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
Stayed for two nights to celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary along with two friends also celebrating theirs. We had mentioned this at booking and found a complimentary bottle of wine and card in each of our rooms , a nice touch! We booked the hotel’s dinner, bed and breakfast deal in an executive double room in the modern part of the building. The old part of the hotel which includes the bar , restaurant , reception and a limited number of original bedrooms, has plenty of character and charm although is getting to the point of needing refurbishment in some areas . Most rooms, including the ones we stayed in are modern and whilst fine, do seem a little plain for the cost and stature of the hotel group I think. A down side was having to walk out of the building to re enter the main building for meals, we needed to take coats each time due to wet weather . The gardens are extensive and lovely areas to walk in weather permitting. There is a popular spar and gym centre which guests can share with outside members. We did find the restaurant an outstanding feature of the hotel . Evening meals were creative and beautifully prepared . The breakfast was equally good with buffet and cooked breakfasts brought to the table by very efficient and friendly staff . Would recommend this hotel .
I usually don’t bother writing reviews but I genuinely think there’s better elsewhere for what you pay and I’d hate for someone else to walk away feeling disappointed like we did. It was by no means bad but there’s definitely better out there for the price, we had a two course lunch we ordered and then the lady came back and said they didn’t have what we wanted this was a very quiet Monday afternoon and lunch had only been on for 30 minutes at this point....really disappointed as the menu was small and with only 3/4 options nothing else really took our fancy so lunch was a waste of money, it was not great at all, I’d highly recommend going elsewhere for nice filling lunch and then just booking treatments or use of facilities here as I feel like you’d save money that way and have a nicer lunch....the facilities were ok, jacuzzi was not particularly warm we had to get out after about 10 minutes as we were cold...didn’t go into the pool as it also seemed cold, 2 very young children came abit later on and started splashing around by our beds and screeching which wasn’t the relaxing spa day we were expecting to be honest...the treatments were good we had a massage which was nice but didn’t exactly save the day....like I said not a terrible experience but not the loved up couples spa day we’d hoped for, definitely wish we’d spent that kind of money elsewhere.
It conjures up visions of servants and the well-to-do folk doing what they do - or did - 100 years ago. Well if you go as a guest you get to feel part if that. My wife and I treated ourselves to a Saturday night deal which included £30 each towards food, a glass of champagne and canopés before dinner, bed and breakfast and use of the spa facilities. The staff were very attentive, courteous but not condescending, also friendly and efficient. The food was as expected - excellent.
We had a lunch after the spa and a couple of cheeky ones which were all very good. Bar prices are as you would imagine but the ambiance is worth the tag.
Only one gripe. The sun beds around the pool had towels on the whole time we were there and were never visited once. So we had no use of them. I complained and the nice young lady on reception said she would advise the manager with a view to setting some guidelines and/or removing towels after a period. Time will tell if this becomes a reality.
Don’t let this put you off.
The breakfast was also excellent and overall we felt we had picked exactly the right place.
We have promised ourselves another treat in the New Year.