Research shows that spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90% of people, but if you’re going to do it, do it right and head to some of the UK’s most beautiful spa gardens…
Over 150 acres of scenic grounds and landscaped gardens surround this beautiful historic hotel and spa. It’s ideal for a walk, cycle, jog, round of golf or game of tennis. Situated near the M40, it’s within easy walking distance of the centre of Shakespearean Stratford-upon-Avon, so you could even take in a play or add a river cruise to your stay.
Escape to the Staffordshire countryside with a spa break at stately home Hoar Cross Hall, where period style meets modern luxury. The relaxation begins as you make your way up the long drive and once there, take a stroll around the elegant formal gardens and see the exquisite Italian water garden or 30 acres of woodland. The emphasis is on calmness and tranquillity at this adult only spa which includes outdoor terraces and pools. Archery, boules, croquet, tennis and cycling are also available.
Fancy a spot of five star country luxury within easy reach of central London? Spoil yourselves at The Grove, billed as London’s country estate and voted one of the top 10 UK Spas by Conde Nast Traveller. Easily accessed from the M25, although you wouldn’t know it once you arrive, the hotel and spa is surrounded by 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. The hotel gardens are brimming with periodically changing art installations and sculptures, and it even has its own urban beach to rest your deckchair on if the sun comes out. Walk, run, swim, cycle, play golf and eat – it’s just the pick me up to set you up for summer.
Be beside the beach at Bailiffscourt and blow those cobwebs away with tip top treatments, first rate facilities and fabulous customer service. Make the most of the great outdoors, do a spot of yoga in the gardens or go for a countryside walk and jog. Or you might just choose to enjoy the view from inside the exceptional spa facilities.
Step off the treadmill of modern life and experience the countryside at Congham Hall Hotel & Spa near King’s Lynn. Set amidst the hotel’s renowned herb garden, enjoy the fruits of their sprouting spring herbs and blossoming flowers in signature spa treatments, then relax in the outdoor hot tub. If you feel like venturing out and about there are plenty of things to do including walking on this part of the Norfolk coast, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Remember Four Weddings and a Funeral? That second wedding scene? Or Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut? or Sean Connery in Never say Never Again? Well you could take a spa break where these were shot if you go to Luton Hoo Hotel & Spa. Set in more than 1,000 acres of gardens, parkland, woodland and golf course, this beautiful mansion hotel and spa offers you a terrific range of ESPA treatments to help you get ready for summer and if you fancy heading out into the great outdoors you can walk, or hire a bike and explore. On second thoughts, maybe watching the pheasants from your lounger by the indoor pool may suffice.
Get in touch with your inner country gent at Swinton Hall Hotel & Spa near Ripon in North Yorkshire, the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton. Walking, cycling, fishing, golf, falconry, riding and shooting are all available and there are running tracks within the 200 acres of parkland. A gentler pursuit might be a meander around the four acre walled garden where much of the hotel’s own produce is grown for use in the restaurant.
Included in the facilities offered at Castlemartyr Resort are self catering lodges within the grounds, so why not take the family and enjoy country walks, cycling, fishing, horse riding, archery and clay pigeon shooting on the 220 acre estate? There’s also a superb modern spa with ESPA treatments, pools and a gym.
In a spectacular location with the River Maine running through the estate, this luxury spa ticks all the boxes for a superb spa break set in splendid scenery. The first Thermal Village in Northern Ireland, in addition to its many indoor activities and treatments, there’s the bliss of swimming outside in a heated pool or relaxing in one of the riverside hot tubs. Their Beltane Experience, set around a sunken fire with friends before a dip in the 12 man hot tub, is a particular favourite. If you feel like venturing out for the day, you have the beautiful north Antrim coast nearby, so you can step out for a walk and see where Games of Thrones is filmed.
A magical spa, which has enjoyed many updates in recent years to make it one of the UK’s leading spa hotels, Rudding Park is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland. The hotel also has beautiful gardens to explore, not least a unique rooftop spa garden. If you’re staying in the hotel, the Kitchen Garden will also feature prominently as it supplies the restaurant with much of its ingredients.
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