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The Coniston Spa

Skipton, North Yorkshire,
BD23 4EA

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Hotel Spa

Has a pool

Has thermal facilities

8 treatment rooms

The Coniston Hotel forms part of the Coniston Estate, surrounded by green countryside on a hill overlooking the lake. The spa is a seperate building, built in 2015, and features a thermal area and three pools, including an outdoor infinity pool with lake views. Treatments range from massages to scrubs and wraps, and the spa menu also offers signature wellbeing and physiotherapy treatments.

1 person says this spa is family friendly.
2 people say this spa is health focused.
2 people say this spa is solo friendly.

  • 15 metre indoor swimming pool
  • Level deck circular spa pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Salt inhalation room
  • Refinement lounge
  • Outdoor infinity edge vitality spa pool
  • Gym and fitness studio
    • Aromatherapy Associates
    • Jessica
    • Mii
    • Natura Bissé
    • Coniston

Our Spa Spy Review

First impressions

In the gently undulating dales and pretty villages of Yorkshire, this large hotel appears at first glance to be unremarkable. However, first impressions are deceptive. Step onto the Coniston Estate and the panoramic views over the lake, parkland and faraway hills are spectacular.

Both the Coniston hotel and spa are purpose built; they're modern but very welcoming and comfortable. As well as the hotel and spa, the estate has restaurants, a falconry centre, a shooting ground, and a 4X4 off-road experience. Deliver a best-beloved unto thrill-seeking adventures and hide away in the cool and contemporary spa.

What's on offer?

Coniston Spa opened at the end of 2015. Its glass fronted structure with curved roof affords uninterrupted views of the countryside.

Plenty of friendly staff welcomed us at spa reception, which has lots of products to browse or buy. To one side, a glass wall overlooks the pool area. To the other is a circular black wood-burning stove and the spa brasserie with stylishly comfortable indoor and outdoor seating.

Male and female changing rooms are behind the café, and there is a disabled toilet and changing area, too. The changing area feels modern and clean with plenty of lockers, four showers, two toilets, cushioned benches, and a vanity area with hairdryers and hair straighteners.

A glass-sided corridor leads to the thermal area. The large, light space has a slate-grey floor and wood and chrome finishes. The wide 15-metre swimming pool has dark blue mosaic tiles and underwater lighting. The water is cool enough for doing some hearty lengths while admiring the views. The sunken circular bubble pool, big enough to seat four, has different seating levels and strong massage jets. Around the Jacuzzi and pool are plenty of cushioned rattan armchairs.

The heat experiences at Coniston Spa are off to one side. The Himalayan salt sauna is a gentle heat with wooden curved recliner seats for four people. The more traditional sauna is hotter and can seat six. The steam room is dark with aromatic oils and again could seat around six comfortably. When you're ready to cool off, there are two powerful showers either side of an ice fountain.

Outside is the piece de resistance, a lovely rectangular infinity edge vitality terrace, deep and hot with gentle bubbles and massage jets overlooking the lake, trees and distant hills. The surrounding decked area has ten cushioned recliner chairs. It's a real sun trap, with spa butlers on hand to tempt you with drinks and smoothies.

The pre- and post-treatment rooms -- the Serenity Lounge and Tranquillity Lounge -- are both comfortable enough for five people, dimly lit, with drinks, teas, nibbles and fruit to help yourself to. To the rear of the Serenity Lounge is the nail bar and grooming area.

If you fancy some outdoor peace and quiet away from the pool, a decked veranda overlooks the woods, with lots of recliners and comfortable love seats.

If you're feeling energetic, the gym and fitness studio host a range of exercise classes and personal training.

Tell us about the treatments

We had the Coniston Signature Escape (120 minutes, £135): a body treatment and facial tailored to each individual client's needs.

My therapist, Georgie, met me in the Serenity Lounge then led me along a curved corridor to our treatment room -- aptly named Indulge.

Georgie invited me to sit on the lowered bed while she washed and scrubbed my feet in a warm, scented foot bath. She described the treatment and products, checked I was happy with her choices, then left the room while I took off my robe and settled on the treatment bed.

Georgie massaged my back, drawing the strokes up to my neck and into my hairline, then pressing down along my spine. She applied long and circular strokes across my back, sometimes using her forearms. The pressure and rhythm was perfect for deep relaxation. She massaged the backs of my legs and feet, then invited me to turn over to repeat the pattern on my front. She finished with a lovely, languorous scalp massage -- utter bliss.

Georgie covered me in warm towels and began my facial by applying a thick cleansing gel. She gave my face, décolletage, shoulders and arms a deep lymphatic massage using facial oil and painted a cool mask over my face and eyes. While the mask dried, she massaged my feet. Georgia eased off the mask and gave my face a final cleanse before adding serum and moisturiser.

At the end of the treatment, Georgie gently sat me up, led me to the post-relaxation lounge, and brought me water and tea. My face looked amazingly plump and line-free, and my body felt relaxed and fragrantly smooth.

My spa colleague returned from her Signature Escape which included a vigorous scrub; she, too, felt wonderful. So much so that we returned to the spa the following day at dawn.

Treatments at The Coniston Spa include a range of massages, facials, scrubs and wraps, reflexology and choices for men and mums-to-be. All of the treatments use Coniston's own products which have been developed with The Natural Spa Factory, Aromatherapy Associates, or The Refinery products for men. The spa also offers clinical hypnotherapy, physiotherapy and, in the summer, yoga by the lake.

Food facts

You can eat in your robe in the Nourish brasserie. The menu has been designed with the help of celebrity naturopath Elizabeth Peyton Jones, so the food is nutritionally on-trend: lots of fresh fish, proteins, seeds, beetroot and healthy goodness.

Order nibbles such as olives or hummus, starters such as avocado and scrambled egg on toast or butternut squash noodles, and main courses including poached salmon, baked cod or vegetarian chilli. There are also indulgent or healthy dessert options and creatively-designed smoothies.

If you're staying at the hotel, you can lunch in the Huntsman's Lodge with amazing views and outdoor terrace, or the welcoming McLeod's Restaurant offering a locally sourced menu. 

We loved / We didn't love

We loved

Bubbling away in the infinity pool sipping smoothies and watching the swans and ducks glide across the lake.

The Himalayan salt sauna: So comfortable with lovely views, we could have stayed for hours.

Our two-hour indulgent treatments with brilliant therapists who clearly loved their work. We loved the Coniston products, too -- so much we bought some to take home.

The food: The spa food was perfect, nutritious and delicious. Just how we like it.

We didn't love

There's a short, open-aired walk between the hotel and the spa. On the day we visited, it was gloriously sunny, but you may end up a little wet in winter. You can always hitch a lift on a golf buggy...

Who do you think would like it?

We saw solo spa goers, friends and couples having a blissful time catching up. In the morning, a family made use of the pool; children are allowed in but only at certain times.

Spa-istas with mobility issues: Everything is on one level, with wheel chair access and hoists for the pools.

Locals lucky enough to be members: We're envious that you live in such a beautiful place.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We gave the Coniston Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The spa is modern and clean and makes the most of its fabulous setting. The treatments, service and food are well considered and delightful, striking a harmonious balance between wellness and pampering. The Coniston Spa is a special place.

Savant Spa visited in July 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles

Public Opinion

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    J A Harling
    October 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm
    Very very disappointing. This place could be fabulous but it's not. It really lacks any attention to detail: Dirty towels spewing out of linen bins, Empty plastic cups in steam room Filthy windows on sauna Ran out if clean towels at poolside Dirty towels left strewn on floor of changing room Empty jars containing just crumbs in relaxation lounge. Presume they should have contained dried fruit?? food very average Hoping I got them on a bad day? Very surprised this spa has 5 bubbles.

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  1. The Coniston Spa says:
    October 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experience of The Coniston Spa. I am disappointed to read that we had not met your expectations. I would encourage you to contact me via telephone or e-mail – [email protected] to enable me to resolve these issues. Having the opportunity to speak with our guests to gain their valuable feedback allows us to address any shortcomings and ensure they are not repeated. I do hope to hear from you soon to demonstrate that your experience was an exception to the rule.


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    Christine Jermey
    October 1, 2016 at 11:37 am
    I went to the Spa in July 2016 for an aromatherapy session with a very kind and gentle aromatherapist. I am 77yrs. old and about to have a knee replacement. When I am mobile enough I am going to the Spa again for the same soothing treatment. I only wish I lived nearer. I am 230 miles away, but the journey is alway worth the effort. I would certainly reccommend this Spa.

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    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Gill woodhead
    March 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    Overall lovely. Great location /views/spa area. Staff very nice. Changing rooms nice but couldn't plug in any straightners/driers. They only had 3 hairdryers & 1 pair of straightners & would imagine become very busy at peak times which could be annoying. Food area lovely with excellent food - may be mot enough tables for peak times. Would return as excellent value

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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Spa Location

The Coniston Spa

Coniston Cold,
North Yorkshire,
BD23 4EA

Extra Information


Nourish Brasserie at the spa offers nibbles, main meals and afternoon teas. In the hotel is the Macleod's restaurant, bar and Huntsmans Lodge.


Classic, superior and luxury bedrooms in the hotel.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 6:15am-9:00pm - Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-8:00pm

Special Offers

Yorkshire Dales Spa Day at The Coniston Spa


Take a breather and lose yourself with this ultimate Yorkshire Dales Spa Day. ​* Surrender your senses to our Coniston Signature Escape treatment. Our brand new 2 hour treatment of pure indulgence. Allow one of our talented therapists to create a personalised signature escape combining facials, body treatments and massage to bring harmony to your...

Diamond Spa Day at The Coniston Spa


Release your inner sparkle with our  Luxurious Diamond Spa Day   A 2 course lunch in Nourish 60 minute luxurious Diamond Energy Facial. Giving instant results, this beautiful treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines and gives an instant radiant glow to the skin.

£149 per person *Includes a Natura Bisse gift...

Time for Two Spa Day at The Coniston Spa


Ideal for couples, friends, mums and daughters. Spend time together to catch up and de-stress in the luxurious surroundings of The Coniston Spa. Enjoy complimentary use of a spa robe and slippers along with unlimited access to the spa thermal suite during the 3 hours, a glass of prosecco and a 50 minute couple...

Mother and Daughter Spa Day at The Coniston Spa


The best days are the together days. Your experience will include: Complimentary glass of prosecco each Use of a luxury spa robe and slippers 50 minute Coniston Signature Treatment (Select from a 50 minute Coniston Signature Massage, Facial or Scrub Unlimited access to our spa thermal suite during the 4 hours ​Afternoon tea at Nourish, Brasserie

Spa and Nourish Experience at The Coniston Spa


Join us for a healthy and nutritious lunch time treat. Available daily, your experience will include unlimited access to our spa thermal suite that boasts a  15 metre pool, traditional sauna, steam room, salt sauna, indoor bubble pool and an outdoor infinity edge vitality pool. You have complimentary...

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