Thoresby Hall Spa
Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9WH
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
11 treatment rooms
Thoresby Hall offers good value spa-ing at sensible prices, in a dramatic Victorian hall in acres of parkland. The spa has been cleverly designed to work around the restrictions of a listed building, much of it is built into the original courtyards with glass ceilings, so the rooms are light and bright. There's a pool with a glass roof; a warm, bubbly hydrotherapy pool; a range of thermal rooms; and an impressive relaxation room.
1 person says this spa is a social spa.
Thoresby Hall is a very grand, very large Victorian Hall set in well-kept grounds. You reach the spa through the main hotel. The spa has been cleverly designed to work around the restrictions of a listed building with much of it built into the original courtyards, with glass ceilings so the rooms are light and bright.
The spa reception area is quite busy; it looks after both health-club and spa guests so there is a lot of coming and going. You can sit on comfortable sofas and chairs to fill in your consultation form on arrival.
The spa changing rooms are quite small; at one point, there were seven people changing at the same time and the space felt rather cramped. There are lots of lockers, two showers, one bathroom and one private changing cubicle. Each shower has unbranded shampoo, conditioner and shower gel so you can wash away the chlorine post-swim.
The 18-metre pool has been built in a former courtyard, so is surrounded by stone walls and mullioned windows. At one end is a raised bubble pool which would comfortably seat six to eight people. A glass roof means the pool area is flooded with daylight and makes the area feel very bright.
Just next to the pool area is a darker room with a small sauna and steam room -- both were very hot -- as well as a wide, black-tiled shower. These facilities, alongside the fitness studio, make up the health-club offering at The Spa at Thoresby Hall. They are available to all spa guests and club members.
The spa itself is beyond this area and has to be booked separately. The main feature of the spa is the large, light and comfortable relaxation lounge, also built in a former courtyard, with glass ceilings. The lounge has wicker upholstered sofas and chairs, an attractive water sculpture, plenty of magazines, and you can order drinks here as well. It's a great place to unwind and relax. In warmer weather, venture outside to a large patio area which has loungers and parasols.
The spa pool room has a glass wall so it, too, is light and bright. The hydro-pool has two strong swan pipes, six Jacuzzi-style seats and two bubbly air beds. There are two heated tepidarium beds next to the pool and two foot spas by the window (sadly, they were out of order when we visited).
The Turkish steam room is big enough for at least ten people and was nicely hot, herbal and steamy. The large wooden sanarium offers a mellow heat with colour-changing lights and mood music, and the aromatherapy cave offers more herbal vapours. Head to the ice cave if you need to cool down after all that heat.
We had the Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage (25 minutes, £35).
My treatment was with the charmingly chatty Iveta. She made a point of checking what I wanted from the treatment and which areas she needed to focus on. Iveta said that massage is her favourite treatment and it showed. She knew just where I had tense knots and worked on them without veering into painful territory. I felt I was in safe hands and, by the end of the session, I was relaxed and much, much looser.
The Spa at Thoresby Hall uses ESPA and Spa Find products, so offers a wide range of facials and body treatments. We love the idea of their Spa Find 2-for-1 Petite treatments which allow you to combine facials, massages, exfoliations and mud treatments into 40 to 50 minutes of treatments. The spa also offers several holistic treatments including Reiki, reflexology and Indian head massage, so you can look after your mind as well as your body.
The Spa at Thoresby Hall is very good value for money. Their midweek mini spa day includes use of the spa, a glass of Bucks Fizz, and a 25-minute treatment for £45.
You can order drinks to the relaxation area but, for lunch or snacks, you need to go to the main hotel. An area of The Sherwood restaurant is set aside for spa guests, so you can feel quite comfortable dining in your robe. The food was simple but adequate with a choice of hot and cold dishes including soups, salad, grilled fish and carvery meats. Order juices, teas, coffees or alcoholic drinks from the bar. If you're feeling peckish, you can nip to the Pavilion coffee shop near the spa.
If you are staying overnight, try the rather grand Blue Grill, named for the stunning restored silk wallcoverings. We had an excellent steak, nice fish and a very good lemon posset, though the service was little slow and the meal cost an extra £40 or so each above the included evening meal. The main restaurant, The Sherwood, has a carvery and waiter service for a la carte meals.
The large spa relaxation lounge: With plenty of comfortable seats and recliners, it's bright and nicely decorated. Settle in for an afternoon of chill-out time.
The number of heat facilities and the good-size main pool: great for a few lengths.
The grounds: Perfect for a quiet woodland walk after your spa session. There is a putting green, croquet, bowls, and you can even walk with a bird of prey on your arm (for a small extra fee).
We didn't love
The complex route to the spa through the hotel and the rather noisy and not very relaxing reception area.
Seekers of good value spa-ing: Thoresby Hall Spa is not hushed luxury, but its treatments are good, it has plenty of spa facilities to enjoy, and it's pretty good value.
Joiners-in: Warners Leisure Hotels are aimed at the adult (read mature) market. Most guests in the hotel are 50-plus, though the spa population is more varied, with many younger people as day-spa guests. Happy guests like the quizzes, the evening entertainment, the dancing, and the fact that everyone chats to each other.
History buffs: Thoresby Hall was built around 1865 and has been well restored. It has many wonderful areas, including the Great Hall. Don't miss having a pre-dinner drink by the vast open fireplace in the library, or the chance to admire the amazing carved stairwell.
We awarded The Spa at Thoresby Hall a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 bubbles for its wide range of spa facilities, great treatments, and good value-for-money spa days.
Sybaritic Spy visited in September 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
Near Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9WH
All breaks at Thoresby hall include a three-course meal served in the Sherwood restaurant, with a choice to upgrade to the two AA rosette restaurant, The Blue Grill.
Standard, Signature and Historic rooms available.
The day spa is open Monday to Sunday: 9am-5pm. The spa facilities are open Monday to Sunday: 9am-9pm.
There are no offers for this spa.