Half expecting to see the location’s most famous outlaw peeking out from behind the trees, we headed to Nottingham to check out Clumber Park Hotel and Spa …
Driving into Nottinghamshire the county proudly announces that it is ‘Robin Hood country’ – and indeed it is a stereotypical association that they should be proud of, none more-so than when you are taking in the view of Sherwood Forest from Clumber Park Hotel and Spa.
A contemporary venue, Clumber Park Hotel and Spa opened its 73 rooms three years ago, with the new developments constructed around, and in keeping with the original period building. Accommodation is spacious, light and pared down with modern interiors and a neutral palette throughout.
Continuing the light and airy theme, The New Leaf Spa benefits particularly in nice weather from large windows around the pool on one side and doors opening out onto an inner courtyard on the other. There is a pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room as well as an outdoor decking area with a hot tub and six treatment rooms using the organic and somewhat niche Ytsara products as well as Jessica and Elemis. The two additional entrances – a direct one for day spa guests from the car park as well as one from the hotel so that anyone on an overnight break can come down from their room in their dressing gown, and as there is a café area you can also have lunch and cups of tea without having to go into the hotel’s main restaurant.
There are two restaurants in addition to the café area in the spa – The Courtyard is a formal setting offering an a la carte menu on Friday and Saturday evenings only, while the Normanton Inn is a 21st century pub offering everything from snacks to steaks and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
The hotel sits just over the road from the Clumber Park estate – 3,800 acres of National Trust parkland in what was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Aside from the general beauty of these surroundings, that amount of open space allows for cycling, family entertainment in the form of a Discovery Centre and play park, and ferry rides. The hotel also has its own Clumber Jungle offering teambuilding exercises and activities including archery, laser tag, and pony trekking.
Easily accessible from the main roads, the hotel’s great asset is the surrounding environment that it looks out onto – so definitely take advantage of it while you were there!
– If you are here for a full day or over night head over to the National Trust gardens to do some exploring.
– Opt for one of the Ytsara treatments if you have not had one before … of course all the treatments are special, but these provide something a little different with the added bonus of an organic feel-good factor.
– Drive … despite not being far off the main roads, the hotel is surrounded by forest and is by far the most accessible by car.
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