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
- Elemis Biotec
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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, Helen, led us to the café area to offer us a welcoming hot chocolate: perfect for a cold January day. 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 -- a nice touch if you have forgotten to bring make-up remover.
The main wet area is shared with the health club, making it busier than the rest of the spa facilities. The pièce de rèsistance is an attractive 18-metre swimming pool, with a 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 make-up removing station and a Mii make-up stand . If time is on your side, try the products to your heart's content.
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.
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.
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 enjoyed three treatments back-to-back: the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap (40 minutes, £59),the Back, Neck and Shoulders Massage with Hot Stones (35 minutes, £47) and the Elemis Modern Skin Facial (55 minutes, £70).
My therapist, Elle, met me in the Amber Room and led me to a spacious treatment room decorated in deep, soft browns. She invited me to disrobe and I lay face down on a pre-warmed treatment bed. I began to unwind.
For the wrap, Elle smothered me in Frangipani Monoi Oil using long sweeping movements, starting with my back. She asked me to turn over so she could moisturise the front of my body. Elle wrapped me in warm towels and continued the treatment with a head massage. She turned on the shower and left the room while I rinsed off the oil then wriggled back under the towels for the hot stone massage.
Hot stones can feel a little... hot, but these were the perfect temperature. Warm enough to penetrate and relax my muscles but not so hot that I was wincing. Elle handled the stones expertly, too, like they were an extension of her hands, the flow never breaking during the treatment. The massage ended with the knots in my shoulders being expertly soothed out.
For the facial, Elle cleansed and exfoliated my face, then applied a hydrating enzyme peel, expertly massaging my feet and legs as it dried. Next, she applied a creamy Pro-Collagen Marine Mask and massaged my face, neck, décolletage and shoulders while this got to work. Elle applied finishing moisturisers before sounding a gentle prayer bell to let me know the treatment had ended.
I checked my complexion in the mirror and was pleased to see that my skin was smooth and glowing. I was so relaxed, I found a spot in the relaxation room and drifted into a happy doze.
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; 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 are equally delicious. I chose the halloumi, aubergine and courgette salad to start, followed by a feta salad with sweet potato as a main: both tasty, fresh and filling without being too heavy.
In the evening, we ate in the two AA Rosette restaurant in the main hotel, an atmospheric place with wood panelling and large stone fireplaces. I loved my pan-seared king scallop starter and monkfish main course.
We loved / we didn't love
We loved the attentive customer service. Our spa host worked hard to make sure we enjoyed our day without a care in the world.
We also loved the choice of relaxation spaces: Chill out around the pool, relax in the Amber Lounge -- with its members' club feel -- or doze off in the darkened relaxation room.
If we were being picky, the shower in the spa changing rooms could do with some TLC. And it would also be great to see more Elemis products here for spa guests to use.
Who do you think would like it?
We saw small groups including mums and daughters, friends and couples all enjoying their day at Rookery Hall Spa.
Although it felt like a social space, I was perfectly happy spa-ing solo, and felt very well looked after throughout my stay.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Rookery Hall Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. It offers a good quality spa experience with comforting treatments, decent thermal experiences, and thoughtful finishing touches. The spa host makes Rookery Hall feel extra special: the perfect place to be pampered.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am - 8pm; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 5pm