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.
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.
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.
Around every corner you’re treated to either antique-style furniture, oversized tapestries or huge ceramic vases and splendid Tudor portraits.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re graced with typical British weather there are plenty of board games to keep you entertained or the 29-seater cinema.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa | Fawsley | NN11 3BA
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