There are plenty of perks to working for a travel company like Superbreak. I get to write about dreamy travel destinations all day long, be the first to know about our hottest holiday deals and best of all, I get invited to experience a stay at some of our gorgeous hotels. I know, pretty cool I hear you say. But the good news is that this means I can come back and write all about my experiences to let all you lovely people know exactly what the hotels are like!
So last Friday afternoon myself and a group of fellow Superbreaker’s left Superbreak Towers for a weekend combining visits to both Redworth Hall, Durham and The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate. After some questionable road rage and a few wrong turns (sorry Michelle!), we all safely arrived at Redworth Hall. Despite being only an hour north of York, I noticed a distinctly cooler chill in the air, but the clear blue skies provided the perfect backdrop behind the grand Jacobean entrance of Redworth Hall. Stepping inside, I was hit by the cosy and relaxing atmosphere of the lobby. Whilst some hotel lobbies can be notoriously stale and characterless, Redworth’s was the exact opposite, with a roaring log fire and luxurious sofas making it warm and inviting.
After sitting down to afternoon tea complete with cakes and freshly baked scones *yum* in the Blue Room Lounge, we headed off in search of our guest rooms. A recent extension at the back of the hotel means many of the rooms have been recently refurbished with tasteful modern décor and extra little luxuries. My spacious Deluxe Spa Room had exactly that, and came complete with an indulgent spa bath and spa shower. After working out how to turn it on, using the spa shower was an amazing experience with multiple adjustable shower jets as well as the main shower head at the top. The complimentary Gilchrist & Soames bath products further added to the showering process!
Fresh as a daisy and still glowing from my spa shower encounter, I rejoined the rest of the Superbreak group for some champagne and fancy canapés in the Great Hall. The Great Hall is the hotel’s most historic feature and is best described as a stunning medieval banqueting hall. Dating back to 1693, it’s popular for wedding receptions and even has a ghost resident that has been spotted on several occasions. It has maintained all of its character and original features and provided the perfect location for sipping our champers! (Sadly no paranormal activity was seen despite being on ghost-watch).
As part of our VIP experience, we were treated to dinner in the private dining room of Redworth’s 1744 Restaurant (which has been awarded with two well deserved AA Rosettes). From the menu I chose the Goats Cheese Roulade with Pear, Beetroot and Walnut to start, then Roast Rump of Lamb with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Mediterranean Veg for main. The lamb was cooked to perfection and was expertly presented. For dessert, I couldn’t resist choosing the Crème Brule, which is my all time favourite dessert and was served with raspberries and homemade shortbread. Superbreak Sales Advisor Charlotte was thrilled with her Bubblegum Ice Cream, despite it beginning to look like Bridget Jones’ ‘blue soup’ after letting it melt!
Between our starter and main we were served an unusual Mango Sorbet with Ginger and Chilli to ‘cleanse our palettes’. Sounds strange doesn’t it? But surprisingly this amazing combination worked perfectly, with the sweet mango contrasting with the finely chopped chilli. To top it all off, we were presented with a fabulous cheese board, making the experience into a deliciously indulgent five course meal. After rounding the night off with a blissful Baileys on the rocks, I headed back to my gorgeous room for a deep and peaceful sleep.
The next morning after a cheeky cooked breakie we waved goodbye to Redworth and headed off on our next destination of the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. Hopping out of the mini-bus we were greeted with a warm welcome, bucks fizz and (yet more) food!
As we were shown round the hotel I was struck by the ornate Victorian décor which featured original marble columns and palatial furnishings. Following an unfortunate fire back in 2010, The Majestic has undergone a huge refurbishment project which has fully restored the hotel’s beauty and revived many of the guest rooms.
The highlight of the trip was saved til last, when we were surprised by the lovely Majestic Hotel staff with a cake decorating competition. My competitive side instantly sprung to red alert and, despite having never decorated a cake in my life, I found myself diving over to the decorations and calling dibs on the best icing! The competition added a really unique ending to the trip and we all had great fun getting stuck in to our decorating. The winning pair was Sales Office Executive Tracey Harris and Contact Centre Customer Service Advisor Natalie Benson who stole the show with their very majestic decorating skills. Well done girls!
After a fantastic fam trip filled with delicious food, luxurious surroundings and warm hospitality (it’s a hard job but somebody’s got to do it), I would highly recommend both Redworth Hall and The Majestic Hotel for a idyllic stay in either County Durham or Harrogate. Thank you to the team at Puma Hotels for organising such a fabulous weekend!
Have you enjoyed a stay Redworth Hall or The Majestic Hotel? Let us know what you thought!