Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

You know the saying, the older get the wiser you become. Well, I’m certainly holding on to that particular gem with two hands and running with it.

Why wiser? Well the older I’ve become I’ve realised how important it is to make sure you create me time. Granted, the older you get along with the added responsibilities it can also make this an impossible feat at times. I believe, it’s crucial to your well-being to snatch some selfish time and concentrate on just you. It certainly helps me re-calibrate and return to my loved ones as a better mummy, wife and me!

With those thoughts in mind this year I decided to take a more relaxing approach for my birthday, as opposed to last years extravaganza which you can read about here. Myself and three friends were in dire need of unplugging from the matrix, if only for one night.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa is part of Hand Picked Hotels, which has a collection of architecturally stunning country house hotels around the UK and Channel islands. Set in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside the hotel came to the rescue with a fantastic classic spa break deal. They offer a one night stay in the grand country house with a two course spa lunch on arrival followed by full use of the health club and spa facilities plus two 25 minute treatments each, a three course dinner and a full traditional breakfast the following morning. And the price, I hear you all asking. Based on two people sharing you can revel in this glory from £173 each depending on the type of room booked. Amazing value I think you’ll agree.

The Hotel

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

From the moment you drive through the wrought iron gates onto the long gravelled driveway towards the elegant Grade I listed property, you’ll be swept away by the grandeur of your surroundings. The hotel is a blend of medieval and luxury country-style chic.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Around every corner you’re treated to either antique-style furniture, oversized tapestries or huge ceramic vases and splendid Tudor portraits.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

The heart of the hotel is the magnificent Tudor Great Hall. Its high ceiling filled with impressive arched beams, wood panelling, beautifully upholstered seating and the most ginormous grandiose windows will leave you speechless.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

When you’re in need of a tipple the Tudor Bar will help quench your thirst. It’s located in the original west wing home once to the Brew House, built around the same time as the Great Hall. Nowadays you can enjoy a spot of lunch or afternoon tea in the cosy mahogany bar.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

There is also no excuse to miss the surrounding 2000 acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel provides a good stock of wellies and a handy list of trails.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

If you’re graced with typical British weather there are plenty of board games to keep you entertained or the 29-seater cinema.

The Room

With 60 rooms on offer, you have a choice of a traditional or contemporary style room. The rooms in the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian wings are designed with antique decor, making the most of the period features. There is also the Queen Elizabeth master suite named after a former guest in 1575. Complete with a four-poster bed, an ornate bathtub and huge stone fireplace you’ll certainly leave feeling like royalty.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

We stayed in the Stable Spa Club room, just across from the main hotel in the spa building. It meant we could saunter down in our robes and slippers straight from the room into the spa. Perfect for when your break is all about the spa.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

The modern style rooms were very spacious and  furnished in soft fabrics and furniture in browns and creams. A special high-five to the Hypnos Lansdowne cashmere mattress, it transformed us all into sleeping beauties in no time at all.

The Spa

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

We were lured to the hotel by the amazing spa deals on offer and enjoyed two 25 minute treatments. From a choice of a massage, express facial, tired eye treatment, full body scrub, shape and polish for fingers or toes. Obviously I couldn’t resist the back, shoulder and neck massage and the express facial definitely helped to brighten up my tired face. Elemis products are used for the spa therapies which is another added bonus.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

You can also enjoy a 17 metre pool, steam room, sauna and a luscious outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool. When you feel like completely zoning out there is a quiet relaxation room with snuggly blankets.

The Food

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Fawsley’s 2 AA Rosette Cedar Restaurant is where most of the foodie action happens. Our one night escape started with a lovely light two course spa lunch in the grand medieval-like surroundings with stone walls, gothic arched windows and fireplaces. My goat’s cheese, pesto and chargrilled vegetable couscous salad hit the right notes and set me up for an afternoon of relaxing.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

The evening three course Table d’Hote menu was great value too. I started with a grilled vegetable antipasti with red pesto and mozzarella. My main, a puff pastry box filled with sweet potato, haloumi, spinach, provençale sauce, lacked on the presentation front but packed a punch with the flavours.

The carnivores amongst me enjoyed a very tender and juicy lamb shank. All ending with a lemon posset and raspberry sorbet with just the right amount of sweet to end the meal.

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Breakfast scored high with us all. You can either choose from a hot one cooked to order and served at your table or a cold buffet with cereals, yoghurts, freshly baked breads, pastries, fruits, cheeses and cold meats.

The restaurant caters for all diest with advance warning and I spied they also have children’s menus too.

And finally…

Escape to Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Fawsley Hall provided some very tired mums a perfect place to escape and unwind. It’s a wonderful hotel in a picturesque countryside setting. The break certainly helped to banish those cobwebs and rejuvenate us all to fight another day.

Where is your favourite spa break? Have you been to Fawsley Hall?

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14 Comments

  1. 11th December 2017 / 9:50 am

    Fawsley Hall looks gorgeous and what amazing food!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      11th December 2017 / 9:57 am

      Full of charm and character Angie and not far from London!

  2. 11th December 2017 / 1:35 pm

    What a beautiful spot! That Tudor Great Hall looks especially AMAZING! I’d love to treat myself to a weekend away somewhere like this at some point – I bet it’s such a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      12th December 2017 / 10:02 pm

      It was so lovely getting away if only for one night Laura. Fingers crossed your treat happens soon x

  3. 12th December 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I stayed at Fawsley a few years ago, it’s a beautiful hotel!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      12th December 2017 / 10:01 pm

      This was my second time and yes such a gorgeous, charming hotel.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      18th December 2017 / 10:19 pm

      It was well needed Aaron and didn’t disappoint.

    • Shirin Bobat
      26th January 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Absolutely spectacular short break i enjoyed with the Pixie..i have to say the food was probably the best ive eaten at a spa..no nod to deprivation or “diet” ..simply divine indulgence for those whos idea of Spa is to eat and drink and nurture the human senses.. and all in the price. A late thank you for organising Pixie but the memory still strong. Perfect short weekend break. X

    • Shirin Bobat
      26th January 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Reena i went with the pixie to this one..after months of slog where summer hols was a mere memoryi was in the mood to nurture and indulge myself.. the food was gorgeous..a fab wine list ..you must try it with the girls. One of the best weekend breaks ive been on.x

      • Sima Sthanakiya
        27th January 2018 / 3:55 pm

        Time for another I think Shirin 😉

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      22nd January 2018 / 10:06 pm

      It was amazing Scarlett.

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