“Relaxation with a magnolia tinge”: Super Spabreaker, Catherine Gladwyn, continues her year of pampering by heading to Surrey to the original health spa …
This month took me to Grayshott Spa and Hotel in beautiful Surrey, a relatively short journey from home. Grayshott comes with a wealth of history, with its first recorded mention being in 1185. Grayshott also boasts a famous former lodger in Poet Laureate, Lord Alfred Tennyson. So in the words of Tennyson, was this my opportunity to ‘seek a newer world’?
Wow! An extremely impressive building;you enter the main door into a beautiful, warm, inviting reception area with the world’s biggest lampshade. I think the lampshade gets bigger throughout your stay to make you feel like you’re losing weight. Reception staff were professional, welcoming, and eager to please. Once checked in we were given a tour of the hotel and facilities, which was very useful.
After an almost breathtaking exterior, the interior is very clean and well presented, albeit a slight overdoes of magnolia, which creates a lack of vibrancy. There are many areas to sit and relax, and tea and coffee are free throughout your stay. The bedroom was a generous size and we had a wonderful view over the the tranquil grounds.
Again very clean and also very relaxing; there are two steam rooms, two saunas and two relaxation rooms – one for men and one for women. Men and women can mix everywhere else. The hydrotherapy and swimming pool are a good size and a pleasant temperature; I could have spent all day in the bubbles.
Welcoming and peaceful were the overriding characteristics in the dining room. The breakfast and lunch are buffets with a great choice of healthy food, all with lots of flavour. I suggest you fill up at these times as dinner is delicate and there is no opportunity to grab snacks throughout the day, other than canapés at six which are, again, small. Good job I packed Pringles. I think the spa would benefit from a juice/snack bar for grazing in the day, but this would obviously be an enormous temptation for those on a cleansing package.
Ideal! On leaving the spa it felt like we had been in another world for 24 hours, you completely forget about the hustle and bustle of real life. The grounds are vast and the spa offer accompanied walks, which I would take advantage of if I was lucky enough to return one day.
I would definitely return, who wouldn’t. I am privileged to be able to experience this spa. I think it is a place that would suit those who are happy to be alone with their own thoughts or travelling with a companion, however, my guest and I did come away feeling refreshed, relaxed and re-vitalised so the objective was achieved … and yes, I feel ready to seek a newer world …
– There are over 40 fitness classes on each week at Grayshott, from intense workouts like circuits to a gentle hour of Yoga. We attended four classes and each one was very good – the aim of each class was achieved and we felt like we’d had a good workout / totally relaxed. I recommend the aqua aerobics – I thought I was fit until I had to fight with a set of foam weights under water – it was lots of fun and I haven’t laughed so much in a while.
– Fill up at breakfast and lunch time when there is a buffet available; in the evening portions are limited even though the food is lovely, to fit in with their motto – ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’.
Next stop … Ruthin Castle , Denbighshire in beautiful North Wales … And I’m going to indulge in this one by myself on a solo spa break
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