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OVERVIEW

One of Cheshire's classic country house hotels, you might recognise this expansive manor from a certain couple's engagement photos; Victoria and David Beckham posed for photos amongst the majestic columns and stone lions in the old porch. The hotel is on the outskirts of Nantwich, surrounded by the fertile pastures of South Cheshire's leafy countryside. There are two large modern extensions, but the old sandstone hall, full of period features, is still at the heart of things, and the former stable block is now an elegant spa.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

With A roads nearby, you can hear a distant hum of traffic, but there's no sign of it as you gaze around - the hotel sits within 38-acre grounds, so everything looks prettily rural. Well-connected Crewe station is a 15-minute drive away, and the attractive town of Nantwich is a couple of miles down the road. Attractions within a 20-mile radius include Jodrell Bank (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Delamere Forest and Beeston Castle, all worth a visit.

By car: Rookery Hall is four hours from London or around one hour from Manchester. Free parking is available on-site.

By train: Crewe and Nantwich stations are both a short taxi ride away and are well serviced by train and bus. Book trains to Crewe or Nantwich.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

There's little character in the two modern extensions that make up the bulk of the hotel but it's there in spades in the original mansion, home to the lounge, restaurant and bar. Here, you'll find wood-panelled walls and herringbone floors; chandeliers hanging from carved plaster ceilings and gilt-framed portraits beside large open fireplaces.

THE FACILITIES

The old stable block has been expanded and converted into a very popular health club and spa, centred around a 17-metre, glass-roofed swimming pool. On sunny days, you can set up a game of croquet on the lawn; if it's rainy, there's a pile of board games in the lounge.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Spa
  • Dog-friendly
  • Indoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

There are comfortable, well-equipped bedrooms: ten in the original hall, which come with more period features, and the rest split between the two extensions. Décor is fairly classic, with a largely neutral colour palette, but rooms in the executive wing have a contemporary edge, with flat-screen TVs set into the bathroom walls.

Room types: Classic, Executive, Deluxe, Junior Suites and Suites

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Gilchrist and Soames toiletries, hospitality tray, large screen TV

FOOD AND DRINK

The restaurant holds an AA rosette for its modern British food, which might include dishes such as coal-fired Lancashire wood pigeon, pan-roasted halibut and iced apple parfait. There's also a good choice for vegans, the option of more casual dishes and afternoon tea in the lounge, and a choice of bento boxes and picnic hampers.

The restaurant: AA Rosette, contemporary British dishes, locally sourced ingredients. Open daily for dinner. Mains from £14.

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