Hotel Review: Rushton Hall, Kettering in Northamptonshire
Nestled in the outskirts of Northamptonshire is the Grade I-listed country house hotel, Rushton Hall. It was the setting for a girls’ weekend with my best friend Chabeli and we left King’s Cross St. Pancras excited for what was in store for us.
Set within 25 acres of pristine grounds, the sprawling estate is a short drive from either Kettering or Corby stations. A recipient of 4 red stars and 3 rosettes, we knew we were in for a truly luxurious experience.
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the historic building in all its Elizabethan splendour. The staff was extremely warm and friendly and checked in on us from time to time to ensure that everything was to our liking. Rushton Hall has 51 rooms in total with options ranging from classic and superior rooms to suites with four-poster beds.
We stayed in the Gordon Pain bedroom which was right by the Stable Yard Spa. Our room was elegantly decorated, with a king size bed, en-suite bath and shower room, flat screen TV, Penhaligon toiletries, and a complimentary turn down service in the evening.
Before dinner, we decided to take a walk around the grounds. Our stroll took us past the sprawling gardens, tennis court, lake, and even the new events venue, The Orangery.
We then decided to have a drink by the bar in the Great Hall. The beautiful hall, with its original fireplace and 15th century wooden roof and chandeliers truly made us feel like we were walking into another era.
Our dinner reservation for the evening was made at the Tresham Restaurant, the hotel’s fine dining establishment. The Tresham Restaurant utilises seasonal ingredients from the finest suppliers to create dishes that were exquisite and delicious.
Our meal for the evening included smoked and cured trout with poached celery sorbet and Exmoor caviar, smoked ham hock with chicken and foie gras pressing, lamb loin and belly with aubergine and pickled turnips, pan-fried stone bass fillet with mussels, and an elaborate banana dessert.
The next day, we paid a visit to the Stableyard Spa, considered to be one of the finest in Northamptonshire. With six treatment rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor spa pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness suite with Cybex Cardiovascular equipment, the Stableyard Spa has everything guests need for a relaxing and healthy spa experience.
After taking a dip, we walked next door to the Stableyard Spa Café for an excellent butternut squash soup and coffee.
Our final dinner was at the 1593 Brasserie. The relaxed dining destination is fitted in an equestrian theme and is named after the year that Rushton Hall’s infamous Triangular Lodge was built. Despite not being as formal as the Tresham, the brasserie did not fail to impress. Our meal consisted of a delicious liver paté starter, seared pork chop, and a fragrant lamb dish.
Rushton Hall is a luxury gem in the heart of the Midlands. With a high-end spa, award-winning dining, and lush greenery, it is the perfect choice for a girls’ weekend getaway or a romantic escape from the city.
Address: Desborough Rd, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR
Phone: 01536 713001