Weavers House Spa at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel
Lavenham , Suffolk, CO10 9QA
Has thermal facilities
6 treatment rooms
Weavers’ House Spa is in the picturesque village of Lavenham in Suffolk. The Swan at Lavenham Hotel is very tradition with low-ceiling and sloping beams, but the spa is bright, light and modern. The spa’s approach is to make guests feel relaxed, peaceful and never-rushed. Expect to find an intimate spa experience, gorgeous treatments and perfect customer service.
3 people say this spa is a social spa. 5 people say this spa is health focused. 4 people say this spa is solo friendly. 5 people say this spa is romantic.
Weavers' House is a modern spa hidden away in the grounds of the Swan Hotel in lovely Lavenham. The hotel dates from the 14th century and has open fireplaces, low beams and sloping floors. By contrast, the spa is modern, spacious and very light. The main relaxation area has two glass walls overlooking the spa garden and the hydrotherapy pool.
A corridor on the first floor connects the hotel and spa so you can wander from your room in your robe and slippers, or there’s a separate entrance along Lavenham high street. The spa is set over two floors: you enter into the reception area which has a desk, nail studio tucked in one corner, and a generous Temple Spa shopping area. In the centre is a table that seats eight which is used for skincare workshops hosted by a therapist.
Past reception is a central staircase leading to the treatment rooms. On the ground floor are a glass-fronted sauna and steam room. Both would comfortably fit six people and we found them to be the perfect temperature.
The downstairs relaxation room has wood flooring and white walls with large comfy cream sofas, throws and blankets. You can help yourself to a glass of fruit infused water, cosy up and enjoy the view of the spa garden and hydropool.
The changing rooms are large considering the size of the spa, with three private changing cubicles, two showers and two loos. There are Temple Spa products aplenty in the showers, by the sinks, and on the vanity area which also has hairdryers. We had enough space to hang our clothes and store our bag in the locker, which has a code lock.
Outside is a sun terrace with loungers and comfortable outdoor seating. The feature is the vitality pool, a comfortable size to seat around eight people, with jets so you can bubble away.
The décor throughout the spa is soft greens, blues, neutral cream tones and oak wood. We found the spa to be very tactile, with soft comfortable chairs in the relaxation rooms, throws, blankets and cushions.
Daylight pours through the windows making the spa feel spacious. We're sure that in the evening, when candles are lit, Weavers' House Spa feels cosy and romantic.
I had the My Kinda Mood treatment (120 minutes, £130).
My therapist, Hannah, came to meet me in the light relaxation room. She introduced herself and took a seat to discuss the treatment. I was the only person in the room, otherwise I assume she would have chosen somewhere private. The consultation form I had filled out on arrival was detailed and Hannah asked me relevant questions to determine how she would personalise the treatment.
After a short walk upstairs to the large treatment room, I lay face down on the treatment bed which was dressed with fluffy towels and a soft, white sheet. Under the towels was a hydrotherm mattress -- a giant hot water bottle which makes you feel like you are floating and is wonderfully warm.
Hannah began by skin brushing the back of my body: sharp, brisk strokes that are believed to stimulate circulation.
Using the In Good Spirits Temple Spa oil, Hannah massaged the back of my legs and arms using long flowing movements. She worked into my shoulders with pressure points and her elbows. The oil smelled uplifting and was warming on the skin.
Once I had turned over, Hannah massaged the front of my legs and arms before moving onto a tailored facial.
The facial started with a cleanse to my face and neck using a creamy lotion. Hannah removed this with a hot towel. She cleansed my skin again and toned with cotton pads. The massage that followed used long flowing movements that worked into my neck and shoulders, and pressure points onto my face. Hannah applied the Be Calm soothing face mask to my face and neck. Whilst it was on, Hannah massaged my hands, arms and scalp before removing it with a hot towel. The treatment finished with my favourite moisturiser, Skin Truffle.
My Kinda Mood felt completely indulgent and personalised to how I was feeling on the day. I walked out feeling calm, nurtured, and glowing from head to toe. I loved the after-treatment sorbet, and happily sipped my herbal tea on a cosy lounger in the post-treatment relaxation room. This room is darker and has four beds in it for you to relax on after your treatment.
Weavers' House Spa offers a wide range of Temple Spa treatments for women, men and mums-to-be, including massages and facials, scrubs and wraps, as well as beauty treatments including manicures and pedicures.
Fruit-infused water is available throughout Weavers' House Spa and you can help yourself whenever you like. You receive a smoothie on arrival, lemon sorbet after your treatment, and herbal tea with macaron to enjoy in the relaxation room post-treatment. Other than these personalised touches, you will need to get dressed and eat in The Brasserie in the hotel.
The brasserie offers a choice from their lunch menu or healthy and nutritious spa lunch menu. You can opt to add sea bass, char-grilled haloumi or lemon grilled chicken to a super food salad or choose a hearty beer battered fish and chips with mushy peas.
Or you may wish to have an Afternoon Tea in the gallery restaurant and add an extra touch of indulgence to your spa day.
The food in the hotel is locally sourced, hearty and well presented. It is worth prolonging your spa trip to eat here afterwards.
Our soft fluffy robe -- luckily, they sell the robes at the spa so you can enjoy them at home.
Our treatment -- the synergy between Temple Spa and Weavers' House Spa is strong. My therapist was knowledgeable and delivered a wonderful, personalised experience.
The sense of space and light -- for a small (six treatment rooms) spa, the changing rooms are generous and the two relaxation spaces comfortable and relaxing.
Not being able to see a clock when enjoying the vitality pool, sauna and steam room. Luckily, the receptionist came to tell me when it was five minutes before my treatment time or I would have been late.
On a bright spring morning, we found the vitality pool a bit too cool. A couple of degrees higher would have made the water comfortable to sit in for longer.
Treatment lovers and Temple Spa enthusiasts -- the therapists are attentive, treatment beds comfortable, and Weavers' House Spa has plenty of relaxation space.
Solo spa-goers seeking peace -- as Weavers' House is a small spa, the number of spa-goers is controlled, making the experience nice and quiet.
Those on a romantic retreat looking for something quintessentially English.
Weavers' House Spa retains its Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The spa is small but offers personal attentive service and great treatments. In the summer months, the sun-trap terrace can be a relaxing outdoor space.
Spirited Spy visited in June 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
Lavenham , Suffolk, CO10 9QA
There are three dining options at The Swan at Lavenham; the laid-back and relaxed Airmen's Bar, the informal Brasserie or fine dining at the AA two Rosette Gallery Restaurant.
There are 45 rooms available at The Swan at Lavenham from cosy Cygnet Rooms to Constable Suites.
See the hotels entry on Pride of Britain Hotels.
The spa is open Saturday to Wednesday: 9am-7pm; Thursday and Friday: 9am-9pm.
There are no offers for this spa.