My wife and I went on a Sunday for the night. The place is totally stunning with beautiful gardens and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. Check in was efficient and friendly.
Our room in the new block was superb with beautiful floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the grounds. The bathroom was large and very well appointed and the bedding was luxurious.
Our massages in the spa were excellent too. The black pudding starter in Mr Fred's was very nice indeed, as was the breakfast set up the following day.
Just a few points that could be improved upon though:-
The spa relaxation room has a filthy cream coloured rug with all sorts of stains on it and the fake olive trees are covered in dust.
The thermal pool wasn't hot at all nor were the heated relaxation beds which were not warm as billed. We had 2 hrs down there until our treatments but there is no clock for you to keep an eye on so you know how long you have left.
My starter of filo wrapped king prawns was not good at all. It was straight out of a box and warmed up. Very similar to a product from the frozen store Iceland. My wife said her fish pie didn't fill her up so its a good job I didn't have one as it wouldn't have touched the sides. And finally, I thought our £11 sharing sundae for dessert was horrific given the price. £6 would have been too much for that. There was no ice cream and in its place was marscapone cheese!! Revolting.
The glasses were clean but all cloudy and scratched and rather unappealing looking.
And finally, our double bed was 2 singles pushed together with a ridge down the centre where they joined which was rather disappointing given the overall quality of the place.
This place could be a real top notch establishment if someone took a grip of it and ironed out the little problems.
All in all I would go back and the main thing I would expect would be better food in Mr Fred's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stanley House Hotel & Spa is set in 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside in Mellor, Lancashire, Stanley House Hotel is a stunning, award-winning hotel. With 30 first-class bedrooms, unrivalled wedding and conference facilities, the stylish Grill on the Hill restaurant, the hugely popular Mr Fred's bar and lounge and a world-class spa, Stanley House is truly a hotel like no other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stanley Hotel Mellor