Oulton Hall Hotel, Yorkshire, UK
What’s so great about this pool?
Oulton Hall has a well-sized pool in the centre of great health and fitness complex. The hotel itself is based in a superb country house on the outskirts of Leeds. If you’re feeling a bit jaded and want to recharge your batteries, this is a great place to come.
Swimming pool details
- The pool is a comfortable 13.5 metres long and 10 metres wide
- Opening hours are 6.30am to 10.00pm during the week and 7.00am to 9.00pm at weekends
- The depth ranges from 1metre at the shallow end to 1.5 metres at the deep end
- Water temperature is a pleasant 29 degrees Centigrade
- The pool is next to a well-equipped gym and spa offering a range of treatments from qualified practitioner
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So the pool’s fab – what about the hotel?
Oulton Hall is a former manor house, built in the eighteenth century. It’s a grand building, with spiral staircases, lots of statues, elegant hallways and large reception rooms. The hotel has excellent grounds, with patios where you can eat in fine weather.
There are 152 luxury bedrooms, many with views over the extensive grounds. The main restaurant – The Calverley Grill – offers traditional English foods, specialising in roast meat and sumptuous steaks. The Claret Jug has light meals in a more relaxed atmosphere. Afternoon tea is available in the Drawing Room or Library.
Golf is a speciality at the hotel. There are two courses adjoining the hotel – making a total of 27 holes. You can hire golf buggies and there is a practice range which is covered so you can use it in all weathers. Tuition from the hotel’s seven top professionals is also available at Oulton Golf Academy.
What else is there to do round here?
When you’ve finished relaxing or playing golf, you can take a drive to Wakefield (6 miles) or Leeds (9 miles). Leeds of course is one of the largest cities in England, with wonderful theatre, shopping, fine Victorian civic buildings and great art galleries. The Wakefield area has its own galleries including one dedicated to local modern sculptor Barbara Hepworth. And there are castles and stacks of superb countryside and rural byways, where you can simply stroll for miles.
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