Aldwark Manor, The Perfect End To Our Summer Adventure

We have all felt post holiday blues haven’t we? I feel it after the summer break every year.

I get home and get organised, get all the washing done and then bang! It hits me, that sinking feeling that my holiday is over.

This year was different; we got home, unpacked then repacked for the following weekend and our trip to the beautiful Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel. And I must say it was the perfect end to our summer of adventures. We started the summer with our beloved Queens Hotel and ended with the very beautiful Aldwark Manor.

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Arriving at Aldwark Manor is a bit of an odd but exciting affair. The route we took navigated us through glorious countryside and then onto a private toll road, which led to a one-track wooden toll bridge.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

Aldward Manor is very grand, and the entrance and drive up to the hotel leads you up a beautiful sweeping drive to be greeted by the most beautiful historic building. The reception is quite small and intimate, and we had the warmest of welcome by the loveliest staff that straight away asked the boys if they had met the troll on the bridge.

We  spent some time in reception chatting about the weather and the local area before being shown to our room. It is so lovely that all the reception staff spent the time to chat, the hotel is a busy wedding, spa and golf hotel and they must have had so much to do. Yet they still had time to spend with customers, I just love that.

I had spent some months chatting via email and twitter to the lovely Kim the events manager to it was great to finally meet her, and she had arranged a full but wonderful itinerary for us.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

We were shown to our room and wow, all our rooms at Q Hotels have been beautiful but Kim had put us in the hotels best 2 suites. And wow they were just stunning. The suites were adjoined by a main front door but then both had separate front door so could be used as a grand suite or separate suites. Perfect for a family wanting a luxurious break but also a bit of privacy.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

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Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

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Kim had arranged afternoon tea for us in one the beautiful drawing rooms. The Aldwark Manor reception areas are made up smaller rooms intimate rooms and are perfect for afternoon tea or taking drinks. It felt such a treat sharing afternoon tea whilst Joe entertained us with a pack of quiz cards.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

We then retreated to our suites and spent a glorious afternoon chilling out after the manic month we had enjoyed this was much-needed, we had a huge balcony with loungers and we had been blessed with beautiful weather so spend an hour chilling with a bottle of champagne on our balcony, enjoying the beautiful view.  Whilst the boys chilled in their own suite.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks Once ready for diner we had drinks in the lounge before enjoying a beautiful meal in the Brasserie.  The staff was so accommodating with the boys who both changed their meals from the offering on the menu. You know what kids are like! Jack wanted a steak with no sauce and chips instead of the delicious menu option. And this was not a problem at all. Things like this make such a difference when dining with kids don’t they? And nothing was too much trouble. This resulted in a wonderful, chilled evening. We thoroughly enjoyed great food and wonderful service.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

The next morning after breakfast Chris and the boys headed to the pool, whilst I headed to the spa for a pedicure, which my feet so desperately needed after 2 weeks in Orlando. The spa is just stunning, and is connected to the hotel but a spectacular walkway that takes you from the traditional historic and beautiful surrounding of the hotel to the modern and beautiful spa complex.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks This is a spa I would love to spend a day chilling with the girls it is wonderful, and the staff were just so friendly and welcoming.  The pool although I did not get time to swim myself was beautiful and had dedicated splash times for kids which for us is a winner, as you can relax when you know that anyone who chooses to use the pool during these times does so with the knowledge there will be supervised kids in during that time.

Aldwark Manor Q Hotel York , Spa Hotel, Afternoon Tea, and great for family breaks

We left around 11 after the most wonderful stay and set off to visit the York Maze. York is a part of the country that we have not spent enough time discovering, and somewhere we really need to go and spend more time.

Aldward Manor Golf and Spa Hotels is the perfect hotel for discovering York and the surrounding countryside, as a family we felt totally chilled and had a wonderful visit. Thank you to Kim and all the lovely team who made our stay so special.


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17 Comments

  1. 7th September 2015 / 8:48 pm

    WOW!!!! This place looks absolutely stunning! We need to arrange a blogging girls weekend away there haha. You could just pop me in the corner with that afternoon tea and I would be happy. So glad you had a lovely time, you deserved it xxx p.s. Your boys don’t stop growing lately do they? xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      8th September 2015 / 9:30 pm

      Yes we do Maria, that would be so lovely and we could all chill in the fab spa x

  2. 8th September 2015 / 7:49 am

    The Q Hoteld are great aren’t they?? This one looks particularly lovely, and the idea of splash time for the kids on the pool is excellent! Glad you enjoyed your stay! Found you via #TwinklyTuesday

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      8th September 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Nicola, yes I relax more if it is splash time, Aldwark Manor is just so fab x

  3. 8th September 2015 / 7:49 am

    The Q Hoteld are great aren’t they?? This one looks particularly lovely, and the idea of splash time for the kids on the pool is excellent! Glad you enjoyed your stay! Found you via #TwinklyTuesday

  4. 8th September 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Wow I could literally live in that suite (obviously by myself with no husband and kids lol). Another fantastic review of a Q hotel Sarah, and I must admit this might be my favourite one. We love visiting York but have never heard of Aldwark Manor before you visited. And perfect that they serve afternoon tea. Looks a wonderful way to end the summer holidays x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      8th September 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Oh it was Tracey, a next time you are up that way give it a try its so lovely xxx

  5. 13th September 2015 / 2:28 pm

    That place is stunning. Those suites – just wow! I always have a back massage but I really really want a pedicure. I keep asking Matt if he can practice massaging my feet – you can imagine what sort of answer I get! Lovely review.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      13th September 2015 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks Karen, I know it was just incredible the perfect hotel to chill out xxx

  6. 13th September 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Ooo what a treat! It sounds absolutely heavenly and I love how the staff went out of their way to make you all feel so special and welcome. Very impressive indeed. Sounds like the perfect end to a lovely Summer. X

    #SundayStars

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      13th September 2015 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you Katie, yes it was breathtaking we were totally spoilt x

  7. 13th September 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Gosh — what an absolutely beautiful place!!!!! And what a treat. We’ve STILL not managed to get away again this year and I’m *desperate* for a treat like this. It looks fabulous — so wonderful to get away. What a lovely, lovely place. And nothing more that you deserve lovely girl xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      13th September 2015 / 10:50 pm

      Ah thanks lovely, yes it was fantastic and do you know what you so deserve a treat my friend too you work so hard xxx

  8. 14th September 2015 / 6:27 pm

    What a stunning place! Look at those rooms, honestly, by the time I read about you sharing champagne on the balcony I was green with envy! Haha! Looks great Sarah x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      15th September 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Ha ha thanks lovely Julia, I am so looking forward to sharing Champagne together this weekend x

  9. 25th September 2015 / 7:29 am

    That hotel looks stunning. And I love the idea that you get to it by crossing a wooden troll bridge. How lovely! It sounds like you were spoiled rotten. Chilling out with champagne, a yummy afternoon tea and a pedicure. It sounds like my idea of heaven! Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      26th September 2015 / 8:01 pm

      Oh Mrs H it was just the most wonderful place so relaxed and very beautiful x

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