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Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rushton
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“fantastic weekend”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We booked our one night stay through Secret Escapes. A very simple straight forward process. Upon arrival we received a warm welcome. The reception staff were very professional, organised & helpful. We were asked if we would like to order breakfast in our room & would we like a newspaper & which ones were available. We were personally shown to our room & shown where our robes & slippers were, for use at the Spa, tea & coffee & our room brochure detailing room service etc. We stayed in the William Winstanley room (please forgive me, I am not totally convinced that I have remembered that sir name correctly but it definately began with a "W") which was very nice. It was spacious & clean & adequately furnished & all basic requirements such as hairdryer, ironing facilities neatly folded away in a free standing cupboard in keeping with the room decor, were provided. The ensuite was of a good size & cleverly laid out & tiled to accomodate the huge chimney. The free standing bath (never my favourite design of bath) was quite small, which they often are, but being an avid shower user, I saw it as a novelty & took a bath anyway. There was also the option of a shower & the whole ensuite was spotlessly clean & well maintained. When we arrived we had not eaten all day & I think it is very possible that our faces had lit up like christmas trees when the ladies at reception told us that afternon tea was being served until 4:30pm - this was not to be missed! Afternoon Tea was held in the Great Hall, a huge & rather spectacular room displaying the fine architecture of its day & furnished with an array of seating areas from small intimate tables for two, to larger group tables & a slection of sofas upon which to relax. The staff serving afternoon tea were plentiful & gave a good attentive service. We were politely advised by our waitress that as we were also dining with them, smaller options of the afternon tea were available as the full afternoon tea was quite filling. Well what do you think ?!! ...of course, we went for the absolute full monty!! What a delicious treat. A varied selection of sandwiches - each individual filling was full of flavour. Scones - one fruit & one plain - thats two each & yes we had two each - followed by the small delicate cake selection. Our tea pots were topped up & additional cakes were offered ...well it would be rude not to! We then took an afternoon stroll around the beautiful grounds. It really is a very grand house set in a beautiful location. Our evening meal was outstanding. We ordered three courses which came with a complimentary bottle of wine (because we had booked through Secret Escapes). The quality of food & its presentation was superb. We had a truly delicious meal & were waited again by friendly proffesional staff who attended to our every need. We took up the option to have our coffee in the great hall where we were able to relax on the sofa & enjoy our coffee served with a small selection of sweets - fudge, turkish delight & a sweet meringue - of course we did!! And so to bed where we slept as well as we could on a bed that was somewhat lower than we are used to & of course the matress was too hard. In all fairness they usually are - we travel a lot & how can any hotel satisfy every guest with their perfect matress? The sheets & blanket was a nice blast from the past & being one who generally gets too hot during the night it was nice to be able to throw off the blanket & still be covered by the sheet. Breakfast - a wide slection of fruit,cereal, pastries & fruit juices to help yourself & waiting staff to take your cooked breakfast order. Our choice of potted beverage & toast was brought to our table followed by a well cooked full english. We had booked some treatments at the Spa for 10:00am, so we checked out first (check out is at 11:00am). All the girls at the Spa are lovely, friendly & nothing is too much trouble. The treatments were superb & all of the facilities were clean & well maintained. Our stay was the intimate relaxing break we had hoped for & we plan on returning with family members for a Spa day - we wont be keeping this retreat a secret.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed here for our first wedding anniversary, it's a beautiful building and the room we stayed in was very nice.
Breakfast was decent, no problems, service from all staff was punctual and polite (although I am not used to be called sir so much!).
Room was nice and well appointed with a huge bathroom.
Spa and pool was also very nice, and even though we were only here for a day, we made as much use of it as we could.
Overall a very good stay, just short of perfect, only the quality of the sleep let it down, firstly, the mattress, probably personal taste, but it was far to soft for us, and although the surroundings are very quiet, the hotel itself isn't, there were a lot of noises in the night, creaks and banging, possibly from pipework, and a motor or pump noise for 10-15s every 10-15mins, which is a real shame for what could have been a perfect stay.
That said, we would probably look at returning, if we could be given a different room that didn't suffer from these noises.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We were attending a wedding here and were staying overnight.
Booking and paying for the room was a nightmare, the wedding had booked the entire hotel, but when we rang to confirm our room and pay, the person who answered the phone couldn't tell us how much the room would be, but needed to take a £50 deposit to secure it, the receipt for which they then sent to the bride & groom despite taking down our email address. Paying the remainder of the room was no easier, the hotel finally decided our room was going to cost £190 so we paid the remainder and the confirmation actually reached us this time, which was handy because we then received a phone call from the hotel telling us we needed to pay the outstanding amount or risk losing the room.
Our room was the Lord Cullen and was an upgrade to what we had paid for and should have been £290 for the night; the room was not really worth the original price never mind the extra £100, one of the voile panels in the bathroom was ripped, the bathroom door was stained, the furniture in the room had definitely seen better days with plenty of dings, there was only 1 pack of biscuits in the tea 'box' and the bed was made up with sheets and blankets, something I haven't seen for years.
The wedding itself was lovely; the courtyard made a fantastic place for canapés and champagne in the sunshine and the wedding breakfast was delicious,
Breakfast the next morning was disappointing in the selection available, the toast was dry and chewy, the cooked breakfast was pretty small and I can’t believe that pots of tea and coffee were not provided on the table. It was a self -service affair - not very 4 star.
Either this hotel is resting on its laurels or they see wedding guests as a captive audience and not worth making an effort for.
Overall a very disappointing experience I shall be in no hurry to repeat.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We have just returned from our 2nd visit to the Hotel. The bedroom this time was even better than the first time, with views over the lake and the biggest bathroom I have ever seen. The staff are lovely and nothing is to much trouble. We even managed to sunbathe outside the spa this time as the weather was superb. The grounds are lovely for a stroll. The breakfast is very good, but we did not have dinner this time but went to the pub in the village,which is great value and good pub food, with a good selection of beers and wine. I just wish the Hotel would do less formal meals in the bar area in the evenings as an alternative, I am sure this would keep more guests in the Hotel in the evenings. I would definitely recommend this hotel and will return in the near future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

I second Claire F's review - a wonderful Elizabethan Hall that was a priviledge to stay in. The grounds are beautiful and relaxing, the staff attentive and friendly and the atmosphere calming and elegant. We had a superior room in the old part of the hall dating from 1625 with lovely views over the tennis courts and croquet lawn. It was easy to walk down to the panelled dining hall or along the mirrored glass corridor to the spa in the converted stableblock. I loved Tonia's facial and body sensation treatment with warm volcanic stones - very restorative.
The ample and freshly prepared breakfast was a leisurely affair. I particularly enjoyed the fresh tropical fruit salad and fresh berry compote.
I would thoroughly recommend this delightful country house retreat for a weekend tonic or anniversary treat.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Epping, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

My husband and I booked 2 nights through Secret Escapes at Rushton Hall for our wedding anniversary. We were looking for somewhere which could offer us a wonderful spa, great food and an overall relaxing experience. Staying here is exactly what we got! From the moment we arrived we found the service excellent. I was chatting with the reception staff on checking in whilst my husband had to go back to the car as he had forgotten his phone. I mentioned we were here for an anniversary stay and the next day found a card in our room wishing us a lovely anniversary and a great stay, a very nice touch from what was a comment in passing. We were then shown to our rooms and our luggage bought to our room for us. We were thoroughly impressed with our room which was roomy and spacious and as luck would have it, a stones throw from the spa. We booked for dinner in the restaurant on the second night of our stay but decided to have dinner on the first night in the local pub, the Thornhill Arms, as it was recommended by others on this site. We had proper pub grub in a lovely atmosphere and for a very reasonable price, thoroughly enjoyed it. Next day we spent the entire time in the spa where we both had some treatments and spent the rest of the time lounging in our robes and slippers. Truly relaxing and the spa never felt like it was too over crowded or busy. Our only job for the day was to get ready for dinner in the restaurant that evening and again, could not fault the service or the food. We were served an amuse bouche before our starter of a pea veloute which was absolutely delicious! I won't deny that our 2 night stay was quite costly, even with the saving made from Secret Escapes but I wouldn't begrudge a penny of it! We had a great stay here and will definitely be looking to go back again, though I hope I won't have to wait a whole year for next anniversary!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northampton
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

From the moment you set foot through the gates this hotel oozes class and sophistication. The house itself is stunning - beautifully rennovated and restored inside it has such a traditional English feel that you could only ever be in one country - just you could be there at any time.
The afternoon tea is a must, followed by a walk around the gardens and a drink in the quad.
The evening meal was in much the same mould, and the room service menue gave a fantastic modern and sophisticated take on staples like burgers and fish and chips.
If you are out to impress, this is the place to come. Expensive, yes, but worth every penny.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa
Address: Desborough Road, Rushton NN14 1RR, 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rushton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rushton Hall is a Grade I Listed 4 Red Star Hotel and 3 Rosette Restaurant, 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. The nearest train stations are Kettering or Market Harborough. 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 decor. 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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