Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Darlington, Durham

There is a touch of magic here at Rockliffe Hall.

It could be the way the low sun catches the gables and chimneys, or it could be that Lewis Carroll’s childhood home was close by.

Much of the inspiration for Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is believed to have come from the area that surrounds Rockliffe. From Hell’s Kettles – two geologically unexplained holes in the earth, thought to be the inspiration for Alice’s initial tumble into Wonderland to the foul-smelling natural spring waters that Alice herself followed instructions to, ‘drink me’.

A stay here has magical qualities of its own, not all necessarily literary. Fine dining, afternoon tea in the Orangery, an award-winning spa and beautiful spa garden, the surrounding countryside and if golf’s your thing, the opportunity to play one of the finest Championship courses in the UK.

Rockliffe Hall has been awarded the AA Covid Confident shield and the ‘We’re Good to Go’ kitemark by VisitBritain.  Please read our latest update on Covid 19 for guests on

View Rockliffe Hall’s entry in the Good Spa Guide

Need to Know


Check-in at 3:00pm.


Check-out at 11:00am.

Also Worth Knowing


Activities within the grounds that guests can enjoy include:

  • Croquet
  • Walking and jogging trails around the estate and village
  • Fishing on the river Tees
  • Outdoor games
  • Tennis
  • Nature trail walks
  • Complimentary bike hire
  • Mini golf
  • Nordic Walking

In the local area guests can also enjoy shooting, stunt driving, white water rafting, off-road driving and experience driving at the local Croft circuit.


We welcome children of all ages. When staying in their parent’s bedroom children 0-2 years old stay free and children 3-10 years are charged at £50 per child per night including extra beds made with Egyptian cotton linen, children’s robes, slippers and amenities. Children are welcome to dine in The Clubhouse and there is a dedicated children’s menu. We offer dedicated children’s swim times in the main swimming pool which are 8am until 10am and 4pm until 6pm.

Interesting Extras

Rockliffe Hall’s previous owners co-founded the original Darlington to Stockton railway line as well as importing many wild and exotic trees and plants that can still be found dotted around the estate today.

Hotel Facilities


Rockliffe Hall boasts one of Europe’s best golf courses where golf really is for all, whether you join as a member, play for the day with friends or if you stay as a hotel guest. The beautifully manicured course, friendly service, luxurious clubhouse and choice of restaurants for when the game’s over make Rockliffe the North’s premier golf resort. Add to that the golf services such as shoe and club cleaning, the well-stocked Pro Shop, halfway house and fabulous golf academy and you’ll find that Rockliffe Golf really is in a class of their own.


Rockliffe Hall’s three restaurants boast three very different culinary experiences.

The flagship Orangery restaurant offers a la carte menu and tasting menus which feature spectacular dishes created using the finest, seasonal produce by our brigade of chefs. Reservations are available from 6pm to 9pm daily. The Orangery restaurant operates a smart-casual dress code for evening dining (no trainers, denim, shorts or sportswear). Jackets and collared shirts are preferred for gents.

The Clubhouse Kitchen & Bar offers delicious British classics in a more relaxed setting overlooking the beautiful grounds and golf course. Tables are available from 7am until 9pm daily and a children’s menu is available.

Nu Sana is Rockliffe Hall’s latest addition, this casual eatery, located above the award-winning spa and offering a menu consisting of both healthy, nutrition-led menu items such as superfood salads, smoothies, fresh juices alongside nourishing dishes and buddha bowls. In addition, there are more indulgent choices to give guests the option of ‘everything in moderation’. Food is served all day from 8am until 4.30pm, plus 6pm – 9pm on Friday & Saturday evenings. Guests and spa day visitors are welcome to dine ‘in robes’ until 5pm to allow for ultimate comfort and relaxation.

The Cocktail Bar

Whether you’d like to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, a glass of wine in our relaxing bar or a post-meal digestif, Rockliffe Hall’s expert mixologists and sommeliers offer a mix of outstanding drinks served in luxurious surroundings. During the day, enjoy a coffee or tea whilst taking in the views over our golf course. Light bites are served from 11am until 5pm.

The Spa

With over 50,000 square feet of luxury wellness and treatment facilities, the spa at Rockliffe Hall guarantees the ideal environment to relax, unwind and indulge. Laze around the 20-metre pool where spa butlers will keep you refreshed with freshly squeezed juices or make the most of the thermal suite with features such as a tepidarium, caldarium, infrared sauna and more. The adjoining Spa Garden boasts an outdoor lounging area, infinity edge hydro pool overlooking the estate and glass-fronted sauna cabin.

Rockliffe Hall employs only the best spa therapists and have a great range of luxurious treatments to suit every skin type! Using exclusive [comfort zone], Neom Organics products, the spa treatments include everything from facials, wraps and massages to more specialist anti-aging and detoxing treatments

Feeling active? Spend some time in the state-of-the-art Technogym, exercise studios, attend a daily work-out class or give Nordic walking a go – all under the expert guidance of fitness specialists.

Spa Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 7.00am to 10.00pm

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 120
Cost per night: From £30,000 to £45,000
Min cost per person: Negotiable

Exclusive use of the hotel and grounds. Please contact us with your requirements.


From £220 per room per night

What the Experts Say

“This isn’t the kind of place where you hide away in your room. Golfers will want a crack at the 18-hole course that dominates the grounds…Everyone else will lose at least half a day in the spa.”

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Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Hurworth on Tees, Darlington, Durham, DL2 2DU.

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Managing Director

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Offers & Packages

Our Best Deal

The Rockliffe Retreat Spa Break

This special break for two people includes use of the award-winning spa including the hydro pool, heat treatment rooms, outdoor hot tub and swimming pool and a 60 minute treatment for each person – absolute bliss!

Whilst you’re here, enjoy a wander around the beautiful grounds or even have a round or two of tennis on our all-weather tennis courts which are complimentary to guests.

Enjoy a tasty breakfast in the morning, served in Nu Sana.

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Inclusive Packages

Early Booking Rewards at Rockliffe Hall

Save up to 20% when you book ahead with the Advance Purchase Rate at Rockliffe Hall.

Book the Advance Purchase Rate online and receive up to 20% discount on your Rockliffe Hall stay.

A 20% discount will be applied if you choose to book more than 42 days in advance of your stay.

A 15% discount will be applied if you choose to book more than 21 days in advance of your stay.

A 10% discount will be applied if you choose to book more than 1 day in advance of your stay.


The overnight stay experience includes use of the award winning wellness and bathing facilities including gym, swimming pool, hydro pool, monsoon showers, thermal suite and outdoor hot tub, tennis courts and wildlife nature trails, full English breakfast in The Orangery restaurant and fluffy robes and slippers provided for the length of your stay.

Access to the spa is included from check in (3pm) until check out (11am)

Multiple nights can be selected at the time of booking


Please note the Advance Purchase Rate is discounted from the Best Available Rate, this package is non-refundable from the time of booking. The advance purchase rate is strictly subject to availability and only a limited number of rooms are available on a first come, first served basis for each date. For extra piece of mind and flexibility you can amend your booking up to 14 days before arrival and transfer your stay dates to any date within 12 months, subject to availability, should your plans need to change. Any changes after this time will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

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Three for Two Break at Rockliffe Hall

Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2 this spring.

One night simply isn’t enough. Imagine yourselves taking a break for 3 nights and it gets better – one of them is on us!

A longer break means you can take your time exploring the 375 acres of stunning north east countryside, relax in the spa, a pure haven of tranquillity and add on a different dining experience every night if you so wish!

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Golf Breaks at Rockliffe Hall

A Golf Break offers a relaxing retreat to experience the luxury of Rockliffe Hall. All golf breaks include:

  • Overnight accommodation with full English breakfast in the Clubhouse Kitchen & Bar
  • 18 holes of golf per guest
  • Use of the spa and wellness facilities during your stay
  • Upgrade to include two-course dinner in The Clubhouse Kitchen & Bar
  • Non-golfing partners can also exchange their one round of golf for a 30 minute spa treatment

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Self-Catering Breaks at Rockliffe Hall

Self-Catering Breaks include:

  • Accommodation in an Armstrong House Apartment (max. 3 guests) or a Woodland Mews House (max. 6 guests)
  • Use of the award-winning spa and wellness facilities
  • Turn your break into a mini spa escape and add on two hours in the Spa Garden or a choice of holistic and results-driven spa treatments to your booking
  • Enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants
  • From £290 per night in Armstrong House Apartments, or from £390 per night in Woodland Mews Houses.


Terms and Conditions:

Please note full pre-payment is required at time of booking, which is non-refundable. For extra peace of mind and flexibility, you can amend your booking up to 14 days before arrival and transfer your stay dates to any date within 12 months, subject to availability. Please note you must be aged 18 or over to book this experience.

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Ultimate Spa Break at Rockliffe Hall

The Ultimate Spa Break includes:

  • Use of the award-winning Spa from 11am on your arrival day until 11am on your departure day
  • Two-course brunch or lunch in Nu Sana
  • A 60-minute spa treatment for each guest
  • A 45 minute mud rasul steam bathing experience (minimum of 2 people)
  • Two-course dinner in The Clubhouse
  • Full English breakfast in Nu Sana the following morning
  • Use of the tennis courts & gym
  • Fluffy robes and slippers are provided for the length of your stay
  • Complimentary WiFi & Valet Parking
  • Available Monday to Sunday
  • Upgrade your stay to include 90 minutes in the Spa Garden for £25 per person
  • From £607 per room, per night


Booking Terms & Conditions

Prices from prices, are based on 2 adults sharing a Tiplady Lodge bedroom. This spa break offer is subject to availability. Please note that full payment is required at the time of booking, which is non-refundable however changes can be made until 3pm the day prior to arrival without charge. After this time 100% cancellation applies. Please note we also strongly advise that all dining is booked in advance of your stay in order to avoid any disappointment.

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By Road

From the North
A1(M) Junction 58 (Darlington), take the A68 exit heading towards Corbridge/Darlington. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A68 heading to Darlington- go through 3 roundabouts. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Staindrop Road/B6279 and follow the road until the next roundabout, where you take the 1st exit onto Carmel Road North/B6280, and continue to follow Carmel Road North, going through 1 roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Croft Road/A167- continue to follow A167. Turn left onto Hurworth Road and follow the road up the small hill, until you arrive at Rockliffe Hall on your right hand side, just as you enter the village of Hurworth.

From the South (Leeds, York, Wetherby)
A1(M) Junction 57 /A66 Darlington. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto A66/Bridge Rd heading to Darlington. At the next roundabout take the 5th exit onto A167/Croft Road. Continue to follow A167 into Hurworth Place. Turn left at Hurworth Road. Rockliffe Hall is located a few minutes along this road on the right hand side.

From the West (M6 Penrith/Keswick/Brough/Glasgow)
At Junction 40 on the M6 take the A66 exit to Keswick/Penrith/Brough. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto A66 heading to Brough. Go through one roundabout, at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A6108 heading to Newcastle A1/A66/Darlington. Take the ramp onto the A1(M), slight left at A66 (M) (signs for A66 (M)/Darlington). At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto A66/Bridge Road heading to Darlington. At the next roundabout take the 5th exit (A167) heading towards Northallerton & Croft. Follow this road into Hurworth Place and turn left into Hurworth Road. Rockliffe Hall is located a short distance along Hurworth Road on the right hand side.

Driving from Durham Tees Valley Airport
From the airport head southwest. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto St George’s Way, and take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A67, and then go through two roundabouts. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A66. At Darlington Football Club roundabout (A67) take the 1st exit onto Neasham Road. Turn right onto Roundhill Road, sign posted Hurworth. Follow the round for approximately 1 mile into the village of Hurworth. At the T Junction turn right and follow the road for a short while and the hotel is located on the left hand side shortly after the pedestrian lights.

By Train

2.5 hours from London Kings Cross 5km from Darlington Station

By Air

12km from Durham Tees Valley Airport
76km from Newcastle Airport
Helipad Grid Reference: NZ 296 094 GB Grid

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Attractions Near Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Croft International Racing Circuit

Formerly a WWII airbase, Croft is now an international racing circuit and hosts all the major British Championships including Touring Cars and Superbikes.

The City of York

Wander the web of shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names such as Marks and Spencer, Fenwick and Mulberry – all flaunting the season’s latest arrivals – or hop on a bus to the Designer Outlet to discover famous label fashion at great prices.

Whitby and the North East Coast

Explore the home of Dracula and Captain James Cook, take a sightseeing boat trip or enjoy fish and chips on the promenade.

The Metro Centre

MetroCentre is one of Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centres and it has everything you could possibly need for the perfect day out. With almost 330 shops including major department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer, the Metro Centre has something for everyone all under one roof.

The Bowes Museum

One of Britain’s most fascinating museum experiences. The Bowes Museum was founded over 100 years ago, by John and Joséphine Bowes, the magnificent building contains the greatest collection of European fine and decorative art in the North of England. The designated collection contains works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto.

The Darlington Trail

The Trail Guide is the new way to discover hidden aspects of Darlington: its heritage, unexplored nooks and crannies, funny facts, huge paintings, sculpture and much more!

Durham Cathedral & Castle

Durham Cathedral is regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe. It is the burial place of both St Cuthbert, a great northern saint, and the Venerable Bede, author of the first English history. The castle has had an extremely interesting history, particularly in relation to the range of functions which the buildings have performed as a fortress and the principal palace of the Bishops of Durham. The castle now also houses the foundation college of Durham University and an accredited museum, unusual in that it is contained within a living and working college community.

Weddings at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Your wedding is about more than just the big day itself. As the North of England’s only AA-rated 5 red star resort, we pride ourselves on making your whole wedding experience unforgettable. From your first appointment with your dedicated wedding co-ordinator, to the blissful feeling of collapsing in the bridal suite after your most perfect day – everything will be magical, everything will be five star luxury and everything will be about you.

Need to know

Facilities & Features

We have a choice of beautiful spaces licensed to hold wedding breakfast and civil ceremonies including:

The Rockliffe Suite – up to 150 guests

Offering an abundance of natural daylight, elegant decor and an outdoor terrace leading into landscaped gardens. The room can be split into two smaller spaces for more intimate ceremonies.

The Morning Room – from 30 to 50 guests

Located in the heat of the Old Hall, the light and airy Morning Room is an elegant room with feature windows overlooking the gardens.


Rockliffe Wedding Experiences

To offer you the ultimate experience, every Rockliffe Hall wedding includes as standard:

  • The support of our dedicated weddings and events team
  • The services of a professional red-coat Toastmaster
  • Complimentary overnight stay for you both on your wedding night
  • Wedding menu tasting for two people
  • Microphone and PA system for your speeches
  • White linen, napkins and choice of standard or chivari chairs along with all glassware, tableware and cutlery provided for your celebrations
  • Room hire for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations

Blossom Wedding Experience

Our classic Wedding Experience includes:

  • Arrival Prosecco drinks reception
  • Three course wedding breakfast
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours
  • Half a bottle of house wine for each guest, served with your wedding breakfast
  • A half bottle of mineral water for each guest
  • A glass of Prosecco to toast the happy couple
  • Two course evening buffet selection
  • From £165 per person.

Birch Wedding Experience

Our luxurious Birch Wedding Experience includes:

  • Arrival Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception
  • Four course wedding breakfast
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours
  • Half a bottle of house wine for each guest, served with your wedding breakfast
  • A half bottle of mineral water for each guest
  • A glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to toast the happy couple
  • Two course evening buffet selection
  • From £190 per person

Please note minimum numbers apply for wedding celebrations.

Meetings at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Business at Rockliffe means having the peace to concentrate and time to think that busy lives often lack. Throw in 21st-century communications technology, easy parking, free wifi, guaranteed privacy – plus a round of golf or a few hours in the spa when the going gets tough.

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 120
Cost per night: between £30,000 to £45,000
Min cost per person: negotiable
Exclusive use of the hotel and grounds. Contact us with your requirements.


Day delegate rate: from £65
24-hour delegate rate: from £250
Maximum number of delegates:
180 (theatre style)
180 (banquet style)
250 (reception style)