TAKE A BREAK AWAY AT OULTON HALL
When you first walk into the impressive 18th century building that is Oulton Hall,the magnificent black and white marbled hallway will take your breath away.
Although the outside is rather understated when you go through the door a place full of old world charm and glory is revealed.
You have only to walk a short few steps and you’ll find the first of many welcoming and impressive rooms with welcoming sofas, blazing fires, marble sculptures and artwork with an amazingly clever set out of furniture
It’s a spacious place that has got it right with its lounges, drawing rooms and decadent décor. Each of the lounges has its own character – you will be spoilt for choice In the champagne bar with its chandeliers you can take afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly sitting on one of the numerous sinkable sofas or maybe move out onto the terrace in the afternoon sun. After dark the flood lit terrace of the champagne bar is just so romantic – especially as the sun is going down.
Whichever lounge you choose albeit the library or the drawing room you will always be assured of a tranquil view over the hotel’s idyllic 27 acres of rolling parkland..
The hotel’s impressive staircase has a taste of yesterday I just simply adored walking down it – it made me feel like a Hollywood star. Look down from the incredible gallery above and you’ll find yet another spacious luxurious seating area.
Dining at Oulton Hall can be a dine-in-the-old-fashioned way experience. The Calverley Grill, with its rich red décor and leather seating is pure opulence and offers a comprehensive choice of dishes.
For starters I decided on the Swillington honey glazed crottin goats cheese with a granny smith apple and golden beetroot salad. This was a work of art and the fusion of flavours complimented each other. However my partners tomato soup, although it was hot, was really quite bland and ordinary. We were also at a loss to understand, as the restaurant was not busy, why we had to wait over 35 minutes after ordering for our starter to appear and no explanation appeared to be forthcoming for this rather long wait.
Sirloin Steak was my partner’s choice and he was not disappointed. It was cooked exactly to his request and the meat was tender and succulent and came with all the usual garnish.
My Apple glazed pork steak with grilled beef tomatoes was tasty and flavoursome and the rocket and watercress salad that accompanied it, with an unusual tangy dressing, gave it an added dimension. However both our servings of home cooked chips were hard and underdone – in fact they were hardly cooked at all.
My partner forwent the desert but I plumped for the Bramley apple Charlotte, cinnamon ice cream and toffee sauce and I was not disappointed. It was hot and the pastry melted in your mouth – sheet heaven on a plate.
Taking in The Spa at Oulton Hall is to be highly recommended. It offers both day packages and a plethora of treatments most of them aromatherapy based by ESPA. It’s a great place to relax and unwind and even has a luxurious VIP suite where you can enjoy your very own whirl pool and steam room.
The pool is tranquil and a good length and has a steam room and whirlpool and there’s a fabulous relaxation suite where I guarantee you will fall asleep after your pampering treatment.
There’s a spa café which offers some great choices – plump for a Bento Box they are packed with all kinds of goodies. There’s also a great choice of drinks from herbal, ordinary and fruit teas, coffee, cold refreshers and smoothies to wine, bottled alcohol or champagne
Oulton Hall do a fabulous Spa Break that includes over night stay, breakfast, spa lunch, dinner and a sixty minute treatment in the spa. This is certainly well worth checking out and makes a great rejuvenating break at any time with your favourite person!
For further details of Oulton Hall’s packages including spa packages call 0113 201 4453
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN