Showing posts with label Bishopstrow House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bishopstrow House. Show all posts

29 August 2011

Bishopstrow House, Weekend Spa

After a week of intense yoga practice and a week that saw my body have a collision with a piece of Germany's finest car engineering, my son not getting his university place of choice, and then getting two places, I was exhausted both physically and mentally. The change in the university plans meant I did not have to make the long drive to Newcastle, so I cancelled my trip and booked a place at Bishopstrow House for my husband and myself instead.

I have blogged about this Spa hotel before. It is a beautiful, old manor house set in gorgeous countryside and has a feel of being in another era. While swimming alone in the outdoor pool, I imagined this is what it would have been like for the Astors, of Clivedon house, without the scandal of Christine Keller and the Profumo affair.

I booked a garden room but when I arrived it had been given to someone else. I almost wept when I was given a room without a view. However, this was swiftly rectified and the unwinding process began.

The spa is so relaxing and - although it definitely feels a bit odd to wander around a Georgian country manor in your dressing gown - we soon fell into the swing of it and left Bishopstrow with our batteries fully recharged.

I would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a quiet place to unwind. Packages are available, so it is always worth asking.

18 July 2011

Bishopstrow House, Hotel and Spa Warminster

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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.