A perfect hotel for any occasionBy Natalie Slater
September 16, 2008
Kilhey Court is positioned in a great location to explore the north of England – near rolling countryside and the Capital of Culture.
But NATALIE SLATER thinks you will probably want to stay in and make the most of a quality hotel.
A weekend escape requires a number of elements to ensure an enjoyable stay – an environment to relax in, a menu of food and drink to savour, and a comfortable bed.
Kilhey Court hotel near Wigan, just off the M6, has it all. And more.
Set in the northern countryside and surrounded by acres of fields and trees, the hotel is a magnificent place to stay with an added touch of class.
Its historic building of red brick has been maintained within its traditional standards and, inside, there are sumptuous sofas to sink in to, a range of fabulously decorated rooms, and a bar and restaurant with an atmosphere of regal standards, with deep mahogany and lush leather.
We were lucky enough to enjoy a suite overlooking the rear gardens with its fountains and landscaped grounds, and the view was not the only thing worth looking at.
The regal theme continued into the bedroom and the furnishings oozed quality – a delightful space to sit and daydream into the countryside while sipping a crisp bottle of wine.
Functionality has also been considered in this Macdonald hotel and there was space enough to spread yourself out, and the bathroom was modern and bright and enjoyed an equally unrivalled view of the grounds.
Stepping out from the luxurious room and you are welcomed into long hallways and richly patterned carpets.
There is a truly authentic Victorian feel and as you walk down the curved staircase, with its carved banister, you can forgive yourself for feeling somewhat important.
The hotel, with views across the stunning Worthington Lakes, is perfect for any occasion – romantic weekends away, a luxurious break with friends or even a wedding venue or special occasion in the function rooms, with full length windowed walls enjoying the hotel’s spectacular views.
The conservatory-style restaurant provides excellent views over the gardens and has a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
Dinner must be experienced at Kilhey Court as the menu is superb, the choice is ample and the presentation is faultless, but it really is the quality and taste of the food that will stay in your mind.
A smoked salmon starter was mouth-wateringly delicious and was enough to satisfy without spoiling your appetite for main.
I chose the lamb. It was presented with a plate of tender, beautiful meat with fresh vegetables, and of course all complimented by an equally delicious bottle of wine.
The desserts maintained the high standards and the rice pudding was easily finished off despite an already bulging waist-line.
But the best thing about this hotel is the ambience in the main foyer and the bar area, decorated in Victorian-esque furnishings.
Deep and rich colours with open fires and a fantastic service really makes this the place to come and relax and enjoy post-dinner drinks.
The staff could not do enough and were friendly and accommodating. We were able to sit until the small hours enjoying drinks and chatting with other guests and staff alike.
Day time activities are also plentiful in this delightful northern spot, and while you can while away the hours at the hotel’s own leisure facility with its own pool and sauna, you can also take a short drive out and make the most of your local surroundings.
The Capital of Culture is a short trip down the motorway – Liverpool, of course – and offers a lively city with plenty of nightlife and shopping.
But we took a trip to the seaside town of Southport – make it a true British holiday with fish and chips on the pier and a trip into the arcades.
Southport is a beautiful little place and, with a recently refurbished pier, it is a great spot to take in some salty air and the charms of rickety roller coasters, penny slot machines and the obligatory Mr Whippy ice cream.
For a luxurious base to suit any holiday taste, Kilhey Court really is a wonderful place to discover.
- Natalie stayed at Kilhey Court, Chorley Road, Worthington Lakes, Standish, WN1 2XN. Tel: 0844 879 9045. Visit www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk for more information.
- Christmas packages start from £200 per person, per stay (available 23-27 December 2008).
This includes a free bottle of wine when booked before September 30, traditional Christmas Day lunch, a visit from Santa at the Aladdin Pantomine at the Preston Guild Hall on Dec 26, and Boxing Day carvery with entertainment. The New Year package starts from £135.