I always think it’s a shame when you stay in a hotel which has real character and the hotel rooms are very sleek and ultra modern.
The real test for me is always the bed as, honestly, anyone who has kids will tell you that when you finally get a night away from them you just want to get some sleep, and it was so comfy!
The first thing we did was jump on the bed, switch on the television, and just enjoy ten minutes of peace and quiet without the kids harassing us every five minutes!
Rookery Hall have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible, with a coffee machine and a variety of pods in the room to help yourself to.
They had also left us a little gift of chocolates and, knowing that I am gluten free, a selection of gluten free cakes for me to sample. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I ate all three in one go and they were utterly delicious!
The en-suite bathroom has a very different feel which I personally loved. As much as I prefer for the bedroom to be in keeping with a grand hotel, I did love the modern bathroom, a multi-experience shower (amazing!) and all of the perks I’d expect from a hotel.
There was a gorgeous selection of toiletries waiting for us from the Hand Picked Hotels collection, all of which smelled amazing and felt so nice on my skin and hair.
But my favourite part, and the thing I really hadn’t expected, was the “tilevision” television in the bathroom. I don’t think I have ever been to a hotel with a TV in the bathroom before and even turned it on when I was brushing my teeth, purely for the novelty value!
That night we were really looking forward to sampling dinner in the restaurant with Rookery Hall renown for its 2 AA Rosettes and fine dining experience. Clearly very keen to eat, we were the first in the restaurant!
Being gluten free I always worry about eating out and knowing what I can and can’t have but our waitress was so helpful. Several times she spoke to the chef to personally make sure that dishes could be adapted to suit my dietary needs and on choosing a chicken Caesar salad to start the chef was able to substitute breadcrumbed chicken for one without.
To start Gaz chose Goosenargh duck with marinated pineapple and burnt coconut which he said was really tasty. Both of our starters were presented beautifully which I find makes food even more enjoyable when they are visibly appealing too.
Choosing a main was difficult as there were so many great options but in the end I went for Slow Cooked Jacobs Ladder, Shetland Black 1923 potato, parsnip purée, charred hispi, and finished with caramelised onion broth. Honestly, it was one of the most delicious cuts of beef I have ever tasted.
Gaz went for English lamb rump with a potato terrine, salt baked celeriac, wild mushrooms, and a roast lamb jus. In the interest of my review it was only fair that I had a taste of it too (that was my excuse anyway) and it was perfectly cooked.
Despite the fact that we were both fit to burst, when the dessert menu came round we couldn’t resist ordering. Gaz chose the Warm Bramley apple cake with green apple sorbet, apple gel, and popcorn. Although this looked beautiful the cake was a little dry although that still didn’t stop Gaz from eating it!
I ordered Seasonal Eton Mess which was a surprise when it came out as it was unlike any Eton Mess I have had before. It was more of a deconstructed dish with fresh rhubarb, sorbet and a small amount of meringue which altogether was tasty but not what I would have chosen ordinarily.
After our meal we were offered coffee which was brought to us in the lounge area. It was nice to just relax, let our food settle, and enjoy the time to just sit and chat before going back to our room.
After an amazing nights sleep we were up bright and early ready for breakfast. You’d think we couldn’t possibly be hungry after such a huge meal the night before but there’s something about the smell of a hotel breakfast which always leaves me starving!
After helping ourselves to the continental buffet breakfast we chose our hot breakfast choices from the menu which included a variety of dishes including the traditional full English which was really tasty.
After breakfast we decided to enjoy a walk around the grounds of Rookery Hall which, despite the time of year, are still beautiful. With 38 acres if land I couldn’t help but imagine just how lovely it would be to get married at Rookery Hall and enjoy the sprawling lawns and views of the countryside in the sunshine.
Just behind the gardens, detached from the main building in the original stable block of the estate, is the Health Club & Spa. Open to members and residents at the hotel, the spa has won awards for their facilities and services, and we couldn’t wait to enjoy a blissful few hours relaxing.
Inside you will find 7 treatment rooms, the Amber lounge and relaxation room, an indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam rooms and many leading spa brands.
We spent the entire morning relaxing in the steam room and sauna, doing lengths in the pool, and resting in the hydrotherapy pool and, although we didn’t sample any of the spa packages we could have spent the whole day just lounging at the side of the pool enjoying the silence.
We would recommend Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa to anyone looking for a relaxing break away and I know we will definitely be back in the future the next time we are in need of a child-free night, a good nights sleep, and a delicious meal!
** We were invited to stay at Rookery Hall inclusive of dinner and breakfast for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own. **