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April 2015
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The perfect getaways for body and mind

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a spa break at these 11 spas and hotels.

Matfen Hall

What it is: A charming stately home located in the Northumberland countryside.

Highlight: With seasonal dishes and local produce, the Library Restaurant is the place to celebrate.
The ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, Matfen Hall boasts a superb country house hotel, a 27-hole championship golf course and a luxury spa.

Perfect for a spring getaway, book in for a relaxing aroma stone massage in your own private candlelit treatment room before lounging in the soothing salt steam room and enjoying a fresh fruit smoothie.

Matfen Village, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0RH 

Headlam Hall 

What it is: An idyllic rural retreat in beautiful County Durham.

Highlight: There is something for everyone on the hotel’s extensive wine list. This 17th century country house hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque Teesdale countryside, commanding views over the rolling farmland and superb nine-hole golf course. 

The spa boasts a 14-metre heated pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and five treatment rooms.

Perfectly matching the stunning surroudings, this rural-style spa is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy. Be sure to book in for dinner at the award-winning restaurant for the best of British and Continental cuisine.

Headlam, Near Gainford, Darlington DL2 3HA 

Rudding Park

What it is: A hotel, golf and spa resort set in the rural spa town of Harrogate.
Highlight: Book a spa bedroom for your own private steam room, sauna or spa bath and stay in complete luxury and comfort.

Rudding Park is consistently voted amongst the best hotels in the country and it is easy to see why. With exquisite rooms, a celebrated flagship restaurant and a chic and elegant spa, this hotel is the perfect place to spend your hard-earned weekend away. 

The Made For Life, Head In Heaven massage will leave you feeling calm and serene and there are a range of hair and beauty treatments to make sure you feel completely pampered. Combine this with stunning views, four-poster beds and beautiful gardens and you’ll hardly want to leave.

Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1JH

The Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa

What it is: A cosy country retreat and luxury spa.

Highlight: No meal here would be complete without dining from the superb cheese trolley and sampling some of the exquisite after-dinner wines and liqueurs.

With award-winning dining, lavishly-furnished rooms and a cosy, country feeling, you are spoilt for choice at the Feversham Arms, but don’t miss out on a trip to the luxury spa.

Offering a unique heat experience, you can take in aromatherapy rooms, steam rooms, saunas, a monsoon shower, ice cave and round it off with a dip in the heated outdoor pool. With an impressive list of treatments and top-class facilities this Yorkshire retreat is one not to miss.

Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5AG 

Slaley Hall

What it is: An Edwardian mansion set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland moorland.

Highlight: Round off a perfect day with an after-dinner drink in The Whisky Snug.
Housed in an elegant, modern building, Slaley Hall offers both comfort and style. The stylish and contemporary spa is both serene and tranquil with a range of treatments and facilities to suit all tastes. An ideal spot for some pampering.

With 1,000 acres of Northumberland moorland and a state of the art gym, Slaley Hall offers all you need to work up an appetite before indulging in the hotel’s lavish restaurants. With three to choose from, all serving local produce and the finest ingredients, you will not be disappointed.

Hexham, Northumberland NE47 0BX

The Morritt Country House Hotel & The Garage Spa

What it is: A family-run hotel and spa in the Teesdale countryside.

Highlight: Grab a drink in the Dickens Bar and learn about the fascinating history of this part of the North East.
With an award-winning restaurant, an enviable location and the UK’s only outdoor Shepherd’s Hut Log Sauna, The Morritt is a natural choice for spa breaks in Teesdale.

The Garage Spa is modern and state of the art, but with a particular rustic charm. Head to the Secret Garden for the chance to enjoy the countryside from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub.

Greta Bridge, Near Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 9SE

Swinton Park

What it is: A grand Yorkshire castle hotel.

Highlight: Take a walk around the magnificent grounds and sneak into the wonderful walled garden.
Set in a 200,000 acre estate, this hotel is lavish and grand. With a traditional Canadian cedar hot tub, four deluxe treatment rooms and plenty of space to walk around the magnificent grounds, Swinton Park is the perfect getaway for body and mind.

After working up an appetite, head to the award-winning restaurant or try your hand in the hotel’s own cookery school. Bringing you back to nature, you can eat produce freshly picked from the four acre kitchen garden, enjoy alfresco barbecues and watch the elegant swans gliding by the hotel’s lake.

Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JH 01765 680900 

Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa

What it is: A four-star country hotel in the Lake District.

Highlight: The hush tranquillity room with its views of the beautiful garden is simply divine.
One of England’s finest stately homes, Armathwaite Hall is nestled amongst the rolling hills and magnificent splendor of the Lake District, making it the perfect place for a relaxing spa break.

Specialising in bespoke spa experiences, guests can plunge into the 16-metre infinity pool, lounge in the aroma room or take afternoon tea with homemade scones and rich clotted cream on the terrace.

Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RE

Seaham Hall

What it is: A five-star luxury boutique hotel and spa.

Highlight: Book private dining for those special occasions and make sure it is a trip to remember.
This award-winning spa prides itself on its attention to detail. Here your every need will be catered for.

The 20-metre swimming pool is a must for all water babies and the view from the outdoor hot tub is simply breathtaking. Choose from an impressive list of spa treatments and be sure to try their new bespoke seaweed therapies, using Ishga products that are exclusive to Seaham.

Lord Byrons Walk, Country Durham SR7 7AG 0191 516 1400 

Rockliffe Hall

What it is: A luxury five-star hotel, golf and spa resort.
Highlight: The caldarium with its steam, light and cleansing aroma is the ultimate in wellness and relaxation. Describing itself as a ‘home from home’, Rockliffe Hall offers absolute luxury with their spa and wellbeing breaks. Choose from a range of the finest beauty treatments, including a Tibetan Sound Message and a Detoxifying Mud Wrap or sip a glass of champagne by the 20-metre hydro pool. 

If you fancy something more active play 18 holes on the championship golf course or head to the Technogym. With breathtaking views over the County Durham countryside, a spectacular cocktail bar and a stunning restaurant presided over by a Michelin-starred chef, this resort is perfect for a luxury weekend away.

Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU

Doxford Hall

What it is: A beautiful house hotel in rural Northumberland.

Highlight: Stay in one of the luxury holiday cottages for absolute peace and comfort.
The Imagine Spa is the ideal retreat for a bit of pampering and relaxation.

With a large swimming pool, two spa baths, five treatment rooms, sauna and steam room, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Doxford Hall. Treat yourself to a sensory body wrap or a therapeutic manicure during your luxury trip away.

Chathill, Alnwick, Northumberland NE67 5DN 01665 589700

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