Last Saturday Adam and I took a road trip down to Northamptonshire to stay at Rushton Hall & Spa, near to the town of Kettering. Rushton Hall is steeped in history, it was once owned by the Tresham family who through generations owned the hall for nearly 200 years, Thomas Tresham also built the nearby Lyveden which I highly recommend you see, an unfinished Elizabethan summer house built as a testament to his faith. Francis Tresham became involved in the famous ‘gunpowder plot’. Before it became a hotel it was a school for the blind from 1959 and it was bought by the Hazel family in 2003. Opening Rushton Hall in 2006 as a hotel and spa on the 26 th of September.
After a smooth three and a half hour drive, we arrived around midday. As we were a little early to check in, we left our bags with reception and took the opportunity to explore the hall and it’s grounds. Taking a cup of tea in the Great Hall, we wowed in it’s grandeur and I couldn’t help but think if these walls could speak what tales they would tell. We enjoyed a walk around the gardens and down to the lake, loving being at one with nature. As we returned to the hall it was time to check in, we were welcomed by friendly staff and shown to our room, The James Purdey. Our room was located in the recently upgraded part of the hotel, we entered into a vestibule area complete with large wardrobes and an electronic safe. Opening the door we discovered our beautiful bedroom, which was modern and tastefully decorated. With a huge bed, seating area, flat screen tv and porthole window that was a fabulous feature in the room. The bathroom included a large walk in shower, sink and a free standing roll top bath. We were surprised to see a small screen above the bath, in the shape of a TV. Perfect for that pre dinner soak! First impressions, we felt like we had our own apartment within this hotel, rather than the typical room and ensuite you find in most hotels.
With our evening wear hung up, ready to de-crease. We robed up and set off for the Stableyard Spa, a minute walk away from our room. The Spa area is a great place to relax and unwind, with a good size pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi (indoor and outdoor) and a well equipped gym. Spending a good few hours here relishing the down time and swimming a few lengths of the pool to make room for the evening’s food. After a leisurely lounge in room, we dressed and went down to dinner, eating in Rushton Hall‘s fine dining restaurant. The experience from beginning to end was of the highest quality, the food was exquisite and most definitely some of the best we have ever tasted! Tyrone looked after us so very well and needs commending on his first class service. This was the real highlight of the stay. After dinner drinks were taken in the Great Hall with it’s roaring fire, before retiring to our room to discover a turndown service. Which was accompanied by a Elemis pillow spray in the middle of our bed, a lovely touch.
I awoke early to take a early morning swim before breakfast in the brasserie. We dressed and went down to eat. Opting for the perfect seat beside the window, overlooking the gardens. We were brought tea and coffee whilst we perused the menu, ordering buttered kippers and salmon with scrambled eggs. You could also have food from the buffet, fresh fruits, juices, cereals and pastries. A delicious start to the day! Before we checked out we took one last walk around the grounds and had a look at the Orangerie, where all weddings and events are held. A wonderful venue for your special day.
During our stay we discovered that Rushton Hall is a family run business and the general manager is in fact the owner, who plays an active role in the day to day running of this hotel. We had the pleasure of meeting her on our departure and what was clear was her passion for Rushton Hall. All the small touches during your visit are obviously her ideas, in making your stay extra special. Our final thoughts on our stay are that having stayed at similar properties throughout the country, many of them could take a few lessons from the service here, we truly feel the whole experience was a real delight and definitely recommend a stay if you are looking for a weekend getaway or midweek treat.
Our stay at Rushton Hall was complimentary but our opinions are our own.