Travel: Enjoy A 5-Star Spa Break at Rockliffe Hall, County Durham

Rockliffe Hall in County Durham is the only five red star resort in the north. The 18th Century red-brick mansion is set within 375 acres on the banks of the River Tees, just outside the village of Hurworth in County Durham, and boasts 61 elegant guest rooms, three restaurants (including the four AA Rosette Orangery), an award-winning spa and championship golf course.

If it sounds like the perfect weekend getaway, that’s because it is. But don’t just take our word for it, the hotel features in The Sunday Times top 100 list 2017, and it was also named as Pride of Britain Hotel of the Year 2017.

The spa is one of the largest in the country and is focused around creating special moments for its guests. The Spa Garden features an outdoor infinity pool, and if you get there around 3pm during the winter months, you can enjoy the sunset from heated waters. The garden also offers a glass-fronted sauna and heated relaxation loungers.

The Spa Garden features an outdoor infinity pool. Get there around 3pm during the winter months to can enjoy the sunset from heated waters

The indoor spa offers a hydrotherapy suite featuring a tepidarium, igloo, large hydrotherapy pool and individual foot baths. The treatments are fantastic too and you can guarantee that an aromatherapy massage here will leave you completely relaxed.

Foodies should head to The Orangery, which was awarded four AA Rosettes in autumn 2017 and is the only resort of its kind in England to hold the accolade. The executive head chef Richard Allen joined the hotel two years ago having already won a Michelin Star at his previous restaurant. We can highly recommend the pigeon and the trout, and do opt to enjoy the menu with a wine flight, which is educational and fun.

This place has northern soul by the bucket load.

An overnight stay at Rockliffe Hall costs from £220 per person (based on two sharing), including a full English breakfast and use of the indoor spa