We were in need of some rest and relaxation after a gruelling week at work, and found the perfect remedy -The stunning 4 star Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa on the Wirral.
Despite being only five minutes from the M53, the property feels blissfully secluded, and worlds away from the stresses of everyday life thanks to the idyllic surroundings and picture-perfect grounds.
The moment we walked through the front door, our bags were whisked away and we were greeted by some of the most enthusiastic and friendly front of house staff that we have had the pleasure of meeting. This wasn’t overbearing or forced by any means; the people working here are clearly passionate about the service they provide and keen to show their place off. They made us feel welcomed and valued as guests, which set the tone perfectly for the rest of our stay.
The Hotel has a range of accommodation to suit every taste and budget, from their simply stylish Club rooms to their executive garden view rooms. We stayed on the first floor in the main house, the balcony overlooking the perfectly manicured grounds to the rear of the hotel. The room had everything you would expect from a four star property, plus a TV in the bathroom for good measure!
It didn’t take us long to find the Lawns Lounge and Bar for a much needed drink. A bright and welcoming space, the bar boasts an impressive drinks menu and is the perfect setting to enjoy one of their ‘Great Wirral Afternoon Tea’s’. Again, the staff in the bar were outstanding. Table service was the norm and this just added to the luxurious atmosphere of the hotel that was apparent as soon as we arrived. Any gin lovers out there? You’re spoiled for choice but I would highly recommend trying the small batch locally-produced Wirral Gin.
Following a relaxing afternoon exploring the grounds and maybe enjoying another gin or two, we headed down to the Lawns restaurant to sample the tasting menu. Richard Collingwood is the head chef, who describes his style of cooking as focused on seasonality and clarity of flavour. The dining room is opulent in every sense of the word; crystal chandeliers hang from the high ceiling and there is a large ornate fireplace framing one end of the grand space.
The tasting menu was a generous nine courses, showcasing the undeniable talent in the kitchen.
The stand-out dishes for us were the Poached Lobster – presented with a strawberry gazpacho, and the Yorkshire Grouse with sourdough sauce, pennybun mushroom and elderberries. We particularly enjoyed Richard Collingwood’s interpretation the nostalgic twister ice cream, identical to the childhood favourite to look at, but given a fine-dining flair by being created with strawberry, goats milk and lemon verbena. Paired with a crisp bubbly prosecco, we were in foodie heaven.
The world of work and daily stresses seemed a million miles away the next morning when we were chauffeured over to the spa via golf buggy. First on our list was the mud rasul, a private therapy experience designed to be shared with a partner or friends, we covered ourselves in the mineral-muds provided and sat in the private steam room allowing the heat, steam and mud to soften and invigorate our skin. This was thirty minutes of pure relaxation and if we didn’t have another treatment booked in, I could have had a nap!
When all the mud was showered off, we visited the therapy suites for a salt and oil body exfoliation treatment. This involved polishing off layers of dull, dry cells with sea salt and then infusing the skin with oils to leave it smooth and bright. A perfect treatment for anyone due to go on holiday – removing the dead cells helps to develop a deep and healthy tan (as recommended by the spa therapist!).
When the time came to check out, we felt that we had been well and truly spoiled at Thornton Hall. The food was of an exceptionally high standard, the room with views of the garden was idyllic and the spa was a treat for the mind and body. But the highlight? The fact that the people who work here make you feel like you are the only guests in the hotel.
I can’t wait to visit again, and if you feel like you need a weekend away from normality, Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa needs to be on your shortlist of weekend escapes.
Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa, Neston Road, Thornton Hough, Wirral, CH63 1JF Tel 0151 336 3938 firstname.lastname@example.org