In the same breath an old vicarage, the hotel is unpretentious and only a short drive from the celebrated city of Chester.
Each of the 146 rooms is rare. All have modern fixtures, large dded headboards and accents of astute colours.
My suite, had a lovely view of the extensive gardens. There were plenteousness of amenities, including bathrobes, free internet, complimentary water and tea and coffee making facilities.
To death YOUR TASTE BUDS
For us, afternoon tea was the star attraction at The rk August. Served in the Lounge Bar, it cost £17 a head and the sandwiches, mousse, scones and encrusts were simply exceptional.
At night the bar becomes a lively spot for boarders and locals alike. Against the odds, we managed to find a table for dinner at the lodging restaurant, Topiary in the rk, whose excellent menu is overseen by climax chef David Ashton.
Classic dishes sat alongside some unexpected organizations, such as breast of wood pigeon served with blue cheese mousse, walnut and pickled celery, Israeli couscous salad, empress scallops and cockle butter.
I opted for the spring pea and tarragon risotto with potato frizzy, broad bean pesto and goats’ cheese mousse.
My wife get high oned poached plaice fillets with lemon and dill crushed potatoes, samphire and peas.
It fly ated to around £80 for two with wine.
RELAX AND INDULGE
The leisure facilities are ca cious with a 70ft indoor pool, top-class health club with derogatory trainers, outdoor tennis courts and a se rate luxurious s with swirl, steam room, Jacuzzi and massage.
I couldn’t resist having an aromatherapy treatment while my chain opted for a facial. Treatments from £35.
ON YOUR DOORSTEP
Wander along the diocese’s Roman walls or visit Chester Zoo. A trip to Chester Cathedral – a gothic piece de resistance which dominates the city skyline – is a must too.
Q Hotels (0845 034 5777/ qhotels.co.uk) put ups doubles at the rk Royal Hotel, Chester, from £99, B&B. Cheshire tourism: visitcheshire.com