Only half an hour away from us, but we found this hotel and spa purely by accident. We booked an overnight stay for myself and our two daughters. We stayed in a family room across the court yard. First impressions,the main hotel is absolutely stunning. Medieval with dark wood and beams. Large fireplace, creaky wooden floors.....gorgeous, just gorgeous.
Went straight to the Spa, had our treatments. Girls were lovely. Chatty and made you feel at ease. Once we had our treatment, we checked in. The room wasn't huge but really adequate. Warm, clean, good size clean bathroom. One double bed, one single and a bottle of wine, chilling. Again, the rooms had beams, not original, but appropriate. The building, I think, is a converted stable. Very light and airy. We went across to the main hotel for our evening meal. We were seated in a lounge area with a huge fireplace.......might need to visit during a winters day to see if the fire is ever lit. We had our orders taken, then walked round to the dining room. The room was very spacious, light and airy. We were seated looking out into the garden. The food arrived.....looked and tasted delicious. Not huge portions, but filling all the same. Once we'd eaten, we sat back in the lounge area.
Had an ok nights sleep. Room was very warm and we had no heating on. My only complaint was we could hear the small group of women in the next door room, having a very good laugh and with the floors being so creaky, we could hear every step walked. Fortunately, it didn't last that long, an hour or so .
Next morning, we went across for breakfast. Again, excellent choice of food. Full English, continental, muffin and scrambled egg, salmon and scrambled egg. Yogurts, fresh fruit, cereals, tea, coffee and juices. Served swiftly by yet more friendly, helpful staff. Cooked breakfast served on hot plates.....a huge thumbs up as far as I'm concerned.
We checked out as soon as we had breakfast and finished the rest of our stay in the spa.
The spa area consisted of a good size pool, spa pool, sauna and a steam room. Robes and towels were provided. The gym was upstairs. Didn't visit the gym, so can't comment on it.
We finished the day off with a little round of sandwiches and a scone each. Again, lovely. We had a choice of fillings. The tea came on a two tier cake stand. Sandwich on bottom with salad leaves, coleslaw and crisps. Top tier had the scone, cram and jam with a separate dish of butter.
The whole weekend, including two spa treatments, cost just £130 each....can not fault it what so ever and will definitely be going back for more visits. Perfect place to visit as a couple or with friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manor House Hotel is a quintessential Jacobean grade one listed hotel, with 35 comfortably furnished and well equipped bedrooms, all offering free use of our Health Club. The Restaurant serves fresh, seasonal & local food to residents and non-residents alike. The hotel is also an ideal venue for weddings, conferences & events for up to 120 guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Manor House Hotel Durham/West Auckland