One of the best things about putting ‘visiting Spa’s’ on my Anti-Bucket List is getting to do one of my favourite things…. visit spa’s!
The old manor house has been turned into a hotel in the most beautiful way. It has retained the feel of a house, keeping four large drawing rooms with fire places for guests to relax in (or read and write within as was the case with us – what can I say, it’s all rock n’ roll when two writers go away). With such a number of drawing rooms and a library available to use, it never feels crowded. There was more than one moment when I felt like I was in Downton Abbey, especially when walking down the engraved, ornate staircase.
The Spa is in the old stables and has been wonderfully converted, again very sympathetically, complete with the required beige stone and soothing music. The Spa uses Aromatherapy Associates a product that surprisingly, I hadn’t tried before. The smell was delicious, not as fragrant as other products but I think that is a good sign. It shows that there aren’t high levels of chemical perfumes added.
I had the Aromatherapy Associates Essential Rose Facial with Back Massage. Starting with the back massage the therapist focused on my shoulders after I told her it was my area of concern and then went into the facial, complete with an amazing head massage. I honestly felt like a new woman and my skin looked so clean and radiant, wonderful. My wonderful co-assistant reviewer had an Indian Head Massage which she enjoyed but would have liked more time spent on her head and less on her shoulders as her back is so ticklish. Thank God I don’t have that problem, couldn’t imagine not liking back massages!
I was very impressed by the products and went on to buy the Rose Face Mask and Rose Facial Tonic, which I am enjoying using.
Overall, I loved Hartwell House Hotel and Spa. So much so that I am planning on taking husband there and it is high on my list of favourite hotel. An amazing big tick of the Anti-Bucket List 2015, but I think I will happily add it again and again! 🙂
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