As lockdown starts to ease, hotels are beginning to reopen. While spa facilities are still off limits, we can begin to enjoy the benefits of time spent in beautiful surroundings away from the world. In short, we can simply escape somewhere amazing, and Ringwood Hall Hotel and Spa are starting with the perfect summer getaway…
From just £49.50 per person, this one night break includes bed and breakfast and full use of their extensive grounds and gardens. Here’s a little recap on what makes it so special.
A 19th century manor house hotel in the Peak District, Ringwood Hall Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 29 acres of parkland and six acres of formal gardens. So plenty of space to get outside, explore and enjoy the beautiful weather at safe social distances.
The gardens really are more than just outside space however. While the wider parkland is a chance to see abundant wildlife, experience the 4×4 and quad bike tracks, and enjoy opportunities for archery and clay pigeon shooting, the latter for which the hotel holds a license, the formal gardens are like artwork.
Seating is scattered around for moments of quiet contemplation, as well as terraces adjacent to the hall for light refreshments in the sunshine. The gardens are undergoing ongoing restoration work as well, so who knows what you will visit if you visit in the summer and again in the autumn. We’re looking forward to returning for the completion of the phoenix fountain.
Another great joy of Ringwood Hall is the kitchen garden, which produces a wide variety of fruit and vegetables used in the hotel restaurant. Dating back to the days when this 200 year old property was a private home, the kitchen garden includes 16 raised beds, which reduces the risk of pests and disease so they do not have to use pesticides – good to know when it comes to lunch.
There are also three large greenhouses, and to give an idea of scale, they can grow up to one ton of tomatoes in a season. The kitchen garden contributes significantly to the hotel’s environmental policy and really gives dining here an added dimension.
Since we’ve spent some time tantalising those tastebuds with tales of the freshly grown produce, it’s only fair to recap on the merits of the restaurant a little. The Coach House Restaurant is known for the use of its local produce. Meanwhile, In terms of design, it features exposed natural stone pillars and has its own bar and adjacent conservatory and terrace. There’s also nothing quite like their afternoon tea, especially their vintage classic, featuring fruit scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream, assorted cupcakes and fruit muffins and a delicious selection of home-made cakes, as well as a selection of sandwiches or freshly made rolls.
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