Posted on May 16, 2017
Last week Rudding Park Hotel (Harrogate) opened a brand new spa. On time and on budget (rare!) the design team responsible have created an oasis of serenity in the heart of Yorkshire. Invited to the stunning opening night party, here’s what I found.
From the moment the glass doors part, it’s sheer indulgence. The pool can be glimpsed from ground level by visitors to Horto café and we’re told the water is from Rudding Parks own bore hole… I am immediately taken by the size of the whole facility – it’s impressively spacious.
Horto Café offers contemporary fine dining and is open to the public. Guests to the spa can use Horto during the day whilst robed till 5.30pm. There is a seamless transition from spa to café and terrace (shown below) which wraps round the indoor pool – (there’s plenty of loungers for sunbathing!)
Inside the spa there is everything one could wish for; the attention to detail and thought shown in each zone is exceptional. As well as the expected treatment rooms, mani/pedicure bar and hair salon, there are four mind and sense zones (available to all guests booking treatments).
Upstairs is the Roof Top Spa with hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms, sauna, foot spas (and more); the pièce de résistance – The Spa Garden.
Owing to being blessed with such amazing weather, the party was held on the Roof Top Spa Garden, not too many pictures from here as it was full of guests so it’d be nice to return and see it in its natural state.
The Spa Garden is a thing of beauty. Created by Matthew Wilson, colours used extend the seasons, there’s nothing ‘standard’ or ‘token gesture’ here… to relax among the carefully-planned use of plants, trees and foliage will, I’m sure, delight garden lovers.
The spa bath, sun deck, sauna cabin, shower and all you’d really need for a complete day basking in the Yorkshire sun. The hotel can be seen in distance, the unwavering commitment to quarrying the same stone for the spa-build as the hotel was every bit worth it! Quality exudes. During his speech, owner Simon Mackaness shared some of the stories from conception to completion saying there had been 400 plans and 2000 revisions… In my humble opinion, they have not been in vain.
It was not till writing this post that I went to the spa website to get an idea on prices, I was pleasantly surprised. Visit the Rudding Park Spa website here to find out more.
Posted on November 5, 2015
Happy to share what ultimately makes our little corner of Yorkshire so beautiful with you this week ~ the incredible landscape! The Autumn has matured and though this past few days have been nothing but grey – that past two weeks has seen some amazing skies and magical sunsets.
As you may know, I like to go out gadding up on the moors in Ilkley, so although there are many places in Yorkshire I could share if I had the time to go photograph them – we’ll just have to make do with the majority of these been taken from home… Enjoy.
Recently, I have returned home from a few big cities aware there was an absence of the changing season. Clearly, Autumn is what it is here in rural Yorkshire because of the incredible trees which offer so much by way of richness of ever-changing colour… I wouldn’t swap it for the world!
Posted on March 3, 2015
We don’t choose to love the outdoors… do we? I know I didn’t, it just grew on me (see more in the post notes at the bottom if you’re interested) and now I actively pursue getting lost in the great outdoors. What is more, I find myself encouraging others to!
I find it exhilarating, life-giving and sheer soul food. It’s a love story. Yet this has only come about for me in recent years so it is entirely possible for people to grow to love the countryside and here are 21 reasons from recent days out. Some shot from behind a windscreen, all just very candid. They were my moments in time, mostly Yorkshire and in the last days of Winter hence it’s pretty barren everywhere. That said, our little corner of the world’s quite beautiful don’t you think?
A few years ago I began going outdoors regularly whilst going through a very hard time personally which lasted years. Having read a book around that time that was from the school of thought we should be exercising six times a week because every day we do we tell our bodies (a la caveman days), ‘we are not going to die today are going to survive’. This became a constant in my world and in all weathers… I mean ALL weathers, I would go walking and running for an hour at a time, often driving 13 miles, going for a run, then driving 13 miles home. Being outdoors five to six times a week around countryside, open air and landscape meant I grew to love the outdoors. Number one, it’s not difficult because it’s so beautiful where we live and secondly because I feel there’s a me I have only ever shared with the outdoors. I have been with it on my worst days so there’s an affinity – it knows the journey. This is possibly the most personal I’ve been on this blog so whilst ever I didn’t want to make the post all about this footnote, feel it lends a deeper element that perhaps others also feel…
Maybe this should be titled 22 reason for Outdoors 😉
Posted on February 3, 2015
Posted on November 12, 2014
Just a little snapshot this week of the past few days which has been more beautiful early sunsets, LOVING being The Butler more than ever and party planning for a little lady’s birthday.
What is your intent today? Same old same old? Can’t wait for the week to be over and ‘oh thank God it’s nearly Friday?’… Some days are like that sure, but the more we set our programming to ‘TODAY IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY’ or at least in favour of it being positive, it becomes engrained in our cells and becomes us.
That is all. X