If you haven’t already heard, Redworth Hall has opened the doors of its new spa and leisure club, following a fancy £2 million makeover. And I’m happy to report that it’s as lovely and as luxe as can be.
Tucked away in 26 acres of peaceful woodland in Newton Aycliffe, the 17th century manor house is blessed with rustic good looks and olde-worlde-charm, but head to the recently-revamped spa – now known as The Retreat – and you’re transported straight to a glossy, relaxing, modern world.
In it, you’ll discover six new treatment rooms, including one dual room, perfect for couples, and two inter-connecting rooms that suit groups of family and friends perfectly.
There’s also a swanky new hair and nail salon, where you can treat your locks to a L’Oréal blow-dry and your talons to a relaxing Jessica mani/pedi, along with a sumptuous ‘tranquility room’, where you can kick-back and revel in post-treatment bliss.
You’ll also find a new, fully-equipped gym, but I’ll admit that I stayed far away from it in favour of a facial and a delicious spot of lunch. I’m not sure I trust anyone who chooses trainers over fluffy flip-flops on a spa day, anyway.
My spa buddy and I arrived at the four-star hideaway on a Sunday morning, with a day of calm before us.
There are so many inviting spa day packages and breaks on offer here at The Retreat; some geared towards couples, others designed for friends, pregnant women and new yummy mummies, mothers and daughters/sons and individuals longing for some ‘me-time’. But ours was just the ticket: a luxury treatment each, made special using only the finest Decleor products, lunch for two and over six hours of relaxation time.
After changing into our snow-white spa kit, twisting our hair into top-knots and turning our phones off, we were whisked away to our individual treatment rooms for 60 minutes of bliss.
While my chum surrendered to a hot lava shell full body massage – a new spin on hot stones, designed to melt away tension in the deepest of muscles – I was treated to Decleor’s award-winning ‘Ultimate Vitamin Glow’ facial. Power-packed with vitamins and anti- oxidants to give glow, essential oils to rebalance and a mighty mask to clear out the pores, it’s an all-rounder for all skin types and concerns.
My chops were cleansed, exfoliated, toned and moisturised using Decleor’s purifying range of products – perfect for my oily skin. Then, it was time for the therapist to paint my face – quite literally – with a super- strength decongesting mask. It’s applied all over the face, including the eyes and mouth, and left to work its magic for around 15 minutes, while you’re treated to a heavenly scalp, neck and shoulder massage – which gently lulled me to sleep. Once removed with toasty mitts, which woke me up in the loveliest of ways, I was treated to a gentle pressure point facial massage, using Decleor’s renowned Aromessence Ylang Ylang Super Serum, soothing it into my skin.
Before we settled down for lunch, my pal and I took some time out in the Tranquility Room – my favourite space in the new-and- improved spa. It’s dark and ambient, home to uber-comfy heated beds for you to sink into pre and post-treatment. The perfect place for some shut-eye or meditation.
Lunch was healthy veggie wraps with salad and white chocolate cheesecake (because life is all about balance), enjoyed over in The Lounge – a plush new hangout that’s been tastefully re-designed and styled as part of the spa’s makeover. We grabbed a quiet corner under one of the stunning blossom trees and relished every moment spent eating in our fluffy robes. I’m sure you’ll do the same.
Home time soon came, but not before we enjoyed a dip in the indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room to top off what was one of the most relaxing, glow-giving Sundays we’ve had in ages.