Gorgeous Gloucestershire is the stunning countryside location of the attractive 17th Century Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa set in a 37-acre parkland Estate surrounded by stunning gardens and an orchard.
Immediately upon arrival you know that your stay at Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa is going to be exquisite just by the warm welcome alone!
Steeped in history and charm, the beautiful building of Hatherley Manor dates back to 1022 and at the general survey of 1086 Domesday it was found that Edmar a thane had held the estate of Hatherley during the reign of Edward the Confessor.
A portion of the Hatherley Estate was even once owned by Sir Matthew Wood who has been Lord Mayor of London twice! The three-time Mayor of Gloucester Anthony Gilbert Jones also had past possession.
The hotel has sympathetically designed the property to mix both the old and new without causing disjoint. This is reflected within the accommodations offered, as for the ultimate in luxury the double deluxe bedrooms have both traditional and contemporary styled rooms, so the choice is all yours.
Our delightful Double Deluxe 240 Bedroom is a lovely large luxurious room offering with neutral relaxing décor with a large lcd television, underfloor heating, huge wardrobe, desk, with café du Monde tea and coffee facilities, mini fridge and the all-important complimentary Wi-Fi which I tired out and it was spot on.
The beautiful bathroom with a massive walk-in wet room style shower room, a sunken tub bath, his and her basins, bidet and complimentary spa toiletries for the duration of your stay.
The room boasts a balcony with floor to ceiling patio style slide doors, so pop on one of the in room snug robes, sit back relax, enjoy the tranquillity and views of the walled garden.
The balcony is also the place to indulge your foodie side, as the room service menu really is well worth trying, as the starters, mains and desserts we tried were all amazing, as you can see from the photos.
Now it’s time to enjoy some much deserved you time, but before heading down to the spa, the double deluxe 240 bedrooms have an extra perk, as there is a sun-soaked balcony terrace where you can simply chill and enjoying the rolling countryside views that is Holiday vibes right there.
The stunning spa at Hatherley is the perfect place to unwind, the team are a really lovely bunch and have built a relaxing environment for guests to enjoy their spa experience.
The vitality pool is really high tech and has a water massage jet to each seat, neck massage cannons and volcano pads making sure you are well looked after.
The spa swimming pool is super spacious and there are also plenty of luxury loungers so you can chill out pool side in comfort. The complimentary branded flip flops are also a nice touch.
The pool also provides fabulous views onto the walled garden, a secluded area which has some outdoor seating such as the relaxing pods. Also, there is a spa bar, so get that fizz at the ready.
As if that was not enough there is a relaxation room, sauna, steam room, tepidarium, heated loungers and experience showers which we loved.
Now after all that, you have probably built up an appetite and the team at Hatherley Manor have you covered, as with their onsite restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice.
The restaurant team are super lovely, and the menu was varied, so all good. Super starters included arancini balls, chilli prawns and they had a range of boards, the cheese one was divine.
Marvellous mains included the chicken, a delicious Mediterranean warming tagine and a whole range of scrummy sides such as veggies and triple cooked chips.
Finish sweet and indulge with their chocolate torte and sticky toffee pudding perfectly presented. In fact, just like the setting, a very characterful and historical setting with lots of nooks and crannies.
After a very peaceful and cosy nights sleep, we had the pleasure of breakfast brought up to our bedroom, enjoyed on our balcony this delightful offering provided hot options such as a full English, vegetarian, fresh fruit, pastries, yoghurt, tea, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, a really nice way to start off the morning.
Looking for a perfect Gloucestershire Cotswolds spa stay, with exceptional accommodations, fabulous food all which can be enjoyed in a beautiful setting then Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa is just what you have been looking for.
Wonderful Wales a stunning scenic setting for the perfect breakaway. Lovely Llandudno Bay located in Conwy North Wales provides people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy a taster of what Wales has to offer.
With friendly folk, stunning scenery with their beautiful beaches, marvellous mountains and coastlines, amazing activities, fabulous food and awesome accommodations what’s not to like.
Where to Stay
The St George’s Hotel Llandudno sits in a prominent position on the promenade and is proudly Llandudno’s first luxury seafront hotel with the red carpet rolled out ready for your arrival along with a warm welcome from the wonderful St George’s team.
Literally just a hop, step and a jump away from the beach, the St George’s hotel has hosted many conferences and seven British Prime Ministers including Churchill!
Get ready to enjoy some you time and indulgence yourself in opulence and luxury for a stay you will never forget.
The St George’s Hotel offers a whole range of accommodation types, but why not take things up a notch, go next level and Raise the Roof by staying in one of the St George’s most plush room types; The Rooftop delightful Deluxe Sea-View Rooms with balcony.
Where to Dine
No matter the time-of-day St George’s have you covered, and you can dine in style, sophistication, but yet still providing a relaxed atmosphere.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in their onsite restaurant which provides an expansive food and drinks menu with something to suit everyone.
Fancy chilling well why not opt for some room service and if you did Raise the Roof by staying in the St George’s next level Rooftop Accommodations you can take advantage of your private balcony to enjoy an exclusive private dining experience.
The mouth-watering menu at the St George’s hotel has something to suit everyone, the soup of the day is always a fabulous fresh option and the super starter platter and salads are scrummy.
Home cooked main meals always provide a hearty and wholesome dinner including the super stuffed pepper, chicken with a red wine jus, veggies and a side of fried is always a must!
Get your sweet on and enjoy one of the lovely puddings or keep the food flow savoury and let’s get cheesy with the impressive Chesse plate served with chutney, fruit, crackers and of course cheese!
What Activities to
Take in the Lovely Llandudno Bay Views
From the St Georges Rooftop rooms there are amazing views across the bay with of course the Welsh flag proudly flying at full mast.
No matter what room type you decide upon, the St George’s Hotel is in the perfect location to enjoy a beautiful Beach front stroll to take those photographs as you watch day turn to night.
Gwrych Castle Estate
Gwrych Castle is a Grade I listed country house in north Wales, and stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds and has extensive views over former parkland including a deer park and the Irish Sea.
The Castle also recently hosted the fabulous I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with Ant & Dec, and a whole host of celebs, so don’t be camera shy and take your moment to shine.
The Little Orme hump is 141 metres in height, and is one of two headlands situated at either end of Llandudno Bay, offering visitors a perfect panoramic scenic view marked by a trig point this is a must see for sure.
Llandudno Pier is a Grade II listed and at 2,295 feet, the pier is the longest in Wales and the fifth longest in England and Wales.
This exciting attraction offers fabulous family fun with arcades, rides, food outlets, shops, so perfect for picking up all those souvenirs for family and friends.
There is even a copy of the famous fortune teller machine Zoltar from the film BIG which is very cool!
One of the best ways for you to see Llandudno is from a boat. Hop aboard Sea-Jay for a one hour or half hour sightseeing trip to see the Little and Great Orme.
Let the wind breeze through your hair, kick back, relax and get ready for the ride of your life and soak up some breath-taking coastline views.
Llandudno Cable Cars
Prepare to experience an exhilarating and exciting experience by taking a journey in your very own four-seater cable car, that are carried on a steel cable weighing in at around 17 tons and is over two miles long, from Great Orme Summit.
Being high in the sky, the highest point from the valley floor is over 80 feet, you and your team can enjoy some stunning ariel views of Llandudno in cable cars that have been operating since June 1969.
Uncovered in 1987, the world’s largest prehistoric copper mine, located at Great Orme Summit complex, is a jaw dropping archaeological discovery dating back over 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.
The tour of the mines is self – guided and around 45 minutes. The route through the mine is approximately 200 metres. There are slopping tunnels, 35 steps going down into the mine and the same number coming back up.
Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway which opened in 1902 is Britain’s only surviving funicular, or cable-hauled, tramway that travels on public roads.
The Tramway climbs a mile (1500m) through the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve to the Great Orme’s spectacular summit. Re-live the experience of travel more than 100 years ago in the lovingly restored original tramcars, each named after a Saint.
Great Orme Summit
The Great Orme Summit is a height of 679 ft summit of the Great Orme in Llandudno. offering breath-taking views of Llandudno, areas of Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey and the Irish sea.
There is a trig marker and silver directional dial so you can pinpoint exact locations with ease. The views are stunning, so it is well worth a visit.
Also, at the summit complex there is a gift shop, bar, restaurant, café, children’s playground, mini golf and visitor centre too.
The Rocking Stone
The Rocking Stone, Maen Sicl, located at Great Orme. Legend has it that Druids used this rocking stone to decide whether criminals were innocent or guilty.
The accused allegedly stood on the stone and if the stone rocked it proved innocence, but if not they were taken to the nearby cliff and thrown off to the rocks below.
Thrill seekers, get your hiking boots on and stomp your way up the largest mountain in Wales.
Alice in Wonderland Town Trails
Follow the White Rabbit feet and be dazzled as you go on your very Alice style treasure hunt, by finding all the Alice in Wonderland Statues and figures located throughout Llandudno Bay.
A fun family activity for all ages, that gets you active in the outdoors and provides some brilliant family photo opportunities.
Apparently, all the way back to 1861, when the eight year old Alice Pleasance Liddell (the real ‘Alice’ in Wonderland) spent the first of many summer holidays in Llandudno.
Her holiday home ‘Penmorfa’, was built on Llandudno’s West Shore. The Liddells were close family friends with Charles Dodgson, who wrote the books under his more famous pen-name, Lewis Carroll.
Conway’s Quayside is a sophisticated seaside location and even has its very own Conway Castle!
Walk the walls, enjoy the boats, and why not keep traditional and head to the chips for some Chips and fish with lashings of salt and vinegar, yummy.
The Smallest House in Great Britain
The Smallest House in Great Britain, with just enough room for a single bed, a fireplace and a coal bunker, can be found nestled amongst a terrace of houses on Conwy’s quayside.
The Smallest House in Great Britain is just 72 inches wide by 122 inches high. It was occupied right up until May 1900. The last person to live in the house was a local fisherman called Robert Jones who also apparently happened to be 6 foot 3!
A little further afield, perfect when you fancy popping in the car straight from the hotel for a longer day out is the Llanddwyn Island situated in Anglesey. and Snowden National Park in Llanberis.
Twr Mawr Lighthouse & Twr Bach Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn Island
An absolute must be a day trip to then lovely Llanddwyn Island situated in Anglesey.
The island has two lighthouses the Twr Mawr & Twr Bach also features the original cottages, cross and other spectacular sights.
With beautiful coastline views, secluded beaches and mountain scenery it really is a super spectacular place to visit.
For the adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers travel a little further and you have the opportunity to climb Wales’s largest Mountain Mount Snowdon.
Llanberis path is the longest but easier route, but there are plenty of other routes that have more of an edge, if that is what you are after.
As you can see there is so much to see and do in North Wales, so The St George’s Hotel Llandudno is the perfect place to Stay and Dine while you enjoy all that Wales has to offer.
Ready for some rest, relaxation, and zen vibes well you are in the right place, as the Rena Spa located within the iconic Midland Hotel in the heart of Manchester City centre has all you need for some much deserved you time.
Offering a range of packages, The Rena spa has something to suit everyone. We opted for the Indulgence Spa Day which included a 50-minute treatment, Afternoon Tea, a glass of bubbly, Robes and Slippers for use while in the spa.
The thermal areas are the perfect place to enjoy a dip in the pool, some jacuzzi time, sauna, steam room or why not enjoy some time under the swan neck water feature. This may not be the fountain of youth, but it can certainly relax tension within those shoulders.
Treatments are a luxurious and divine offering at the Rena and there are a vast range of options such as the Vinosource Hydrating and Nourishing Facial, Divine Body Massage, Fleur De Vigne Candle Massage Calming Hand, Foot & Scalp Therapy Rose & Honey Harmony Facial, and my personal favourite the Caudalie City Living Contouring and Invigorating Body Wrap.
My lovely beauty therapist, who provided an amazing balancing and detoxifying treatment wrap, which involved gentle exfoliation with their crushed cabernet scrub, followed by an application of their contouring concentrate, designed to help boost the metabolism and ease away tension it also speeds up the elimination of toxins.
This is followed by an application of their vine body butter massaged onto the skin and then wrapped to cocoon the skin with hydrating. The experience also included a full scalp treatment for total relaxation.
After your treatment, while in a full relaxation mode, why not enjoy some post-treatment time chilling within the Rena zen area, a beautiful room with stylish seating, private chamber rooms and the free-standing pod units.
Now if that was not indulgent enough prepare to enjoy a delicious decadent Afternoon tea within the iconic Midland tearoom of course with plenty of beautiful bubbles.
Christopher our server welcomed us with open arms and was a wonderfully friendly chap who made our day extra lovely.
Built in 1889, the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa is located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Harrogate.
The hotel sits on eight acres of lovely landscaped gardens and is near to all that Harrogate has to offer.
The warm welcome was much needed and the stay got off to a flying start when handed some of the DoubleTree signature warm chocolate chip cookies to take up to our room.
The room had the Hilton Clean Stay guarantee, a breakable seal to show that no one has entered the room since cleaning which was great reassurance and along with the room view across Harrogate we knew our stay was going to be fabulous.
The super stylish Junior Suite with a cosy King bed with 250 thread count sheets, LCD TV, Seating area with sofa, vanity area/workstation, blackout curtains and a Nespresso machine is the perfect way to stay and play.
The bathroom with full standing power shower, complimentary toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, toothbrush, mouthwash made our stay even more relaxed and easy.
The beautiful bath was the ideal place to simply sit back, soak and unwind after a busy day in Harrogate.
Even with Covid-19 and some facilities such as the steam room and sauna not on, the onsite spa is absolutely next level and has a huge indoor poor to enjoy some swim time.
Importantly, the spa has been traffic controlled extremely efficiently and effective by the team, so there is never a ‘busy’ period.
Poolside is the perfect place to relax kick back and enjoy a book while enjoy some liquid refreshments.
Treatment rooms have different themes such as the amazing Aqua Marine and Jess who delivered me a full body and head massage could not have been more graceful delivering a gorgeous treatment.
The Rena Spa at the Midland hotel Manchester is now welcoming back day spa guests, for indulgent decadent luxury spa experiences, to relax, unwind and enjoy some much needed you time.
Jordan and all the spa reception team always provide the loveliest of welcomes providing your spa introduction, treatment choices and of course fluffy robes and cosy slippers to make your spa day that little bit extra.
Rena have a range of super spa packages including the Indulgence which includes a 50-minute treatment, a glass of champagne, a light lunch or afternoon tea and a £10 gift voucher to spend on spa products.
The wet facilities include a relaxation pool, swan neck fountain and what spa day would be complete without a few bubbles with their wonderful Jacuzzi.
Once government regulations allow the steam room and sauna will also re-open to give you even more facilities to enjoy.
The Rena Relaxation suite is a whole world of escape, float away in pods, contemporary modern hub chairs or enjoy one of the private rooms all logistically designed with safety and social distancing in mind.
Located in an enviable postcode right in the heart of Skipton town centre, the wonderful Woolly sheep provides lodgings, food, drinks all with a home away from home feel.
Andy and the wonderful Woolly team provided a warm welcome and really made us feel part the family.
Our super Superior room with sofa bed was a clean, contemporary space and perfect for a Skipton staycation.
The room also has a separate vanity desk which could double into a work space, if you need to get the laptop out during your stay.
The tea tray is next level with Yorkshire tea, coffee, hot chocolates, some beautiful biscuits, still and sparkling Harrogate water and an absolute winner with some very generous ‘Have a drink on us’ vouchers.
The en-suite bathroom was perfect with overhead shower, sunken deep tub, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and complimentary toiletries to use throughout your stay.