Rowhill Grange Hotel
What We Love
- An 18th-century country house on the outskirts of London, with breakfast, spa perks and more The luxurious Utopia Spa, where you can soak away your stress in a Jacuzzi, book a long massage or get a pedicure
- Savouring exquisite dishes at the hotel's restaurant
- The beautiful grounds, where you'll find a dainty Victorian garden
What To Know
- It's worth booking afternoon tea
- Guestroom radiators can be a bit noisy
- Free WiFi can be hit or miss
Less than an hour from London, the dainty Rowhill Grange is a luxurious spa retreat in Dartford, Kent. It’s surrounded by 15 acres of private grounds, but these are no ordinary gardens. Stroll about and you’ll discover a picturesque estate, flourishing with rare plants. There’s also a Victorian walled garden and a crop of prehistoric trees.
Life here is all about indulgence: start your day with a hearty breakfast, then head to the Utopia Spa to be pampered from head to toe. Lunch at the brasserie with an afternoon cocktail, before going for a gentle walk through the grounds. For dinner, head to the revamped RG’s Restaurant for some seriously tasty gourmet cuisine.
How to Get There
I visited Rowhill Grange for afternoon tea with friends and family. Firstly I would like to thank our waiter Alex who was really friendly and kept checking that we were all ok and regularly topped up with teas and coffees.
We used the board room for our afternoon tea which was a nice touch as we were a large group for a baby shower. We were then able to arrive early and decorate with banners and balloons.
Unfortunately the afternoon tea was a let down. Stale sandwiches with bland fillings. The desserts were not nice. Agreed, that could be down to my own individual taste. I felt as though everything was shop bought and out of a packet and Not freshly made in the kitchen. For £30 I expect better quality.
Just a note, if you want a G&T be prepared to pay £18! I’d expect this for a cocktail in a Michelin star restaurant in London. But for an average hotel in Kent this is complete day light Robbery!
All in all good service but overpriced for a shop brought afternoon tea.
Really enjoyed my first time stay, would love to go back soon! Would recommend to everyone. Staff couldn’t do enough for us and we got a complimentary room upgrade which was amazing.
The spa is BEAUTIFUL, I loved the upstairs pool area & Thermal pool downstairs - Changing rooms in the ladies was kitted out with facial cleansers, toners & face moisturiser, hair dryers and straighteners, you don’t need to bring anything but yourself 💗 loved it xxx
We’ve come here a couple of times before and always had a great time. We booked an overnight spa break as a treat and feel really let down and ripped off. The spa itself was fine, bit run down but does the job. The room, again does what it needs to but the food was the real problem.
Dinner - we ordered the fillet steak medium rare which was about the size of a biscuit, not 8oz and was served well done. The chips were basically hard oily potatoes and peppercorn sauce was a watery gravy. We weren’t asked how our food was until half way through the meal, when we mentioned the steak the waiter simply said he would tell the chef and didn’t offer a new one. If you’re charging £32 for a fillet steak you should be providing top quality, This was like the harvester. At the end of the meal we told another member of staff and they provided a free desert, but that doesn’t take away from the fact we ended up paying an additional £48 for wine and starter for a meal we really didn’t enjoy.
Breakfast - inedible. Poached eggs were so underdone they couldn’t be eaten, my veggie breakfast was forgotten and I was served 2 eggs and a pot of beans. Service slow and we were forgotten about.
All in all we’ve left feeling really disappointed and as though we have wasted money. If paying upwards of £250 for a night you should expect 5* service and food. This experience was more like a premier inn and it’s unfortunate we won’t be returning, despite this place always being our go to for a weekend break.
I was very pleased with the facilities at Rowhill Grange, set in lovely country surroundings it is a total escape with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The spa treatments are great with very attentive staff helpful and accommodating. Enjoy a cocktail in the bar before dinner, compliments to the chef as all food we ate was delicious top quality and a pleasure to eat. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. We will definitely be booking again. Michelle
2nd visit to Rowhill Grange and unfortunately the first time two years ago was much better.
Room was really clean, bed was big and very comfy, tv channels were okay, staff were friendly and approachable, spa was not crowded and felt private despite hotel being fully booked, great choice at breakfast although the vegetarian sausages not nice.
Chlorine in the pool was ridiculously strong!!!!, staff in the restaurant take a while to get into the swing of things i.e. still hadn’t approached us for a drink order 15 mins after being seated and eventually had to call them over, side dish was sent back twice due to being cold, spa area a little shabby now e.g. tiles missing in the pool.
All in all we had a pleasant stay but would only ever return with a Groupon deal like the one we just used, not worth the amount we paid the first time without a deal anymore unfortunately.