Luxury hotel Rockliffe Hall has opened on the banks of the River Tees in Coutny Durham, complete with a spa, meeting facilities and a 18-hole Championship golf course.
The hotel's guest rooms are spread between the 19th-century Victorian Gothic Old Hall (onto which has been added a new wing), and two further buildings located on 375 acres of land, formerly an 18th century hunting and shooting estate. Following a five-year redevelopment project the 61-room hotel now overlooks private gardens and an 18-hole golf course.
Rooms measure between 42 and 82sqm, and many feature original fireplaces. Facilities include Bose sound systems, iPod docking stations, mood lighting, free wifi, and Villeroy and Boch bathrooms with double sinks and separate bath and shower.
Aside from golf, leisure facilities include a 50,000 square foot spa and wellness centre, with chromatherapy suites, a gym and a 20-metre indoor pool (featuring a wall of stained glass windows taken from a chapel originally on the grounds). The hotel also features three restaurants, including fine-dining The Orangery (due to open in February), which will be overseen by Kenny Atkinson, winner of the BBC’s Great British Menu. MICE facilities include 12 meeting rooms, accommodating between two and 250 delegates.
Rockliffe Hall (located five minutes from Darlington Railway Station and Durham and Tees Valley Airport ), was originally the home of Alfred Backhouse, cofounder of Barclays Bank and the family behind the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Introductory rates (valid for stays until January 31, 2010) start from £190 per room per night, including breakfast, rising to £270 when the hotel officially opens in February 2010.
For more information visit rockliffehall.com.
Report by Mark Caswell