The Clearing Spa at The Cornwall Hotel
St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 7AB
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
5 treatment rooms
The Clearing Spa is surrounded by 43 acres of woodland in the heart of the picturesque Cornwall estate. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spa with light and showcase the walled garden. The infinity pool is the star of the show and is big enough to swim, or simply float about and nature watch. There is a steam room, sauna, a cosy relaxation room and five therapy rooms offering Aromatherapy Associates treatments. Lunch is nutritious and delicious.
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The Cornwall Hotel, just outside St Austell, is in the middle of 43 acres of woodland. On our visit, the primroses and daffodils were out, and rabbits were hopping about the lawns, making for quite the rural idyll. The main hotel building was once a grand mansion but the modern bedrooms are built into the hillside and offer very stylish as well as very eco-friendly accommodation.
The Clearing Spa is a short walk from the hotel through the woodland and overlooks a walled garden, which gives The Clearing a very natural setting. There is a separate entrance and car park for day guests arriving by car.
Spa reception is a light and bright area. The Clearing Spa is set over three floors; from reception, stairs lead down to the pool and changing rooms, and up to the treatment and relaxation rooms.
The changing rooms are modern, with large lockers that hold a coat and bag with ease, and key codes so you can't lose your key. The space is shared with members and hotel guests with families, so can get busy. The four showers are more health club than spa, containing only unidentified body wash and no conditioner, and there is usually no moisturiser, either, although some Aromatherapy Associates products were set out on our visit. There is a private changing area, and plenty of hooks for robes and towels. Our locker contained a towel, a brown towelling robe and some spa slippers. A spin dryer and plastic bags allow you to cart your wet swimsuit home without too much fuss.
The blue-mosaic infinity pool with its windows overlooking the garden is large enough to do some proper swimming. It's always a pleasure to float about and watch some nature at the same time. The bubble pool had some powerful jets but was disappointingly chilly when we visited.
The poolside steam room was satisfyingly hot, however, as was the wooden sauna. Both could easily seat six people. You can relax after your thermal exertions on a few loungers around the pool or on an outside terrace in the warmer weather.
The five treatment rooms (four single rooms and a couple's suite) are on a carpeted corridor which keeps the noise down. The relaxation room is small, with four loungers and some cushions to recline on. You can help yourself to fruit, fruit-infused water, and variety of teas. The room is dim but individual lights mean you can pick up one of the many magazines and have a read.
A small area to one side of reception has tables and chairs, so here you can eat your spa lunch. The gym, just a bit further on, is light and airy, with cardio machines, resistance equipment and weights. Nice to know if a bit of exercise is part of your ideal spa day.
Water fountains by the pool and in the gym will keep you hydrated throughout your visit.
We had the Balance and Energise (50 minutes, £60) which is a nice mixture of a back, neck and shoulders massage, and a facial.
My therapist, Vanessa, checked my consultation form and chose the Light Relax massage oil for my treatment. We started with me lying face down and inhaling some frankincense to get into the light relaxing mood. Vanessa worked on the knots in my shoulders, did some deep digging in my neck and manipulated the painful spots in my spine. She had a lovely touch: a firm pressure, as I had asked for, but an intuitive sense of how far or how deep to push. I felt much looser afterwards, and could turn my head slightly further to the right than had seemed recently reasonable.
For the facial, Vanessa chose products from the Aromatherapy Associates hydrating skincare range, which meant I was in for a bouquet of roses. She cleansed with the renewing rose cleanser, exfoliated with the rose exfoliator, and pepped us both up with a splash of the fresh and divinely scented rosewater tonic. Vanessa's facial massage, using the nourishing face oil, was just what my skin needed: deep hydration to combat my winter dryness and a gentle coaxing to become softer and suppler. While the rose face mask pressed further moisture into my skin, Vanessa applied pressure-point massage to my scalp -- deeply de-stressing. A few dots of eye serum and a smear of lip balm, and I was good to go. Relaxification and beautification all in one; an excellent treatment.
The spa menu at The Clearing Spa features a wide variety of massages, including lava shells, glacial shells and intensive muscle de-stress treatments. You can also try facials, scrubs, Jessica manicures and pedicures, as well as complementary therapies such as reflexology and Indian head massage. Mums to be can enjoy treatments from the "renew and blossom" menu, while men are catered for with treatments using The Refinery product range. Teen packages for 14 to 18 year olds mean The Clearing offers something for almost everyone.
You choose your lunch when you arrive at The Clearing Spa, from a selection of wraps or salads with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. You can eat in your robe in the small room set aside for lunches or, as we were lucky enough to do, sit in the sunshine in the spa courtyard.
Our warm seared tuna salad was tasty and fresh, with pea shoots, rocket, green beans and a zesty dressing. We also tried the green juice from the juice bar, which whizzes together spinach, avocado, apple, lime, basil and spirulina. When did drinking something so healthy start to taste so good? For those looking for something sweeter, the Coconut Crush might be just the ticket.
In the evening, the hotel's Arboretum Brasserie focuses on fresh local produce, such as Fowey mussels, local squid, bass and crab. Our Cornish lamb was delicious but you could also try vegetarian options such as fregola with wild garlic pesto, and spring vegetable risotto.
We loved swimming in the infinity pool with the gardens through the windows; we'd love to go back when those windows are opened in the summer.
Our green juice from the Juice Bar was simply stunning.
We didn't love having no conditioner in the showers and only one towel for the whole visit.
Who do you think would like it?
Families: Many families stay in the holiday cottages on the estate and come in to use the pool. Parents can enjoy a spa treatment upstairs while the kids splash about down. If you're after a peaceful swim, adult-only swim times are from 7am to 9am and after 6pm.
Friends: The Clearing Spa has a peaceful atmosphere in the treatment rooms, relaxation room and lunch room, so you can have a leisurely catch-up with treatments on top.
Couples can make the most of the dual treatment room, and the adult-only Arboretum restaurant makes for a stylish end to the day.
We once again gave The Clearing Spa a richly deserved 4 bubbles. The pool is light and airy, the staff friendly and helpful, and the treatments professional and pleasurable. The changing rooms are keeping the spa away from 5-bubble perfection, but everything else works well. A recommended place to stay and spa in Cornwall.
Single Spy visited in April 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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Tregorrick, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 7AB
Guests can enjoy superb food in the AA Rosette Arboretum Restaurant or in Acorns Brasserie for a hearty breakfast or lighter evening meal. For al fresco dining The Parkland Terrace, overlooking the Pentewan Valley, provides a beautiful setting for a light lunch, Cornish Afternoon Tea or pre-dinner cocktails.
Five styles of room available, from Deluxe Woodland Hotel Rooms to white House Suites. Bed and breakfast rates start at £95 per room per night, based on two people sharing.
Spa Opening Times:
• Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm
• Saturday 7am to 8pm
• Sunday 7am to 7pm
We have designated adult only swimming times. These are:
• Monday - Friday 7am - 9am & 6pm - 9pm
• Saturday - 7am - 9am & 6pm - 8pm
• Sunday - 7am - 9am & 6pm - 7pm
There are no offers for this spa.