A friend and I recently decided to stay at Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa. I love nothing more than exploring new places, staying in fancy hotels and being pampered, so this weekend couldn’t come quick enough. Oulton Hall is in Leeds, Yorkshire and is part of the luxury hotel offering from Q Hotels. The 18th-century mansion is surrounded by scenic gardens and offers a perfect setting for a couples break or a girly weekend.
When booking, it’s worth checking out the Q Hotels website where you can find a range of special offers including seasonal, couples offers and packages. We paid a total of £160 for our trip and this included a light lunch on arrival, full access to the spa facilities, a 60 minute back massage, a standard guest room for 1 night, an evening 3-course meal and a breakfast buffet – fabulous value for money.
Facilities and Spa
Facilities include a golf course, spa with a swimming pool and sauna and conference and wedding facilities. As we paid for the spa package, we spent the day lounging around the swimming pool area and spending time in the sauna. Towels are provided on arrival and robes, so you quickly feel comfortable and relaxed in your settings.
The 60 minute ESPA back massage we received was very professional, with the use of lovely products and scents my skin felt refreshed right away. The spa also has a ‘relax room’ filled with beds, magazines and fresh water in a cosy setting which I found a nice touch and ideal after a massage.
Food and Drink
Oulton Hall has two restaurants; The Calverley Grill and The Claret Jug. We ate at The Claret Jug on arrival and enjoyed a light lunch of quiche, salad, couscous and a small dessert. For our 3-course meal and English breakfast, we dined at The Calverley Grill. Being vegetarian, i did have a slight issue with the evening meal, the menu being meat focused (obviously, it’s a grill.) I opted for Goats cheese salad for starter and the wild mushroom polenta for main. Not my usual choices and I’m not a massive fan of polenta, but nonetheless, we had a great evening. The waiter service in The Calverley was impeccable and we didn’t have to wait for anything – including wine top-ups!
The Champagne Bar at Oulton Hall offers a fine selection of fizz, with over 50 champagnes on offer and 55 classic cocktails on the menu. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of Moet and espresso martinis here, the atmosphere felt relaxed yet fancy, with hanging chandeliers, burning wood fires and comfy seating areas.
There are a total of 152 bedrooms at Oulton Hall, we stayed in a standard twin room. Facilities include a tv, hairdryer, dressing table, iron and board and complimentary wi-fi. Check-in wasn’t until 3pm, so we decided to make the most of the champagne bar before heading up to see our room. The rooms decor was a little outdated, but just as expected in such an old manor house. The beds were extremely comfy and the views of the gardens were beautiful. Check-out time is 11am and we were able to go down for our full English breakfasts, whilst leaving our belongings behind the front desk.
Overall for the cost of our stay at Oulton Hall, I believe the package offered great value for money. The staff were very attentive, the spa and facilities were great too. Slight improvements, including more beds around the pool (we had to sit on chairs, which was rather annoying) and offering more vegetarian options on the menu for dinner could be made, but regardless of that, I would definitely return for another overnight stay. Maybe skipping the dinner and heading straight to the champagne bar next time.. well, I do love bubbles!
Out of 5/5:
Value for Money: ♥♥♥♥
Food and Drink:♥♥♥
Overall rating: ♥♥♥