Monday 23 April 2018

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - A Luxury North East Staycation

With no overseas holidays planned for us this year (we're still paying off last year's Honeymoon!) we are happily exploring the best hotels in the North East and indulging in luxury staycations. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and the choices of stunning places to stay are endless. Our latest adventure took us to Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa for a Spring staycation.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - A Luxury Staycation

Welcome to Wynyard Hall

You'll find Wynyard Hall in the Tees Valley, sitting in 150 acres of the most magnificent landscape complete with gardens, lakeside spa, restaurant and farm shop.

As soon as we made our way down the never ending driveway to the front door we knew this was going to be one of those hotels that we would want to move in to. Walking through the doors we were stunned by the beauty of the hotel - its grand entrance, high ceilings and ornate features had our jaws dropping to the floor, it felt so luxurious!

Wynyard Hall is a four star hotel that ticks every box when it comes to a picture perfect staycation. From the huge displays of colourful fresh flowers (they are seriously stunning) to the cosy corners of the Library and the fancy cocktails of the bar - it truly is a destination hotel where you can enjoy the finer things in life.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - A Luxury North East Staycation

The Lady Theresa Suite

Greeted on reception with warm smiles we checked in before being personally escorted up to our room for the night, the Lady Theresa Suite.

Wow, she was a beauty!

 As we were being shown around it took every ounce of self control not to skip round the room like over excited children. Of course we played it cool until we were left alone and then we couldn't help but open every door, cupboard and drawer for a nose, it was all just so perfect.

A marble and wood desk covered in local magazines was the first thing we noticed before our attention quickly turned to the comfy chairs sitting in each window, the beautiful dressing table and, the centre piece of the room, the King Sized Bed with the most beautiful pink and green floral headboard and matching cushions.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Lady Theresa Suite

The lounge area of the Lady Theresa Suite was through a door into a separate room complete with fluffy rug, plush sofa, ornate fire place and flat screen TV. Simon immediately made it his room and it was really lovely having so much space to enjoy our night away. Simon has a habit of switching the TV on as soon as we get into a hotel room which drives me completely mad so he shut himself away into the lounge to catch up on the box whilst I enjoyed some quiet time in the main bedroom.

We had everything that we could possibly need in our room, super fast wifi, fluffy dressing gowns, a  tea tray decked out in goodies (the Ringtons biscuits lasted all of a minute!), delicious smelling toiletries in the ensuite and, much to Simon's joy, a very impressive list of DVDs available to borrow from reception!

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Suite

The Grounds 

It took a lot of effort to drag ourselves away from our suite but I'd heard great stories about the dazzling display of daffodils at Wynyard Hall and had to see them for myself. Wynyard Hall has most beautiful landscape so it's essential that you get out for an explore during your stay.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Grounds
We had been blessed with a rare sunny afternoon and stepping out of the back of the hotel we were amazed by the size of the outside seating area with charming views of the Tees Valley. What a spot!

With plenty of tables and chairs for guests to enjoy, it's quite the sun trap and I can imagine that long hot Summer evenings at Wynyard Hall are very special. Imagine enjoying a night of tapas and wine out on the terrace!

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Outdoor Dining

It wasn't long before we found the daffodils - you can't really miss them! The most impressive display of sunshine yellow flowers, they surely have to be the finest daffodil collection in the North East.

Golden hour had just hit and the flowers were bathed in the most beautiful light, it was one of those moments in life where for a short while you forget all your problems and everything feels perfect.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Daffodils
When Simon eventually managed to drag me away from the flowers (believe me I was reluctant to leave them!) we went on a little walk to the Glasshouse and Farmshop which is hidden away in the walled gardens on the edge of the estate. Boasting the loveliest little coffee shop and an adorable gift shop full of beautiful homewear and gifts it's a great place for a mooch and if you want even more of a leg stretch there are also the gardens to explore.

We treated ourselves to a coffee and having just about resisted the temptation to buy 10 jars of jam that we didn't really need we returned to our Suite, tired out by the fresh air and more than ready for a lovely long sleep.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Daffodil Display
Breakfast at Wynyard Hall 

After a perfect night's sleep we found it pretty tough to drag ourselves out of the massive bed. We did wonder why we hadn't had the sense to order breakfast up to our room the night before! This was soon forgotten when we remembered that breakfast was served in the Wellington Restaurant, one of the most beautiful rooms in the hotel. With the sun pouring through the large windows, it was the perfect place for a long leisurely breakfast.

Breakfast is included in all rates at Wynyard Hall and it's a full on foodie affair with a generous selection of continental treats displayed in the centre of the room as well as a delicious hot breakfast menu.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Bedrooms and Suites

Not being able to help ourselves we took full advantage of the help yourself breakfast treats and if I was being completely honest with you I'd confess that I indulged in some toast, silly amounts of coffee, a croissant (slathered in jam of course!) a bowl of cereal and a pile of fruit, possibly followed by a tiny taste of Simon's blueberry muffin.

Did I have room for a cooked breakfast too? Of course I did! I opted for the Scrambled Eggs and Salmon and it was the perfect sized dish to tuck into after all that I'd already indulged in. I was so thankful it was a beautiful light dish and didn't sit heavily on my tummy.

Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa - Breakfast

Wynyard Hall Spa 

Our 11:00 am checkout arrived too soon, but luckily there was no time for sulking as we were off to Wynyard Hall's lakeside spa for a couple of hours rest and relaxation.

We had a wonderful welcome on the spa's reception and were shown to the changing rooms to pick up our complimentary robe, towel and slippers from our allocated lockers. We were pretty surprised to discover that the changing rooms were communal but it was understandable as the Spa is pretty tiny. There are private changing areas to get undressed in and I didn't find it uncomfortable at all, I think Simon was a bit bemused by the ladies gossip that was happening around him though!

Wynyard Hall Spa - Lakeside Hot tub

Once we were decked out in our robes we were given the guided tour and shown round the different areas of the spa with a full explanation of the steam room, ice fountain and salt inhalation room before being left to enjoy our time.

With the sun blessing us with the most perfect warm morning we decided to make the most of the weather and headed straight outside where we found some sun loungers as well as two hot tubs.

In other spas we've sometimes found ourselves a bit frustrated by hot tubs being hogged for hours by large hen groups or that annoying couple that don't like to share, at Wynyard Hall the spa is capped at 10 people and with arrival times staggered it was so beautifully quiet and everyone had a perfect amount of space and plenty of chances for a peaceful soak in the hot tub.

Wynyard Hall Spa - Hot Tub

Our favourite hot tub looked out over the lake and it was absolute bliss lying back quietly chatting and watching the ducks, it was so peaceful. If you're feeling particularly fancy there's a drinks menu so you can order a glass of fizz to enjoy in the tub - we'll definitely be doing that next time we have a special occasion to celebrate!

The weather outside was so perfect we couldn't really be bothered to move and our two hours vanished as we hopped between the hot tub and sun loungers.

Wynyard Hall Spa
Being a self confessed foodie I was particularly taken with the spa's pretty conservatory area where they serve lunches and afternoon tea. Imagine chilling out in your robe tucking into plates of sandwiches and scones after a relaxing massage! I'm definitely going to book myself in for a spot of food next time we visit.

Wynyard Hall Spa - Afternoon Tea

Leaving Wynyard Hall

I left Wynyard Hall completely obsessed with the place, I spent our entire stay just saying to Simon "I love it here" and he knew he was going to be struggle to get me into the car to leave as soon as I started to call it "home". Everything about our stay was perfect and I'm already planning our next visit - my sisters are coming to stay with us in the Summer and I'm really keen to take them to the spa and I know that Simon and I will most definitely be returning for one of the events.

If you want to enjoy your own Luxury North East Staycation at Wynyard Hall, Country Classic Bedrooms cost £205 per night, Superior Doubles are £235 and Executive Doubles and Suites cost £285. Guests can enjoy the Spa at Wynyard Hall for £20 per person for 2 hours and receive 20% off full priced spa treatments.

Take a look at the latest spa offers (there are some really reasonably priced packages!) and events at Wynyard Hall (they have everything from tribute nights to photography workshops, foodie nights and gin gardens!)

Wynyard Hall  North East Staycation

Find Wynyard Hall at:

TS22 5NF

01740 644 811

We were invited to a complimentary stay and spa visit in exchange for this honest review. 


  1. It all looks beautiful Chloe! I love how grand and opulent Wynyard is yet it's still very welcoming. I swear I wanted to steal all of their furniture when we visited over Christmas a few years ago!

    I love that the spa is capped with 10 people - how does this work? Do you need to book your spa visit in advance?

    1. OMG I didn't even think about stealing any furniture ... I must be slipping!

      You can just turn up to the spa but it's not really recommended especially on weekends when it's busier, if they're at capacity then you won't get in. I was so surprised at how peaceful it was on a Sunday morning, it was so relaxing!

  2. I've been looking forward to this review - it looks beautiful - the room, the flowers, the breakfast! It would be a lovely place for a staycation or for someone not local to experience the beauty of the North East. Lucky old you for going and getting sunshine!

    1. Believe me, we're usually not so lucky! I was obsessed with the flowers, there were huge vases of amazing displays all over the hotel!

  3. This looks so lovely!

    1. It was beautiful, one of the loveliest hotels we've ever stayed in, I'm already planning a return trip!

  4. Chloe, it looks absolutely perfect! I really want to go!! Katie x

  5. Oh this looks just lovey! Like you, I think I would have been happy to stay in the suite alone!
    Love the idea of the spa/tub overlooking the lake. :)


    1. It was perfect, one of the loveliest North East hotels we've ever stayed in!


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