The Lake Country House Hotel and Spa is in a beautiful location near Builth Wells, surrounded by lakes and the tumbling River Irfon. The spa is a short walk from the hotel, where you can enjoy a peaceful 15m swimming pool and an outdoor hot-tub set on the balcony with lake views. If you feel the need to burn off ‘excess energy’, there is a gym and tennis court, but if you simply want to be pampered, take advantage of a massage whilst listening to the birds twittering outside. The spa has four treatment rooms offering a wide range of Temple Spa health and beauty treatments, and a selection of beauty products too.
15 metre indoor heated swimming pool
Couples treatment room
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Lake Country House Hotel and Spa is a traditional Welsh hotel, just north of the Brecon Beacons. The hotel is near the small town of Builth Wells, but feels very rural. We arrived on a dark, rainy mid-winter night but, driving into the grounds, we instantly felt calmer.
The hotel has character and charm, as well as 30 bedrooms, a restaurant, a bar and several lounges. The lounges have big, comfortable sofas and wood-burning fires which crackle and whistle away in the winter. The style is old country house but it is not dated, simply classic. Spend some time walking around the 50 acres of grounds including riverside walks and a lake.
The spa is a short walk from the hotel, down a sloped path towards the lake. The wooden-framed building has lots of windows, filling the building with light.
What's on offer?
As we stepped into the spa, Carol, who was manning the reception desk, warmly greeted us. She gave us our robe, towel and slippers. The reception area is small but light, fresh and clean.
The spa is set over two levels. The pool, changing rooms and treatment cabins are on the ground floor. The spa café, gym and outside hot tub are on the top floor. Throughout the spa, there are calm white walls and exposed wooden beams.
The changing rooms are basic but clean. They have two showers with Temple Spa shower gel, one loo, and a changing area with lockers and a vanity mirror.
The main 15-metre pool uses heated and treated water from the neighbouring lake. The pool was a delight to swim in: a lovely warm temperature to enjoy some leisurely lengths. Beside the pool are six comfortable loungers, a sauna and steam room. The steam room is lined with lilac mosaic tiles and would seat four comfortably. Push a button on the outside of the the door to activate the steam; you may want to try the sauna while the steam fills the room. The sauna is very small and would only seat two. It was perfectly hot, but looks very old with dark, aged wood.
The stairs by reception take you up to the gym, which you have to walk through to get to the outside hot tub. There was no one using the gym when we walked though, luckily. We might have felt a little uncomfortable getting into the hot tub with healthy gym bunnies looking out at us! The hot tub was heated to a balmy 32 degrees and it was a true pleasure to sit and bubble away in the fresh air looking out over the lake.
The spa is small but has enough to fill a morning or afternoon with a treatment and lunch, too.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Repose Aromatherapy Facial (60 minutes, £68).
My therapist, Oksana, met me in the spa café and showed me downstairs, past the pool, to the treatment rooms. Lake Country House Spa has six rustic wooden cabins for treatments. My room had a treatment bed, shower and window with a blind. The room wasn't completely dark but I enjoyed the cosy ambience of the cabin which made me feel close to the nature outside.
Oksana sat me on the warm treatment bed and covered me with a sheet and towels. She asked me about my skincare routine and looked at my skin to establish what I needed. She then applied steamy hot towels to my feet and smoothed on a fresh gel which instantly made my lower legs feel light.
The treatment was much more than a facial; the massage element was positively blissful. Oksana started by cleansing and exfoliating my skin, then applied two masks. First she used a deep-cleansing clay mask to purify my combination skin, then a fresh "Cinderella" gel mask to hydrate and give me a healthy glow.
Oksana massaged my décolletage and shoulders with long sweeping movements followed by kneading to relieve shoulder tension. The sweeping movements continued onto my face, manipulating pressure points with a comfortably firm pressure. The face massage was incredibly relaxing. I think I drifted off at this point. Okasana finished the treatment by applying a mattifying moisturiser.
The treatments at Lake Country House are attentive; it's well worth having more than just one. I was so surprised that the treatment was only an hour. It felt like it was so much longer and I loved every moment of it.
If you visit Lake Country House Spa for a spa day, you'll have lunch upstairs in the small café area overlooking the pool. The food is light; choose from sandwiches, salad, fish of the day, or chicken meals. If you're feeling more indulgent, try a decadent dessert or afternoon tea. You can also order coffee, teas and freshly made juices and smoothies.
If you fancy something more substantial, or are staying overnight, the food in the hotel restaurant is divine. The menu isn't vast but offers modern European cuisine with a Welsh twist. As part of the hotel's wider eco commitment, the kitchen uses local food suppliers and grows their own herbs. We tried the mushroom and chestnut risotto starter and local venison for main; both were delicious.
We loved / we didn't love
The sheer charm of the spa, hotel and location on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. It is well worth staying at Lake Country House Hotel and Spa for a couple of days. Switch off your phone and enjoy quality time with a loved one, quiet time on your own, or bring your four legged friend. Lake Country House Hotel welcomes dogs.
We didn't love
The lack of relaxation space: After an amazing treatment, you want to lie back and chill.
If you are looking for a sparkling new spa with lots of thermal facilities, Lake Country House is perhaps not the spa for you.
Who do you think would like it?
Nature lovers: The spa sits next to a lake which is home to a family of swans, kingfishers, herons and many more birds.
Treatment enthusiasts: My treatment was exceptional and the treatment room comfortable. The Temple Spa products felt gorgeous on my skin and we loved all of the different aromas.
Anyone seeking peace: If you need to get away from a busy life and simply chill, Lake Country House Hotel is worth the drive to get there.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We gave Lake Country House Hotel and Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of Four Bubbles. The location, staff and spa are simply charming. Although the spa is several years old, it is well kept and the setting forgives the age. Expect good quality treatments and to be well looked after. We were.