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 stay in the number two golf resort in the UK.

Rockliffe Hall has been awarded the AA Covid Confident shield and the ‘We’re Good to Go’ kitemark by VisitBritain. In addition to this, Rockliffe Hall has a developed a Healthy Hospitality Charter which is our commitment to keeping guests safe on resort. 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


We welcome children of all ages. When staying in their parent’s bedroom children 0-4 years stay free and children 5-12 years are charged at £25 per child per night including breakfast and when dining across resort specific timings are requested this will be confirmed at booking stage. Our spa facilities are a tranquil and relaxing environment and so we are able to cater for all our guests including the little ones.

New this year is Mischmasch our new family development. It is available for families to explore during their stay


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
  • The Curious Cabins include a soft play, a chill out room, a movie experience and a games room.

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.

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.

Mischmasch is set within one and a half acres of woodland and includes a wide range of activities including an Alice in Wonderland themed nature trail; a large eco adventure playground and six curious cabins, nestled in the woodland, featuring different indoor experiences. Rockliffe Hall’s latest development is inspired by a periodical written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll, who spent some of his childhood in nearby Croft.

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 Orangery offers a la carte menus, sample the delights of the Brasserie’s varied a la carte menu or dine on British classics in the Clubhouse restaurant.

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 champagne and freshly squeezed juices or make the most of the thermal suite with features such as a tepidarium, caldarium and more. The Spa Garden is a welcome addition with an outdoor lounging area, infinity edge hydro pool and glass-fronted sauna cabin.

Rockliffe Hall employs only the best spa therapists and have a great range of luxurious treatments to suit everyone – even the men! Using exclusive [comfort zone], Caudalie and 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 Friday 7.00am – 10.00pm

Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 9.00pm

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 120
Cost per night: From £5,000 to £40,000
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.”

The Sunday Times



Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

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

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General Manager

Simon Roberts

Offers & Packages

Welcome Back

Rockliffe Hall Be our Guest

Pack your bags, escape your four walls and enjoy al fresco dining in the stunning 365-acre Rockliffe estate.

This break includes:

  • Overnight stay in a New Hall Junior bedroom with its own private patio overlooking our stunning Championship golf course
  • Full English breakfast in bed
  • A Champagne picnic for two
  • Escape reality and enjoy a Mind therapy experience
  • Use of the award winning spa and wellness facilities for two hours
  • Access to Mischmasch, including tennis courts, curious cabins and wildlife nature trails

£350.00 based on 2 adults sharing per room per night, Available Sunday to Friday, subject to availability

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Inclusive Packages

Rockliffe Hall Hotel

Rockliffe Hall’s Gourmet Getaway Break

Arrive at five star Rockliffe Hall to start your night of luxury.

You will receive the VIP treatment as soon as you arrive and are shown to your beautiful Old Hall bedroom.

Enjoy a two hour session in the award winning spa*

In the evening, a journey of food heaven awaits in the flagship 3AA Rosette Orangery restaurant where the expert brigade of chefs will take you on a heavenly trip through six courses of different tastes, textures and temperatures.

You will also enjoy perfectly paired wines to your menu selected by our Sommelier team.

In the morning enjoy full English breakfast served in the Orangery.

Please note you will be asked to book a two hour session in the spa during your stay as part of our commitment to keeping you safe. Please click here to read our latest updates for guests in relation to COVID-19 in the UK.


Accommodation in an Old Hall Suite or Old Hall Superior Bedroom

Six-course Tasting Menu in the flagship 3AA Rosette Orangery restaurant

Wine pairing by the Sommelier team

Two hours use of the award-winning spa and wellness facilities including five heat treatment rooms, hydropool, foot spa and outdoor hot tub, 20 metre swimming pool and gym**

Complimentary use of robe and slippers

Full English breakfast in the Orangery

Access to the new wonderland of curiosities, Mischmasch, including tennis courts, curious cabins, nature trails and more

Late check-out at 12 noon


£420 per room, Sunday to Thursday*

£470 per room, Friday and Saturday


Please note that the Orangery restaurant is open daily from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. **In order to enable social distancing and an enhanced level of regular deep cleaning, you will be asked to book a two hour session in the spa during your stay as part of our commitment to keeping you safe. Prices are based on 2 adults sharing, subject to availability. Please note a 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, which is non-refundable. Please note you must be aged 18 or over to book this experience. Children are welcome at Rockliffe Hall but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All deposits are non-refundable upon confirming your reservation. 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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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 170 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 Orangery – up to 110 guests

Featuring high glass ceilings and magnificent views out over the terrace, gardens and golf course beyond, the magnificently restored Victorian Orangery sits in the heart of the Old Hall.

The Old Hall – from 20 to 80 guests

Offered as an alternative and on an exclusive use basis are the Old Hall Arches, Morning Room and Drawing Room which provide a glamorous setting against many of the original features of the Old Hall, including the magnificent staircase with a breath-taking stained glass window sweeping down into the Old Hall foyer with beautiful hand carved stone arches


The Rockliffe Wedding Experience – from £135 per person

  • A glass of champagne cocktail, tray served on arrival
  • Three course wedding breakfast
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours
  • Two glasses of house wine served with your wedding breakfast
  • A half bottle of mineral water for each guest
  • A glass of sparkling wine to toast the Bride and Groom

A minimum of 60 adult guests applies for Friday & Sunday weddings (excluding bank holidays) and 80 adult guests for Saturday weddings

The Mid-Week & Winter Wedding Experience – from £87.50 per person

  • A glass of sparkling wine, tray served on arrival
  • Three course wedding breakfast
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours
  • One glass of house wine served with your wedding breakfast
  • A half bottle of mineral water for each guest
  • A glass of sparkling wine to toast the Bride and Groom
  • A minimum of 50 adult guests applies (excluding bank holidays)

And for more intimate weddings… The Old Hall Wedding Experience – from £295 per person

  • Civil ceremony in the Morning Room
  • A champagne reception
  • Five course wedding breakfast (created by our Michelin Star chef, Richard Allan)
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours
  • Two glasses of house wine served with your wedding breakfast
  • Half a bottle of Rockliffe mineral water
  • A glass of champagne to toast the bride and groom
  • A minimum of 30 adult guests applies

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 £5-40,000
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)