Recently Alan and I treated ourselves to a nice spa break at a hotel about 25 minutes drive from York - Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel. We booked a package which included a 1 night stay, lunch, dinner, breakfast, access to the spa and a 1 hour treatment each.
Set in a Victorian mansion, the hotel featured 3 lounges, 1 restaurant and a set of spa facilities which included a pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and lots of treatment rooms. We tried out the pool and jacuzzi on our first day and really enjoyed it. A light lunch was provided which was served in a bento box, which included a chicken wrap, crudités with hummus, a noodle salad, fruit and a little brownie and cream (perfect for my sweet tooth).
After lunch we both headed off to our individual treatments; I had a neck, shoulder and scalp massage (divine) followed by a lower leg and foot exfoliation and massage (a touch more painful but so good for my circulation). Afterwards I was shown into a warm and quiet 'relaxation room', where I spent a wonderful 20 minutes feeling the after effects of my massage and reading the Sunday Times Travel Magazine - dreamy.
Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures inside the spa facilities so apologies for that, but it was a nice comfortable and clean area. Only suggestion would be that the lounge next to the pool needed a few more sofas.
Our room was a comfortable king size, with a good bathroom, 3 chairs, and a pretty view. We were surprised to come to our room and discover a complimentary bottle of prosecco had been provided, which we enjoyed in the quiet time before our dinner.
We enjoyed a nice dinner in the Brasserie, for which I have done a separate review. Watch this space for that.
After we checked out the following morning (nourished by a pleasant buffet breakfast featuring lots of hot and cold options) we continued to enjoy the spa facilities and the lounges for a couple of hours before heading home. Just before we left there was a fire drill, and I can only be thankful as we stood out in the car park for 5 minutes that I was not in the pool at the time!
Aldwark Manor is a nice little hotel which offers a good set of package deals for 1 night breaks. I do not think we would have stayed any longer than we did, purely because, as a result of the golf course, there is very little outside space which is available for guests to stroll through. We like a good country stroll, Alan and I, and could have done with one to work off some of the indulgent food we had.
Still, for the package above (which cost £109 each), it was worth it. Recommended.