Thoresby Hall Hotel & Spa, Newark
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Good, Relaxing Breakfrom Sgt_WIlson
After receiving the confirmation and accompanying booklet, we choose our included treatments and telephoned direct to book. The operating was most pleasant and helpful.
A week later we arrived at the hotel at 1pm, and joined the queue to book in at reception - which was very straight forward enough and the staff were once again very helpful and pleasant.
You can only check into a normal Ambassador Room from 3pm onwards, so we wandered around the hotel complex - which is fairly large. There was a facilities tour and short presentation. During this time, we booked our time slot for the restaurants (La Bistro and Pierrepont) for both nights.
The layout of the new accommodation block isnt the greatest, as to get to the fourth floor you need to use two lifts. One from reception level (2nd floor) to the 3rd floor, and then a walk to the next lift to get to the fourth floor.
However, once at your bedrooms they are very spacious, clean and tidy and have all the facilities that are required.
The included treatments were very good. I chose Scalp Massage and then Back, neck and shoulders massage. My wife chose Fascial and a Back, neck and shoulder massage. We both enjoyed them and they were very relaxing.
We then decided to use the excellant swimming pool and jacuzzi, which wasnt too busy. Towels are provided, but remember to take your £1 coin for the lockers (which you do get back).
First night we had our meal at La Bistro Restaurant (19:30), which is situated within the old cellars of Thoresby Hall. The food and service was very good, and we did not feel hurried in any way.
Every night entertainment is provided, starting from 8pm with early evening dancing (ballroom, etc.), and then a cabaret show at 10-11pm. After this there is a disco, however, some of the guests at the time of our stay left the room before the cabaret started (which must mean that only came for the dancing), and when the cabaret had finished there was only 16 people left to appreciate the disco - but hey, who cares 'cos we enjoyed it anway! We retired to our room at midnight.
The following day we had our breakfast, which is the usual buffet style ie. cereals, fruit & yoghurt, full english breakfast. and was sufficient.
On todays agenda was our first spa experience, and after being given the key to your locker and retrieving your robe, towel and slippers, entered the main relaxation pool. This has all kinds of pressure jets, to soothe your back, neck, feet and all sorts of other places. Then there is the hot room (40 degrees C, 100% relative humidity), Aroma Hot room (40 degrees C, 80% relative humidity but we very soothing smells), Standard Dry Sauna room , and the Ice Cave (7-11 degrees C) - remember to wear your slippers in this one!
After spending about 15 minutes in each one and then spending some time in the relaxation pool, we retired to the 'chill-out' area, with sunloungers and sofas, to read the magazines and to eat the fresh granny smith apples and drink plenty of water.
The allocated three hours soon passed really quickly, and feeling very relaxed we went on our Rifle shooting activity. This was very well organised and again very enjoyable.
Tonights evening meal was in the Pierrepont Restaurant. This is more of a self-service restaurant, although some food can be ordered from the table if you preferred. My wife had the carvery, which only had a selection of two meats, but tasted very nice. I had the Stir-Fry Wok experience, where you chose your stir-fry veg and one of the chefs cooks it in front of you with all the flame effects, etc, which is enteraintment in itself. You can then choose from chicken, pork or prawns and your sauces from the variety on offer. Once finished this tasted very nice, and with the large selection of desserts and then coffee to finish made a very enjoyable meal.
Free cycling hire was also included within the package, so we went for a ride around the park and through the nearby village, which took an hour at a very leisurely pace and was good fun.
The average age of guests staying at this hotel must be around 60, so being in our early 30's we were probably the youngest ones there, but this did not bother us, and its great not having hyper-active brats running about the place!
It would have been a good idea if an Entertainment and Activity Guide had of been sent to us at the same time as our written confirmation - this way we could have booked our treatments, etc around the activities, and thus gaining the most from our stay.
However, all in all, this was a very good break and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We shall definately be booking up again for next year.
Nice spa, shame about the restfrom Ham
The Hall itself is lovely, rooms are fine - clean and farily spacious. The grounds are really pretty and exensive. It's a shame it rained so much when we were there, otherwise hiring a bike would have been fun. The bar and lounges in the main hall are old fashioned and classy, nice areas to relax. The bar in the new part of the hotel, however, is like a Weatherspoons - without the cheap prices! Two gins cost us over £11.00! When we arrived, there was bingo going on, followed by line dancing - and a jive band in the late evening. The band were actually really good but no-one was dancing - I wouldn't describe the atmosphere as lively!! As a couple in our early 30s, we were about the youngest people there (by a long way!) and I guess entertainment reflected that. If you're young and looking for a fun night out, don't come here mid week - or if you do, bring a sense of humour!
Dinner the first night in the Pierreport Restaurant was awful, like school dinners. I've seen better salad bars at Harvester. Wine is expensive and it's a huge room with tables rammed in next to each other - not the place for a romantic tete-a-tete!
Second night we ate in Le Bistro which was much better, wish we'd eaten there both nights. We thought the food was nice. However, you do feel a bit rushed and it was starting to shut down by 09.30!
The spa was lovely and the 2 free treatments we got included were great. The spa was pretty empty as most of the more elderly clientelle seemed not to be interested. It was all included in the price of our stay but I think £40 - £50 p/p for 3 hours is v expensive for what you get.
If I was feeling uncharitable I might say it was a bit like Butlins in a country manor. If it wasn't for the spa and being able to chill out in fluffy white robes for hours at a time, we really would have been disappointed.
Great hotel for a relaxing breakfrom Marchia43
We found the hotel with ease and my only issue is that the reception is a long way from the car park with heavy bags!
The nightly activities were a tad strange but if you like ballroom dancing and cabaret acts then you will like it. There is plenty to do during the day including archery, spa treatments, quizes etc.
We had some treatments booked in at the spa and the staff were very helpful and friendly.
The food was very good and you could choose when and where to eat (the hotel has 3 restaurants)
It is very much like an adults only butlins only more upmarket as it is in a stately home.
We liked it so much we are planning on going to a different one next year. I would definitely reccomend it if you want a relaxing break.
Great Hotel And Spafrom neilos
It was my first visit to the hotel, i found the hotel with ease, and we were met by freindly , helpfull staff on reception, we were shown were our room was, and asked if we needed help with our luggage. I decided to book myself and my girlfriend in to the spa, at this time too, and we were given a time to attend.
We settled in to our room , which was a Spa Room , we had upgraded to this room, the room was great, new decor, new bathroom, wide screen tv, and dvd player, mini fridge,, better than my own home.. we were impressed.
We went to the spa as we had a slot of 3 hours as booked, well i can truly say what an experience, it was so relaxing, and peacfull , we were able to experience all the facilities on offer.
Evening dinner was great, the food and the service was first class, both nights, and so was the entertainment.
Overall we enjoyed our 2 nights that much that we are now going to go back again later on in the year to de - stress again.
Dream locationfrom The Fury
d read other reviews before booking - poor hotelfrom chrisdy
Nice Breakfrom ZJB
A great weekendfrom BlackpoolBelle
All the staff we encountered were very friendly, and the spa reception staff went out of their way to sort out confusions over treatments (10 of us had 2 each, and only 4 surnames between us made for a LOT of confusion!) The spa was a great way to spend 3 hours, but if you're going on a break which doesn't include the spa, it costs £50; either ring ahead and book, or do it the minute you get there, as numbers are limited (it never feels crowded) and they book up very quickly. Probably not worth the amount, but priceless as part of a break. The restaurant staff also couldn't do enough to make sure the bride-to-be had a good night and a well-dressed table, even providing balloons.
There is plenty to do each day, (eg archery, rifle shooting, aquarobics, indoor curling, garden tour) but we recommend the History tour (about an hour once each weekend all round the old hall, free). The grounds are lovely, with formal gardens, woodland walks, a field of deer by the river and free bike hire (part of the break, £5 for 2 hours otherwise). The bikes themselves were not the best, but adequate if you have short legs - the saddles were really hard to adjust! The craft shops in the courtyard were great for a morning's wander, and very reasonably priced things. We were there on a Soul/Motown weekend, with superb tribute bands for Diana Ross and the Drifters plus Alexander O'Neill.
The clientele were generally 30+, with lots of couples/groups of couples, and the dress generally casual by day and moderately smart at night. Our group didn't feel out of place (ages ranging from 23 to 56), but I would say it probably wouldn't suit young single-sex groups intent on a boozy weekend.
BEST BITS: the grounds, the old hall, aromatherapy cave in the spa, helpful staff, excellent evening entertainment.
WORST BITS: gaming machines on corridors (really not in keeping), poorly maintained bikes, can be absolutely miles to get from your room to the restaurants!
Good all round break awayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Thoresby Hallfrom SOG
Spa was relaxing but felt very small and not as luxurious as could have been, definitely lacking an outdoor spa tub. The big let down was the treatments, 30 mins massage is infact 20 mins they deduct your dressing and undressing off the treatment time - what a rip off, they are not cheap. We booked facial and massage to run back to back, yet we had different therapist - they even managed to mess up the fact we had booked twin therapy room (treatments together) the time to sort out was obviously deducted from our treatment. We complained but were fobbed off! Particulary bad when we had gone for a Spa Experience Break and not a Warner Cabaret Break. More suitable to the older guest as the entertainment is very dated!!!!
Top Local Tips for Newark
Charge card. When you check in set up a charge card to your room. All bars, restaurants, the gift shop and spa accept them as payment. So you dont have to carry your wallet about all day. It makes it so much easier to check out as well, as the night before you leave the bill and an envelope will be put under your door. All you do is check it, sign it, put your keys and the statment back in the envelope and post it at reception. It makes a fast, quick, no messing about check out!!
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bistro on a break you get one night in the bistro and one in main dining room. For an extra £5 per person you can do a second night in the bistro.
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- Address: Thoresby Park - Newark - England - NG22 9WH - United Kingdom
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