Rudding Park: luxury hideaway with something for everyone

The Repton Course at Rudding Park
The Repton Course at Rudding Park

Not all golf trips are purely about the golf. OK, OK. They’re mostly about the golf, but there are times when a trip isn’t exclusive to the golfer alone. (Yes, WE KNOW.)

Rudding Park, a stunning Grade I listed Georgian hotel set in a 300-acre estate, provides a luxury destination for both golfer and guests in tow. 

Whether it’s the kids, a partner or a group of friends who are piggy-backing your golf getaway or you’re shoehorning a round or two into an otherwise un-golfy break, the great thing about this light and airy hotel is that it’s packed with something to entertain everyone, all while set against the beautifully grand backdrop of rural North Yorkshire.

So, other than charm in abundance, what’s it got? 

The Hawtree Course at Rudding Park
The Hawtree Course at Rudding Park

For the sake of argument, let’s start with the golf. Rudding Park has not one but two golf courses: the 18-hole Hawtree Course and the 6-hole Repton Short Course. It also has a 24-by covered driving range. Good start. 

The indoor spa at Rudding Park
The indoor spa at Rudding Park

The glassy wing on the hotel main’s building is extensive and inviting. It means guests can bask in its calm corners and detox all day if they like. There is a huge rooftop garden, a hydrotherapy infinity pool, herbal bath steam rooms, a sunlight therapy room, foot spas, lounging areas, a 17-metre pool, a high-tech relaxation area and treatment rooms.

The hotel is home to two restaurants. The Clocktower Restaurant is a bistro-style eatery in the main hotel where lunch is served, and the contemporary Horto restaurant in the spa wing. By day you can eat here in your bath robe and in the evening it turns into a fine dining experience for a taster menu dinner.

One of the rooms at Rudding Park
One of the rooms at Rudding Park

There is 300 acres of parkland to explore, featuring a woodland walks, terraces, a private church and a wonderful kitchen garden that serves the chefs indoors. Breathe in the fresh air of the countryside and feel time slow down. 

Rudding Park Hotel & Spa is situated close to the swanky spa town of Harrogate, home to the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, as well as other Yorkshire attractions such as the city of York, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.  All of which makes it an ideal base if you’re planning a trip to play any of Yorkshire’s great golf clubs, such as Ganton, Alwoodley, Fulford and Moortown.

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Claire's career as a journalist has seen her regularly write about some of the best restaurants, hotels and destinations in the world. She has also interviewed the past three Prime Ministers and has been a Digital Editor overseeing a number of newspaper titles. She is the founder of the content marketing company Smiths & Sons.

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