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Rockliffe Hall – Darlington, County Durham

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Rockliffe Hall – Darlington, County Durham

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A seamless blend of old and new, Rockliffe Hall is proof that luxury hotels are not the preserve of southern England. It opened in 2009 in an imposing 18th-century house, set in parkland beside the river Tees. Not just a hotel but a resort, it has its own world-class golf course and state-of-the-art spa. The golfers and spa enthusiasts who flock here are joined by foodies who come to sample celebrated chef Richard Allen’s sublime cooking. In the flagship Orangery, he takes diners on a journey of textures, temperatures and tastes via his tasting menus, beautifully executed and very memorable. The Brasserie is less formal and it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a robe, making it the choice for lunch after a morning in the spa, pool or gym. Don’t miss the new Mischmasch parkland, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and with younger guests in mind, there are play pods, a cinema room, an interactive water feature, adventure playground, tennis courts and more.

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The fabulous new Mischmasch parkland adjacent to the Old Hall at Rockliffe. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and with younger guests in mind, there are play pods with games consoles, cinema room, soft play and pool tables, an interactive water feature, adventure playground and tennis courts.


Rockliffe Hall boasts three fabulous restaurants – the jewel in its crown, the 4 AA Rosette Orangery, headed by Richard Allen, which offers delectable tasting menus with perfectly paired wines.


Treat yourself to a sumptuous spa treatment. We recommend Body Bliss, one of Rockliffe’s most popular treatments, including Indian Head Massage, a chakra balancing back massage using hot poultices, and a facial (£120 for 90 minutes).


Lewis Carroll lived in neighbouring Croft, home of springs which, in the 1800s were known for their healing properties and inspired the drink Alice consumes in Wonderland.

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