Rookery Hall Hotel
What We Love
- The perfectly preened sweeping lawns to potter around
- Its eco-friendly credentials; an electric-car charging station has been installed
- Taking tea by the roaring fireplace in the Drawing Room
What To Know
- Chester is around a 40-minute drive away
- This hotel is not for the faint of heart; there are rumors of ghosts about the ancient halls
- WiFi and parking are free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Starting life in 1816 as a family home, the Rookery Hotel & Spa was turned into a restaurant in 1947 and was transformed again in 1990 into the chic 70-bedroom country manor hotel it is today. Sweeping up the drive guests will see its exterior walls of mellowed sandstone, a gray slate roof and a fairy-tale tower. Interiors boast oak wood paneling, marble fireplaces and intricate ceilings, while bedrooms blend elegant antiques with all the mod-cons. The spa, housed in a former stable block, is kitted out with a 55-foot swimming pool, crystal steam room, hydrotherapy pool and Elemis treatments.
In the Area
The small market town of Nantwich is a 10-minute drive away. Wander the conservation area to explore timber-framed medieval buildings and pop into St Mary’s, a 14th-century church with an octagonal tower. Time a trip in September and sample the annual food and drink festival which showcases produces from Cheshire. Guests can reach Chester (for upscale boutiques and historic pubs) in around 40 minutes and Manchester (cool shops, hip bars and a thriving music scene) is around an hour’s drive north.
How to Get There
We stayed for one night in the room called "May" . The room was very nice , we felt as though we were in a stately home . We had dinner in the restaurant , this was first class , as with all fine dining restaurants some people will find the portion size a bit on the small size , a little more would have been nice but overall a very good meal . Breakfast was also very good all cooed to order . The hotel spa is superb , top notch facilities and very clean. We will defiantly stay again .
Absolutely stunning hotel and spa facilities. Pleasant and helpful staff with amazing food being served both in the spa and hotel restaurant. Will definitely be visiting again.
Anyone looking for a peaceful break away then this is for you.
Prebooked and at £140 a night have stayed in better £39 travel lodges .
Stunning view as you drive up .. parking ok , reception very poor ...
STAFF wonderful from the guy on reception, bar staff and breakfast staff all excellent , they are a credit to the Hotel .
But the hotel sure needs some TLC and a good scrub .
Let’s start .... walking to room noticed the stair carpets threadbare and will soon be dangerous on the steps .
Upon arriving in the room it looks okay but once settled in noticed it was very dated and need some TLC.
Where do I begin ?
Bathroom . Toilet seat hanging off. Door a bit battered needs some love , shower only half head worked. The jets some worked but spray went everywhere as you tried to enter , corners need a clean , main mirror some bulbs gone . The sink was also blocked and took ages to empty .
Bedroom . Nice big bed. Warm clean bedding very comfortable. Tea , coffee and a good sized wardrobe . Iron was full of water still !! And plug cover was loose .
Window sill needs painting was down to peeling bare wood
Wanted a lie in !!!!!! NO CHANCE. Biffs at 8-15 smash smash bang crash for 10 mins .
Deliveries galore. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.
must have been over or near the delivery entrance , NO CHANCE OF A SLEEP .
Staff in day maybe a smile and a good morning :-) instead of a wtf you doing sat there .
I even tried to smile and say good morning but they look med terrified.
Can hear the chap on reception, very cheerful and welcoming.
Such a shame. As last review says. Run down and needs a refit , not worth £140 a night.
A Tip . If staying ask to see room first. We was shown “ the new building “. It must be 25 years old , I could only imagine the old part as being worse. We did ask but was told only new building available.
Such a shame .
Our group of 3 couples on another weekend jaunt. We had a great time, the hotel setting is really lovely, we had a great view over the Cheshire countryside from our room.
We had a drink in the bar until our rooms were ready, we did arrive a little early so didn't mind the wait.
Breakfast the next morning (Sunday) was also good, we did have to wait quite a while as it became very busy, very quickly. Perfect poached eggs on toast.
Let me start by saying, the hotel is a very nice old building, in a very nice area. The staff, mainly young, could not be more helpful and apologetic - they are the credit to the hotel.
My wife and I booked a couple of nights away as there first break together for a very long time and had hoped to spend a bit of time together relaxing in the spa etc.
Unfortunately, on arrival, we were told the pool/sauna etc were all shut due to renovation; not a bad thing; but we were not told at booking which we did by phone. Apparently, the email confirmation would have told us (albeit somewhat too late), but that never arrived as the email address was written down incorrectly - an easy mistake I guess.
They were hopeful the spa would reopen today (Sat 3rd Nov) - but on Friday evening I was told it would not open at all over the weekend. One excuse was water sample to the lab, another that the electricians had let them down. Who knows.
So, there starts the trip to our room which they uplifted to a premium (?), due to the let-down of the spa. It was disgraceful - please do not believe the on-line pictures, they are so doctored! It was 25 yrs past its due date for a refurb (minimum), disgusting bathroom with mould and mildew in the grout and seal. The shower head was filthy! In the bedroom, wallpaper coming off the walls and flaky paint. To add to this, dead lady birds on the window sills and several live ones walking around the sealing. Then the wasp came out of the sprinkler.... They came up to hoover the bugs, but the hoover backfired loads of black dust out and went over the bed and floor! They moved us to the room next door which, though still in much need of a refresh, was much cleaner and better than the previous one. Such fun!
Breakfast was very nice -but we decided without any facilities etc it was not worth hanging around as the mood was somewhat spoilt by then, We head backed home after one disappointing night. A Discount was applied which was grateful, but did not unfortunately make up for a lost weekend together which we seldom get.
TIP - Always read recent reviews where people actually stayed, rather than perhaps visited the spa or bar.