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 just one night in this hotel and I would have liked to stay more. THe hotel is lovely as are the grounds. We arrived in time to settle into our room and stroll the grounds and garden. We met the general manager Mart on our stroll and had a nice conversation. He could not have been more pleasant and helpful. The bar area was nice with a great view. We ate dinner in the bar and found it quite good. The next morning Andrea at the front desk was equally helpful in recommending a hotel in the Lake District.
When we arrived we checked in easily an.d the staff were very professional. We were
taken to our room, which was lovely. The views were amazing and the start of our relaxing weekend started.
We did not eat in the hotel the first night but did come back to the hotel to have drinks. The drinks are very expensive and unless you have left an open bank card at check in then you can't add drinks to your room. We slept well and had breakfast in our room for £3 extra.
Our second day we had a wander around Nantwich and returned to the hotel in the afternoon. When we arrived back we saw that there was a wedding party there. We went to the bar, which is very small and didn't really have enough staff serving to keep up with the customers from the wedding and hotel guests. As it was very busy we decided to return to our room, as it was very busy and noisy.
We later went down to the bar for a drink and then went back to our room. When we arrived back at our room we found that the evening reception was being held a short distance from our room. The room was very warm so we had to keep the windows open. There was a lot of noise coming from the wedding party and children playing outside of our room. We were disturbed by the noise until about 12.45 am.
The hotel does seem to cater to the wedding guests and does not really consider the other guests in the hotel.
This hotel is very expensive, which we expected but the service we received from some of the bar staff was not consistent to the prices they are charging.
The room was clean but there was mould in the coffee machine.
If you are looking for a relaxing break with first class service then look elsewhere, as wedding guests do take priority at Rookery Hall.
Absolutely loved rookery hall came for a birthday treat location was stunning the spa facility fantastic.
Afternoon tea was a absolute delight large selection of sandwich and cakes staff could not be more helpful would highly recommend
Stayed here for two nights ...lovely hotel ...food was excellent although it was a little slow service. The spa pool area was really nice and the room was brilliant loads of space.The hotel grounds are really nice and it is in s good position to visit Manchester Stoke on Trent and Chester.
Stayed here in 3 executive doubles this weekend for my sister’s birthday plus her husband’s and mine
We had one wheelchair user in our party of 6
The hotel has a lovely gym and swimming pool and an Elemis Spa
Rooms are spacious and well appointed. Air conditioning and fridge etc
Executive rooms have bath and separate shower
We have stayed here on several occasions
The hotel is in need of a little refurbishment. The sofas in the area outside the dining room need recovering as looking a little worn and tired
Bedrooms are all fine
Dinner on Friday night was lovely
We had lots of room and service was good
Food was delicious. We had the market menu which is inclusive on the DBB rate
Good choices of fish and meat dishes plus one veggie option
If you are having wine check the bottle price as often cheaper than by the glass
We had 2 large glasses of rose which were £13 per glass. The bottle would have been £29
Breakfast service needs some work
The cold buffet is fine. Service for cooked food and coffees etc could be improved
We had to ask several times for coffee and toast and we had no butter
The quality of bacon and sausage etc is very good
The ultimate test at breakfast in my view is eggs. It is so difficult to get eggs as requested. I asked for 2 soft boiled eggs and got hard boiled bullets
My sister got bullet poached one time and raw gelatinous on second- both sadly inedible - the second on health grounds
The Manager is a very helpful and professional person and I am sure is working at continuous improvement which in hospitality is challenging.
Overall this is a lovely hotel in beautiful setting with a majority of friendly and helpful staff and great for weddings, celebrations and romantic getaways
Ideal for trips to Chester and Cheshire Oaks then back to tranquility.