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Whittlebury Wonderful Luxury Spa
ashbourne, United Kingdom
January 25, 2010
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WHERE IS THIS?Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, Nr Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8QH.This is a hotel, Management Training Centre, leisure centre and day spa as well as a golf course. It is just near Silverstone racetrack so I suspect it might get ...
WHERE IS THIS?
Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, Nr Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8QH.
This is a hotel, Management Training Centre, leisure centre and day spa as well as a golf course. It is just near Silverstone racetrack so I suspect it might get busy when there is a big race there so this might be a time to avoid.
I booked through Lastminute.com but then I did phone the hotel directly after booking in order to find out more about the spa and treatments they had on offer. They were delightful and explained everything to me, suggested that I visit the day spa website to see the treatments and also tipped me off about the fact that you can use the spa all day on the day you are booked in, you don’t have to wait till check in time at the hotel. So you can get there for 10am use the spa and leisure centre and then check in to the room after 3pm. On the day you leave she also told me that if you check out of the hotel before 11am then come to the leisure centre, you can use those facilities in theory till 11am but in realty you can stay as long as you like as they can’t really check unless you try to bill something to your room!
I paid £150 for two of us for one night with breakfast and an evening meal and I also upgraded to the heat and ice experience which was extra , I believe without the upgrade it would have been £138 for two people but I would recommend the heat and ice upgrade as it is more exciting than just the leisure centre. Any treatments that you want are booked directly with the hotel and are extra obviously.
We arrived at the hotel at about 11.30 and found it really easily. We parked the car then went to the hotel to check in. The receptionist gave us a card with our room number on it and explained that we would use that to charge anything to our room. I had to leave a credit card number at the desk but the bill can be paid in cash or by debit card instead when you check out.
The Spa reception area had a number of nice chairs and tables for relaxing in plus there was a table with herbal teas and jugs of iced water with slices of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit in them with disposable plastic glasses for you to help yourself to. Also on this table was an enormous bowl of fresh fruit piled high with various different fruits which you could also help yourself to which I thought was a lovely idea and I didn’t see anyone grabbing handfuls greedily.
The changing rooms had the lockers, separate shower cubicles and toilets. There were also hair dryers for use of patrons and in the showers were shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in big containers on the wall and you just pushed the button to get the required amount so there was no waste. The hand wash and hand cream on the basins was Molton Brown and very nice but not sure about the shower stuff as there were no labels on the container.
HEAT AND ICE EXPERIENCE
Once in the Heat and Ice area you have to hang your robe (with slippers in the pocket) and towel on a hanger and then remember which hanger number you put it on! Then you can start to experience the various parts of the area. We spent quite a lot of the time in the lovely warm round pool which had jets of water squirting at your various wobbly body bits depending on which jets you chose and how you stood or sat. In the middle were big nozzles which squirted warm water at your neck and back which was wonderful for you when you were under it but the spray coming off splashed anyone nearby which was not that pleasant.
Beyond the central pool other excitements included the foot baths which nobody seemed able to make function, a warm marble bench which was actually quite hot, two stone loungers (trepidariums) that were heated and always had someone on them so we didn’t get to try them . To add to the wet experience there were a number of different showers offering various experiences, a bucket shower, a drench shower and experience showers which appeared to have mood lights but we were not able to make them work for us. Then there were rooms that either heated you or if you were brave enough you could also experience the ice cave which was freezing cold, had cold showers and buckets of ice for rubbing on your body. We positioned ourselves in the sauna just opposite the ice cave and were entertained by other brave or stupid people sharing ice with friends. My particular favourites were the aromatherapy crystal steam room and the caldarium which was not as hot as a steam room or sauna but still very warming. Next to the sauna was a sanarium but for some reason we managed to miss this one so I’m not sure what pleasures awaited you there.
FOOD AND DRINK
We felt a little peckish after an hour or so and having managed to retrieve our lovely white robes we went in search of something light to eat. Upstairs in a relaxation area there was food on offer which included a muffin at £6, tea at £3.75, a cheese plate with small portions of about 6 cheeses, 4 biscuits and a sliced up quarter of an apple for £7.25 or an afternoon tea for £14.50. Astonishingly expensive we thought.
The hotel was huge and we went down so many corridors to get to our room. Every time we went to or from the room we tried a different way but all were equally long and complicated and we usually ended up coming down in a different lift, it was all most confusing.
Everywhere in the hotel and the spa was immaculate, very smart decor, comfortable and quietly calm and efficient. The lobby area was huge, open and airy with a number of areas to sit on brown leather sofas, plush carpets and lovely flowers arrangements.
The room was quite large with twin beds, a double sofa bed, coffee table, TV unit and also a desk with plug in internet access which I did not use so I’m not sure about the cost. In the wardrobe was a unit with a combination safe and tea/coffee making stuff including two hot chocolates and two packets of biscuits and of course the kettle with posh cups and saucers.
The beds were really comfortable and there were plenty of pillows. The window opened up onto a flat roof area but it did mean that you could have fresh air and the window open while you were in bed which I like.
The bathroom was fresh, clean and big with a bath and shower over the bath, a toilet and bidet then two basins and a large mirror. We also had lovely little Molton Brown bath gel and shampoo and soaps.
Our package included a three course evening meal in the Aston dining room. We had booked for 7pm but the restaurant is open for meals until last orders taken at 9.15. The menu looked really tempting but some of the items had a surcharge to pay. For our main course I opted to pay a supplement and tucked in to half a lobster tail while my sister had a lamb dish both had lots of fresh vegetables accompanying the main meal.. If the desserts did not grab you then a cheese board selection was also an option. The food was excellent, well cooked and presented. They do state that you have to dress smart casual for dining and the elegant white robes are not allowed in the dining room.
This was also included and was on offer from 7.00 till 9.00 I believe. It was a buffet service as is normal in large hotels. The staff show you to a table set with all necessary crockery and cutlery the coffee or tea is offered by a waiter walking around, top ups are also offered.
THE LEISURE CENTRE
In the leisure centre there is a large pool with jets at one end which I saw working but each time we went to try them they went off. The Jacuzzi was in the corner in a Romanesque columned area and it was pleasant for a few minutes but it did get quite hot in there after a while. The sauna was obviously very hot and after just a couple of minutes I had to return to the cool of the pool.
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