Rudding Park

The lowdown

Rudding Park Hotel & Spa is a Grade I-listed country house hotel with stylish bedrooms, a large modern spa, and a designer Spa Garden with a particularly gorgeous Roof Top Pool.

Set in elegant, rural grounds, a stone’s throw from Harrogate, Rudding Park Hotel and Spa boasts two golf courses and is the perfect place to kick back and relax in contemporary-classic luxury while your every need is catered to by the attentive staff. Hard to believe this award-winning Regency gem is just 10 minutes from the A1.

Spavellous for

spa with a friend, solo spa goers, romantic, family, golf break, retreat-seekers, couples, staycation, garden lovers, foodies, social spa, spa with the girls/boys, summer spa, anyone who loves an outdoor pool

Spa info

The star of Rudding Park Spa is its impressive Rooftop Spa and Spa Garden and the infinity-edge hydro pool, sitting pretty overlooking the contemporary gardens. Together with an equally well-designed suite of heat experiences and further spa facilities, the spa’s a fabulous place to while away a couple of hours or more, surrounded by perfectly planted wild grasses and flowers.

The Roof Top Spa and Garden offer a stylish and comprehensive spa experience, and there are plenty of packages available whether you’re visiting for a spa break or for a spa day treat.

We recommend the Late Afternoon Tea and Starlight Spa packages, which include use of the Roof Top spa, plus fresh cakes in the Horto spa restaurant, or a glass of star-lit bubbly in the Roof Top pool, respectively. Roof Top spa day packages start at £98 and are bookable for groups of up to 10 people.

Full spa facilities include:

Outdoor Hydrotherapy Pool 11m indoor-outdoor infinity edge pool – the perfect place to take in the relaxing garden vista while reclining in bubbly bliss. Great for after-dark bathing too 2 Saunas: the Panoramic sauna with an open feel and pool/garden view and the aromatic Juniper Sauna Refreshing Herbal Steam Room with fresh botanical aromas Ice fountain – alternate with heat experiences to get that circulation going Decadent mosaiced Luxury Steam Room with twinkling starry lights Relaxing Foot Spas – alternate between hot and cold water to boost circulation Experience Showers with tropical rains, cool mist and atmospheric lighting Tranquility lounge – a quiet space with comfy ergonomic loungers Sunlight Therapy – with non-UV lighting to relax, counter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), top up on that all-important vitamin D while pretending you’re on that holiday you didn’t quite have Oxygen Pod – claimed to help your wellbeing by boosting both immune system and metabolism Cabana with fire bowl– perfect for groups if you’re looking for some social spa time (available to hire for groups of up to 20 people) Sun Deck – perfect for relaxing with a well-earned glass of champagne or mocktail Indoor swimming pool – a serene 17-metre infinity edge pool flooded with natural light 11 treatment rooms plus an instagrammable VIP couple’s treatment room with huge copper bath tub and neighbouring mini-me copper champagne bucket Hammam – for 2-4 people where you can slather mud on each other in your own Moorish steam room. A sun terrace and lawn with plenty of comfy loungers.

In fact Rudding Park almost makes relaxing an activity in itself, with inviting relaxation areas throughout the spa. From the Escape Zone where you can chill out post-treatment, to the comfy loungers inside – and outside when the sun shines. The whole spa has a relaxing feel, which is helped by the seamless continuation of the Spa Garden’s natural vibe. Organic materials, glass and light have been cleverly used throughout the building with design touches like botanical wallpapers, and suspended sound-absorbing clouds. Another design win is the corridor joining the spa to the hotel meaning with plenty of arty sculptures and pictures to keep you entertained en route.

Rudding Park spa also offers outdoor wellness with an al fresco treatment hut and the option to take part in guided forest bathing activities

Treatment highlights

Rudding Park Spa uses ever-popular Elemis products in its treatments, and the Spa offers complimentary Elemis Skincare Workshops with brand tips and testers and to make the well-stocked hotel shop even harder to resist. Treatment-wise, you can’t go wrong with the glow-inducing Pro Radiance facial or the dreamy Garden of England massage.

The spa also offers Jennifer Young treatments, developed to meet the needs of cancer patients. And teenagers can have treatments from age 16.

If you’re looking to book a couples’ treatment, the Duo Massage Masterclass includes a bath ritual in the VIP room’s large copper bath, and a massage for two with added massage instruction so you can try out massage moves on each other once you’re back home. It’s £370 per couple and you’ll be able to put those new massage skills to use for weeks/months to come.

rooms

Rooms are simply but stylishly furnished, with Molton Brown toiletries in the bathrooms. If you want to splash out (pun retrospectively intended), you can book a Spa Room and enjoy some spa action in privacy, plus top up on TV viewing from the tub-side tv. Spa Rooms also have access to their own outdoor space, and you get a complimentary pass to the Spa Garden too.

The 90 bedrooms are simply styled, blending traditional charm with simple, contemporary chic, and smart initialled cushions on the beds (‘R’ and ‘P’ for Rudding Park, not as I initially thought alternative spellings for the names of their esteemed guests). There’s also a pillow menu which is always a reassuring sign that a hotel takes sleep as seriously as we do.

There are five wheelchair-accessible rooms, one with a wet-room, and connecting rooms for families.

wining & dining

Clocktower Brasserie – the recently refurbished Clocktower restaurant offers a lively dining experience with plush banquettes and cosy alcoves from which to enjoy classic modern cuisine including quality steak, surf and turf and plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. Returning diners will feel a more sophisticated, boujee vibe since its makeover which has proved popular with guests and locals alike.

Horto – a colourful, unstuffy restaurant where you can enjoy fine dining in a relaxed contemporary space.

With more of a fine dining vibe, and 3 AA Rosettes, Horto offers stylish modern cuisine and offer a selection of smallish plates which are more likely to have a flash of foam or a splash of jus than a pot of ketchup or mayo. As alluded to by the name, many of Horto’s ingredients are sourced from the pretty walled Kitchen Garden herbs and edible flowers feature highly on the cocktail menu too – in case you need an excuse to visit the long metallic bar to enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

why so spavellous?

There’s also a 14-seat private cinema in the hotel which guests can enjoy as part of the Food and Flicks package after enjoying a 2-course dinner at the Clockhouse restaurant

Rudding Park boasts 2 golf courses within the 300-acre parkland grounds: the 18-hole Hawtree Course and the 6-hole Repton Short Course – plus expert tuition and a golf simulator for bad weather days

The hotel scores well on the accessibility front too with a Catey Accessibility Award to its name and well-trained staff to assist any guests with additional needs.

Like many new purpose-built spas, it just works – from the deliberately designed Spa Garden to the spa corridor that ensures you can get from spa to bar without getting your freshly pedicured tootsies wet

spavellous tips

If you’re looking to recharge, check out the Sleeping Beauty Spa Break

For a pampering pep-up, the Supper and Rooftop spa package includes use of the NASA tech Oxygen Pod

And for fans of a good mud slather, you’ll love the Rasul Spa and Lunch

Opt for a room in the Follifoot Wing if you like a bolder print and a stylish roll-tops bath. Or invest in a Spa Room with an Ensuite Spa Escape

The food at Horto is delicious, but portions aren’t the biggest so you might want to have a cheeky packet of crisps before you go if you’re feeling ravenous

Be aware of the dedicated ‘splash times’ for under 16s

For serious wellness seekers it’d be rude not to head into town and visit Harrogate’s Turkish Baths to make a weekend of it – and the legendary Betty’s Tearooms of course

spa-goers say

Gorgeous spa – go in the morning to avoid more crowded times

‘Love, love, love this place – nothing’s too much trouble and the Guest Relations team go above and beyond’

‘The Spa Garden’s particularly heavenly in summer’

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