Although I grew up not more than 5 miles from this hotel and had more recently heard of it via a friend, I'd never had the pleasure of visiting until last weekend.
We were looking for somewhere conveniently located, serving good food, as a base for visiting relatives to stay overnight and I'm pleased to say that Whitley Hall Hotel did not disappoint on any level.
Firstly, the location and setting. The hotel is about a 5-10 minute drive from the M1 on the northern outskirts of Sheffield, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with a large pond and stream and the added novelty of a very friendly resident family of peacocks wandering around the grounds.
The welcome was very warm (quite literally) with friendly staff showing us to sofas by the roaring open fire and taking our drinks orders. There is a very cosy feel to the lounge area and I relaxed immediately. I didn't see much of the bar area as there was a wedding in the hotel that day but I took a quick peak the following morning and wasn't disappointed.
Our rooms were located in the modern annexe but were beautifully appointed, looking out on to the pond / gardens, not forgetting the sociable peacock who came tapping his beak on the window at breakfast-time! It was spacious and comfortable with a king size bed, armchair, desk, wetroom and all mod cons including tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. I must admit, I didn't check if there was a mini-bar but I didn't need to given that we arrived to find a complimentary decanter of port in our room. I couldn't find a thing wrong with the decor or finishings in the room, and trust me, I am quite observant... or picky as my partner says! In fact, my only complaint was that I couldn't spend a few more hours enjoying it.
We ate dinner in the hotel restaurant and it was delicious. Well cooked, beautifully presented and the portion sizes were perfect - three courses filled us up without feeling stuffed. I started with potted duck with honey brioche, followed by fillets of sea bream and rhubarb crème brûlée to finish. Some of our party went for the roast dinner with ice cream dessert - all devoured with accompanying 'mmm's'. The restaurant staff were very attentive too and the service was suberb.
Breakfast the next day was equally impressive - a wide selection of fruit, cereals and juice available at the buffet table followed by a choice of hot dishes served at your table which included a Full English Breakfast or Eggs Benedict (yum!)
The hotel staff play a major part in creating such a relaxing atmosphere - they are so friendly and amenable. Maybe it's good old-fashioned Yorkshire charm but of course, I'm not biased... much.
Being a local to the South Yorkshire area, I think it's fair to say that it's not usually known as destination renowned for luxury hotels and gourmet dining. We booked a special deal at Whitley of £125 B&B per room (which included a £30pp credit towards the cost of dinner) and believe our experience was excellent value for money which offered us a relaxing, luxury break worthy of a far higher price tag.
Thanks and well done to the hotel team. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whitley Hall is an ivy-clad 16th century mansion that provides an elegant and romantic setting for any occasion. Relax in this historic and fashionable hotel and enjoy the tranquil grounds of the surrounding estate. The hotel has recently benefitted from major refurbishment and offers extreme comfort throughout. The recently opened Parker wing offers rooms of the very highest standard, all of which have Juliet balconies and four deluxe bedrooms with lake views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whitley Hall Sheffield
- Hotel Whitley Hall