It is very rare to get time to pamper myself. With two children, a job and the blog most of my life is spent chasing my proverbial tail! When I was asked if I wanted to visit Rockliffe Hall Spa I jumped at the chance for a girlie day out with my friend Laura. We were both in desperate need of some R&R, that’s for sure. We had lunch in The Clubhouse to kick off proceedings (a blog post is coming soon about the fantastic vegan menu we sampled) and then were chauffeur driven to the door.. in case we were fatigued after 3 courses of delicious grub. Who walks these days!
I have to admit, because there were specific instructions on the map and booklet you are given not to take photographs I was wary about playing David Bailey on this occasion. When you are in that kind of zen atmosphere it can’t be pleasant to have someone snapping away on their iPhone or otherwise. I took a few pics of the facilities but have decided to bolster these with ones that the team at Rockliffe Hall have taken.
Walking round this stunning spa it is easy to see why it is one of the most successful in the UK. With a wide range of treatments on offer it is a lovely place to relax and unwind. On the day we visited we were treated to some torrential rain and thunderstorms, which meant our time in the outdoor Jacuzzi was cut short. Just look at those clouds!
What I hadn’t realized – although Laura knew this as she has visited before – was that you could book time in Spa Garden for an additional charge. The Infinity Edge Pool allows you to soak up the views of the 365 acre estate whilst experiencing different pressures of hydrotherapy massage or you can relax by the fire pit on heated relaxation loungers sampling the complimentary refreshments that are served during your 2 hour stay. This is charged at £30 per person.
Fully trained therapists can talk to through the treatments on offer at the Spa, which include Tibetan Sound Massage and holistic Sacred Nature therapeutics. We didn’t indulge on this particular occasion because it would have cut into our precious chinwag time. It’s not often I see Laura without Dinky in tow, and she is known for stealing the show. It was good to just sit, read and magazine and have a natter at leisure.
We were surprised to see drinks being served by the pool. On previous spa days these have been a no-go, with special areas set aside if you wanted to indulge in a glass of bubbly while relaxing. I was tempted to get a bottle to share but remembered I had the car. There’s a lovely outdoor area with beanbags, sofas and sun loungers but because of the sudden change in weather – seriously, it was sunny all week and the day we go to the spa it rains! – we weren’t able to fully enjoy this feature.
Instead we worked our way round the various rooms, such as the aptly named Igloo and the Tepidarium. I enjoyed the cold a lot more than anticipated thanks to a nasty case of sunburn I had and liberally rubbed myself with the ice dispensed in the centre of the room. The Factor 50 I’d diligently applied throughout my spells in the garden last week had not worked and was starting to peel. The Hydropool was also impressive with its different massage stations, while the Foot Spas were lovely for my weary feet. Us Mums run round an awful lot, especially with rambunctious toddlers!
Alas we couldn’t spend all day there and, much like Cinderella, I had to return to reality. On my way home, feeling very chilled, I suddenly remembered I had to make a pit stop at the local supermarket for some laundry detergent. We have some lovely spas in the area and Rockliffe is right up there for me. I hope next time to be able to spend longer there to fully ‘zone out’. You can find out more about special offers and facilities here.
Thanks for reading,