Hotel 1 smlRockliffe Hall, in Hurworth, County Durham, has been named as a finalist in the Large Hotel of the Year category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

The Rockliffe Hall resort is guaranteed to win a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award when the winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 8th March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, during English Tourism Week. VisitEngland, the national tourist board, works collaboratively with the industry to hold these awards which inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry.

“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland. “We received over 400 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt those shortlisted are representatives of the best in the industry who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors in England at the heart of their business operations. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck on Awards night at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.”

Eamonn Elliott, Chief Executive at Rockliffe Hall, said: “This is fantastic news for Rockliffe Hall – every member of our team and all our guests. We won the North East Tourism Awards’ Large Hotel of the Year accolade towards the end of last year and these national awards are the next step – to be short-listed is a credit to everyone at Rockliffe and we look forward to the awards event in Blackpool next month.”

Rockliffe Hall boasts 61 sumptuous guestrooms and suites, three superb restaurants, an award-winning spa and 18-hole championship golf course. Rockliffe recently invested £1 million in a new Spa Garden to enhance the spa experience and has plans for further investment to enhance its services in 2016.

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