Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The end of the year is nigh and don’t we all know it? It’s always around this time I find I’m in need of the pause button. Time out to help recharge my batteries and escape the pressures of everyday life. Maybe it’s the fact I’m another year older or that I’m a lover of ME time and in desperate need for some QT with my bestie.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

Either way the resplendent New Hall Hotel and Spa in the leafy suburb of Sutton Coldfield came to the rescue. Part of the Hand Picked Hotels group, New Hall claims to be the oldest moated house in England. Hand Picked Hotels offer a unique collection of architecturally striking country house hotels. Most of their award-winning hotels are listed buildings of historical significance. It’s one of the main reasons I’m so drawn to their properties, what with my having been a princess in many of my former lives and all (cue Mr S rolling his eyes about now). But I digress. You can read about a previous stay at one of their luxury country house hotels Fawsley Hall here.Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

This 800 year old historic house has a beautifully preserved medieval tower, covered drawbridge and sits in 26 acres of beautiful parkland. It definitely has the wow factor and I was overcome with excitement on arrival. Have you ever crossed a moat complete with gargoyles as you enter a hotel reception? No, neither had I.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

From the moment you walk into the enchanting building you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. From fine mullioned windows which contain medallions of Flemish glass and dark oak panelling from the 16th Century to grand fireplaces and gleaming chandeliers. A house which once hosted Henry VIII is my home for the night – It’s quite extraordinary.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The 60 bed four star hotel exudes charm and character from every corner. One of the most lavish rooms is the Great Chamber, where many a wedding takes place. Originally constructed in 1542 by Thomas Gibbons it was enlarged by Henry Sacheverall at the end of the 16th century.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The windows are glazed with small leaded quarters and many have diamond writings etched by George Sacheverall, dating back to 1589 from when he was imprisoned in the room – Serious history geek high!

Bringing it back to more recent times. Bon Jovi also fell in love with the building and shot part of his video I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead in the Great Chamber. Can you believe they actually blew the roof off with the bass! They played so loudly, apparently the fine ribbed ceiling of moulded plasterwork cracked with the vibrations – Naughty!

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

You’ll be glad to hear we were much more civilised on our recent visit. We stayed in an Executive Room overlooking the elegant courtyard garden. The refurbished room blended timeless features with contemporary details and rich fabrics.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

I loved the small details in the hotel like Warwick the cute teddy bear sat guarding our twinned beds. The hotel’s version of a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign, if placed outside the door you’ll be left in peace. The bathroom although a little on the small side, is anything but old-fashioned and fully modernised.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

This overnight stay had relaxation written all over it. We were staying on the a classic spa break Hand Picked Hotels offers across its spa properties. It’s incredible value from only £176 depending on your choice of room and based on two sharing. It includes a one night stay in a grand historic 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.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The 2 AA Rosette Bridge Restaurant is a stunning dark oak panelled dining room of Anglo Saxon origin. In such grand surroundings with magnificent stained glass windows and imposing portraits the restaurant offers a relaxed informal environment where lunch, dinner and breakfast is served. We arrived at the hotel just in time for our spa lunch.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The restaurant has a changing seasonal menu of contemporary British dishes, where ingredients are given pride of place. They were also very accommodating when the veggies arrived and asked about swapping dishes around from the main menu to the spa lunch menu. Just one example of their nothing is too much approach I experienced from all the staff I came across.

We began with a deliciously soft and warm seeded roll. A fresh and flavoursome mozzarella and heritage tomato salad followed, finishing with a perfectly spiced falafel wrap and the yummiest thick cut chips this side of the Midlands.

With our bellies satisfied and the spa beckoning we wandered over to the spa for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation. Armed with robes, towels and slippers we relaxed and enjoyed the facilities, including the 14 metre swimming pool. From the choice of five treatments available in our package, I opted for the full body scrub which left my dehydrated winter skin super soft. A well needed back, neck and shoulders massage followed. It only took one inhale of the stress-relieving aromatherapy oil and I zoned out completely.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The spa has no dedicated relaxation zone, so we spent the rest of the afternoon lounging by the jacuzzi and pool. The area is bathed in natural light by the large south-west facing latticed windows which overlook the landscaped gardens. It’s the perfect place to sit back relax, swim a few laps or loosen up in the sauna and steam room.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

Completely relaxed we headed back to our room in our bathrobes to get ready for dinner in the grand dining room. Our evening meal didn’t disappoint either, with a beautifully presented starter of whipped white lake driftwood goats cheese and beetroot.

My main of butternut squash and Cropwell Bishop risotto was the creamiest ever and topped with a crispy duck egg. The portions were huge too, so we were both in two minds about dessert. Temptation got the better of us, so we shared the rather delectable warm treacle tart with clotted cream ice cream.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

With no kids or husbands to think about in the morning, you’d think I would have blissfully enjoyed my lie in. Err no…I was up and out of the door at 7.30 AM and took a lovely walk in the cold morning air around the amazing grounds.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

The medieval moat surrounding the building was built to provide protection and is fed by seven springs. There is so much history in the extensive shrubbed and wooded area too, with terraces dating back to the 16th and 17th century.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

Oh and there are geese. They didn’t like me much and actually hissed at me. Nevertheless they do make the place look pretty. For the sporty types tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course to help work off all the lovely food you’ll eat.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

We ended our wonderful stay on a delicious veggie breakfast. Somewhat of a treat for me as during the week I rarely partake. Scrambled eggs, vegetable sausage, hash brown, beans and a round of hot buttery toast.

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

While the grounds are vast the ambience at New Hall Hotel is both intimate and personal. Our overnight stay from the service, food to the incredibly impressive surroundings was perfect. We left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to step back into the rat race. Until the next time Hand Picked Hotels!

Although one of you lucky readers could be in for some serious R & R sooner than you think and WIN an Indulgent Afternoon Tea Spa Day for two with Hand Picked Hotels!

Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield

Relax and truly unwind courtesy of the country house hotel group, Hand Picked Hotels and be in with a chance to win an indulgent afternoon tea spa day for two. Enter my giveaway on the Curious Pixie Instagram page and you and your guest could enjoy a day at one of the award-winning spa and health clubs with a signature traditional or savoury afternoon tea. You’ll have full access to the swimming pool, spa pool, sauna and steam rooms and relaxation areas to truly unwind in your cosy bathrobes. The prize also includes an indulgent 55 minute spa treatment of your choice to leave you thoroughly pampered, refreshed and recharged. This prize is courtesy of Hand Picked Hotels and must be booked and taken within six months of winning the prize. Dates are subject to availability. Full T&Cs below.

Competition is open to UK & Worldwide residents 18 & over but the prize is UK based. Closes 19th December 2018 at midnight. The lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced just in time for Christmas. Head over to the Curious Pixie Instagram for a chance to win this wonderful experience!

It includes:

An Afternoon Tea for two – either savoury or sweet

2 x 55min Spa treatments (one each) from the following:

Face and body combo

Body combo

Face and eye combo

Full body massage

Luxury facial

Classic pedicure

Luxury manicure

Fingers and toes combo

The prize is valid at the following hotels:

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa – Kent

Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa – Northamptonshire

New Hall Hotel & Spa – Birmingham

Norton House Hotel & Spa – Edinburgh

Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa – Surrey

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa – Cheshire

Wood Hall Hotel & Spa – West Yorkshire

The prize terms & conditions:

A voucher will be issued to the competition winner to allow them to redeem the prize at a hotel listed above.

Valid for six months from the date of issue of the voucher. Valid Monday to Sunday. Subject to availability

Excludes bank holidays and festive dates

The spa day may be cancelled up to 7 days prior to the date of the spa experience – after which the prize will be considered redeemed and cannot be rebooked

All treatment times include consultation, set up and your chosen treatment

Travel is not included

Competition available to United Kingdom and overseas residents aged 18 or over only

This promotional competition is not for resale, is non-refundable and non-transferable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.

No cash refunds can be given under any circumstances.

General spa terms & conditions apply.

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Relaxing Break at New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield
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28 Comments

  1. 10th December 2018 / 9:29 am

    What an absolutely stunning break for relaxation. Stunning building, the food looks delicious and the surroundings are perfect.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      11th December 2018 / 6:20 pm

      It was great night away with the bestie for some much needed QT.

  2. 10th December 2018 / 2:20 pm

    I love this hotel! We have stayed here twice. the building, the food, the spa, the grounds, all so lovely!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      11th December 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. Great escape with my bestie.

  3. 12th December 2018 / 9:30 am

    Oh what a gorgeous country house and a wonderfully relaxing stay!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      12th December 2018 / 1:46 pm

      So needed and so lovely Angie.

  4. 14th December 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Oh my word this spa looks AMAZING!! Who wouldn’t love a weekend away here!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 12:59 pm

      I know! It’s amazing. Make sure you enter the giveaway for a chance to experience it too.

  5. Helen
    14th December 2018 / 10:41 pm

    What absolutely stunning photography! This place looks amazing and the perfect place to take a step back from busy everyday life 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Thank you Helen! Staycations are the best. Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Love a staycation!

  6. 15th December 2018 / 8:25 am

    A love a historic building and this sounds perfect and relaxing for that spa break. The gardens look lovely and the inside looks all warm and cosy

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:03 pm

      It’s such a gorgeous place and a great place to relax.

  7. 15th December 2018 / 11:53 am

    Oh my goodness this place looks like heaven! I feel relaxed just from reading. Will be heading over to enter the giveaway

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:06 pm

      It was a wonderful stay. Good luck Jenni! x

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:09 pm

      Amazing place Laura. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway x

  8. 15th December 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Great competition, I’ve entered! This hotel looks beautiful, and the grounds are just gorgeous. I could eat that food now. Looks a great place for a relaxing break

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:11 pm

      It was so lovely Melissa. The perfect place to relax. Good luck lovely x

  9. 16th December 2018 / 12:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredible! I love the architecture and the interior is stunning. Great food too. What an amazing package!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      16th December 2018 / 1:16 pm

      So gorgeous Emily. Make sure you enter the giveaway for your chance to experience it x

  10. 16th December 2018 / 5:02 pm

    This place looks incredible! What a wonderful break – thanks for the info on the competition – I will check this out!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      17th December 2018 / 8:44 am

      It’s gorgeous Rowena. Giveaway ends on the 19th Dec be sure to enter for your chance to win!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      17th December 2018 / 8:43 am

      It’s a great place to relax and unwind.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      7th January 2019 / 10:06 am

      Thank you Bronwen. We had a lovely break.

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