Rockliffe Hall

Darlington, County Durham

Tiplady Lodge Double room

Tiplady Lodge Double room

Durham

New Hall Superior room

Durham

An award-winning, five-star golf and spa hotel set among beautiful grounds in Durham

Rockliffe Hall is the north of England's only AA-rated five-red-star resort and is repeatedly named one of the best luxury hotels in the UK in the TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards and in the Sunday Times top 100 hotels. High praise indeed, but when you consider that this Darlington country hotel is set in an 18th-century estate in County Durham with an award-winning spa, three gourmet restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course and beautiful gardens, it's hardly a surprise.

Aside from robust walks in the surrounding countryside, there are plenty of other facilities to tempt you. Newly refreshed and sporting three AA Rosettes, The Orangery prides itself on global cuisine using the freshest of locally sourced produce from the North East and the hotel grounds, all the while maintaining its 18th-century Old Hall charm. You can also indulge in afternoon tea, evening drinks and superb tipples from the refined cocktail bar here.

On top of that, the 50,000-square-foot spa has its own indoor 20-metre swimming pool, one of the largest hydrotherapy pools in the country, an outdoor pool, a spa garden, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, plus a sauna, hammam, steam room and heated loungers. It sports a five-bubble luxury rating and an award for Sheer Luxury 2014 by the Good Spa Guide.

Speaking of awards, the hotel is also part of the
Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels and the Daily Mail's Top 10 Hotels in the UK. Hardly surprising, Rockliffe Hall garnered a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Good to know

Please be aware that The Orangery restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday 6.30-9.30pm. Guests staying on Sunday and Monday with dinner included in their stay can dine in the Brasserie.

Six of the hotel's Tiplady rooms are now dog-friendly, should you wish to bring your pet along with you for a supplement fee. Please contact the hotel directly (rooms subject to availability).

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We like

  • Strolling through the pretty grounds or going for a long ramble in the surrounding countryside
  • Having access to the wonderful spa, which was awarded a five-bubble-luxury stamp by the Good Spa Guide
  • Dining on exquisite dishes by acclaimed chef Richard Allen at The Orangery, full of locally sourced goodness
  • Toasting to your rural escape with your half bottle of exquisite bubbles

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