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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Came here for my partner's birthday in early July and met up with friends, Dan on reception was excellent on check in and check out. Weather was excellent and there was a wedding on but this is catered for in the separate function room so was no problem. we had booked a suite but to be honest we saw our friends classic room and would have been happy with that. Our suite was obviously 2 rooms as it has 2 doors- we were shown into the bedroom but it would be much nicer presentationally to be shown in the sitting room. Ate in the restaurant , service was good ,food excellent and all round we had a terrific night with friends . Highly recommended.
Had a lovely overnight spa break at Rookery. The hotel and grounds are immaculate and just ooze relaxation. The pool and hydro areas were great and even though some children sneaked hove the hydro pool when they're not meant to, it wasn't too disturbing. Sunday was much quieter. The treatments we had - back, neck & shoulder massage and facial were just fabulous. The room we had was very comfortable with the exception of being too hot, I couldn't see any air con? But this was probably down to my preference rather than the hotel itself! The food we had in the restaurant for our evening meal and breakfast was delicious and plentiful. So, our only disappointment - the service at the spa cafe. Our welcome upon arrival wasn't an issue - very pleasant but we got there at midday a full two hours before our treatment times - plenty of time for a relaxing lunch? No - come 1.15pm I had to ask when our desserts would be arriving because we didn't want to be having treatments straight after eating. When they did eventually come mine was different from what I'd ordered but I had it anyway as we were conscious of the time. The food itself was lovely so no complaints there it was just the service. I would've overlooked that if it didn't happen again the next day. We came out of the pool just wanting a coffee before we left but were sitting waiting in the cafe bar for over 15 minutes with no one around to ask for service. When we did find someone they simply told us what the soft drink choices were then never came back to take our order! We eventually gave up and went into the bar in the main hall which is what we should've done in the first place. If I could give it 4 and a half stars I would but I can't give it a five for being annoyed twice with the cafe bar staff.
We had a lovely stay at Rookery Hall. The staff were really friendly, the hotel clean, nice bedrooms and good food. The setting is great and the Spa amazing, lovely pool and treatment rooms. Lots to do in the area.Well worth a visit. We will certainly come back another time.