LUXURY SPA REVIEW: Ragdale Hall, Melton Mowbray, Leics
REVIEW: Richard Lockstone
I know there are many people out there with much more stressful jobs than myself, however, like many of us, I have my days when I just need a glass of wine and a de-stress session at the gym followed by a hot shower and an early night. Managing the Malmaison hotel in Newcastle with its 100 plus staff can provide its share of stressful days, despite being a job that I absolutely love.
Once the winter season is out the way I can find a little time to reinstate a social element back into my life; or at least find a little ‘me time’ and I have found the perfect spot. Meet Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire, a world away from the hectic pace of business life.
In total I spent two days and two nights here and I really did not want to leave. When you arrive the car is parked for you and you are asked to ensure that your phone is on silent and not used in the hall, so I thought I might as well turn it off for a total digital detox. You are then provided with a schedule for the duration of your stay. I was very pleased with my schedule, as it basically read: lunch, dinner, treatment, lunch, dinner! As food is always the highlight of my day this planner was perfect!
That evening’s dinner was fantastic, a varied and quality menu with a great selection including lots of healthy, vegetarian, gluten free options and more. Happily I have none of the aforementioned dietary limitations and therefore excitedly chose a main course of Guinea fowl with creamy Anna potatoes, selection of perfectly cooked veg and a cocoa infused sauce. I also ordered a lovely bottle of southern Rhone red blend to pair; now this was my kind of spa! After dinner, to our delight, the snow began to fall and it continued overnight to add even more enchantment to the grounds of this wonderfully beautiful hall.
The two days flew by, much of which was spent in the Hall’s simply outstanding, world class, thermal spa, (where the candle pool was my favourite) and in the many different peaceful relaxation areas around the Hall. After our top treatments in the fabulous spa, 48 hours later my batteries were fully recharged. And we didn’t even get the chance to take full advantage of the gym, highly comprehensive fitness class timetable, tennis, walks and much more. Thankfully there is always a next time.
If you have a busy or stressful worklife, I can highly recommend a break away at Ragdale Hall, the benefits will remain with you long after you depart.