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
We have just returned home from our latest visit. We stayed for 4 nights in room 351, from July 8th and this time we brought our 2 best friends with us. From the moment we arrived until the time, we left (in a very sad state), we had an amazing and unforgettable experience.
Was it as good as previous times? No- it was UNBELIEVABLY BETTER.
We wanted to stay- not go home. It’s difficult not to repeat our previous comments but I will try and be original.
For us this was a return visit, and we were greeted like family and made to feel very special. Carlos was wonderful- he showed us to our rooms and treated both us and our belongings with the utmost care and respect. We discovered that our room had been upgraded, and filled with a selection of sweet treats and a bottle of Prosecco was waiting for us.
Our whole party enjoyed a lovely meal together and we then took our friends on a tour of the hotel as far as we could and they were also very impressed but they will tell their own story separately.
The grounds, facilities and general environment of Rudding Park are always immaculate and are very well maintained; but not too formal that you don’t feel at home- comfortable and relaxed. We have seen many subtle changes since we started coming and it is clear that the staff take great pride in their place of work and encourage guests to take full advantage of all the facilities that are available to them.
The restaurant and the quality of food and service cannot be faulted. We found that our needs were met graciously and swiftly, and any concerns were handled in a way which left us not only satisfied, but impressed with all staff involved.
We also enjoyed (understatement) a Champagne tea on the courtyard terrace. The food and drinks provided were thoroughly fantastic and several offers of seconds were made to us. The glorious weather helped as we sat outside for this (but indoor seating is available…)
The bedroom (and bathroom) was a joy to stay in; the shower was difficult to drag yourself away from (it was so powerful and we felt like Royalty!) and the standard of housekeeping was incredible. We had every need catered for promptly and cheerfully each day during our stay.
We visited the great Yorkshire show on its first day and that was very tiring, but as enjoyable as last time. The transport there and back provided by Rudding Park was very much appreciated as well.
Although we have visited the Spa and Pool area before we decided this time to spend time on the roof top spa. Prior to this we all had various therapy sessions in the Spa. Mine was a foot massage which my friend treated me too. I was genuinely surprised and pleased at how relaxed and uplifted this made me feel afterwards.
The Spa staff were brilliant too; helpful and cheerful and calm.
When we first asked about the roof top we were shown around it by the Manager Mr Peter Banks who was very proud and enthusiastic about this fairly recent addition. As we went around I watched him stopping to pick up litter. This is the extent of pride and ownership that all staff of all grades at Rudding Park demonstrate in their work place.
Every member of staff of all levels and roles that we came into contact with on this and every other occasion during our stays at Rudding Park have been cheerful, enthusiastic and willing to do anything for you and go out of their way to make sure that your experience is the best it can possibly be in their quest for excellence. The customer care, hospitality and attention to detail are genuinely second to none
The hotel and facilities provided here are wonderful –the highest quality- but what makes it so special is the people skills and interactions of all staff with all guests which is exceptionally thoughtful and attentive. Every guest is made to feel special and although we know for a fact that the rich and famous have stayed here, they cannot possibly have been given any special treatment, because we felt like we couldn’t possibly have been looked after better than we were.
The recruitment and staff training must be a part of the reason for this as staff are ALL without exception very professional, courteous, sincere and not just cheerful but happy to help you and to do anything to help to make your stay the most memorable for all the right reasons that it can possibly be. Nothing is too much trouble and every request was catered for.
The other reason must be the training, guidance and leadership which they receive from senior managers. All staff carry the flag for unity in the theme of best practice in guest relations and customer care. We cannot fault anyone, we have to say a massive, massive thank you for all the care and hospitality that we received from all the staff and express our full appreciation for the arrangements made for us by Julia Featherstone (office manager and lynchpin for staff development and motivation) who spoilt us rotten both personally and through her instructions via her wonderful staff also. The respect and support which she and all the staff give each other is clear to see and is obviously the foundation stone for perfecting guest relations. There are staff whose main role we were told, is to spend time with guests to check on their needs and experiences and look at feedback re: continuing improvements and although we were also informed that this is considered to officially be a 4 star hotel in the strictest terms, the HEART of the caring for you and interest shown by the Family of staff who look after you at Rudding Park far exceeds any 5 star rating. There are too many staff to mention everyone individually as we could not possibly remember the names of everyone who positively impacted on our stay.
Back to the roof top Spa. We spent as much time as we could in the last 2 days of our stay up there. It is another world entirely to what we are used to. A little piece of Heaven in Harrogate, with the same special attention from staff. We loved the facilities and the feeling of privacy and peace and tranquillity. There was never a moment where you felt exposed or insecure. We are returning in October to Rudding Park but are so impressed with the new experience we had on the roof top Spa that we are looking into bringing a party of family and friends to come for a full day session including a meal. This is the most incredible place to be.
Thank you all so much for everything about our pleasurable stay at Rudding Park and we can’t wait to come back in October. Our friends also had a thoroughly enjoyable stay and following personal sadness felt their spirits uplifted. Their transformation and seeing how relaxed they both became was fantastic to witness as we have been worried about them but can now appreciate what our daughter felt that she perceived to be the change in us after our first encounter with Rudding Park.
You have done it again Rudding Park. Thank you especially to the Inspirational Julia Featherstone and to all our wonderful special family at Rudding Park. We are once again so pleased and thrilled that our daughter found us this place. Another world- as far away from stress as you can possibly get. 100% plus satisfaction received and gratefully appreciated. We can’t wait till October.
On holiday countdown already!
Having been welcomed like long lost family on our arrival, we were waved off by numerous staff saying their goodbyes as we left. We couldn’t have been cared for better if we were Royalty itself.
Love you loads and more. Thank you all again.
Stephen and Eileen
Excellent meal , attractively served food , good value, welcoming and efficient but not intrusive service . Wide range of drinks on offer , beautiful building and attractive gardens
Plenty of car parking
Booked 2 days before as a post World Cup pick me up!
Setting is beautiful, grounds immaculate, building is very impressive and immediately calming.
Room... we stayed (not by choice) in a Ribston room 220, the room was classically dressed, with a early 2000s Samsung tv but in the main It was comfortable! Main issue with the room was the urine stained toilet lid that hadn’t been cleaned properly.
The room cost is 330 plus 50 for a child’s z bed!!!! Not much bang for your buck.
Spa lovely... very well done, well equipped.... new and gorgeously designed... kids can use the pool for 2 separate hours per day.... not that good value for the 50 pounds fee
Food....Dinner, service was excellent and attentive.... food tried but ultimately flattered to deceive.
Breakfast continued in the same vein but the service was poor... couldn’t cope with the number of people and food was MEH .... imagine pub grub
Within the grounds there also is the Deere Pub that is part of the Rudding Park camp site, this was super untidy and nothing like the hotel.... it did have an outside pool that we could and did use but it felt like it had little or no synergy with the hotel.
All in all we enjoyed our brief stay but if this place wants to be the best .... it needs to up its game slightly ... especially with the prices they charge.
So let’s start by saying that hotel is in a lovely setting and offers some lovely place to relax. However, I have been to a number of other places across the country that are far more superior and do not extort customers the way this place does.
Firstly the drinks prices, they are ridiculously expensive, £10 for a glass of prosecco who are they kidding!! You can buy a bottle for £7... really what sort of mark up is that?
Secondly, staff are not well trained or prepared to provide an service that you would have expected for a hotel that charges £275 per night. The staff are young, inexperienced and frankly do not have the customer service skills that you would expect in this sort of establishment.
Personally, I would not reccomend! If you fancy a lovely spa break look at Ragdale Hall or Hoarcross Hall. You will have a mech better experience.
Previous visit was about three years ago when the leisure centre & Horto Restaurant were at the foundation stage of construction. We stayed in the Follifoot Wing whereas previously we were in the Ribston Wing. Much appreciated the more opulent accommodation. Dinner the first evening was in the Clocktower Conservatory. Only difference was the waiter service was less formal than before which was okay for us. (Although we are of mature years we still are able to put a napkin on our lap). Second evening dinning was in the Horto Restaurant. We were not sure what to expect. However it proved to be an adventure in culinary exploration, each course explained by our lovely young Italian? waiter. In summery another very enjoyable stay in a well run, friendly establishment in beautiful grounds with first class leisure facilities.