Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf
What We Love
- A stay in England's northern countryside, with breakfast, dinner and an optional spa treatmentStaying in a stately Regency house just under three miles from Harrogate
- Splurge-worthy treatments in the rather divine spa
- Sampling delicious cuisine at the award-winning Clocktower Restaurant
What To Know
- Valet parking is available but there's also ample room for self-parking
- Luxury Lodges have private hot tubs
- Free WiFi works well
For North Yorkshire charm with all the fun of the fairways, this hotel just three miles from the spa town of Harrogate tempts with 300 acres of parkland, an 18-hole golf course, and enough laid-back luxury to make you want to stay for days.
With a décor that veers on the right side of contemporary, each of the rooms and suites impress with designer-led furnishings, up-to-date gadgetry, and lovely bathrooms with roll top baths and Molton Brown toiletries. There’s also a 14-screen private cinema, gym, on-site golf academy, and full-service spa with a rather divine treatment and therapy menu. On the dining front, choose from Horto for contemporary fine dining, or the Clocktower Restaurant.
How to Get There
A wonderful Valentine’s Day treat - we had a fabulous time.
The welcome at reception was brilliant - very friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated - the bathroom was massive.
We had a lovely lunch in the Spa cafe - again service was excellent and the food was really good.
The spa is strangely situated on three levels - so you get a workout just walking to and from the different parts of the hotel.
However, the spa is simply superb - with our favourite part being the outside infinity pool and jacuzzi.
We would definitely return - good hotel, lovely atmosphere and beautiful grounds.
Weve just been to a wedding at Rudding park and it was absolutely brilliant- the venue is fantastic with gorgeous views- the food was amazing and the staff were so friendly and lovely- brilliant day - and the same staff were there nect morning for breakfast still bubbling with politeness.
Our 3rd visit to the hotel and will not be the last!
2 night stay in a Junior suite with balcony, spa access and breakfast included was £1,000. Gorgeous get away from the responsibility of kids and pets! Worth every penny spent.
On arrival to our room we found a bottle of Prosecco on ice, a gift bag and a lovely card from the hotel as a return guest.
Valentine’s Day was spent in their beautiful new spa. I’m not a fan of spas, but oh my goodness this one is mind blowing!!! Roof top pools, outdoor jacuzzi under the stars with champagne in hand, waiters on hand to fetch you drinks, the ambiance was just perfect.
I’m not a fan of spas as I’m not into treatments and massages (or relaxation) but this spa brings it for couples like us who like to try new things and have a tipple whilst we do! So many different experiences you can try, if for nothing else but a laugh as they have experience showers.... just try them!
Our first two stays the hotel didn’t have the spa so this time was even more magical!
Junior Suite was gorgeous, well stocked with everything you need and the super king bed was so luxurious. We have stayed in the master suite before so dubious about staying in a smaller room type, as we knew what we would be missing however this was still just as good and the balcony looking over the grounds was very pretty.
We went for a lovely afternoon walk around the grounds on our second day, the weather was gorgeous and the scenery is just so pretty.
Reception are so friendly, always making sure you are well looked after. The guy at the bar looked after us on our hangover day with lemon iced water and food orders. Everyone here is always checking you are ok. It’s just a lovely place to be.
We had dinner and breakfast at the Clocktower restaurant in the conservatory - gold 5 stars 🌟
It’s a feel good place to eat.
Our second evening again was spent in the spa, you could never get bored of it! For after we got a DVD player and a couple of films for the room and just chilled out.
We had valentines afternoon tea in the conservatory, this was our only disappointment. The cost, £79 for a couple, wasn’t worth what we were given. We’ve had a lot better for a lot less. I think they need to improve on this somewhat in future with some true Yorkshire additions to the sandwiches and cake choices. We had also chosen a time that they were cleaning up ready for the evening restaurant so it wasn’t very romantic being tidied up around.
This is our favourite Yorkshire get away hotel by far and cannot wait to return for another celebration in future.
We recently returned for a short stay and as usual everything was excellent!
The staff, the rooms, the food all exceeded in every way.
We absolutely love it there.
What made it extra special this time was the wonderful service and attention to detail by Marek the guest services manager.
We have travelled the world and stayed in many 5 star plus hotels but Marek makes it seven.
The personal touch goes a long way.
We will certainly return to Rudding Perk many times in the future
A much-needed two-night break at Rudding Park was more than just a tonic for my wife, my daughter and I – it was a god-send. We lead hectic lives. Last year’s visit to Harrogate was underpinned by what I refer to as the three R’s, namely time to restore, relax and recharge. And that included my first ‘rasul’ experience, something I shall never ever forget!
The opportunity for some R&R&R (yes, I know, that's three R's) at a hotel that’s won many accolades including the 2018 Cateys Accessibility Award was something, that as a full-time powerchair user, I was particularly looking forward to experiencing. I’m delighted to say that the hotel exceeded all expectations. They smashed it - gold star!
Aren’t guest needs always different? In today’s fast-paced world, our wants and desires for those personal touches continues to grow – for example, I’m a great comfort advocate, so having a menu of pillow options is a great touch and yes, you guessed it, this hotel scored highly on my pillow-loving barometer. It’s the little things that make a difference!
As for food and dietary requirements, my wife and daughter are severe Coeliac’s and I’m gluten-free (lifestyle choice); we’re also all dairy free. What blew me away was knowing that the key F&B staff had a plan – this was supported by a what can only be described as a meal-schedule, highlighting chef and restaurant manager names, with specified food intolerance details, against each day of our stay. Awesome! This carefully put together landscaped document had clearly formed the basis of a good internal F&B comms plan! This level of personalisation did not go unnoticed; indeed, it gave us all complete peace of mind – gold star!
Horto’s Café offered the most exquisite and healthy breakfasts, a must for any hungry family – the strawberry, apple and mint juice was a favourite of mine. But the big hit was discovering the grilled halloumi, avocado and red pepper dish, which has subsequently been re-created at home! So tasty! As for the freshly made gluten free pancakes with berries, skyr yoghurt and maple syrup, they were to die for! Whilst the room service menu looked very appealing, we confidently enjoyed the lovely dining experience offered by the Clocktower Restaurant – gold star!
As for accessibility, Rudding Park is to be applauded for its ongoing commitment – last year’s Catey’s Accessibility Award is testament to the hotel’s leadership but also the cultural change needed in not just embracing disability and difference but also leveraging the revenue opportunity. It’s my belief that the hospitality industry could do so much more in accessing an annual market, referred to as the ‘purple pound’, that some say is worth nearly £250bn – Rudding Park gets it!
And from the moment we arrived, the crackling log fire, the warm welcome, the beaming smile and the helpfulness of Darren in Guest Relations, we knew that there was something special about this property.
As for our rooms, they were beautifully appointed and yes, accessible, with a large wet-room space in room 271 located in the Follifoot Wing – and what a knockout room it was! The corner table in the bathroom was quickly populated by my wife’s dazzling collection of lotions and potions. As for my daughter next door in room 270 (inter-connecting), she loved it!
Lots of great info on the hotel’s website around accessibility including an outstanding ‘Accessibility Guide’ plus some really useful videos enabling prospective guests to see exactly what the lie of the land is before any booking decisions are made – gold star!
As for our bed, it was high on my bed-comfy barometer with plenty of space either side for transferring. The electric door worked well on entering the room but not so well on exiting. The little plaque on the wall next to the bathroom contained good info, despite a terminology error which I’m sure has been corrected.
Whilst I did not have opportunity to personally try the pool and the hoisting experience, I did however have my first-ever thermal mud treatment. Having reviewed the rasul room and discussed available options, I transferred into one of the hotels manual wheelchairs. The staff who assisted were very helpful – they genuinely wanted this inaugural experience to work. It was wonderful to have both my wife and my daughter with me in the private rasul room. The heat, the mud, the steam – what an amazingly cleansing, inclusive treat! WOW! Magical and memorable is an understatement – gold star!
The future challenges will I think always be the same for every hotel – ultimately, that the core values of hospitality in giving great service, enjoying great food and a having a great night’s sleep will always remain true.
Whenever I write a review of a hotel, there are as always two fundamental questions I ask myself – would I return, and would I recommend it to friends and family. On both these counts, the answer would be a hearty ‘yes’!
And thanks to Grace, I also enjoyed one of the hotels accessible spa treatment rooms with a warm ‘metal oil’ (don’t ask!) head & shoulders massage, chosen by my wife – another excellent space with a height adjustable treatment bed and a large wet-room shower facility accessed from inside the treatment room.
And if you get the chance to enjoy the accessible Roof Top Spa, do so – it was a little slice of heaven! If you’re able to transfer or if you need a little extra help, be sure you talk your requirements through with the spa staff first and make a plan. Be sure you feel confident and reassured that everyone understands your plan – own it; it’s yours! Allow the staff (if required) to help you execute the plan and then enjoy! You deserve it! I did! And that’s why my family and I all left restored, relaxed and recharged!
Give it up for my five 'gold stars' and those three R’s.
And would I ‘rasul’ again? You bet!!!