Like every parent we crave a bit of time off, so when Wynyard Hall asked if we would like to stay I grabbed the opportunity to get L off to his grandparents and booked some time in their Spa!!
Wynyard Hall is in County Durham, so a fair old journey for us, but we were yet to celebrate our wedding anniversary and love the area having recently been on holiday nearby so it was perfect for us. I am so glad we made the journey. It is seriously the most luxurious weekend I have ever had. EVER.
We left after work on Friday and stopped at a Premier Inn in Sheffield, just to maximise our time away. Saturday morning was spent wandering round Barnard Castle, a lovely English Heritage Castle in an equally lovely town. We had a good walk, explored the castle and town and then stopped for a fish and chip lunch. It was delightful. But it was nothing compared to what was in store for us when we arrived at Wynyard Hall.
As guests of the hall you can book 2 hours use of the spa facilities for £20 a person, it’s usually £30. As a bit of a veteran when it comes to spa’s I couldn’t get over the value of this and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get husb to have his first spa experience so I was quick to add it on to our weekend.
The spa is in the hall’s boathouse down by the lake. It is gorgeous. Small but perfect. You have to book early as they can’t fit many people in and I liked that it wasn’t crowded. As a business they could have certainly had more bookings but as an experience they had got it just right.
We had a lovely greeting, got changed, fluffy robes, towels and slippers are provided then were given a tour. There are treatment areas which we didn’t use, a lovely conservatory where you can get afternoon tea and other foody delights then the spa area itself. Two experience showers, a lovely steam room, a herbal sauna and a room I don’t quite know how to describe, but it basically consists of a heated seating area that seemed to dissolve away all the knots in my back. I almost fell asleep in there!
For me though the most special touch was the outdoor hot tubs. There are two set in the decking outside overlooking the lake. Just such a pretty place to relax and we really did relax. We even treated ourselves to a drink whilst we were outside, it would have been rude not too.
The two hours just flew by. I loved that there was fruit available for us to snack on, strawberries, pineapple, melon and plenty of water to drink. I have been to plenty of spas and this was right up there and for £20 each, just amazing value.
It was then time to go to the hotel where we were being treated to dinner, bed and breakfast. To say it s grand is an understatement. I felt rather under dressed with my hair still a bit scraggly from the spa but we were made to feel truly at ease by the lovely girls at reception. We were shown to our room, good thing to as the place us huge! I was worried we would get lost. We had a beautiful suite for our stay, the Frances Ann suite and it was both huge and exquisite.
The view was stunning, the bed beyond comfortable, the shower in the bathroom was amazing and the Temple Spa products to use made it even better. We had a nice little seating area with a TV and there were of course tea and coffee-making facilities. Fresh coffee for a cafetiere, hot chocolate, biscuits, water even crisps.
We hung out in the room for a few hours before heading down to dinner, it seemed like a waste of a room to not spend time in it. Seriously, it’s like looking round a National Trust house but just never leaving. If you saw my Instagram posts you’ll know I was just pretending I was in Downton Abbey.
Dinner was amazing. There was plenty of choice on the menu and it was all really well cooked and presented. I had cheese croquettes to start which were delicious and cod for my main which was so tasty. Husb had a chicken burger for his main and went for an amazing dessert which was going to be shared with me, but that never happened! The service was great and it was lovely to feel like an actual adult for the evening, get all dressed up and not have to worry about the kid.
After dinner we went for a little walk around the grounds, watching the geese on the lake and just enjoying the evening sun. There are plenty of outdoor seats which is lovely and no matter where you look there is a view.
When we got back to the room we had a turn down service which I wasn’t expecting, so it obviously just comes as standard. The curtains were drawn, lamps on and all the display cushions were off the bed. This was a really nice touch, not just because the curtains were heavy! It was just another little bit of luxury that we don’t get to see often.
Breakfast the next morning was amazing. A selection of pastries, fruits and cereals for us to choose from and a menu for the hot food. Husb obviously went for a Full English and I had scrambled egg and smoked salmon, there was so much salmon I was set for the day. Scrummy.
Another little treat you get as guests of the hall is access to the walled gardens, these operate as a destination in their own right, with a lovely farm shop attached and we happened to be there for the farmers market too. Looking round the gardens was the perfect way to end our stay. A nice relaxing stroll in the sun and a scone and a drink at the cafe before heading home.
The gardens are beautiful and we spent a few hours there, the farm shop was very well stocked and I nearly came home with several bottles of gin but I refrained.
The whole weekend couldn’t have been more perfect.
There is honestly no getting away from the fact this is not a cheap weekend, it’s not something we would be able to afford on a whim. Our suite costs £280 for a night. Having now been, I can safely say I would save the money and treat myself again, maybe for our ten year anniversary.
Everything was so well thought out and it is much more than just a room to lay your head. It is an experience. Wynyard Hall is stunning and it felt an honour to get to wander round it. The room was so comfortable and really well-appointed. The attention to detail was amazing. Getting access to the walled gardens is more than just a nice bonus, they are a day out, ready for you within walking distance of your room. I would certainly recommend adding on some spa time too.
I don’t think I have ever felt so spoilt. It was worth it for the perfect weekend away. A perfect weekend away that was all in one place, Spa, great food, great location, a day out in the gardens and a fabulous stay.
Disclosure – we were guests for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in exchange for an honest review. I paid for the Spa. All opinions are my own honest views.