We have just returned from a week at Ribby Hall on what turned out to be the hottest week of the year... Which was a bonus!
We were allocated cottage number 24 in The Willows, the rear of the cottage overlooked the main road that led to most of the facilities, there was a car park overlooking the back of our cottage and picnic bench - to the front was the Motel - with a lot of comings and goings. We arrived on Friday and by the Sunday realised that the noise and general lack of privacy was getting us down. On Monday morning we asked if we could be moved, the staff were great (a special mention to Charlotte who went out of her way to assist) and by lunchtime we had moved into number 33 (still the Willows) the change was remarkable .. It was like another world! The move cost us £30 (cleaning charge for changing over cottages) but it was worth every penny.
There were only a couple of minor negatives - firstly the towels provided are only small and they don't get changed mid week (we got a change because we moved cottages) so I would advise bringing your own, especially as the swimming pool does not provide towels either. You can get more towels provided for a £10 fee! The second issue for me is the £5 charge to use the gym - you do get a free personal trainer session, but after the initial session you have to pay for subsequent visits.
With regard to drinking and eating out, we steered clear of the Bar and Grill. We did check it out, and saw there was an adults only section of the bar. This was definitely not the case when we went in there were children running in and out of the 'adults only' section and in fact one child of about 12 was actually being served - not alcohol but nevertheless it was enough for us to turn around and leave. Harrison's Bar is really good, adults only, and we enjoyed the live entertainment on Saturday night.
We ate in the Restaurant one night, quite expensive but good food and service. We had lunch on the terrace of the Spa Hotel, which was overpriced and not of a good standard. Papa Johns pizza was good ... We had a takeaway one night! We can definitely recommend Orathai - the Thai restaurant in Wrea Green ... Excellent food and service. We ate in one night and had a takeaway on our last night. we also ate at the Grapes in Wrea Green ... Standard pub food. On the whole we feel that if Ribby Hall had more takeaway outlets on site they would do really well.
I treated myself to the 'aqua thermal journey' at the Spa ... Fantastic and highly recommended! Towels and slippers provided ... A lovely relaxing couple of hours.
The grounds and public areas in general are lovely and clean and well maintained ... The staff cannot be faulted and go out of their way to provide excellent service. Although we did have one or two 'niggles' we will definitely return and, bearing these points in mind, be prepared and enjoy our stay even more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ribby Hall Village, comprises more than 100 acres of beautiful Lancashire / Fylde countryside in the North West of England. Accredited as five-star by Visit Britain with a choice of luxury cottages and idyllic pine lodges with outdoor hot tubs, hosting 2-6 guests per property. Motel rooms are also available as are three larger and bespoke properties each within their own private grounds hosting 8-14 guests per property. There are an abundance of sport, leisure, dining, and entertainment options for all ages and 365 days a year. Adult guests can also enjoy the award winning SPA Hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ribby Hall Village Self Catering Cottages Hotel Wrea Green
- Ribby Hall Village Hotel
- Ribby Hall Village Wrea Green
- Ribby Hall Village Self Catering Accommodation Wrea Green, Lancashire