Everybody needs a little luxury in their lives, a little me time or a just a chance to spoil yourself or a loved one. The Tees Valley is full of hidden gems which are sure to get you feeling relaxed, pampered and refreshed.
Morning – Start the day with a visit to the glorious new Gardens at Wynyard Hall. Meander through the Walled Garden which is home to 3,000 fragrant David Austin roses, bursting with colour and an abundance of trees and shrubs which fill the space alongside graceful water features setting you up for a day of relaxation. You can soak up the delicious smells or take inspiration from the Edible Garden which supplies The Garden’s café – perfect for a mid-morning break with a tea and a scone.
Browse the lavish home interiors shop bursting with beautiful items to add to your own home. Stay for lunch or finish the morning with a relaxing dip in one of the outdoor hot tubs which overlook the glistening lake.
Lunch – If Afternoon Tea is more to your appetite there are plenty of places to choose from which see a sumptuous selection of sandwiches and cakes served in luxurious surroundings. Choose from Lady Anne’s or Sir William’s Afternoon Tea at the gorgeous Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough or head to Rockliffe Hall – one of the UK’s best five star resorts which serves a sophisticated Afternoon Tea in the magnificent surroundings of The Orangery.
Continue your afternoon at Rockliffe Hall by making use of one of England’s best golf courses or enjoy some more spa time in their award-winning facilities including the magnificent Garden Spa which offers the ultimate relaxation and the perfect spot for enjoying the sunset with stunning views across the rolling grounds.
As the evening draws in you can make your way through the tempting cocktail menu at the super chic Nuthatch in Stockton (booking is essential) or really indulge yourself and enjoy the culinary delights of one of Britain’s most exciting and innovative young chefs, James Close at the Raby Hunt restaurant – the North East’s first and only two Michelin star restaurant based just outside Darlington.
Stay over – End your night in style with an evening at the newly refurbished Darlington Hippodrome or simply slip away to a luxury stay at Rockliffe Hall or retreat to your very own hot tub hideaway at Wynyard Hall or Mill Granary Cottages or you could even spend the night as royalty at Walworth Castle.
The next morning – Following a hearty breakfast – you can treat yourself to a range of revitalising spa treatments, indulge in French patisserie at Robineau Cafe in Darlington or simply do it all again…
Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough