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“Relaxing secret hideaway escape” 4 of 5 stars
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Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Desborough Road, Rushton NN14 1RP, England   |  
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“Relaxing secret hideaway escape”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Rushton Hall celebrating a birthday and what a treat! Lovely pool and spa area - not huge but wasn't overcrowded. Restaurant food is excellent though it is expensive - the DBB rate is good value for money though. Staff are very welcoming and helpful. We had the Lake Room which has a massive bathroom with roll top bath! Lovely!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Came back yesterday after staying here for 1 night to celebrate my wedding anniversary. My only regret was that I didn't book it for longer, but I will next time I go back.

You would never have guessed that the hotel was fully booked, the place is sp tranquil and scenic, particularly the spa facilities.

The staff, from the moment we checked in to when we checked out were unbelievably friendly.

Thank you for making our stay so pleasant.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We spent two nights here on a reduced rate through Secret Escapes. Initial findings were positive with friendly and efficient staff and the helpful arrangement of a early afternoon late lunch of sandwiches as we had arrived after the appointed lunch period and didn't want a full afternoon tea was positive. The room (Lake) was OK but built into the eaves making it an awkward shape for tall folk. The bathroom was huge but unattractive. The evening was cool but the radiator was not working and despite our complaints remained so for the duration of our stay. They did provide a fan heater initially and seemed to think that would do. We later found the coat hanger on the trouser press was falling off as was the toilet roll holder from the wall.

The gardesn are lovely and densely wooded but few flowers which was a shame.

Breakfast were good but the one time we ate dinner in the restaurant was a grave disappointment. All the food was fussy 'nouvelle cuisine" and having just returned from Mougins in the south of France was no comparison although equally priced. We chose to eat out the second evening and had a far better, albeit simpler, meal for a quarter of the price.

There is a snooker room which would have been pleasant were it not filled with spare furniture making the room difficult to move around and ugly.

The hotel was busy with cheap deal guests. I would think that they, like us, were happy not to have paid the rack rate.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We booked Rushton hall to celebrate a birthday , From start to finish this hotel was perfect in every way , staff were so friendly and helpful ,
Just wished we had booked the spa before we travelled as it was fully booked but we did enjoy the steam and pool area
We dined in the reasturant where the food was cooked to perfection
Hope we get to go book soon .

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My friend and I book-ended a stay at another venue with stays at Rushton Hall at the start and end of the week.

The Hall is an imposing building, the construction of which commenced in the 15th century. Francis Tresham, son of the founder Sir Thomas Tresham was implicated in the Gunpowder Plot. Having passed through a number of hands it eventually became a hotel in 2003.

As you approach up the long carriage drive you can’t help but be impressed by the lovely grounds and the façade that greets you (it is a Grade 1 listed building), the property is actually very impressive throughout, but therein lie a few problems.

The Great Hall is used as a bar and lounge and, while pretty imposing, the very tall ceiling makes it difficult to create an intimate atmosphere. I am guessing that the Tresham family didn’t plan for conversion to a hotel 500 years later so many rooms (not all) are inaccessible without climbing a lot of stairs. Similarly if only the Treshams had built the spa and beauty salon as an integral part of the building it would have made things much more convenient!

For our first stay we were in the Tillman Suite. What a disappointment. It was actually not a suite at all but a fairly small bedroom looking out onto the roof. By cramming 2 armchairs in there was hardly any room to move about and no room for a table to sit at for in-room dining. The furniture was reproduction (probably) which was fine but the effect was ruined by the addition of a wood-grain effect melamine chest of drawers. Upon this chest sat a small coffer housing a good range of teas, coffees etc and a kettle. But the chest was too far away from the socket to plug the kettle in. We had to move the chest closer.

Between the bedroom and very nice bathroom were 2 hanging cupboards so plenty of room to unpack into.

For our return we opted to pay extra and were put in the Hazelton Suite. This was a lovely, spacious room with wonderful views over the grounds. To get to it required climbing quite a few stairs. There was plenty of room for those 2 armchairs and a table to eat off. There was a second bedroom with a single bed in. But oh dear! There was one teeny wardrobe with 3 small drawers in which were meant to serve both bedrooms. Totally inadequate, in fact worse than The Tillman Suite.

The bathroom was as nice as the other one. However the sink taps had been designed for looks and not function. They were just slippery chrome pillars with no knob or lever. To turn them on and off required squeezing very hard. If they were wet it became almost impossible to turn them. I have mild arthritis in my hands and for someone with a worse condition they would have been painfully impossible.


There is a covered walkway to the spa from the hotel but to get to it from The Hazelton Suite meant walking down 2 flights of stairs, through the hotel in our robes, and up a flight of stairs. Those Treshams! Instead we opted to go downstairs and out of the front of the hotel to the external entrance. Fortunately the weather was wonderful, warm and dry.

Enough of the gripes. Everything else was truly excellent. The staff could not have been more helpful throughout all the areas, reception, housekeeping, bar, restaurant and spa.

The food was truly excellent and my gluten intolerance was handled without a problem. This was fine dining.

The spa is great. It comprises a lovely 15 metre pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, sauna, steam room, small gym, very clean changing rooms. There is lots of light, plenty of loungers in the pool area and more outside looking out over a lawn; wonderful in warm weather. There is also a small café serving good coffee and wines.

My companion had a perfectly good pedicure and there were a range of other therapies available.

Our package comprised dinner, bed and breakfast and use of all the facilities (there are tennis courts too) and although not cheap was good value. One is willing to pay a premium for such a unique venue and great service.

So when booking Rushton Hall, and we recommend a visit, be prepared for the compromises necessitated by such a venerable building and enjoy the excellent service, spa and food.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the hotel for 5 nights at the end of September, taking up a half-price offer through Secret Escapes.

First impression as you drive up to the house is that you are entering the set of Downton Abbey, and this doesn't really change once you get inside. It's a beautiful house, with splendid decor, set in lovely grounds. Our room was large, with views over the front entrance on one side and over the lake and beyond on the other. Tea and coffee facilities are in the "service de chambre" boxes and are replenished daily.

As has been noted elsewhere, nothing is too much trouble for the staff, and the spa facilities are excellent. We used the pool/sauna/steam room every day, and it was never that busy.

The breakfast menu was the same every day but the food is delicious. Cereals, fruit juice, yoghurts, fruit, and cooked are all available. Although we were on a "deal" there were no restrictions, which is something we have experienced elsewhere before. We didn't eat in the restaurant as the prices were a bit heavy for us, but there is a lovely little pub just 10 minutes walk away (The Rushton Arms) which has a very extensive, varied and reasonably priced menu (but do book your table as it gets pretty busy).

There are some excellent places to visit in the local area, including Kirby Hall, Rockingham Castle, and Burleigh, but check the opening times as they sometimes seem a little random.

All in all, we had a splendid short break. The only (small) wrinkle was that our room was not air conditioned (although I believe some were) and we found it pretty warm overnight (especially as the maid seemed determined to wrap us up tightly in our beds... bless her!. We didn't avail ourselves of the "turndown service"...echoes of Michael McIntyre conjuring up some chuckles on that score). We did open the windows but had to pull the heavy curtains across to keep rather a lot of flies out of the room, but this may just have been down to the time of year. We didn't raise this as an issue with the management but I feel sure that, if we'd said it was a major problem, they would have offered for us to move rooms without argument.

So, in summary, if you want a short break in a classy venue, with excellent service and comfort as your priorities, then look no further. Recommend searching for a half-price deal though!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We celebrated our anniversary with a two night stay, spa treatment and dinner. It was a fabulous stay.....weather was incredible too. Th building is very impressive, and the interior is beautifully renovated. Food was delicious and service excellent. Would love to be able to return...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Desborough Road, Rushton NN14 1RP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Northamptonshire > Rushton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rushton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rushton Hall is a Grade I Listed 4 Star and 2 Rosette Hotel, surrounded by the cities of Kettering and Market Harborough. Guests will find this convenient location is just minutes from Wicksteed Park, Stoke Albany Golf Club, Rockingham Castle, Rockingham Speedway, Rutland Water, Telford Way Industrial Park and Kettering Business Park. Beauty and elegance abounds to enhance the guest’s experience. From beautiful gardens for an afternoon stroll to the sparkling pool for a quick dip to relaxing with spa services, this hotel offers a variety of luxuries to enhance any getaway. All rooms are individually designed in keeping with their country house décor. Bed sizes vary per room and all rooms are ensuite and feature tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes and slippers and turn down service is available. ... more   less 
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