Travel: The pursuit of restfulness at Wynyard Hall

Kirbie Bestford experiences an overnight stay at Wynyard Hall, situated on the outskirts of Durham in the Tees Valley. Surrounded by a spectacular 150-acre landscape, the four-star hotel is renowned for exquisite dining, a tranquil lakeside spa and grand bedrooms, perfect for a luxurious retreat

As we walked through the vast pillared entrance at Wynyard Hall, we were greeted by the friendly receptionist, who swiftly checked us in, provided us with information about our stay, and directions to our room.

We made our way up to our room situated on the first floor, passing through the elegant lobby furnished with chandeliers and a grand piano.

Each of the 19 suites at Wynyard Hall are individually named, and we were provided with a stay in The Duke of Wellington.

This superior double suite was beautifully arranged and presented with grand décor, high ceilings with a chandelier centre piece, luxurious yellow curtains framing the large glass window and two teal chesterfield sofas. Aside from the lavish surroundings, the magnificent view from this room is not to be overlooked, peering onto the lake which spans the grounds.

After settling in, we strolled down to the spa for some relaxation time. Positioned on the lake, the two outdoor hot tubs are the perfect spot to take in the landscape views the spa has to offer. Inside, the spa consists of a salt inhalation room – great for skin rejuvenation, a herbal sauna infused with lavender oil, and a relaxation room equipped with heated seats.

If you want to cool off you can use the unique ice fountain or try the drench shower filled with a bucket of ice cold water. The spa also comes with drinking water stations and fresh fruit to keep you hydrated throughout your visit.

In the evening, we experienced fine dining with a five course tasting menu at The Wellington, a two AA rosette restaurant. Before our courses were served, we tucked into a delicious warm sourdough with sea salt and seaweed butter, accompanied by an amuse-bouche of chorizo, seafood and lemon mayonnaise – a taster of the complimenting flavours to come.

Our first course was a garden salad, hand-picked from the Edible Garden, giving a superb insight into Wynyard Hall’s ‘Plot to Plate’ initiative, indulging you in a truly unique dining experience you don’t get anywhere else.

Next up was the smoked eel, paired with mussels and garden peas, a divine mix of rich flavours and textures which melt in the mouth.

We then sampled the lamb cutlets, a tender cut of meat on the bone packed with full flavour and served with a delightful creamy mash.

On to dessert, a toffee apple parfait and balsamic strawberry tart with mascarpone cheese, both of which were exquisite taste sensations, destined to leave your sweet tooth extremely satisfied.

The next morning, after a splendid night’s sleep, we headed down for breakfast which was included with our room.

There is both continental and freshly prepared hot options available. I opted for eggs benedict, whilst my dining companion chose the salt beef hash – both of which demonstrated the high quality cooking we had experienced the night before.

After checking out, we visited The Gardens, a popular North East attraction, renowned for their collection of over three thousand David Austin roses.

Let’s just say it didn’t disappoint, the flowers were in full bloom and a marvel to experience. It was interesting to view the Edible Garden, and see where our fresh food from the night before had been homegrown.

Wynyard Hall has something for everyone, whether you’re thinking about a relaxing night away or need somewhere to stay whilst travelling for business, fancy a spa break or want to indulge in the ultimate fine dining experience.

Wynyard Hall