Stanley House Hotel & Spa
Luxurious country hotel with a sensational spa, boutique interiors and fine dining - includes breakfast and optional dinner
Built out of the ruins of a 17th-century manor house, Stanley House Hotel & Spa is like a phoenix rising up from the ashes. This Grade II listed building has been restored with sympathy for its origins both inside and out, creating a modern but comfortable destination for the discerning traveller. Nestled in the 54 acres of Ribble Valley, you're surrounded by stunning views of the countryside wherever you turn, defining Stanley House Hotel & Spa as a truly unique place to stay.
The hotel is owned and run by the Walker family, who evidently don't do things by halves. When designing their on-site spa, they brought in the experts of spa design to ensure a superior space was created. Rooms in the Manor House are individually decorated with elegant charm and unquestionable style. They even plucked their head chef from La Gavroche to make sure their food is sensational too.
If you can tear yourself away from the excellent facilities, the surrounding area has a lot to offer for nature- and history-lovers alike, from Leighton Moss Nature Reserve to Ribchester Roman Museum. For any fantasy fiction fans out there, you're not far from Hurst Green and the Forest of Bowland - a once favourite strolling spot of Lord of the Rings author, Tolkien. The hotel won itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014.
Stanley House Hotel's 30 rooms are spread throughout their two main buildings. The Manor House is a Grade II listed building and holds 12 large bedrooms with excellent countryside views.
Stanley House Hotel has two on-site restaurants. The Grill on the Hill presents a no-nonsense menu using the best of Lancashire's ingredients. Mr Fred's, open daily, is the place to eat for a more casual dining experience, with it's gastro-inpsired menu and glass-fronted sun terrace.
Stanley House Hotel's spa was designed by some of the world's leading spa consultants, with a service to match - it's no surprise to learn then that it has secured a Five Bubbles spa rating in The Good Spa Guide and was featured in The Spa Traveller. They pride themselves on offering more than just relaxation, with highly trained specialists that take both a knowledgeable and scientific approach to the treatments they offer, and the spa has previously secured the award for 'Best facial treatment in the UK' and 'Best new spa in the UK'.
Alongside five luxury treatments rooms, the spa boasts a thermal suite and hydro pool, plus six further thermal experiences, including a Finnish sauna and steam room. The leisure facilities extend to a well-equipped and air-conditioned gym. All this spaciously spread over two floors and basking in natural light and, what's more, you're never far from the calming views of the countryside.
Melt away with superior products by the organic brand Ila-spa, plus Natura Bisse. A nutritional refreshments menu is available to be enjoyed in the spa's relaxation areas and the spa is open from Monday to Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-7pm.
Stanley House Hotel & Spa is situated in the Ribble Valley of Mellor, Lancashire - a ten-minute drive from both Blackburn city centre and Ramsgreave train station, and a 20-minute drive from Preston. It's within easy reach of the M6, M61 and M65 motorways.
The best bit...
- The spectacular views of the countryside from the spa
- Choosing to take afternoon tea in a timeless setting
- Strolling in woods that inspired the inimitable Lord of the Rings
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