As she continues her training for a mammoth charity bike ride across the UK next summer, bionic woman, Claire Lomas, took a little time out of her training schedule for a bit of pampering at Whittlebury Hall!
Whittlebury Hall is easy to get to as it’s just off A43. There is good parking with disabled parking close to the entrance, and although it was busy at check-in time, it didn’t feel like it once everyone spread out, and staff are extremely helpful.
The heat and ice facilities are wonderful, although I didn’t get to try the hydrotherapy pool as I can’t get in without the aid of my strong husband, Dan. However, I could get into the heat rooms, which were really relaxing, and the pool area was very much enjoyed. There is something very, very relaxing about loungers by the pool, I could have been anywhere – so I had a little snooze which was just what I needed. Sometimes, the fact I can’t get in the pool without Dan means I get to actually rest! Swimming is tiring anyway! The most special part for me was the hot stone massage. It really was the most relaxing massage I have ever had on my sore shoulders and arms which are tired from cycling training. We altered the treatment slightly as I have no sensation from chest down, and my therapist, Laura, was brilliant, and adapted it so that instead of massage on the legs and lower back, I had a mini facial and head massage. I simply could not fault it. I wish she could come on the bike challenge and I could get that every evening! Now I recommend a hot stone massage to everyone. The heat really helps relax the muscles and therefore was the most effective massage I have ever had.
The restaurant is relaxed, friendly and casual. There is a nice buffet lunch, which was very healthy, although I did see that there was a menu with other things on it too. I initially thought there should have been a naughty option for dessert, which was a fruit salad, but the panic was soon over when we settled our cravings with a delicious afternoon tea (scone with clotted cream!) That was worth every penny!
The hotel is set in very attractive grounds, and it is easily accessible as it isn’t far from major transport links.
Whittlebury Hall is definitely another good spa for anyone in wheelchair as no steps or lifts where needed. Another benefit to this venue is that I don’t think it matters what age you are – it has something for a very wide variety of clients. It is quite a vibrant environment, and there are quite a few people by the pool, which probably makes it better suited to girly breaks with lots of chatter rather than a romantic break. In the same way, if I was going to get into the pool, I would probably rather a slightly quieter environment where it is less intimidating being carried into the water!
– Have the hot stone massage
– Make sure treat yourself to afternoon tea, (but only order for one as bring you two big scones!) … A naughty treat is what we all need!
-Get there early enough as the time goes too quickly as there is so much to do with all the different heat rooms, treatments, and pools.
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