Rookery Hall is an elegant hotel set in picturesque Cheshire parkland. The well-equipped spa has a glass-roofed heated pool – perfect for enjoying the elements while swimming – heat facilities, a rasul, and two dedicated relaxation rooms. Elemis treatments are expertly delivered by well-trained staff. Make sure you try manicures and pedicures in the nail salon; floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the gardens. You might even catch a glimpse of happy rabbits bouncing around the grounds.
- Family swim times
- Seven treatment rooms, including two double suites
- Treatment room with rasul
- Manicure and pedicure room
- Two relaxation rooms
- Crystal steam room
- 18m swimming pool
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Studio with fitness classes
- Part of the Hand Picked Hotels group
- Elemis Biotec
- Made for Life
Our Spa Spy review
Rookery Hall is a neo-Elizabethan manor on the edge of a lake in the rural Cheshire countryside. The spa and leisure club is housed in a separate red-brick stable block, a short walk from the main hotel. Inside, a glass atrium allows natural light to flood into the pool area, while the relaxation rooms -- exclusively for the use of spa-goers -- are dark and quiet with neutral furnishings.
What's on offer?
The spa reception is a smart, buzzy area with scented candles, flowers, and shelves of Elemis products on sale. Our spa host, Emma, led us to the café area and offered us a welcoming drink. We completed a consultation form and received a welcome pack with our itinerary for the day.
The spa and leisure club have separate changing areas. The small, clean spa changing facilities are for day-spa guests only, so you can generally change in private. There's a shower with shampoo and conditioner, a WC, and several full-height wooden lockers containing miniature Elemis sample products, as well as Elemis cleanser and moisturiser on the vanity bar: a nice touch if you have forgotten to bring anything.
The main wet area is shared with the health club, making it busier than the rest of the spa facilities. The pièce de résistance is an attractive 18-metre swimming pool, with its glass ceiling reflecting the elements outside. Swim to the hypnotic drum of rain hitting the roof when it's inclement or glide through patches of dappled sunlight on a warm day. A separate large hydro-pool has four bubble-jet beds, Jacuzzi-style seating and three swan pipes to massage your neck and back. Fifteen pale grey loungers are set around the pool for mid-swim breaks.
The pre-treatment relaxation room, called the Amber Lounge, has large comfortable sofas, chairs, and coffee tables with magazines. Help yourself to a selection of teas, infused water or some fruit from the bowl. At one end of the Amber Room is a product-sampling station and a Mii make-up stand.
For post-treatment relaxation, the sumptuous dark relaxation room has six fully-flat recliners, driftwood sculptures, and an entire wall of vertical flowing water. Close your eyes and imagine yourself dozing beside a trickling stream.
Another must-see is the charming nail salon: a high-ceilinged room with a large arched window looking out to the lake and weeping willow tree. Two modern, white manicure stations and two white leather pedicure thrones sit next to a fridge delectably filled with Champagne, while an ornate chandelier hangs above, adding a touch of glamour.
If you want to include a little fitness into your spa day, try the gym and two exercise studios, too.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Elemis Hot Mineral Body Boost (55 minutes, £70) followed by an Elemis Biotec Facial (55 minutes, £70).
My therapist, Emma, fetched me from the Amber Lounge and led me to a large, warm and softly-lit treatment room. We discussed my skin concerns and Emma said she would combine anti-ageing and radiance products for my facial, while addressing the ongoing aches and pains in my shoulders and back. I chose the Musclease Active body oil, which had a warming scent of rosemary.
I lay face down on a warm, wide bed. Emma washed my feet with hot mitts, then slathered warm oil along one side of my body with long flowing strokes. She turned her attention to my back using intense, fast strokes to get my blood flowing, before applying pressure in a circular motion to areas of tension. Emma used fast and furious friction-inducing strokes on my legs followed by slow, deep massage movements. I turned over so that she could do the same on my arms and décolletage. Afterwards, I felt I had experienced an intense work-out. Emma advised me to keep stretching and drinking water. The treatment cured me of all tension and lifted my mood: I would totally recommend this treatment if you feel achy or sluggish.
My facial began with a double-cleanse as a BIOTEC machine hummed to life. Emma then applied a papaya enzyme peel and rolled a galvanic current over my skin to make the product penetrate my pores. It was like being gently scraped, and the machine occasionally made a high-pitched squeak. After another cleanse, Emma pasted on a thick mask and gave me a relaxing head massage. Once it had dried, Emma peeled off the mask and cleaned any residue. She laid two cooling Pro-Collagen eye masks beneath each eye, and a cloth mask on my face, smoothing out the creases with galvanic metal balls using gentle, circular movements. This was very soothing with the occasional crackle. Emma then lifted off the mask and rubbed in the remaining gel.
To finish, Emma applied eye serum and a brand new Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix mask, which is more like a moisturiser. She led me to the relaxation room and brought me a little mango sorbet. My face, on inspection, looked smooth, plump, youthful and radiant.
The Spa at Rookery Hall offers Elemis skin-specific, BIOTEC and advanced anti-ageing facials, massages, hot stones, wraps and scrubs. You can also try Kissed By Mii tanning, beauty treatments, and options for mums-to-be and men.
Lunch is served in the Spa Café, tucked away behind a glass screen in the reception, which is a sociable place to meet friends. We comfortably dined in our robes.
The menu offers healthy starters and mains including quiche, salad, fish, chicken and pasta. Desserts are on the healthier side but equally delicious. My halloumi, aubergine and courgette salad was fresh and light, while my salmon and courgette skewers were filling without being too heavy.
In the evening, you can dine at the two AA Rosette restaurant in the main hotel, an atmospheric place with wood panelling and large stone fireplaces. I ordered delicious fish cakes and parmesan French fries through room service, so I could leave on my overnight mask and fully relax in my comfortable room.
We loved / we didn't love
Our spa host, who was also our therapist. She made our day feel special, reserved us a table for lunch, and even bagged us a lounger by the pool. We felt so well looked after, we didn't have to think.
Our treatments were expertly delivered and produced notable results.
We didn't love
The spa changing room is let down by its elderly shower and wicker bins.
Who do you think would like it?
Active spa-goers can book a class or gym session in the morning and reward themselves with a relaxing spa afternoon.
We saw lots of friends enjoying a catch-up in the hydro-pool and spa lounge, then sharing a delicious Champagne cream tea.
Solo spa-istas will feel comfortable at Rookery Hall as there are plenty of quiet spaces.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am - 8pm; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 5pm