5 Bubble Spa 2017

Ragdale Hall Spa


The original dedicated spa retreat, Ragdale Hall is a large, comfortable country house set in attractive gardens and grounds. The spa has quite a cult following; you’ll find good quality, well-priced treatments delivered by people who really know their stuff. The huge array of facilities on offer will have you visiting your favourites time and again. Gloriously, at Ragdale you can be as pampered or healthy as you like; enjoy a healthy meal or opt for cake and Champagne.

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Features

  • Single sex facilities
  • XXL robes available
  • Relaxation spaces including The Retreat and The Pavilion
  • Rooftop infinity pool
  • Candle pool
  • Indoor/outdoor waterfall pool
  • Thought Zone
  • Colourflow cave
  • Volcanic salt bath
  • Scented room
  • Rose sauna
  • Cave shower
  • Experience showers
  • 25m swimming pool with raised whirlpool spa
  • Steam room
  • Sanarium
  • Exercise pool with underwater gym equipment and whirlpool spa
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Tennis courts
  • Mind gym
  • Beauty shop, boutique and gift shop
  • The beauty express

Products

  • Elemis
  • Decleor
  • Spa Find
  • Clarins
  • OPI
  • Lava Shells

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Tucked away in the Leicestershire countryside, Ragdale Hall is a destination spa; the handsome red-brick Victorian property has an impressive facade (think clock tower, crenellations and Virginia Creeper), sprawling grounds and pristine gardens.

The inside is equally impressive with elegantly-appointed rooms and suites, a restaurant, two bars, a lounge and an all-encompassing spa.  

On offer

What's on offer?

The welcome starts in the car park where attentive staff park your car and carry your luggage to your room while you sip a welcome drink in the Garden Room. Here, you receive your room key, a map of the spa (which you'll need), a locker key and a menu to pre-order your breakfast if you're staying overnight.

This large, quirky spa has three changing rooms: one near the gym and two in the pool and thermal area (called "blue" and "green" respectively), each with their own colour palette. We used "green" and marvelled at the cheery bright-green lockers, as big as they are bold. Robes and slippers are inside. Change beside dark wood benches or nip into a private changing cubicle thoughtfully containing body moisturiser. Showers are well equipped with shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, and a vanity bar has plenty of hairdryers for post-shower use. Shelves contain plenty of towels.

Ragdale Hall has not one, not two, but six pools, including the newly opened rooftop pool, a spectacular stainless steel 12-metre hydropool perched high on Ragdale's crenelated walls. Bubble away in the warm waters while admiring uninterrupted countryside views. Downstairs in the thermal area, there is also a sunken candle pool surrounded by flickering candles (where silence is golden), a colour-flow cave for swimming through a series of different shades, as well as seven thermal experiences. In short: you'll need a good amount of time to experience it all.

We began in the cave shower, with its thunder-and-lightning effect, before hopping into the gently heated sanarium that plays birdsong. There's a classic (and hot) wooden sauna seating six and a volcanic salt room; sit on a tiled bench and breathe in the salty health benefits. Throw a pebble into the middle of the wishing steam room and make a wish (we told you Ragdale was quirky).

We moved on to the series of outdoor and indoor pools and pushed various buttons to set off waterfalls and massage jets. The main 25-metre pool is perfect for swimming lengths and surrounded by colourful loungers.

Ragdale Hall has a good number of places to relax: for swing seats and bean bags, head to The Retreat where décor is Cath Kidston meets Laura Ashley. In the mind gym, you can exercise your mind through puzzles and jigsaws.

More swing seats are in the garden, which also has pretty wooden gazebos dotted around the lawn and deckchairs where you can enjoy a cheeky glass of wine.

Ragdale Hall also has a gym, a fitness studio and a boutique shop.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We enjoyed an MOT Wellbeing Massage (80 minutes; £71).

My therapist, Mary, led me to a cosy, chocolate-hued room with a black ceiling displaying sparkly coloured lights. She went through my consultation form and determined my preferred level of pressure. She also asked me to choose a crystal from a selection; I was drawn to a green one, which Mary said was good for my throat chakra.

As I lay on the bed (on my back), Mary placed a crystal in each of my hands which felt wonderfully grounding. Mary ran warm oil containing pungent ylang ylang through my hair before massaging my scalp. This could have continued for the full 80 minutes, as far as I was concerned. Mary moved on to my shoulders and arms, using long strokes to relieve the tension. While she did this, she placed a crystal on my forehead, which didn't feel as strange as it sounds.

Mary then asked me to turn over so that she could focus on my legs and arms. When she used hot stones on my back, I fought to stay awake; the warmth relieved my tired, achy shoulders.

At the end of the treatment, Mary warned me that I may feel a little achy from the massage and emotional from the crystals. An hour later, right on cue, I experienced a surge of emotion which lasted for approximately ten minutes. It's a reaction I've never experienced after a spa treatment before.

Ragdale Hall offers an extensive treatment menu which is over twenty pages long. Choose from face and body therapies using Elemis, Decléor and Clarins products. There are treatments for menmums-to-be and Jennifer Young treatments for those who are in treatment for or recovering from cancer.

There is a manicure and pedicure studio as well as The Beauty Express, where you can get mini treatments and your brows done, and a hair studio for a blow-dry before you go home (or out that evening).

Food facts

Food Facts

Lunch is a buffet where you can eat in your robe and be as virtuous (soups and salads) or as indulgent (hot dishes and desserts) as you wish. Gluten- and dairy-free options are on offer, as well as vegetarian choices. Use the clever 1, 2, 3-system to add up the calories as you go. Despite good intentions, we ended up trying a bit of everything.

That evening we ate in Ragdale's oak-panelled dining room complete with impressive chandelier. We enjoyed three courses: smoked chicken and tarragon terrine with piccalilli gel; English rump of lamb with toasted pecans; and tart with hazelnut Chantilly and toffee sauce. All dishes were beautifully presented although this particular Spa Spy would have liked a bit more seasoning. 

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The roomy spa: Although there were lots of guests on our visit, the spa never felt overcrowded.

The customer service was exceptional, with every single staff member attentive and smiley.

The little shelves outside each thermal room: We could enter each room safe in the knowledge that our glasses weren't going to get squashed in our robe pocket.

We didn't love

A darker relaxation room for post-treatment snoozing would be a really good addition to Ragdale Hall.

The treatment beds weren't as comfortable as some we have experienced.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

The attentive service and personalised programmes will put solo spa goers at ease.

We saw small groups of women and several couples enjoying the spa on our visit.

Ragdale is a spa for all ages. From mums and daughters to generational groups, the spa was filled with an array of ages. Ragdale welcomes you from 16 years upwards, making for a perfect introduction to spa-ing.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded Ragdale Hall a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 bubbles for its attentive service, quirky touches, impressive range of pools and thermal facilities, and generous treatment menu.

Super Spy visited in September 2017 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"I am fortunate to have been to Ragdale a few times and whether I come on my own or with my daughter always have a wonderful time. The staff are so welcoming wonderful place to chill and relax"

Julie dixon

  • November 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly


"Just returned with my daughter from our annual visit ( have been going for approx. 15/16years now). It's so comforting to walk through the doors to the wonderful warm welcome from the fantastic staff who make Ragdale so special. We wouldn't dream of going anywhere else although before visiting Ragdale we had been to other Spas. We always return home feeling relaxed having enjoyed every aspect of our stay. Ragdale well and truly deserves every award it gets."

jan burrells

  • November 19, 2017 at 10:44 pm

"Outstanding in terms of treatments, service and all round friendliness. "

Mary Footer

  • November 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"As a member of RAGDALE Hall, I can only sing it's praises. The setting is wonderful, the treatments amazing and the staff are well trained, knowledgeable and friendly. It's a spa for all ages, all abilities. They have a great selection of gym/pool classes going on throughout the day....from the all out energetic to a gentle sunset stretch class. The choice of food has improved greatly over the last few years and offers plenty for the health conscious to those indulgent treats. It's currently having an additional roof top pool built which will be an exciting add on. My only niggle is that there aren't enough disabled parking bays and you can't park in front of the hall. There are 3 just before you go in the main car park and that walk on some days is enough for me. However this is the BEST all round spa."

Donna Burton

  • November 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Ragdale is the ultimate spa experience. ...from the moment you step out of your car the service is second to none. As a returnee I was in treated to see what my neice would make of her first visit....she was even more impressed than me. Nothing is too much trouble. St"

Kay McFarlane

  • November 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

"This is a wonderful spa experience well recommend to anyone.first class all the way."

anne

  • October 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"This is a wonderful spa experience well recommend to anyone.first class all the way."

anne

  • October 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly


"This is a wonderful spa experience well recommend to anyone.first class all the way."

anne

  • October 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly


"I have been visiting Ragdale for over 23 years either as a couple or with friends and also on my own. It is a place for total relaxation and pampering or you can be as active as you like. The staff are what make Ragdale so special. Each and everyone are polite and knowledgeable. As I walk through the door I relax knowing that I'm about to be well looked after."

Joy

  • October 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa


"I have been to Ragdale on several occasions and at different times of the year. It never fails to impress. The treatments are good, the food is great and the accommodation is relaxing and comfortable. Thermal Spa is my favourite destination to chill out, read, swim or whatever I need to reset my mind and body. I have been with friends and family and we are always keen to return as soon as possible. I don’t need to go anywhere else. It’s just heavenly at Ragdale. "

Jill

  • October 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"All of the above - the perfect spa with treatments that are amazing "

Karhy

  • October 7, 2017 at 10:50 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"I've been going to Ragdale for more years than I care to remember, and haven't yet found another one to even match it let alone surpass. I've been to Champneys, Springs, Hall Cross Hall and various others I've forgotten, but Ragdale remains the ultimate spa experience. I love the thermal spa area. I find I relax the minute I walk through the familiar door when I arrive."

Glenys Berd

  • October 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fantastic place, well recommended, I would go frequently if I could. "

Claire Bennett

  • October 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Loved loved loved this spa. The best spa we have ever been to. Staff so happy and friendly. Facilities are amazing. Food was delicious. Treatments were relaxing and I even learned to shape my own eyebrows for free! There is definitely something special about this place. Wish we could have stayed longer. "

Delia Reed

  • October 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale Hall is amazing, it's a prize Jewel, hidden gem, sanctuary, heaven; I could go on ... Just back from a midweek stay with my daughter and already planning another trip this time with my sisters who will just love it. Caters for all, accessible for all, just wish it was all mine!"

Josie McHugh

  • October 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale Hall is always a welcoming relaxing haven. I go every autumn for a renewing and rejuvenating break. Evèry aspect of the Ragdale experience is designed for customer comfort and I always feel thoroughly pampered by the luxurious treatments and excellent food."

Valerie Murray

  • October 14, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale is a wonderful place to relax and chill out. The facilities are excellent and the staff are friendly and always on hand to help with any queries you may have. The treatments are wonderful. I have been to Ragdale on 4 occasions now and I have enjoyed everyone."

Tracy Bartlett

  • October 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Party of four. Two of whom have visited at least once a year (4 night stay) for last 20 years other two for last 15 years consecutively! Need we say more. Would not dream of going any where else for our spa experience. Ragdale for ever!!"

L Walkington

  • October 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Wonderful place to relax. "

Marcia Stephens

  • August 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

Voted: Solo Friendly


"I am looking to treat my husband to a spa day for his birthday on 18th February, but he has never been before and would like to know if it mixed groups of people or mainly just women. Advice would be great thanks "

Claire rennie

  • January 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

Voted: Romantic


"I have been visiting Ragdale for years and cannot fault anything. The treatments are fantastic, the accomodation wonderful, food is fabulous with a very good choice and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. The last time I went, I was on my own and loved it. I was a bit apprehensive about being alone but it was even more relaxing than being with someone else. I will always return."

Helen Farrell

  • January 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"my wife has stayed in top resorts and spas and in her words ` I cannot fault it` only 1 minor fault sometimes service in the restaurant can be a little slow. I personally love the place as buying vouchers for Xmas and birthday brings so much appreciation from the boss. "

George Martineau

  • December 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"This is certainly the best spa I've ever been to - dedicated to relaxing and all the staff are friendly and helpful. Gorgeous food, amazing treatments, lots of lounges and hideaways. I've been visiting Ragdale for 15 years and can highly recommend it."

Jane Prince

  • November 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Voted: A social spa


"I visit Ragdale 2-3 times per year. It has always been excellent, with such good attention to detail. However my last visit in Oct was a little disappointing. On both days they ran out of towels, most of the time there were no loungers available (people seemed to place their stuff on them and leave them for hours) and the staff weren't their usual attentive selves. Cleaning staff were chatting loudly in the corridors and didn't attempt to move out of the way to let us past. Staff in the dining room were also not very attentive and we felt rather neglected. Didn't even get asked if we wanted to order any drinks! Finally, they were late calling me through for treatments and didn't make the time up. It's made me think i should perhaps try somewhere else next time, as I expect better from Ragdale."

Ruth Cullen

  • November 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

"I have been going to Ragdale Hall for 18 years and can honestly say it just gets better and better, there is always something new happening- upgrades, additions and new ideas. Wonderful facilities, fabulous food, wide choice of treatments and amazing staff and service. Hope to be going for another 18 years. "

Marilyn Ward

  • November 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa


"excellent spa have been coming for 30 years and I love it keeps getting better every year "

Sharon Tohillrogers

  • October 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa


"I have been visiting Ragdale Hall for 21 years and now visit 4 times a year for 6 nights at a time. I am a solo traveller and love the fact that I can have a chat if I want to but can also relax on my own if I wish. The treatments and food are excellent. The best thing about the Ragdale is the staff. They cannot do enough to make your stay special. Would highly recommend."

Joy Townsend

  • October 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Ragdale is all you mentioned to love. However cannot agree reference dining room. The food is more than "generally very good" as you stated. It is first class for choice / presentation and quality. The "quite large" dining room does not convey the beautiful period room where you eat. Even top class restaurants have "coming and going" and are (obviously) busy! I and my three colleagues have been visiting for the last consecutive 20 odd years. Proof if proof were needed that Ragdale is the tops! No question!"

Lynda Walkington

  • October 16, 2015 at 1:08 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale Hall is very tactical: beware of being short-changed and duped. Very disappointed with the tactic of encouraging early bookings at 'busy times', then actually offering 25% discounts. I took advice in goodwill and booked a stay 6 weeks before half term. If I had waited, I could have saved £180 by taking advantage of a website offer. A I am a 10-year loyal return guest! The Reservations Manager was very unsympathetic, cold and without any customer service skills."

Anonymous

  • October 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

"Wonderful"

H G Mason

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

"I've been visiting Ragdale for over 30 years - both with friends and with my husband, sister, sister-in-law and mum. You can have any sort of spa holiday here from luxury pampering to kick-starting a healthier lifestyle. We love it. Longstanding loyal guests are especially valued with discounts and extra treats."

Iris Hillery

  • September 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Just back from my 12th visit and I absolutely love love love Ragdale Hall! Can't fault it in anyway whatsoever. I relax the minute I walk in the front door. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Food and treatments are fab and the champagne afternoon tea is to die for. Going back before Christmas again and I can't wait!!!!!!"

Karen Longland

  • September 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Voted: A social spa


"I have been visiting Ragdale Hall for over 20 years and now visit 4 times a year as a solo traveller. I have in the past visited with friends. However you choose to visit you will not be disappointed. The staff are what make Ragdale special. Each and every one care about the guests and the facilities are excellent. I would always recommend Ragdale Hall."

Joy Townsend

  • May 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"The spa spy really struggled with" We didnt love"! Ragdale is amazing and never fails to deliver exceptional service. I am lucky enough to come with my daughter in December and with friends in April. Hopefully these trips will continue for years to come."

Kate Pace

  • March 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

"I am Lucky enough to live only 30 minutes away from this amazing and truly perfect place. I have been visiting for 5 years now and usually visit 3 to 5 times a year. The rooms are exquisite, the food amazing, the treatments to die for and the service impeccable. I have visited both as a day guest and a number of residential stays, and always the service from the young boys and girls in the dining room, to the cleaners to the established staff in all areas are truly dedicated to your needs in every way. Well done RagDale! "

Kate Hooley

  • March 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Golden indulgence is a must, best day visit is to extend to leave at 21:00 so you can make the most off all facilities if you halve no time fo an overnight stay. Try to go at least once a year me time with my best friend."

Val Aldridge

  • March 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"I've come for many years, first on my own, the last 6 years with my husband. It's the place to totally forget about the outside world and chill, be pampered and spoilt rotten. My husband likes different things to me, esp. the food, so we have just the meal-times and evenings together, which is great. Ragdale has changed since I've started coming - plenty of couples around now, many younger ones - but on the other side there are more very ill and disabled people coming. It used to be a place for 'Ladies who lunch' while now it is much more inclusive and crosses the generations, gender and backgrounds much more. In a way I went with the change - my first visit was to get fitter, with fitness statement, personal trainer etc. - while the past few visits have been as a disabled chronic pain woman. Ragdale Hall can cope with both very well, they now have special rooms for disabled!! "

Gudrun Berry

  • March 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Going to Ragdale is my yearly treat! sometimes with a friend, sometimes on my own. I give myself a Christmas voucher ( when hubby doesn't get the hint) and look forward to my visit later the following year. Ragdale is the perfect ME-TIME, I love it."

Brigitte D.

  • March 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"A little touch of heaven - my sister and I have visited for several years, and as soon as we walk through the door, any stresses seem to fall away. Everything about Ragdale is lovely, peace, luxury, attention to detail, I could go on. We feel that as we have found the best, we don't need to look anywhere else."

Lynne Shepherd

  • November 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused


"This is a fabulous spa. My daughter and I have visited on many occasions and it just seems to get better each time. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The thermal spa is amazing, especially the candle pool. Food is excellent. "

Margaret Middleton

  • November 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused


"I have been visiting Ragdale for 20 years now and as a solo traveller absolutely love it. It feels like coming home every time I visit. I visit 4 times a year now so it must be good. The staff are the mainstay. Everyone seems to love their job. The facilities are fab and are always being updated."

Joy Townsend

  • November 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly


"I am not surprised that Ragdale was the best spa for customer service! The staff cannot do enough to help you and are always friendly and polite. In my professional life when I am asked for an example of exemplary service I always quote Ragdale Hall. The customer service is exceptional and the facilities just amazing. Even Raggles the cat adds to the atmosphere :o) "

Christine Cary

  • November 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused


"So pleased Ragdale won another award - most luxurious place to be, with lovely helpful staff. Weel done!"

Great Grandma

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Romantic


Spa Location

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Spa location


Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire,
LE14 3PB

01664 434831

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Extra Information

Dining

Breakfast is served in your room; The Garden Room and Verandah Bar serve hot and cold refreshments and snacks; the main restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Accommodation

Six room types available, from Economy Rooms to Suites.

Opening Hours

Open from 8.30am to 9.30pm. 

Treatment menu

View the treatment menu

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