The Coniston Hotel forms part of the Coniston Estate, near Skipton. The countryside setting makes this spa stand out – it’s surrounded by rolling hills with a dramatic lake at the centre. The spa was purpose-built and opened in 2015 so the facilities are fresh and modern. There are three pools, including a main swimming pool and an outdoor infinity pool with lake views, and a sauna, steam room and salt steam room.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- 15 metre indoor swimming pool
- Level deck circular spa pool
- Steam room
- Salt inhalation room
- Refinement lounge
- Outdoor infinity edge vitality spa pool
- Gym and fitness studio
- Cancer trained Masseuse
- Aromatherapy Associates
- Natura Bisse
- Kissed by Mii
- Coniston Signature spa products
Our Spa Spy review
The ivy-covered Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa is set in scenic countryside near the market town of Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
Home to the Bannister family for over 50 years, the dog-friendly hotel and estate has become a favourite country retreat, offering experiences such as off-road driving, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry and fishing.
The spa was purpose-built in 2015 and is extremely eye-catching, with a curved roof and glass frontage. If you're visiting for the day, you can park next to the spa.
What's on offer?
As you enter through the glass doors, the first thing you notice is a fresh citrusy smell. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the pool, making the reception area bright and airy, while a circular flame fire provides a cosy glow in the winter months. Staff offered us a smoothie, handed us a warm, scented flannel, and led us to a seat to complete consultation forms.
Male and female changing rooms are modern and clean with rows of coded lockers large enough to hang your clothes. Four showers with shower gel, shampoo and conditioner; two toilets; two private cubicles; cushioned benches; and a vanity area with hairdryers, straighteners, cotton wool, facial cleanser and moisturiser mean you'll want for nothing during your visit.
A glass-sided corridor leads to the thermal suite which offers views of the sun terrace to one side and a stone tiled-effect wall to the other.
If you're short on time, make a beeline for the outdoor infinity bubble pool with its stunning lakeside views. While jets worked away at our thighs, we spotted ducks, geese and swans milling around. The sun terrace comes into its own on a warm day; get a dose of Vitamin D on a cushioned lounger or order a juice, smoothie or glass of bubbly from one of the friendly spa butlers.
Hang your robe on the hooks provided before enjoying the 15-metre indoor pool with its dark blue mosaic tiles and underwater lighting. Relax on a cushioned rattan armchair or lounger afterwards and admire the countryside views.
We loved the circular hydro-pool with its strong massage jets and seating for four, and the Himalayan Salt Sauna with its curved reclining seats. The more traditional (and hotter) wooden sauna overlooks the pool.
A steam room scented with menthol and an ice fountain complete the wet facilities at The Coniston Spa.
The Serenity Lounge provides a pre-treatment relaxation area; the Tranquillity Lounge is where your therapist will take you after a treatment. Both have low lighting, and comfortable chairs and recliners. Help yourself to water, teas, nibbles and fruit as well as magazines.
The Coniston Spa also has a gym and fitness studio hosting a range of exercise classes and personal-training sessions, plus a Refinement Lounge offering manicures, pedicures and spray tans.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Natura Bissé Lomi Juma firming and uplifting massage (60 minutes, £70) followed by a Natura Bissé Citrus Essence Facial (60 minutes, £75).
My therapist, Georgie, led me to one of the spa's eight treatment rooms which had calm, earthy tones and laminate flooring.
Georgie invited me to sit on a chair so that she could talk me through the first treatment which uses a Lomi-Juma technique developed by Natura Bissé -- a traditional Hawaiian massage also known as the "loving hands" massage -- combined with some Mediterranean techniques.
Georgie then left the room so that I could settle face down on the treatment bed. The massage began with some gentle but deep muscle work using continuous flowing strokes. Georgie then expertly manipulated my legs into new positions without causing any pain (quite a feat) before paying attention to my feet and ankles, which tend to swell at the drop of a hat. The whole time, my dry, dehydrated skin gratefully absorbed the rich, indulgent Natura Bissé products.
For the facial, Georgie used a citrusy product to massage specific muscles in my face, using an upward motion and some targeted pinching to counteract the sagging that naturally comes with age. Next up: a face mask which Georgie painted on; while it set, she treated my feet to another delightful massage.
Georgie removed the mask with warm mitts before wiping off any remaining residue with a cool cloth; this felt wonderfully refreshing. The treatment ended with a bear walk: Georgie walking her hands down one side of my body, then the other, pushing down firmly as if to centre me. A deep inhale and exhale and I was ready for my close-up.
My skin looked much brighter; the dark circles under my eyes had disappeared, and my jowls were much firmer. My skin continued to look much better a few days afterwards, too : a real results-driven treatment.
Treatments at The Coniston Spa include massages, facials, scrubs, wraps, reflexology, detox treatments and choices for mums-to-be and men. Signature treatments use 100% natural skincare products that have been hand-blended in the UK especially for the spa. Hypnotherapy and holistic healing are also available, alongside meditation and yoga.
You can comfortably eat in your robe at the Nourish Spa Brasserie next to the spa reception area. The menu is very carefully thought out and successfully combines healthy dishes with a touch of indulgence.
We opted for a wonderfully buttery Forest Mushrooms on toast followed by a perfectly wobbly panna cotta served with rhubarb: a delightful combination that wasn't too heavy.
If you're staying overnight, you can dine at Macleod's restaurant in the main hotel where an a la carte menu offers a choice of three courses with wine pairings. My spa partner's venison was so good that I had to steal a taste, while my stone bass was cooked perfectly. We loved the slightly effervescent rose wine from Italy which was paired with dessert.
We loved / we didn't love
The infinity-edge hot tub: This was a real treat on a sunny day.
The treatment choices: The combination of top quality products and great therapists means you are sure to find a treatment that works for you.
The setting and the scenery: The hotel and spa overlook the hills and dales of Yorkshire.
We didn't love
The changing rooms can be quite cramped during busy spa times.
If you're staying in the hotel, it's a bit of a trek to the spa; we had to go upstairs, past several hotel rooms, downstairs, through a fire exit, then across a car park.
Who do you think would like it?
Who wouldn't like it? The Coniston Spa is great for solo spa goers, groups of friends, couples or bridal parties staying at the hotel.
Families can use the pool during dedicated times.
Lucky locals: Live nearby? Lucky you. We may well have to open a branch of the Good Spa Guide office here, so that we can pop in regularly.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The Coniston Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 Bubbles for its combination of striking design, outdoor infinity-edge bubble pool, and great treatments, all delivered with a friendly welcome in a wonderful countryside setting.
The Coniston is proud to offer dining with a difference, coupled with the stunning backdrop of the idyllic Yorkshire Dales. With three key restaurants to choose from, varying from informal hearty foods, to more decadent dishes and even a menu to invigorate body and mind, you’ll be sure to find something to suit all tastes.
With 71 exceptional bedrooms and idyllic holiday cottages ‘The Thack’ and ‘Lowlands’ on the edge of the estate, there is certainly have something for everyone.
Monday - Friday 6:15am-9:00pm - Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-8:00pm
Travel and Parking
There is free of charge parking available directly outside the Spa.
Skipton Train Station is approx 15 min (7.4 mi) via A65.
Gargrave Train Station is approx 5 min (2.2 mi) via A65.
There is also a bus service that does pass the Hotel towards Hellifield and Settle.
There is disabled access including an accessible toilet, hoist for the pool, trained staff and treatment beds that lower.