Tried and Tested – This week Redworth Hall
by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | Reviews
With summer almost over, unavoidable shorter days and darker nights are creeping over the horizon. With this in mind we asked our well-travelled team for personal recommendations to add to our ‘Tried and Tested’ series. This week Jan Telford (Business Administration Manager) shares her trip to Redworth Hall with us – proving you don’t have to leave the UK to find the perfect escape.
“We wanted a short break for a couple of nights, not too far away, a nice hotel with a Spa, and something interesting to occupy us during the day. Traveleads has had an association with The Hotel Collection for many years and we decided Redworth Hall fitted the bill perfectly.
Dating back to 1693,The Redworth Hall Hotel is a magnificent Jacobean country house surrounded by landscaped gardens and enchanting woodland.
Here we discovered an oasis away from the hubbub of daily life. Secluded, tranquil and atmospheric. Easily accessible by road, it’s ideally placed for exploring Durham and the North East, with its spectacular landscapes, grand stately homes and fascinating history.
My first and lasting impression of Redworth Hall was the friendliness of every single staff member we met. We were welcomed and checked-in with a smile, before being directed to a Deluxe room in the Spa section of the hotel. The room was lovely – a super king-size bed, wall mounted flat-screen TV, and a fabulous bathroom – with Spa bath and separate multi-jet shower.
We decided to have a swim in the 14 metre indoor pool before dinner. The hotel offers a full service health club, complete with hydro-pool, sauna and steam room, and offers state of the art Technogym equipment. The beautifully appointed spa offers an extensive range of treatments and packages – escape for an hour, or indulge in a full day of luxurious pampering.
We booked dinner in the restaurant for both nights of our stay, and found the food to be excellent – great service too! The 1744 Restaurant serves exquisite dishes in fine surroundings. Situated in the original part of the Jacobean manor house, the restaurant and Garden Room still have the original windows overlooking the grounds. The Garden Room also boasts a wonderful fireplace and a full à la carte menu is served every day.
During our stay we were able to learn more about the extensive range of services Redworth Hall has to offer our clients. We were extremely impressed with the variety and versatility of the 12 meeting rooms available. The Great Hall is another amazing room, ideal for special events, weddings, award ceremonies and gala dinners. For meetings day delegate rates start at just £24.00 per person.
So, what to do in County Durham?
Having been greeted by a gloriously sunny day we headed to the Beamish Museum (approximately half an hour away from Redworth Hall). What a fabulous day! I would really recommend it to anyone visiting the area! Lots to see, and a wonderful opportunity to experience real-life as it happened during various times in the past. My favourite had to be the Home Farm, we were lucky enough to be there during ‘Dig for Victory’, the first event in the Great North Festival of Agriculture. It focused on farm life in the 1940s and told the story of life on the Home Front, and the vital support role the British countryside played during the Second World War. The Farm was buzzing with activity – from gardening to wartime recipes and cooking, Land Girls to lumberjills, make do and mend to military vehicles, and a host of hands-on activities – the band had everyone up dancing! A great day out for young and old alike.
Our second day proved to be very wet, so we shelved the idea of walking in the nearby Hamsterley Forest, which was a real shame as it’s a delightful 2,000 hectare oasis, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to getting back to nature, or forest adventures. From wildlife watching and dark sky gazing, to adventure play and high octane mountain biking, there is something there for everyone.
Due to the inclement weather we decided to visit the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, again only about half an hour away from Redworth Hall. It is a French château housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art. On arrival we bought tickets to see ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ – an exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. It displays more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The exhibition is on until 9th October and well worth a visit.
It was easy to forget just how close to home we were that weekend, as it felt like a world away from everyday life. We returned feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and feeling like we had been away for much longer than just the weekend.
For anyone with limited time, looking to relax and unwind on a short-break, I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Redworth Hall.”
Happy Travelling – Jan.
To book your next short break, or any corporate travel, conferencing, or day meetings at Redworth Hall, please call your Traveleads consultant today.