The Feversham Arms is a former coaching inn, turned boutique hotel full of rustic charm. Its spa runs along one side of the courtyard with an Italianate heated outdoor pool. The spa offers a wide range of Temple Spa treatments, has a stylish café, plus a vast, homely lounge with plump sofas, cosy blankets and bookshelves. Both areas have doors leading out onto a secluded decked terrace with a raised hot tub and pool. There’s also a small, hexagonal thermal area with five heat experience rooms.
- XXL robes available
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Outdoor heated Jacuzzi
- Steam room
- Aromatherapy room
- Foot spas
- Monsoon shower
- Large relaxation lounge
- Sun terrace and south facing terrace garden
- Manicure area
- Juice bar and spa cafe area
Our Spa Spy review
In the charming market town of Helmsley, the Feversham Arms is a traditional coaching house-turned boutique hotel with mellow stonework and large windows.
A lift from the basement car park gives easy access to the property. Walk through reception and along an artwork-adorned corridor to reach the Verbena Spa, with its outdoor courtyard pool, sun terraces and hot tub.
What's on offer?
Staff warmly welcomed us in the spa's reception with its plum and cream coloured walls, and glass cabinets displaying beauty products. We took a seat to complete consultation forms and sip refreshing iced tea.
The quaint changing rooms have cool duck-egg-blue walls in contrast to bold red gloss lockers; you'll find brown robes and navy flip-flops inside. The changing rooms have a private changing cubicle, two mosaic-tiled showers containing Temple Spa shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, and two loos, all immaculately clean on our visit.
Preen at the vanity bar afterwards, with its hairdryers, cotton wool and attractive wooden mirror.
Open the door at the end of the changing rooms to enter the hexagonal-shaped thermal suite, a tiled steamy space with a fresh, minty aroma. We began our spa journey at the foot spas, allowing the warm bubbly water to cool our feet and relax our souls.
In order to acclimatise to the heat, we made a beeline for the temperate aromatherapy steam room. This has tiled bench seating accommodating four guests at a time, and colourful twinkling ceiling lights.
The warmer of the two steam rooms seats six and has an attractive centrepiece that gurgles away. Sadly, the sauna was too hot for us, and we soon found ourselves at the ice fountain or under the experience showers selecting the "icy" setting under which to cool down. The temperature of the cooler sanarium was much more to our liking.
The highlight of Verbena Spa is the outdoor pool, which is heated to a pleasant 30 degrees all year round. Long enough to swim lengths, it's surrounded by terracotta pots, planters, umbrellas and loungers. We were lucky to visit on a sunny day, taking time out between swims to read magazines while swinging away in rattan egg chairs.
The secluded, elevated hot tub seating two is understandably popular; try it around lunchtime, or early evening if you're staying overnight, to be in with a fighting chance of climbing in. It was worth the wait.
The relaxation room at Verbena Spa doubles as a pre- and post-treatment space and is decorated in shades of pale blue, with huge sofas and blankets to snuggle under. Help yourself to newspapers, magazines and books, as well as water and snacks.
A nail bar for manicure and pedicure treatments completes the facilities.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Champagne & Truffles Deluxe Treatment (90 minutes; £115).
My therapist, Fay, met me in the relaxation room and led me to a spacious treatment room with a corner shower and palette of calming creams and blues. As I lay face down on the bed, Fay began with a foot massage, her gentle technique immediately making me feel at ease.
Fay then used hot stones to massage my neck, back and shoulders, expertly easing tension and sending me into a hypnotised state.
For the facial, Fay gently cleansed and exfoliated my skin in preparation for a glycolic peel, which she painted on, then wiped off with hot mitts. My face felt tingly afterwards. She applied a second cleanser, called Be Calm, before the second mask; this one was thick and creamy. While this worked its magic, Fay massaged my arms using a luxurious Body Truffle.
Mask removed, Fay massaged my face and décolletage with cold stones to refresh my skin and reduce puffiness around my eyes before applying anti-ageing moisturisers.
Temple Spa products contain rich ingredients such as Champagne, silk, diamonds, and gold and black truffle oils to nourish the skin while giving a subtle shimmer. My skin felt amazingly soft, while my complexion looked younger and more radiant.
The Champagne & Truffles treatment comes with a glass of Champagne and some chocolate truffles in the relaxation room; an indulgent end to an indulgent treatment.
We ate lunch in our robes at the "Spa-tisserie" where meats, seafood and cheeses are sourced locally. Although tempted by the fish and chips, we were virtuous and opted for a hot chilli squid salad, which was light and deliciously spicy.
Overnight guests can enjoy dinner in the Weathervane, the hotel's stylish restaurant with spotty chairs and crisp white table linens. Our starters of sea bass risotto and onion velouté were both exceptionally good, while our herby breast of chicken and 28-day-matured rump steak were both beautifully presented. The steak was cooked to perfection.
Don't leave without sampling breakfast the next morning which is a far cry from the usual tepid fry-up. Our bacon ciabatta and eggs benedict set us up perfectly for the drive home.
We loved / we didn't love
The outdoor space at Verbena Spa is a real highlight. We loved the heated swimming pool, hot tub for two, and courtyard garden with tables and sun loungers.
Our treatment: Sipping Champagne and munching on rich truffles in a relaxation room has got to be the best way to end a spa session.
Our spacious and stylish Spa Suite with separate lounge, enormous bathroom and sunny balcony overlooking the pool and courtyard garden was a real treat.
The food: From our spa lunch to dinner and breakfast, the food was noteworthy.
We didn't love
Ample-figured guests will find the towels a little on the small side.
A darkened relaxation room for post-treatment snoozes would be a welcome addition to Verbena Spa.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples, solo spa guests and friends: There is something for everyone at Verbena Spa.
Foodies: The food is superb and the Weathervane restaurant great for celebrating a special occasion.
Lovers of the great outdoors: The North Yorkshire Moors have plenty of walks, cycle routes, abbeys and historic homes to visit. Verbena Spa's foot ritual might help put a spring in your step.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded the Verbena Spa at the Feversham Arms Hotel a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 bubbles. It is a stylish, relaxed and friendly spa with a great outdoor pool, hot tub and courtyard, as well as a Mediterranean-style garden. Our treatments, meals and overnight stay in a luxurious Spa Suite were first rate.
There is a cafe area inside the spa. The Weathervane Restaurant in the hotel offers a 6-course tasting menu or À la Carte dining, plus lunch menu.
33 rooms and suites at the Feversham Arms Hotel.
Monday to Wednesday: 9am - 7pm
Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday to Sunday: 9am - 7pm