Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa
Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DQ
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
7 treatment rooms
Rookery Hall Hotel is an elegant hotel set in picturesque parkland. The spa offers a glass-roofed pool, heat facilities, a rasul, and gym, as well as a dedicated relaxation room. The Elemis treatments in the spa are expertly delivered and good value. Personal service and friendly staff are a hallmark, and the food is excellent, from the fine dining to the informal spa cafe. Rookery Hall is part of the Hand Picked Hotels group, so you can be assured of high-standards throughout.
Rookery Hall Hotel is ideal for a countryside spa break, or just an unwinding day.
1 person says this spa is a social spa. 1 person says this spa is solo friendly. 1 person says this spa is romantic.
The original building at Rookery Hall dates back to 1816; it is now a country-house hotel set in 38 acres of scenic Cheshire parkland. The long tree-lined driveway, perfectly kept gardens, small lake, and a row of wellies in the reception doorway set the scene.
The modern spa and health club is in a separate building, next to the hotel, which used to be the stables. What was the courtyard has a glass ceiling arching over the pool and thermal facilities. The treatment rooms, relaxation rooms and changing rooms run around the edge of the central pool area.
When you arrive at the building, health-club members turn left, through the cafe, to get to the general changing rooms. Spa guests turn right to their own changing rooms and the spa area. Both sets of changing rooms are modern and clean. The spa area is not available to hotel guests or health-club members unless they are booked in for a treatment, so it's very chilled out. The spa changing rooms are very quiet, and have plenty of products and a well-lit vanity station.
Once you've entered the spa, you'll start in the Amber Lounge which is light and bright with comfortable seating, hot and cold drinks, and plenty of magazines. You can try Mii and Elemis products to your heart's content at a slightly private make-up area and cleansing station.
Continue on and you'll go through the gorgeous manicure and pedicure room which has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. We saw baby rabbits and ducklings while we were having our nails done; couple this with a glass of champagne and you've got a nature lover's dream.
Keep going to reach the darker relaxation room which has eight loungers with blankets and pillows. The end wall is a water feature with soft coloured lights and water running down the slate. The room is just the right balance of being dark enough to be relaxing, but still light enough to read.
The spa has eight treatment rooms and a rasul mud chamber.
The pool area is open to members and hotel guests so is a little busier. On a busy Sunday, we got the last loungers available. On the Monday, there were plenty free all day. The 18-metre pool is perfect for swimming lengths, just watch out for the children's swim times if you're looking for a tranquil dip. A hydro pool with swan pipes and bubble jets runs along the side of the main pool and is a good size: there's no awkward bumping of legs here.
Upstairs are the newly-refurbished gym and exercise class studio.
I had the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourishing Wrap (40 minutes, £59), Elemis Deep Tissue Back Massage with Hot Stones (40 minutes, £52), Elemis Biotech Sonic Skin-Radiance Facial (55 minutes, £60) and a Shape and Polish (25 minutes, £25).
My therapist for the day, Kelly, met me in the Amber Lounge and took me through to the large and beautifully presented treatment room. She carefully talked me through the treatments, explaining the different steps, and we discussed my consultation card. I made myself comfortable on the wide, warm treatment bed.
Kelly dimmed the lights and started with a "welcome touch", cleansing my feet with a hot cloth. She began the wrap with brisk body brushing on my legs, arms and back. Once my skin was exfoliated, she massaged in a warm oil and wrapped me up in plastic so the oil could sink in. Kelly massaged my scalp (divine) and cleansed my face while I was toasty and warm.
Kelly helped me up and turned on the shower so I could rinse off the excess oil, leaving me in peace for a couple of minutes to shower and settle back onto the treatment bed. To finish the wrap, she massaged frangipani moisturiser into my skin before setting up the hot stones for the next part of my pampering.
Kelly started the hot stone massage on my lower back, and worked up to my tense neck and shoulders. I asked Kelly for firm pressure and got it! Although some points of the massage were uncomfortable, as Kelly discovered all the tension in my upper back, my shoulders felt much looser afterwards.
Elemis's new Biotech machine can be tailored to seven different types of facial. I had the Sonic Skin Radiance Facial which is designed to "energise tired, dull and stressed skin". Kelly showed me the machine so I knew exactly what to expect, and started the deep exfoliation. A mini metal spatula vibrates very quickly to slough off dead skin particles. It was a little noisy when the spatula was close to the bones in my face but wasn't at all uncomfortable.
After the exfoliation, Kelly applied the first mask to my face and massaged my neck and décolletage while the moisture sank in. Kelly removed the mask, and applied a second gel mask and intensely moisturising eye pads. The mask was fiddly but fitted snuggly while she ran the second tool from the Biotech machine over my masked skin. The galvanic current opens the pores allowing the moisture to absorb. Kelly then reversed the current and closed the pores back up again. She finished the treatment with Elemis's Illuminating Flash Balm so my skin looked positively radiant.
We wandered through to the manicure room and I chose a nail colour from Jessica's new Phenom range, which is somewhere between a standard polish and a gel. Phenom is supposed to last for ten days without chipping and dries pretty instantly, but -- usefully -- you can still take the polish off at home without any special equipment. Kelly filed my nails and painted them perfectly pink.
My spa partner had the Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy (70 minutes, £80) which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Rookery Hall Spa offers a full range of Elemis treatments; from high-tech to indulgent facials, massage, body treatments, manicures and pedicures and options for men and mums-to-be. The spa has just introduced a wet-shave treatment for well-groomed gentlemen.
Spa guests eat in the café area overlooking the pool, so there's no need to change out of your robe. Lighter options on the menu include quiche, salad, fish, chicken, and pasta. Desserts are also on the healthier side but are equally delicious. We sampled the fishcakes and fresh fruit salad and both were delightful.
If you're staying at the hotel, you might be tempted into dining at the two AA rosette fine-dining restaurant. The food is relatively unpretentious and beautifully balanced, perfect for indulgent post-spa dining. Gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside from the restaurant will keep you captivated all night.
The carefully thought through spa journey. From our arrival at Rookery Hall spa, to treatments, to quiet relaxation spaces, our every need was anticipated.
The cleansing and make up stations. I'm a make-up girl and always end up trying to take my eye make-up off with not very good cleanser in spas. Being able to de-make-up and re-make-up with lovely products and good lighting was a treat.
We didn't love
On a Sunday afternoon, the pool area was relatively busy with hotel guests and leisure-club members. Children's swim times are clearly marked so just remember to check before you head to the pool.
Rookery Hall is a great experience with a partner or friend. The setting is beautiful, the food excellent, and the rooms are well appointed.
We're slightly jealous that we don't have Rookery Hall on our doorstep: the leisure facilities are lovely and the high standards of care spill across into the pool and gym areas. We'd be members if we could.
We gave Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa a Good Spa Guide Rating of 5 Bubbles. The spa journey is great, the setting impressive, and our treatments excellent. Rookery Hall is the perfect place to spa alone or with a best beloved.
Summer Spy visited in May 2015 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DQ
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am - 8pm; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 5pm
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