Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa: Relaxation and Fine Dining

It was nice to brush away the cobwebs and be pampered with a spa break at the Thornton Hotel and Spa in the Cheshire countryside recently – a birthday present from my lovely family. 

The overnight stay at this 4-star Wirral hotel, which boasts an award-winning luxury health club and ultra-posh restaurant, was a wonderfully fun and relaxing experience. 

feature wall at hotel

I’ve been to a few spas before, but this was definitely my favourite. The package included a spa day with treatments and full access to facilities such as a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, snow cave and indoor/outdoor hot tubs. An a la carte evening meal and full English/continental breakfast were also part of the deal. It was BLISS :-)

Hotel Rooms

While the overall look and feel of the hotel was very much traditional English – from the quality wooden furnishings and period detail to the preened-to-perfection grounds featuring impressive topiary and a charming gazebo – colourful accents and elements like a flat-screen TV in the bathroom (wet room) provided contemporary appeal as well.

I loved the vibrant floral design on the feature wallpaper and the added cosy feel provided by sumptuous cushions.

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The beds were very comfortable and beautifully presented

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Sumptuous cushions added to the luxurious feel

hotel bathroom, wet room, Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

There was a flat-screen TV in the bathroom!

free hotel toiletries, Thornton Hall Hotel

Complimentary toiletries

Fine Dining at The Lawns

Chandeliers, a grand feature fireplace, elegant furnishings – The Lawns Restaurant at the Thornton Hall Hotel was the picture of refinement. We were expecting the food to be a bit poncy and unsubstantial, but it was absolutely amazing! Each part of this three-course meal was both a work of art and a taste sensation.

I was impressed with the local produce angle of the menu, with fish, meat and game sourced nearby.

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Vegetable risotto


A vibrant medley of vegetables


Delicious duck, sourced locally


A nice big juicy steak


This innovative cherry and white chocolate dessert was a party on the tastebuds


The Lawns restaurant, Wirral restaurant, fine dining, Thornton Hall Hotel

Me with my sister, mum and family friend (aka Auntie Jane)

Thornton Hall Spa

Ahhhhh, the spa here was fabulous! So fabulous in fact that I was too busy unwinding to grab my camera and take pictures. After arriving at the hotel in the morning, we headed straight for the health club in a building next door and changed into our spa attire: swimwear, robes and slippers.

Then it was time for my first treatment – a salt and oil body scrub. Before being called in, I relaxed on a luxurious lounger in the ‘tranquility room’, with well-being music and the low lighting promoting a peaceful atmosphere. After the scrub, my skin felt incredibly soft and polished.

It was then onto the main area to enjoy a swim, relax in the hot tubs and rejuvenate with a visit to the ice cave (where you rub snow on your bumpy bits to improve circulation) followed by time in the sauna and steam room.


Rasul Experience 

My highlight from the spa has to be the Rasul, the final treatment of the day. With Middle Eastern origin, this involves rubbing mineral-rich mud all over your body before sitting in a jasmine-infused steam room for 20 minutes. A monsoon-style shower completed the experience and there were iced drinks and frozen strawberry yogurt waiting for us afterwards.

You have complete privacy in here so can opt to wear the disposable knickers provided or stay in your bikini. We were also provided with a hair cap and there were two bowls – containing different mud mixes for the face and body. Afterwards, my head and sinuses felt unbelievably clear. We were all positively glowing from the skin nourishment!

Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa, topiary, English topiary

Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa            

Neston Road

Thornton Hough


CH63 1JF



Do you enjoy spa breaks? Would you like to visit this one? 







  1. June 1, 2014 / 01:58

    There is nothing like a spa break and what a great thing to do with your family!