18 July 2011

Bishopstrow House, Hotel and Spa Warminster


von Essen Hotels

On a recent trip to Wiltshire to practice yoga, I stayed at this beautiful hotel; Bishopstrow House.
Having had months of "full-on" work commitments, this was a real treat indeed.

My room was beautiful and looked out over a private garden that made me think of Watership Down, with rabbits (that looked rather big, but then again I am a true Londoner) hopping around the lawn. I had an evening swim in the heated outdoor pool, which is a rarity in itself; finding an outdoor pool in the UK that is actually warm enough to swim in.

I headed over to the spa and had a steam and sauna followed by what can only be described as the most unusual shower I have ever had.

Being a new spa the double shower gave you a push button choice to the kind of shower you would like to choose. I choose the Caribbean storm. I stood in the shower and closed my eyes as a fine warm mist sprayed onto my face; gorgeous! There were sound effects playing too, so when a thunder clap started, I should have taken note. The next thing I knew I felt like someone had chucked a bucket of really cold water over me and I screamed out loud. I left the shower laughing to myself and sat back in the steam room, only to hear another unsuspecting guest take to the shower. She too must have picked the Caribbean storm experience, as it wasn't long before I heard her scream as well.

I had breakfast in my room which was delicious and the restaurant menu looked amazing. I will definitely return to Bishopstrow House again. One night felt like a few days of rest for me. I will bring my husband next time and sit and listen to his reaction to the interesting shower arrangement.

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