Following extensive renovation to create a state-of-the-art destination, Mottram Hall is now home to a number of UK spa firsts; reviewer Andrew Boulton went along to check it out …
With my usual navigational flair, I had managed to spectacularly misguide my wife and I on the way up to our weekend at Mottram Hall. Feebly blaming the sat nav, we made our way through some beautiful, yet entirely terrifying, country roads, before finally arriving at the hotel thoroughly relieved and, quite frankly, incredibly impressed. The original 18th century building and the immaculate grounds are the very embodiment of luxury, even opulence. Vowing, never to stray from the motorways again and excited for what the weekend may bring, we began our Mottram adventure…
The building is as striking on the inside as it had been on our approach, elegantly furnished with the kind of decor that beautifully straddles the balance between style and comfort. Our room, one of the junior suites in the Grade II listed building, was amongst the finest I have ever stayed in. At once both cosy and, to be honest, massive, our instant concern was that we would find it very hard to leave such well-appointed and comfortable surroundings. Realising it would be something of an inadequate review if we spent the weekend in our, albeit delightful, bedroom, we ventured out to explore.
The spa itself combined a classical elegance with contemporary and innovative features. Comprehensively equipped with the usual elements, the spa also boasted some more unique offerings, the most impressive of which was the rustic Brechelbath within the Alfresco ThermoSpa which, shamefully, your author managed to lock himself in (not a fault of the spa I assure you, more a consequence of the incompetency a 31 year old man unable to distinguish between the basic functions of ‘push’ and ‘pull’). The treatments we received, carried out perfectly by staff that displayed the kind of welcoming and sensitive approach demanded of such a role, were relaxing and invigorating in equal measure. The salt and oil scrub in particular is especially effective, like being sandpapered down but in a rather marvellous way.
The Carrington Grill restaurant, in which we dined, was as smart and welcoming as we had come to expect from Mottram. A contemporary environment, it exhibits the kind of lively, yet intimate restaurant experience that is a genuine rarity in modern dining. Our food could not be described as anything less than superb – the crab cannelloni being so exquisite that I would quite happily punch an orphan in the face for another serving. As an interesting experiment, I’d also recommend the warm lemon cake, if for no other reason than to feel your own face involuntarily convulse into the appreciative gurn of Gregg Wallace from Masterchef.
The setting of Mottram Hall is remarkably picturesque. An expanse of immaculate grass rolls out in all directions, while wild fowl nest peacefully on the tranquil ornamental lake. And even though much of what greets you outside of the hotel is (what I am led to believe) a remarkably good golf course, you don’t have to be a striker of tiny white balls to appreciate the obvious care and consideration that goes into making it look beautiful. And, despite my unexpectedly anxious travels to Mottram, you can’t help but appreciate the almost-romantic beauty of the surrounding villages and countryside.
The facilities, accommodation and setting were remarkably good, undoubtedly a product of a genuine commitment to providing a leisure destination of the very highest quality. But what defines Mottram most of all are the staff. Universally warm, considerate and engaged with you, not merely as bodies in a room but as guests in the truest sense of the word. Combine such an exceptional property with such gracious staff and I find it hard to believe anyone could fail to enjoy a stay at Mottram Hall. Unless you happen to be the orphan I punch in exchange for more crab cannelloni.
– Don’t be tempted to dine away from the hotel. The Carrington Grill is an exceptional restaurant by any standards, and remarkably well priced for such quality fare.
– Despite some idiots being perfectly capable of trapping themselves inside, the Brechelbath in the Alfresco ThermoSpa is a genuinely unique experience.
– My gym at home resembles a prison gym, with angry looking men bearing neck tattoos lifting weights bigger than some small cars. The Fitness Centre at Mottram is incredibly modern and sophisticated, and not a neck tattoo in sight.
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