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Before I even begin I will start with a warning – this post is photo heavy. Ragdale Hall was so beautifully decorated, I couldn’t resist getting snap happy to show you just how amazing it was!
Ragdale Hall is situated at the very heart of the country, making it a 2 and a half hour trip from Lancashire. It may seem like quite a way to travel for a spa trip, but this place is so much more than a spa.
Housed in an old building, dating back over 250 years, Ragdale Hall has seen may makeovers as the decades roll over, and it proved its worth and the long drive!
Billed as a Health, Hydro and Thermal Spa, Ragdale is the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. I was very kindly invited to come along for an overnight stay, bringing my Mum too as she loves a spa trip as much as me. I have a feeling this post could be very long so I’ll bring it up into easy, bitesize chunks!
We arrived just in time for lunch at 12pm and after being very kindly greeted and accommodated for by the helpful staff, we were given a map of the building and shown to the main dining room. Lunch was buffet style affair…but it was like no other buffet I’ve been to before.
The room was beautifully decorated with a nod to its period features and with fellow spa-goers wandering the premises in robes and gym gear, we were shown to our seats. With a choice of two table-serve starters and then an array of buffet food to choose from, I was very glad we arrived hungry!
To start my Mum chose the soup whilst I went for the spinach and goats cheese tart. Small yet flavoursome, a light bite was exactly what we wanted. The buffet offered a wide choice of salads, meats and hot food.
Our evening meal was back in the same room – yet this time we were dressed for dinner. With a three course meal on offer, we browsed the menu to make our choices. Catering to all tastes, we opted for a cold starter and then both chose the beef.
I’ve got to say, it was the best beef I’ve ever tasted! Ragdale Hall sources all of their ingredients locally so every dish was fresh and truly organic.
We were kindly given a Superior Twin suite with a large bathroom and double sinks. It was the perfect base for the night and provided enough space for our overnight bags.
The beds were very comfy and I didn’t feel restricted on space either, having not slept in a single bed in quite some time! The bathroom was spacious too and I loved the little touch of having The White Company toiletries on offer too.
One lovely perk of staying here is the option of having breakfast served to the room – which we took full advantage of. With a garden view of the grounds, it was rather lovely to enjoy a pot of fruit and oats and a danish pastry in bed on a Sunday morning!
Ahh, on to the main event. The facilities at Ragdale Hall were second to none. Beautiful break-out areas equipped with a variety of seating options and magazines scattered allowing you to take stock and chill out. Every room was flooded with light thanks to the large windows at every turn. Despite visiting on a November weekend, we enjoyed natural light in every room and views of the gardens to watch the leaves turn gold.
We wanted to pack as much in to our stay as possible and with treatments booked that afternoon, we made a beeline straight for the pools. Surprised by the amount of saunas and steam rooms, another welcome addition was the outdoor heated pool!
Following the steps down below the greenery of the Thermal Spa facilities, we were amazed to find ourselves swimming outside beyond the rocks when the outdoor temperature read 5 degrees! The massage jets and waterfall made for a fantastic treat and it was a great experience.
Once we’d marveled at the outdoor pool we made our way inside to visit the rest of the experiences. The candle pool was very relaxing and gave the impression of relaxing at home in the bath with only candlelight for company – yet on a larger scale!
Between dips and moments spent relaxing on the chair pods, we tried the scented room, the cave showers and the thought room. Each one ideally thought out, equipped with relaxing music, colour changing lights and comfortable seats – allowing us to forget everything we ever thought we knew about spas!
And lastly, on to our visit to the treatment rooms. Arriving at the spa reception, we were once again greeted by open space and took a seat amongst the, quite frankly, interior goals seating area!
We were booked in for a 50-minute Blissful Face and Back Therapy treatment each. The staff were so welcoming, knowledgeable and really put us at ease. Each treatment room was wonderfully decorated and we both felt really comfortable and relaxed.
The minimum stay at Ragdale Hall is two nights and they have a variety of packages available – luxury experiences, weekend getaways and mother and daughter weekends.
I would really recommend the spa as it’s located in gorgeous grounds and we left feeling suitably chilled out and discussing our return visit!
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*Thank you to Ragdale Hall for the complimentary one night stay for my Mum and I to enjoy the facilities. All opinions in this review are truthful & my own.