Spa visit to the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa in Blackburn!

Published: 4th September 2013

Our third and final stop on our Mercure tour was the beautiful & grand Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa in Blackburn. Conveniently based by a main road the hotel itself is almost entirely hidden from view and sits nestled behind the large trees that make it feel private and far removed from the hustle and bustle nearby.

The building itself is almost a castle with the large, sandy bricks and turret like structures stretching off in every direction. Inside the décor is impressive and inviting with personalised touches and original features stopping it from being imposing or stuffy. Due to the scale of the building and the affordability of the spa & accommodation packages many of the grandest rooms were already full with happy wedding parties. However there was still plenty for us to see as we made our way around the many corridors that led from bar, to room, to courtyard to spa. The spa itself is perfect for a spa day thanks to a bar/ café and fully equipped gym (that’s once you have managed to tear yourself away from the pool and hot tub of course) plus the five chambered thermal suite.

Pre-dinner drinks had already been arranged otherwise I don’t think we would have been able to tear ourselves away from the hot tub(!) but soon we were indulging in a refreshing glass of Pimms as we sat gazing out from the small conservatory that led from the bar to another part of the hotel. Touches like this mini seating area are everywhere and it felt that all the spaces, however small, were used to maximise the grand effect and give you the opportunity to sit back for 5 minutes wherever the mood took you, gazing round at the beautiful décor or catching 40 winks.

Dinner itself was served in one of the private dining rooms and with its high ceiling, large round tables and carved wood features it would make the perfect setting for an intimate wedding dinner. The food was absolutely delicious and every care was taken to ensure that those with allergies were happy with their slightly altered menu.

After dinner we were very lucky to be introduced to the fabulous new spa technology available at Mercure Hotels thanks to the Norton Grange Spa Manager Amber. The Hydrotherm Bed is a new way to deliver spa treatments for all, aiding those with sports injuries, pregnancies etc and allowing them to enjoy the same comfort as others. After Amber explained all, it was time to try it out and we all clambered on to see the difference for ourselves! It was incredibly comfortable with the heat and the gentle padding allowing for the therapists hands to slide underneath the back, meaning that you can remain in the same position and gently drift off as you enjoy your full body massage.

Back at my standard twin room I was delighted to see the size, excellent presentation and view. The modern, sleek bathroom was ample size and had all the amenities. The beds were single but large enough for my pregnant colleague to feel comfortable and relaxed and the view of green fields from our window made a refreshing and beautiful sight the next sunny morning.

Breakfast is like many of the hotels we have visited and certainly the same as previous Mercure venues; they cater to everything. Cooked, continental, cereals and pastries or those with a food intolerance/ allergy could happily find something delicious and/ or nutritious, (although it is always best to let us know when you book if you suffer from any allergies so the hotel can do their best to cater to your needs).

We almost had to drag ourselves away after check out as everyone wanted to jump into the pool and make full use of the thermal suite but alas, we were motorway bound!