Set amongst acres of perfectly manicured grounds overlooking a tranquil lake, Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa is a luxurious haven for those looking to unwind. We spent a blissful weekend of pampering and fine-dining in this impressive Georgian estate.
I’m the first to admit that Stockton-on-Tees was pretty low down on my bucket list prior to my Wynyard Hall trip, but this changed the second I stepped onto the crunchy, gravelled grounds outside the historic stately home. Flanked by oversized statues of majestic lions and hunting dogs, first-impressions were strong as we walked through the Corinthian portico and into reception.
The interior is all marble, chandeliers and vintage furniture, but all done very well. It’s clear that owner John Hall is a man of class, as we never once felt like we were in one of those tacky country homes you see soap stars borrowing for OK magazine. This place is the real deal and packed with history, with a story behind every oil painting.
After check-in, we took the short walk from the hotel down to the spa, which is housed in a charming old boathouse by the lake. The spa itself is a compact affair but for the most part, makes good use of its limited space. The thermal suite includes a salt inhalation room, herbal sauna and a mud room, with the latter charged separately as a treatment. The only let-down here is the cramped unisex changing rooms, but we can forgive them for that.
The sauna is a good size and offers up a fantastic view of the outdoor terrace and lake. After 30 minutes of soaking up the herbal fumes, we headed onto the terrace for a dip in the whirlpool jacuzzi. Despite the freezing January climate, the combination of the warm bubbles, ice-cold Peroni and stunning view proved to be a winner and we stayed put here for an hour chatting to the friendly staff and other guests.
Feeling somewhat relaxed, we headed inside for a quick blast in the salt inhalation room before heading to the treatment room for a massage. This being my first such treatment since a trip to Thailand many moons ago, I was more than ready for the ‘In Good Spirits’ 30-minute energiser. Concentrating on back, neck and shoulders, the therapist worked hard to get rid of the many knots in my back and shoulder area and I could have easily nodded off by the end.
Before reminding myself that I must indulge in massage therapy more often, I headed back to our suite to relax before dinner. Despite the sheer size of Wynyard, there are just 19 rooms and suites, each one with its own unique style. We stayed in the impressive Mount Stewart Suite, which features a spacious double bedroom complete with LCD TV and a lounge area with a sofa, dining table and Bluetooth mini sound-system. The décor in Mount Stewart is classic without being stuffy, while the bathroom has a modern feel, all grey and white and fully-stocked with ESPA products.
Downstairs, the Wellington Restaurant boasts a AA rosette and serves classic British cuisine fit for royalty. I began with Poached Pigeon Breast, served with beetroot, hazelnut and pickled mushrooms. Whoever says pigeon is vermin and therefore inedible is missing out. For mains, I swerved my usual choice of steak and opted for the Spatchcock Baby Chicken. Served with truffle butter and a side order of butter mash and spiced red cabbage, the chicken was soft, succulent and juicy. A glass of zesty Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc proved to be the perfect partner for this delightful dish. Dessert came in the form of two Old Fashioned cocktails, which were well worth the lengthy wait as the restaurant hit its peak.
After hitting Tynemouth Marina for a few drinks with some local friends, it was time to hit the sack, where I slept like a baby. Sadly, I was up too late getting up to indulge in the breakfast, so went to check out and headed off to Whitby for fish and chips instead to round off a memorable weekend.
Wynyard Hall has gained an exceptional reputation which seems largely due to word of mouth according to the other guests I spoke with. Just 80 minutes away from Leeds city centre, it’s a destination worthy of your attention, with one of the most unique and picturesque spa settings you’ll find in the UK. A perfect retreat for a weekend of romance or down time with your friends, it’s a strong recommend from us.
Fancy a Spring break for two or maybe a girlie getaway spa break? Wynard Hall offers lots of different types of stays at great value. You can find your perfect escape on their website where you can find heaps of information regarding offers and forthcoming events.
Written by Jordan Fletcher, you can find him filling his face, watching horror movies and generally living the life of riley here….
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