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Christmas & New Year

Live the Rockliffe life this Christmas...    

Christmas comes but once a year,bringing lots of joy and cheer. Discover a magical place to celebrate with those you hold dear. It's almost time to experience the magic of Christmas at Rockliffe Hall.

Feast on fabulous food, cosy up in your five-star home-from-home, or bring in the New Year with your loved ones. The possibilities are endless!

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Your five star home away from home, set alongside the River Tees, Rockliffe Hall offers the perfect location for an idyllic escape.

Rockliffe Hall is a five star luxury golf and spa hotel offering state-of-the-art spa treatments, the North East’s longest world-class golf course and a wide range of dining options. Rockliffe Hall is a memorable destination whether for a romantic break, special celebration, wedding day or business meeting.

Set in the quiet County Durham countryside, between the villages of Croft and Hurworth on Tees, Rockliffe’s location is perfect for discovering the treasures of Durham city, the drama of the North East coastline and the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire moors.
Or, with world-class leisure facilities at your fingertips, you could just forget the outside world, treat Rockliffe as your home, and let us look after you. Windows overlook the golf course and the estate beyond dotted with rare and exotic trees collected by the Hall’s former owners and keen botanists, the Backhouse family.

Whether you want to relax or be active, celebrate or focus on business, we offer you the space, peace and privacy to do it your way. Our guests genuinely are ‘our guests'.

The History of Rockliffe Hall

Dating back to the 18th century, Rockliffe Hall is steeped in North Eastern history, with stories of its past owners and events offering a glittering insight into its past.

Original plans for the hall date back to 1774, but it wasn’t until after the turn of the century that the hall and the estate started taking shape.

Records from the 1820′s list it as being known as Pilmore House. Back then the Pilmore Estate belonged to local historian Robert Surtees of Redworth, and was habited – around 1836 – by his more famous cousin, landscape painter Thomas Surtees Raine.

The current site we now know as Rockliffe Hall came under the ownership of Alfred Backhouse and major developments began. The estate consisted of three separate buildings: the mansion house, Pilmore Farm and Hurworth Grange (to the west of the farm.

Soon after gaining ownership, Backhouse swiftly commissioned fellow Quaker, and relative by marriage, Alfred Waterhouse to rebuild and re-landscape much of the main building and the estate. It was during this period that Pilmore House first became recognised as the Rockliffe Hall Estate.

Lord Southampton bought the estate and lived there on and off until 1948. A keen cricketer and sportsman, he formed the Rockliffe Park Cricket Club and played on a pitch which still exists in the same site today.

The estate was bought by the Brothers of St John of God and converted into a hospital. Some 18 years later, it came under compulsory purchase by Durham County Council and used as a community centre.

Rockliffe Hall had a brush with stardom and parts of the grounds were used as the backdrop for some scenes from the Michael Caine hit ‘Get Carter’.

In 1903 and again in 1974, some of the buildings were badly damaged by fire.

After standing empty for several years Rockliffe Park was bought by Middlesbrough Football Club. Its new owners have since established a new centre for football training facilities that matches its desire to be a top Premiership outfit challenging for major honours.

The first greens were sown for the Rockliffe Hall championship golf course.

The resort opened its doors as a luxury hotel, golf and spa resort on 23rd November 2009.

Awards

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4 AA Rosettes 2017-18 for The Orangery

Spa

The Good Spa Guide 5 Bubble award 2019

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A Sunday Times Top 100 Ultimate British Hotel & Top 100 Restaurant (The Orangery)

Golf

59Club Gold Award for Greenkeeper of the Year

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Pride of Britain Member

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North East Tourism Awards - Large Hotel of the Year 2015

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Visit England Large Hotel of the Year 2016

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North East Tourism Gold Award - Hotel of the Year 2016

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North East Tourism Gold Award - Business Tourism 2016

Spa

Good Spa Guide Awards - Best Spa For Luxury UK 2016

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Pride of Britain Hotel of the year!

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VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Finalist Business Tourism 2017

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Member of the 'Meetings Industry Association' AIM Accreditation

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59Club’s Gold Flag Award 2018

Wedding

You & Your Wedding Magazine, Best UK Venues Guide 2019

Golf

Golf World Top 100 Golf Resorts in Britain and Ireland 2020

Golf World Top 100 Golf Resorts in Britain and Ireland 2020

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AA 5 AA red stars

5 AA red stars, the highest possible accolade

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Visit England 'Good to Go' Award Covid 19

Conference

Rockliffe Boot Camp

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Laser Clay Shooting

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White Water Rafting

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Croft Racing Circuit

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Rockliffe Hall's 12 days of Giftmas

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We want to help you find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Each day, for 12 days, from Thursday 1st December 2016 we will be revealing one special voucher that would make an ideal present for someone special. 

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored the beautifully conditioned golf course. 

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

Rockliffe Hall are delighted to announce our collaboration with the below brand partners who have kindly sponsored our beautifully conditioned golf course for the 2018 season.

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Outdoor Hot Tub

Warm up with a dip in the invigorating outdoor hot tub. The perfect way to soothe weary muscles.

Hydro Pool

Warm, relaxing and spacious with different areas to massage lightly and vigorously.

Tepidarium

The ideal temperature to induce feelings of deep relaxation and wellbeing, the perfect start to your spa bathing journey.

Salt Room

Heats the body gently through steam and stimulates circulation. The light cleansing salt aroma helps to purify and decongest the sinuses.

Roman Sauna

Traditional dry heat in the wood-lined cabin. Therapeutic relaxation for tired muscles.

Igloo

Work handfuls of ice over the body between heat rooms to stimulate lymphatic systems and circulation whilst cooling and refreshing.

Tropicarium

Deeply cleansing and therapeutic, this high humidity wood-lined cabin enhances natural detoxification.

Wellness Suite

Feel-good fitness within a spacious 50-piece Technogym with full support from our team of Fitness Specialists. Studio fitness timetable and sports therapy is also available.

Swimming Pool

At 20 metres long, it is perfect for an energising swim or a quick dip between heat rooms.

Infrared Room

As well as releasing pent up tension and stress from the muscles, studies have also shown that infrared sauna therapy has significant improvement in mood leaving you in a positive and relaxed state

The Mind Therapy Room

The Spa.Wave Bed technology in the Mind Therapy Room is an experience like no other in the fight against the stresses of today. This technology can reduce stress and improve sleep.
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Sample Orangery Menu

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Spa Treatment Menu

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The Cocktail Menu

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Sample Clubhouse Main Menu

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Orangery Wine Menu

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Brasserie Wine Menu

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Gym Class Timetable

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Brasserie Brunch Menu

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Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day in The Brasserie Menu

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Wedding

The Rockliffe Wedding Experience Menu

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Golf

Northern Golf Masters Entry Form

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Clubhouse Sunday Lunch Menu

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Wedding

Wedding Brochure

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Hotel Brochure

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Orangery Breakfast Menu

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Clubhouse Mother's Day Menu

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Christmas

Christmas Day Menu

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Spa Membership Tariff

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Winter Sprinter Entry Form

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Half Term Activity Programme

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MASfab North of England Open Foursomes Entry Form

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Clubhouse Breakfast Menu

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Spike Bar Sample Menu

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Curious Cabins

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Magazine Cover

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Mischmasch Map, the wonderland of curiosities...

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Members' Guide to Mischmasch

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Stanwick Private Dining Menu

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British Food Fortnight in The Brasserie Menu

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Little People's Breakfast Menu

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Take That Hospitality at the Riverside...

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Clubhouse November Sample Menu

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Members - Gym Equipment Upgrade and Refurbishment

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Tee Sheet - Open Pairs on Sunday 25th November

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November Open Pairs 2018 Results

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Golf

Christmas Four Ball Tee Sheet

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Christmas Family Activities

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Christmas Team Open 2018 Results

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The Clubhouse Vegan and Vegi Menu

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The Clubhouse Breakfast and Brunch Menu

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The Clubhouse Sandwiches and Snacks Menu

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January Open Pairs Tee Sheet

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January Open Pairs 2019 Results

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Mother's Day Rockliffe Suite Menu

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Street Food Buffet

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Conference

Around the World Buffet Menu

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March Open Pairs 2019 Tee Sheet

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March Open Pairs Results 2019

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Chefs Supper Club – with Guest Chef Paul Leonard in The Orangery Menu

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Mother's Day

Rockliffe Hall Spa Map

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Society Golf Group Offer Packages

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Easter Sunday Carvery in the Rockliffe Suite Menu

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Easter Activities at Rockliffe Hall

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Charity Golf Group Offer Packages

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Corporate Golf Group Offer Packages

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Green Fees

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Golf

Individual Membership Prices

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Hoffman & Rathbone Wine Dinner Menu

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Injured Jockeys Charity Golf Day 2019 Results

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10 Year Golf Day

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High Tea at The Orangery

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Valentine's Day

The Clubhouse Market Menu

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Summer Holiday Activity Programme

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The Glorious Twelfth Menu

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Spa

Rockliffe Spa Journeys

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Wellness Supper Menu

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Clubhouse Saturday Brunch Menu

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Festive Itinerary 2019

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Golf

Northern Golf Masters 2019 Results

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Gin, Cheese & Charcuterie Evening in the Brasserie Menu

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Teesside Restaurant Week 2019

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Golf Members Social Events Calendar

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Restaurants

Burns Night In The Clubhouse

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Golf Member Q&A – Minutes

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Spa Members Forum – Minutes

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Sports Themed Ideas

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Healthy Spine Exercises

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Christmas

Christmas Break Itinerary

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Mental Health & Wellbeing Guide

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Stop Smoking 4 Week Plan

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Sleep Better 4 Week Guide

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Restaurants

Aaron Craig's Moroccan Chicken

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Aaron Craig's Strawberry Cheesecake

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Golf

Corporate Club Membership Tariff

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Rockliffe Golf Course Digital Strokesaver

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Rockliffe Hall Golf Covid19 User Guide

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Aaron Craig's Pasta Carbonara

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Brasserie Menu App

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The Clubhouse Menu

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Orangery Breakfast Menu App

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Room Service Menu App

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Cocktail Bar Menu

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Rockliffe Walking Routes

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Members Survey Results

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New Beginnings Treatment Menu

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Spa Members Covid19 User Guide

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Golf Buggy Sponsorship 2020

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Class Timetable & Descriptions

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Spa Members Renewal Letter

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October 2020 PR Report

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November 2020 PR Report

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Drainage Map

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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Video

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Rockliffe Hall Golf Member Terms and Conditions

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Rockliffe Hall Golf Club Rules

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Clubhouse Terrace Menu

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Afternoon Tea

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Welcome to your five-star home-away-from-home. Rockliffe Hall offers the perfect luxury hotel setting for an idyllic UK escape

A hidden gem in the North East of England, Rockliffe Hall is a five-star luxury golf and spa hotel offering an award-winning spa, an 18 hole championship golf course and a wide range of restaurant options which cater for all palates and purse strings.

Whether you are looking for a romantic break, somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, a unique wedding venue or a place to do business, this world-class resort is a memorable destination.
Set in the quiet village of Hurworth, on the edge of the County Durham and North Yorkshire border, Rockliffe’s location is perfect for discovering the treasures of Durham city, the drama of the North East coastline and the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire moors.

Or, with five-star leisure facilities at your fingertips, forget the outside world and enjoy everything that this country retreat has to offer. Relax or be active, celebrate or focus on business, the choice is yours and the pleasure is all ours.

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Blog

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World Meditation Day: Mind Therapy Room

To celebrate World Meditation Day, we know just the way to unwind after a busy week. Experience Rockliffe Hall’s Mind Therapy Room…
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Rock Star of the Month – April 2021

Congratulations to Katie Scott for being crowned Rock Star of the Month for April! 
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Rockliffe Hall Senior Management Raising Money to Support the Homeless…

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Give Your Support to Help Families Facing Homelessness...
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Rockliffe Hall’s Managing Director, Jason Adams, appointed to Non-Executive Board of Pride of Britain Hotels

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Pride of Britain Hotels, the 50-strong collection of Britain’s finest, independently owned hotels, is delighted to announce the addition of four new members to its non-executive board including Jason Adams, Managing Director of Rockliffe Hall
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Rockliffe Hall appoints new Spa Director and Director of Golf

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We’re proud to announce our latest senior hires. Katie Towersey joins as Spa Director and Callum Nicoll joins as Director of Golf.
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Rock Star of the Month – March 2021

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Congratulations to Graham Chambers for being crowned Rock Star of the Month for March! 
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The Rockliffe Suite

The largest event room at Rockliffe, the Rockliffe Suite offers an abundance of natural daylight and elegant décor, complete with terrace and garden.
Reception 170 guests
Ceremony 170 guests
Wedding Breakfast 170 guests
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The Orangery

Rockliffe’s magnificent, lovingly restored Victorian Orangery sits in the heart of the Old Hall, featuring high glass ceilings and stunning views.
Ceremony 120 guests
full

The Morning Room

The bright and airy Morning Room is swathed in natural daylight with feature windows overlooking the landscaped gardens and beyond.
Reception 50 guests
Ceremony 65 guests
Lounge (as set) 30 guests
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The Old Hall Arches

The magnificent marble arches in the Old Hall Arches provide a glamorous, gothic setting for civil ceremonies and receptions.
Reception 80 guests
Ceremony 80 guests
Lounge (as set) 30 guests
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Evening Receptions

Decorated in a contemporary yet elegant finish, the stunning Rockliffe Suite provides the perfect space for hosting evening receptions.
Full Rockliffe Suite 170 seated
Half Rockliffe Suite 70 seated
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The Rockliffe Suite

Rockliffe Hall’s largest room, which can be divided in to two. Featuring private garden, terrace, lounge, in-built technology and natural daylight. 
Full - seated 170 guests
Full - standing 200 guests
Half - seated 70 guests
Half - standing 100 guests
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The Rockliffe Lounge

Adjoining the Rockliffe Suite the Rockliffe lounge is the perfect breakout space or for hosting a reception, with access to the gardens and terrace. 
Capacity 150 guests
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The Bowes Suite

The Bowes Suite provides an ideal space for a small party or as a breakout room from the Rockliffe Suite or Lounge, featuring views over the estate.
Capacity 30 guests
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The Sequoia

Located in the Old Hall and adjoined to the Orangery restaurant, the Sequoia is perfect for more intimate gatherings and board meetings.
Capacity 8 guests
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The Campernella

In the heart of the magnificent Old Hall the Campernella is an impressive room adjoining the Orangery, boasting many original features and natural light.  
Capacity 30 guests
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The Sycamore

A stunning room in the heart of the Old Hall, enjoying views over the gardens. Perfect more intimate gatherings and private dining celebrations.
Capacity 8 guests
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The Morning Room

The Morning Room is an elegant lounge in the heart of the Old Hall, perfect for hosting a light buffet lunch or evening drinks reception.
Capacity 50 guests
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The Grassholme Suite

Situated in the Clubhouse the Grassholme is the second largest event space enjoying panoramic views over the Golf Course.
Capacity 120 guests
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The Stanwick

The Stanwick is a boardroom located in the Clubhouse, ideal for small day meetings or private dining and wired for smooth presentations.
Boardroom 8 guests
Banquet 8 guests
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The Drawing Room

Contrasting with the adjoining Morning Room, The Drawing room boasts a darker décor with chesterfield style leather sofas and plush cushions.
Capacity 24 guests
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Hole 1 Details

A well guarded opening green, with pot bunkers front and middle. Beware the water off to the right. A generous fairway allows you to open the shoulders for the first shot of the day.

Par: 4
Yards: 491

Hole 2 Details

Not the easiest Par 3 to hit and with an undulating green surrounded by bunkers, it’s certainly a test.

Par: 3
Yards: 205

Hole 3 Details

A tight tee shot with bunkers down the right, leave a daunting second shot to a well protected green.

Par: 5
Yards: 544

Hole 4 Details

Your tee shot must carry the water, but beware the bunkers beyond. Bunkers to the left and water to the right, protect the green.

Par: 4
Yards: 489

Hole 5 Details

A well struck tee shot is a must to this spectacular island green! Keep the ball below the hole and it gives you a great chance of a par.

Par: 3
Yards: 181

Hole 6 Details

A slight dog-leg to the right requires a well placed tee shot between two sets of bunkers, leaving you a mid iron to a generous green.

Par: 4
Yards: 449

Hole 7 Details

A long par five with the fairway well guarded from the tee. The generous layup area leads to a tricky green, protected by a single pot bunker.

Par: 5
Yards: 664

Hole 8 Details

Water and fairway bunkers narrow the landing area here. Laying up short of these bunkers still gives you a chance of attacking the pin.

Par: 4
Yards: 479

Hole 9 Details

A large uphill fairway leads to an elevated green. Beware of the severe slopes and bunkers, making this a particularly tricky green.

Par: 4
Yards: 466

Hole 10 Details

This hole is a long par four with the landing zone guarded on both sides by water. Bunkers protect the left of the green and a severe slope waits to gather all balls hit to the right.

Par: 4
Yards: 481

Hole 11 Details

Lay up short of the bunkers from the tee into the heart of the fairway. This leaves you a mid-range iron to the well protected green.

Par: 4
Yards: 503

Hole 12 Details

Accuracy off the tee is the key here. The green is well guarded by sand, but don’t be too cautious, as a severe bank is waiting to gather stray balls to left of the green.

Par: 3
Yards: 222

Hole 13 Details

An open tee shot but the fairway narrows the further you go. Bunkers heavily guard both your layup and approach to this tiered green.

Par: 5
Yards: 615

Hole 14 Details

A tee shot short of the fairway bunkers is ideal, leaving a mid-iron to this long green, surrounded by bunkers.

Par: 4
Yards: 425

Hole 15 Details

Water cuts in on your right, sand waiting on your left. The green is the only place to be on this hole.

Par: 3
Yards: 242

Hole 16 Details

A testing par 5 with a heavily guarded layup area. A solid second is required before your next shot to a tricky sloping green.

Par: 5
Yards: 618

Hole 17 Details

A wetland and large bunker set on both sides of the landing zone make this an interesting tee shot. Can you carry the bunkers to the left and shorten this hole?

Par: 4
Yards: 406

Hole 18 Details

Large trees force you to play right of this hole. The final green is guarded by bunkers and slopes waiting to devour any tired, final shots.

Par: 4
Yards: 399

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