Fragrance is a personal statement. Imagine creating one specially for your Mother. Clever fragrance combining by Jo Malone means scents can be worn solo, or layered for a truly individual perfume. Freshen a rich floral with a citrus zing or add spice for something sophisticated and warm. Our favourite is Pomegranate Noir with Blackberry & Bay: ‘Ruby-rich juices of Pomegranate Noir spiked up with pink pepper and layered with deep tart blackberries and brambly woods in Blackberry & Bay creates a vibrant and succulent juiciness and an unforgettable winter sensation’. Jo Malone, Fenwick
Rockliffe Hall Hotel & Spa is the place to take her away for some serious pampering. This award-winning, five star hotel boasts one of the most fabulously luxurious spas in the UK with treatments by skin care specialists Dr Murad and Comfort Zone. All 50,000 square feet of spa are given over to the serious business of beauty and relaxation. With a hydro-pool, sound wave therapy beds, tepidarium, calidarium, and ice fountain, she won’t know what to try first. Lucky then, that she can simply opt to laze around the pool with attentive Spa Butlers to attend to her every need whilst she makes up her mind! Rockliffe Hall Hotel & Spa, Hurworth-On-Tees, Darlington 01325 729999
Where There’s A Will
No, we’re not so crass as to be talking about your inheritance here. Would your Mum love to have a little help when it comes to losing a little weight or getting fitter? Why not buy her a series of Personal Training Sessions? Sometimes all it takes is a timely shove in the right direction. Better than a gym membership, with a Personal Trainer to help, advise and motivate she is far more likely to kick the bad habits and start (and stick to) a new health regime. And she will thank you for it – eventually. Bodyguards, Jesmond 0191 239 9000 Shaping Futures, Durham 07903 700856 Dan Flint, Whickham 0191 488 2196
Grow It Alone
Ditch the cellophane wrapped flowers for something much more meaningful. An ornamental fruit tree can last a lifetime and is worth growing for pleasure alone, but the added attraction of a bumper fruit crop means your Mum can enjoy her own mini harvest of fresh fruit too. A lasting reminder of just how special she is. From all good garden centres regionwide
Time For Tea
The Duchess of Bedford may have enjoyed afternoon tea every day of the week – she did after all invent the concept. But how many of us have the time to indulge in such afternoon delights? Clear the diary and make time for a Champagne Afternoon Tea. There are many places across the region which now offer this rather delightful interlude, including Close House Hotel where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, tempting pastries and stunning silverware, all in the hotel’s opulent Agent d’Or restaurant. Close House Hotel, Heddon-on-the-Wall 01661 852255
As a generation there is no doubt we will regret the lack of family photographs we now take and keep. In a very small space of time we have gone from snap happy shots of their first day at school through to graduation, all proudly developed and displayed, to fuzzy phone pics which are easily lost over time. Spend some time downloading those photos and surprise her with an ‘old-fashioned’ photo album including your own little notations and wisecracks. It is something she will always treasure.
Thanks For The Memories
For many busy families it is not the material things that count. When all is said and done the most important thing you can give anyone is time. Family get togethers may be rarer as we live further apart, and perhaps that is why we put so much store in traditional holidays, Christmas and Easter, but most Mummies simply love having the pleasure of their children’s company. Plan a special night. It need not involve an expensive meal out or flamboyant gestures. A simple (but hopefully delicious) supper cooked by someone else will always be appreciated. Invest in a new board game or indulge in some good, old-fashioned competitive charades. It will be a night she remembers.
The Retreat at Split Farthing Hall is a very special place. Nestling in the Vale of York, this women-only retreat is a haven of tranquility and the place to let your Mum focus on herself. Aimed at showing individuals how to obtain that elusive life balance, small, intimate groups of up to five can relax in a safe and discreet environment allowing guests to take back control of their life, health and emotional wellbeing via an holistic approach of powerful coaching techniques, meditation, yoga, exercise and diet. Split Farthing Hall, Bagby, Thirsk 01845 597041 www.splitfarthinghall.co.uk