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Stanley House, Mellor, Lancashire

IMG_0051Recently I visited Stanley House in Mellor, Blackburn. The occasion was actually a re-union for couples who had married there, and as my other half and I qualified, we were invited to attend. As I fly anywhere that is more than 3.5NM away, it was obvious that I would be commuting there at 1,500′ (O.K. it was more like 300’AGL, but I have to say 1,500′ in case the CAA are reading! 🙂 ).

Stanley House is a magnificent boutique style hotel set in the Lancashire countryside. Simply walking into the hotel’s reception area affirms that you have entered an establishment of contemporary class, elegance and distinction. The staff are smart, friendly and efficient which helps to ensure that you are accomodated at the highest of service levels. The hotel offers 12 uniquely designed bedrooms and boasts an award winning restaurant, the Cassis. For lighter snacks at lunch or tea time, Mr Fred’s Bar and Lounge is a great place to eat offering a  more relaxed experience and is equally suitable for a more informal business meeting.

Although I didn’t actually eat there this visit, I have on a number of previous trips, and I can vouch for the fantastic culinary experience that you will be treated to in either of the two restaurants.  It’s not always necessary to book mid week, but for the weekend or evenings it’s probably best to telephone in advance to ensure that you won’t be dis-appointed.

Stanley House 2In terms of helicopters, there is no shortage of places to land , but I traditionally choose the garden area just to the side of the main entrance. There is no designated area or windsock, but it’s a simple enough approach and there are usually plenty of visual cues in the area in order for you to identify the wind direction. Stanley house will accommodate more than one machine and of various different sizes so R22’s up to S76’s aren’t going to be a problem.

The hotel has some interesting memories for me in particular relation to helicopters as was due to be married there the day after I took my flight test on G-LADZ, my first helicopter, and I had warned my wife (to be at the time) that if it the test was delayed to the following day I was doing the test and the wedding could wait. As you can appreciate this comment was not well received, however the test did go ahead as did the wedding!

I can highly recommend Stanley House and for those of you that know me well, for me to chooses to get married there, it must have been good!

Stanley House 4Stanley House is based in Mellor near Blackburn, co-ordinates. at 53′ 45′ 51′ N, 002′ 32′ 24′ W (Grid reference SD 645 298). Telephone 01254 769 200.

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