Media Release: Winter at Rockliffe


NESTLED on the banks of the River Tees in Hurworth, near Darlington, Rockliffe Hall, the region’s most prestigious hotel, golf and spa resort shines in all its splendour during the winter months.

And, while the five-star venue plays host to a string of Christmas parties and events throughout December, an abundance of other winter experiences are proving popular at Rockliffe Hall.

Managing director of the restored 18th century country house estate, Nick Holmes, says: “From one-night stays to special rates on the championship golf course through to bespoke spa offers, there is something to suit all tastes at Rockliffe Hall. All this can be enjoyed against a backdrop of festive celebrations occurring throughout the resort.”

On the championship golf course, keen golfers across the region are snapping up the fantastic winter green fee offer which enables golfers to play 18 holes, after enjoying a breakfast roll and coffee at The Clubhouse.

Having invested in over 12 miles of state of the art drainage and irrigation, the course carries no winter greens or tees and remains fully accessible throughout the colder months.

Nick Holmes adds: “While winter brings most golf courses to closure or at the very best, forces them to rely on temporary alternatives to protect their tees and greens from the harsh winter conditions, Rockliffe Hall’s golf course remains in fantastic condition throughout the winter.”

It’s unsurprising then that priced at just £45, the winter green fee offer is so popular during the colder months, with golfers eager to take advantage of one of the longest courses in Europe.

The award-winning spa at Rockliffe Hall has a number of packages tailored to promote a healthy mind and body during the colder months, giving guests that vital boost to see them through the winter.

The Beyond Bliss Spa day has been created by Rockliffe Hall’s own holistic therapists. By combining the therapeutic and relaxation aspects of the award winning spa, this Spa day is proving to be a perfect escape from the throes of Christmas shopping. Priced at £115, the Beyond Bliss Spa day includes lunch; access to the Spa; a morning wellness class and an indulgent 90-minute experience, combining an Indian head massage, foot massage and chakra balancing with hot poultices.

The Sacred Nature Ritual offers profound anti-aging nourishment and protection against the harsh winter weather, using the purest, organic and natural ingredients to make skin immediately soft and more radiant. Priced from £95, the soothing, tranquil day includes an arrival welcome drink, lunch in The Brasserie; a 60-minute Sacred Nature Treatment Ritual with a back massage and facial; and full access to all wellness classes and spa facilities.

It’s not only the award winning facilities which attract guests to the world class spa at Rockliffe Hall, but the newly refurbished Brasserie by Atkinson, is the icing on the cake.

The Brasserie is the second dining venue at Rockliffe Hall to come under the leadership of Michelin starred chef Kenny Atkinson. Diners at the Brasserie can expect a relaxed dining experience, overlooking the magnificent hotel grounds and the golf course. The menu includes classic dishes such as Craster fish pie, steak and chips or slow roasted pork, all created using the best local produce.

Nick Holmes concludes: “December is a special time of year for most of us, with the imminent arrival of Christmas something to look forward to in a month of frosty weather and dark days. What makes Rockliffe Hall so exceptional is that we offer impeccable customer service delivered in a stunning venue. We really are the best this region has to offer, and being crowned North East Tourism’s ‘Large Hotel of the Year’ 2011, is testament to that.”

For information about the range of special offers available at Rockliffe Hall, call 01325 729999, or visit

About Rockliffe Hall:
Rockliffe Hall is the newest and most exciting hotel in the North of England. Set on a magnificent restored 18th century estate on the banks of the River Tees, it is a destination in itself and a five star home-from-home.

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Rockliffe Hall,
County Durham,
Tel: 01325 729999

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