Partying like it’s 1846, The Grove once played host to the house parties of the longest reigning monarch prior to our own dear Lizzie, with other house guests including Edward VII, Horace Walpole and Lord Palmerston … given its location within easy access of London, The Grove proved to be the ideal destination for a weekend jaunt, not much has changed then really!
The ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, dating back to the 1880s, Swinton Park is a luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales and as of 2017 it has a spa to match its luxurious accommodation. With spectacular views and world class standards, it’s got everything to make you feel like a queen.
Just outside Royal Leamington Spa, on the doorstep of Warwick Castle, Elan Spa at Mallory Court is part of the Relais & Chateaux collection. It is recognised as one of the finest country house hotels in Warwickshire, and while the hotel is historic, the spa in its grounds is a new addition with its own entrance in a sheltered wooded area so it’s perfect as a day spa or a weekend getaway.
Surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, Rudding Park has an adult only spa and is a luxury hotel and spa in Harrogate. A Grade One listed Regency property, its Clocktower restaurant and bar has two AA Rosettes, while the spa is set over three floors and is a multi sensory experience for mind, body and soul.
Looking out across 350 acres of beautiful grounds in the Durham countryside, Ramside Hall Hotel is a wonderful destination for couples or groups of friends. The private outdoor infinity pool takes up to eight people and is perfect for groups, while other facilities include an outstanding balcony infinity pool and the spa’s own restaurant.
The clue is really in the title on this one, and while they may not be royal, Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill favoured the food and wine at this destination, which is as good a recommendation as you could get. The hotel is extremely special, even Muhammad Ali was a fan, and the spa is flawless at every level, with tailored treatments and unique therapies, and even London’s first Watsu pool.
Set within 375 acres of beautiful countryside, on the banks of the River Tees, Rockliffe Hall has quite a history, acting as a hospital and the backdrop for parts of Michael Caine’s 1971 film Get Carter. Today it is a five red star hotel, retaining its Gothic charm accompanied by a contemporary spa that combines a spectacular indoor/outdoor experience.
An award-winning resort with a luxurious adult-only spa, Alexander House Hotel is a Gothic haven infused with granite and marble features. With a vibe much like a grand Roman spa, this is a place that oozes luxury and is an idyllic place for romantic mini breaks – especially of the pre-wedding variety.
Flanked by two gilt stags at the door, Hoar Cross Hall is renowned as a beautiful setting with a multitude of aspects that all contribute to its air of total escapism. It has a 26-metre saltwater vitality pool amongst other facilities within an Elizabethan manor house built in 1871.
For a celebratory drink, The Vineyard is hard to beat. This five-star country hotel is owned by the Michael family is a former 18th Century hunting lodge remodelled as an homage to the produce of the family vineyard in California. The spa is a spectacular circular glass space looking out onto the hotel grounds and you can go for a themed experience with the spa’s own bespoke Red Grape products in your treatments before a tour of the wine cellar.