Pride of Britain Hotels has announced that Rockliffe Hall in County Durham has been named as its Hotel of the Year 2017.
Five-star Rockliffe Hall opened in 2009 by Steve Gibson, chairman of Middlesborough FC following a £6m transformation project that saw the derelict building converted into an epic hotel.
Chief executive Eamonn Elliott has been at the helm since 2014, who joined arms with big plans to make the hotel the ‘number one resort in UK and Ireland’.
Set within 375 acres on the banks of the River Tees, near the village of Hurworth, 18th-century red-brick mansion Rockliffe Hall has 61 bedrooms and suites, three restaurants and an award-winning spa.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Orangery, located in the 18th century Old Hall, is overseen by executive chef Richard Allen and has been awarded three AA rosettes. Allen joined in 2014, from The Grand Jersey, where Elliott also worked.
Now Allen’s menus incorporate seasonal and regional produce, with many ingredients foraged from Rockliffe Hall’s estate.
The hotel’s showstopping spa features eight thermal rooms, a 20-metre pool and spa butlers, plus the iconic £1m spa garden, which launched in 2015 and features a hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi decked lounging area, fire pit, and water feature.
The new addition has brought a huge boost business at the property, which now accounts for around 20% of the hotel’s revenue.
The five-star hotel’s extensive grounds are also home to an 18-hole championship golf course.
At the start of this year, Rockliffe Hall recently announced plans for a multi-functional parkland in the grounds for both younger and older guests, due to launch in summer 2017.
Eamonn Elliott, chief executive of Rockliffe Hall, says: “It’s a privilege and honour to accept this award on behalf of Rockliffe Hall. The Pride of Britain collection of hotels is the best of the best in the country so for the resort to be named Hotel of the Year is praise indeed!”
Peter Hancock, chief executive, Pride of Britain Hotels, says: “Every year our member hotels are visited by mystery guests appointed by the collection. Rockliffe Hall and its dedicated team was identified amongst a shortlist of hotels all found to offer exceptional hospitality”.
Pride of Britain Hotels’ collection (never more than 50 hotels, to guarantee quality and exclusivity) proudly practises the art of great hospitality on a daily basis. Admission to the group is subject to each hotel successfully passing an anonymous overnight inspection and a ballot of the membership.