Few places could be more magnificent to see in the autumn than the Mount Juliet Estate in Ireland. Surrounded by exceptional gardens including a historic walled rose garden, the hotel offers guests the chance to stay in the beautiful manor hour or one of the lodges in the grounds. It is a favourite of Conde Nast Traveller and is the quintessential country destination with horse riding, falconry and archery all part of the experience and a Michelin Star meal to return home to.
Stay in one of the rooms, suites, villas or cottages at Sheen Falls Lodge, whichever you choose you will be surrounded by some of the most exceptional Irish countryside you could ask for. Always ranked amongst the best hotels in Ireland, it is a Relais & Chateaux property on the Wild Atlantic Way. Of course it is beautiful at any time of the year, but in the autumn with the changes colours it really comes into its own.
Close to Warwick Castle, Elan Spa At Mallory Court combines the beauty of a country house hotel with a boutique spa at the bottom of the garden. A place to rest your head while you explore the surrounding historic countryside, with an indulgent spa in its own woodland shelter, it is an adult only haven of tranquility after the schools have gone back.
A Victorian country house hotel in Cumbria, Netherwood Hotel and Spa is all about luxury and history combined. A family friendly hotel, it is a great place to take really tiny ones after the rush of the summer holidays, although the spa itself is purely for adults. In the autumn it is particularly charming as there are 15 acres of grounds to roam, views of Morecambe Bay and a cosy snug in the spa to retreat to afterwards.
An adult only spa in a gothic style country house that was once the home of the poet SHelley, Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa are all about decadence. The spa itself has a neoclassical theme and has won multiple awards for its standards. Granite and marble are the dominant materials, while therapists offer a wide range of treatments from Tri –Dosha, Caci, OPI and Loreal. All the while it is set in 120 acres of grounds to wander in on crisp autumn days.
Known for its beautiful setting and sense of escapism, Hoar Cross Hall is the definitive romantic escape in beautiful surroundings, but its spa really is the centre of it all. With a wide range of facilities including a 26-metre saltwater vitality pool, two whirlpools, a plunge pool, saunas, steam rooms, saunariums, body jets, foot and shoulder massagers, Kneipp pools, heated loungers, a Snooze Room, Slumber Lounge and Sanctum Relax Room, as well as a Nordic heat and ice suite, it has everything you need to hunker down in the spa all day. However, it is also blessed with 50 acres of grounds and activities including cycling, tennis, archery, croquet and boules.
Within easy reach of London for a speedy autumn break, Luton Hoo offers unparalleled luxury, from the spa facilities to the black cabs on hand to take you around the grounds should you require it. Welcoming to all from groups, to families and couples, it sits in 1000 acres of gardens and parkland, brimming with mature trees that turn the most magical colours at this time of year including several sweet chestnut trees more than 300 years old.
It is always an extraordinary experience going to Stapleford Park. Whether you’re a couple staying in the main building – a glamorous manor house, or a group of friends staying in one of the on site cottages, it is luxurious and peaceful. The grounds have been designed with aristocracy in mind, and offer sports ranging from clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, archery, falconry and cycling to tennis and croquet. The spa itself is in a separate building to accommodation and the leisure facilities, so families can enjoy the pool while those having treatments can have total tranquility.
A National Trust property in exceptional gardens, Cliveden has its fingers in all the historical pies. It garnered particular fame when its walled garden played a role in the Profumo Affair, and it has also housed the good and the great including Nancy Astor, who is also the inspiration behind one of the spa’s own product lines. Today it continues to have an air of royalty about it, making it an unusually elaborate destination for an autumn mini break.
So elegant, so glamorous, and yet a world of two extremes. While the hotel is an exceptional property and the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, dating back to the 1880s, the newly refurbished spa is an entirely contemporary facility. While the hotel is romantic, the spa is ideal for anyone whether a group or couple, and welcomes both hotel and day guests. Meanwhile, the grounds really are worth spending time in – go for a walk and get lost surrounded by fallow deer and populated with lakes and woodland.
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