My Top UK Spa Breaks Review

My Top UK Spa Breaks Review: January 2020

Escape the January Blues and Make the new year all about you, begin with a little you time with some rest and relaxation to refocus your mind, body and soul.

Make 2020 about you and indulge and luxuriate in a super spa stay.  In no particular order, here you have my Top UK Spa Stays…

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Bolton

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, located on the edge of the beautiful West Pennine moors, whose origins date back to farm buildings from the 17thcentury, is now a four-star hotel, Spa & experience.

The contemporary rooms feature a modern bathroom with heated towel rail, complimentary toiletries with bath and/or stand up power shower, so you have all you need to pamper yourself while onsite.

My Top UK Spa Breaks Review 3bFrom day to late evening, the Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa has all the facilities you need including an 18 meters long swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool pictured with the fabulous waterfall feature is the ideal way to relax, revitalise and reinvigorate the mind and body.

The range of therapeutic rooms on offer was extensive including a rock Sauna, Bio Sauna, Steam Room, Aroma Grotto and halotherapy room with dry salt aerosol believed to have a whole range of health benefits.

Treatments are fabulous and includes access to a relaxation suite with complimentary refreshments.

Hotel Indigo and The Club & Spa Birmingham 

Hotel Indigo Birmingham, located on the banks of the cities industrial and historical canal network, located within the cosmopolitan cube complex is a hip and happening hub.

Birmingham’s best kept secret is now out, a lovely luxurious spa in the city where you can indulge and be pampered, while you kick back and relax.

The range of facilities onsite is amazing including uplifting dry and wet thermal rooms, sauna, steam rooms, an incredible vitality pool complete with massage jets and a wonderful waterfall feature.

Relax your mind, body and soul further by enjoying a luxurious elemis spa treatment package, the facial, head massage and body exfoliation are amazing.

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa Chester Review

A hidden Chester gem, Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & spa is located 10/15 minutes away from Chester city centre.

Away from the hustle and bustle, Rowton Hall, provides guests with a cosy Country house spa stay, the ideal place to enjoy some rest and relaxation while in Chester.

Our beautiful bedroom split over two levels was a cosy snug hub with fluffy monogrammed robes, slippers and flipflops all provided to use for the duration of our stay.

Enjoy some you time, take a dip in the pool and indulge in some Elemis treatments in their superb spa.

BuyAGift Spa Stay at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester  

Enjoy some 5 star luxury with BuyAGift and book a spa stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and is the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, which is steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.

Their newly refurbished spa has a Japanese zen feel with pool sauna, steam room, experience showers and jacuzzi.

Enjoy the bubbles, sit back and enjoy some lovely luxury in Manchester city centre with BuyAGift.

Losehill House Hotel & spa Derbyshire

The lovely Luxury Losehill House Hotel & spa is perched in rural idyllic bliss, right in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.  A hidden gem, off the beaten track, tucked away in a cosy countryside hotspot, offering guests a secluded paradise away from all the hustle and bustle.

Talking of bubbles, pop onto the terrace and take a dip in the hot tub, sit back, relax and savour those perfect Peak District views.

The fabulous fully decked terrace area has lazy loungers or why not head to the blooming lovely patio doors which reveals the onsite pool, sauna and steam room. The ideal place to getaway from the crowds and wind down.

The range of spa treatments, at the onsite spa are fabulous. My Thalgo mini facial delivered by my lovely therapist was a perfect unwind.

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa Windermere

The Beautiful Beech Hill Hotel & Spa is boastfully situated in an enviable postcode on the shores of the lovely Lake District.

The Lake view spa and take a dip in their impressive 40ft indoor pool and then try out the Himalayan Sauna and aromatic steam room or if you just want to sit back and relax, grab a book and chill on one of their many adjustable loungers.

Fancy that fresh feeling, pop out to the outside vitality spa pool in the scented garden, but you might not be the only residents who plan to use this facility. A rather royal and regal looking Robin Red Breast decided to join in our bubbly fun which made us giggle for sure.

Jess my therapist delivered a fabulous facial and the most perfect manicure, making my spa stay even more relaxing.

Make sure your 2020 includes some much deserved super spa time!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review: January 2020

We all remember the 1605 attempt to blow up parliament and the ‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.

Now it is your chance to relive history in the shoes of Guy Fawkes and enjoy a unique experience by staying in the alleged birthplace of the notorious Guido Fawkes conspiracy plotter aka Guy Fawkes.

Warmly welcomed and looked after throughout by the lovely team including Delightful Dan and super Stacey.

Our fabulous four poster room had bags of character including the most amazing four poster bed and 3 large windows with the most wonderful views of the majestic York Minster cathedral.

The Guy Fawkes medieval Inn is located within a prime spot adjacent to the York Mister Cathedral in York city centre and the views from our room – just breath-taking and the ideal photo opportunity.

Our room had all the modern conveniences including a flat screen television and tea tray with biscuits.

Also, a fully equipped en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries to use throughout our stay.

Even on the way down to dinner, going down the staircase, there is a feeling that you have stepped back in time – authentic and immersive.

The onsite restaurant, the same place where both breakfast and dinner are served, is again brimming with character.

Lit by candlelight, the places has an atmospheric charm with encapsulates the whole theme of the place.

Offering classic modern British food, their AA Rosette kitchen produces some fabulous fare.

Starters included this fresh and fabulous super salad and some mighty and meaty brilliant bon bons.

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Mouthwatering mains included the chickpea curry with rice, onion bhaji, poppadom and mango chutney.  Also, a brilliant burger with chips and all the trimmings.

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review KkEnjoy your desserts with a few fabulous drinks, as you soak up the amazing atmosphere.

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review LLFancy a few drinks alfresco style, well the Guy Fawkes Inn has an amazing beer garden with some superb wall art.

Taking inspiration from the York Minster picture outside of our room, after dinner and drinks head, we headed out into night-time York and enjoyed the Minster at dark before heading back to our snug room.

At night, our fantastic four poster room seemed to have even more character and atmosphere, a real dip into history and a cosy room to enjoy a brew and biccy before bed.

After a restful night’s sleep, it was nice to see their morning twinkly lights and begin breakfast with their continental offerings including fresh fruit, pastries and cereals.

Hot options such as the full Yorkshire breakfast and vegetarian offering both beautiful and got us ready for a day exploring York.

The Guy Fawkes is in the ideal location to explore the York Minster Cathedral, as it is literally a hop, skip and a jump away.

Make sure you take the trip to the top of the York Minster.

Being based at the Guy Fawkes Inn, you can save your energies to climb the steps to the top – well worth it for the views of York.

Guy Fawkes Inn York a friendly fab bunch, wonderful characterful rooms and delightful food what’s not to like.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Judge’s Lodging Inn York Review

The Judge’s Lodging Inn York Review: February 2020

Think relaxed luxury, charm and elegance, the Judge’s Lodging located in an enviable postcode in the centre of York, in north-east England, perfectly situated in the main hub for easy access to all the city’s main attractions.

A gorgeous Grade I listed building, a Georgian townhouse steeped in charm and history, whereby the building’s origins date back to 1710 when it was built as a private residence.

Eventually, after the passing of the owner, the building became the residence of judges attending the Assize court sessions and remained so until around 1976.

The Judges adorn the walls and at Christmas things are rather grand with the addition of a gorgeously decorated Christmas tree.

This stunning residence has a restaurant, two bars, along with some quirky fixtures and fittings providing some super special character rooms.

Feature rooms at the Judge’s Lodging always have that extra character and detail.

The Clifton

The Clifton was a super sensational cosy classy room rich in detail and historic charm.  Décor a mix of subtle neutral shades, quality furnishings and fine fabrics.

Immediately, walking into a lovely lounge, well appointed, with some super scrummy shortbread, water, tea, coffee and also fresh milk.

The beautiful bedroom, the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day and evening in York city.

With a writing desk, wardrobe, standalone full-length mirror and a super sung bed with a touch of chic added with the fab vintage telephone.

The bathroom a superb space including stand up shower until, whirlpool bath, light up vanity mirror and a range of plush complimentary toiletries for you to pamper and beautify.

When it comes to food & drinks at the Judge’s, you are spoilt for choice, with two onsite bars and their AA Rosette award winning food, that will satisfy any palette.

The Doctors Office 

Make your way up the original spiral staircase, to the delightful Doctors office feature room.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9aThe Doctors Office is a stunning room with four poster bed and charming chandler feature.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9bThe room has stunning views overlooking the beating heart of York; York Minister.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9cThe room provides ample tea and coffee facilities along with a Judge themed cosy on the teapot.  The television unit, desk area with vanity mirror and standalone full length traditional mirror make your stay smooth.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9dThe Bathroom has all the modern conveniences including a Jacuzzi bath, complimentary toiletries, separate shower, light up vanity mirror and views overlooking the Minster.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9eThe onsite restaurant has decor in-keeping with the historic and characterful nature of the building.

The Judge's Lodging Review 10aThe restaurant is ideal for a cosy couple’s dinner, a night with friends, family or work colleagues.

Food offerings include starters such as salad and king prawns along with mains such as seafood and steak with all the trimmings.

The Judge's Lodging Review 10bDesserts such as yuzu ice cream, chocolate with gold leaf washed down with a fabulous virgin mojito.

The Judge's Lodging Review 10ccBreakfast is served in their rather regal and grand breakfast room, but without the pomp, providing a relaxed comfortable setting.

Breakfast includes a range of fresh continental offerings such as cereals, fresh fruit, pastries, porridge and juices.

For those requiring something more ample guests can go for the beautiful Yorkshire breakfast offerings complete with a slice of fabulous fried bread.

Judge for yourself, book a stay away and enjoy York accommodations at their very best!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Botanist York Fabulous Festive Foodie Review

The Botanist York Fabulous Festive Foodie Review: January 2020

Quaint and cosy, located within Stonegate, the Botanist York is the perfect place for family and friends to meet.

Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some fabulous food and drinks, as you unwind.

The décor is rustic and relaxed creating a beautiful and gorgeous setting for lunch or dinner.

Christmas in full swing, we loved the festive vibes and the charming Christmas tree.

Even though the place was super busy the staff including Christian, Richard and our super server Kyley all remained as friendly and efficient as always, a true test of professionalism and skill especially during the crazy Christmas season.

Equally impressive was the staff knowledge of allergens, without faff or fuss, providing both useful advice and alternatives which made our visit super smooth.

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The Hilt York Axe Throwing – Review

The Hilt York Axe Throwing – Review: January 2020

Prepare to unleash your inner Viking warrior, arm yourself with an Axe and chop down your competition a peg or two.

The Hilt York offer an immersive, exciting and entertaining experience right in the heart of York city centre.

Alex and Josh York residents and founders of the Hilt aim to captivate the crowds, push boundaries and enable people to seek out adventure.

Right from the offset, the welcome, quality set up and authentic interiors provide a relaxed and realistic setting to conquer the Axe throwing challenge.

Yes, there was a safety briefing, but delivered with flair and finesse, so to keep you alert and on focus.

Additionally, on a serious note, the whole set up including type of axes used, blue chipped flooring, upper board panels and caging have been built for your safety which makes this Axe throwing session, as safe as it can be, so you don’t need to worry and can get ready to sling them Axes.

We loved every minute of our session, fun, informative and what’s not to like about hurling an axe threw the air at a target right?! There are even trick shots to be learnt, my personal fav the Gun Slinger – Pow!

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York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada Review

York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada Review: January 2020

This lovely cute, independent quality Chocolate café York cocoa Works is run by owner Sophie along with her team including the marvellous Michelle.

Their beautiful bespoke city centre York location is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy some you time.

Fixtures and fittings have been carefully thought out mixing the traditional and contemporary to create a warm and welcoming hub.

Get cosy and snug and craft your very own chocolate lollipops, perfect to gift or enjoy for yourself.

Why not go all out and enjoy an exquisite York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada…pure yumminess!

The bonus about being independent is their ability to tailor make options especially when it comes to dietary requirements.  Not only were dietaries such as no milk, no egg etc not a problem, but the way Michelle reassured myself before the visit put my mind at ease.

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York Theatre Royal, Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – Review

York Theatre Royal, Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – Review: January 2020

York Theatre Royal, a social hub and beating heart of York’s cultural scene has been providing quality arts and entertainment for 275 years.

Now it is your turn to enjoy some of this fabulous friendly fun and folly with a trip to see the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime showing until the 25th of January 2020.

Additional amazingness on our visit included being able to see panto costumes, dotted around the theatre, from past performances.

The theatre renovations tastefully and sympathetically combine the traditional and contemporary which sets the tone for your visit.  Grab your panto souvenir brochure and prepare to be spellbound.

The award-winning Sleeping Beauty Panto at York Theatre Royal is a family crowd pleaser.

A classic case of good versus evil with many ‘Oh no you didn’t’ moments for the crowd to have their very own starring role which is an immersive and entertaining experience.

The Panto stars, Martin Barrass as the Queen, Suzy Cooper as Beauty, A.J Powell as Darth Diva and David Leonard as the wicked Evil Diva along with much more talent besides.

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