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
We recently stayed for two nights at Rookery Hall and chose it for location, and it's red star/AA rosette rating.
We immediately remarked on the tranquillity of its location, set in extensive, well maintained gardens with trees changing to autumn colours. Our room (22) was spacious and contained two double beds, with a bay window overlooking the front driveway and grounds. The bathroom was also large and well appointed.
Daniel checked us in and helped take our luggage up to the room. He also explained the facilities in the room and timings for dinner, breakfast etc. When we had settled in we enjoyed tea and scones in the bar. They seemed a bit short staffed, but considering there was a wedding going on, they managed very well and the staff were welcoming and friendly. The first night's dinner was lovely and the staff very attentive and efficient.
Breakfast the following morning in the main dining room was a mixture of self service and cooked to order food. There were good choices displayed and on the menu.
We spent the day with a friend who visited us, therefore we did not have time to use the spa, but the pool looked lovely and inviting. However, we were disappointed that we had to wait an hour for the sandwiches we ordered and felt that we had been forgotten until we reminded the staff.
Dinner on the second night was not as good at the first night which made us think that maybe a different chef was in charge. It all seemed much too salty and the menu was the same as our first night with no changes or 'specials' on offer.
Due to an early start the next day we ordered room service for breakfast. This was a disaster! The tray arrived on time but with completely the wrong cooked food. I rang reception who apologised and said she would sort it out for us. The waitress soon returned with two plates of the food I had ordered and porridge for my husband which he had requested (he didn't order anything else). The tomatoes were missing and no toast. The waitress did not wait to check we were happy, she dashed out of the door while I was still talking to her and did not return with the missing items. Asking for room service is always a good way of testing a hotels efficiency and on this occasion they failed badly.
When we went to pay the bill ready to check out, we noticed that items were missing or incorrectly charged. So a point to note is, unless you are intending to use all the £35 per person allowance included in the DBB rate ((£185), it is best to go with the B & B rate and then pay for dinner, etc, otherwise it is not good value for money. We have learnt that in future we will write down everything we have as the hotel did not give us a copy of the tickets we signed so there was not an accurate way of checking.
In spite of all this we did enjoy our stay at Rookery Hall and will hopefully stay again next time we are in the area.
Over the past few months I have used the Hotel for meetings both informal and formal , on all occassions the facilities and staff have been great .
The conference rooms are well equipped with tea and coffee on tap .
For the informal meeting I use the lounge area , this can get busy .
Can thoroughly recommend Hotel
We spent a fabulous 2 days at Rookery Hall. Our room, which was very spacious, looked out onto extensive grounds. The staff were all very professional, yet approachable and friendly. The food is simply fabulous at both breakfast and dinner. Would highly recommend the hotel.