A Ribble Valley hotel has been named one of the nation’s best, following inclusion in The Sunday Times’ Ultimate 100 British Hotels 2014.
Stanley House Hotel and Spa, Mellor, was reviewed and selected from destinations across the UK and is the only Lancashire hotel to make the cut.
Now in its second year, The Times prize list recognises establishments with character, good service, comfort and value. The lavish list places Stanley House among Raymond Blancs’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, nationally acclaimed Pig on the Beach, Dorset, and the host of the Ryder Cup 2014, Gleneagles in Scotland.
The list also placed Stanley House in the top five for the ultimate spa destination. Following her visit, the specialist reviewer said the former manor house was a prime location to “check in and chill out” and that “traditionalists will like the mullioned windows and open fires of the grade II listed manor. Others will prefer the 18 contemporary Woodland rooms. But everyone will love the spa.”
The reviewer went on to complement the location. “The thermal suite is surrounded by a pond where ducks chase between the reeds, and the slopes of the Ribble Valley provide a soothing backdrop,” she stated.
Stanley House Hotel and Spa is set in 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside.
The 17th Century listed building has been transformed over the past 10 years to offer 30 world-class bedrooms, stylish dining facilities and a multi-million pound spa.
General manager Philip Wharton said: “Our continuous investment into world class facilities along with creating a unique short stay experience has resulted in a resort-standard venue.
“We are proud to put Lancashire on the national map and be recognised for our commitment to creating an experience like no other.”