4 Bubble Spa 2017

The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall


If fun is what you’re looking for, Whittlebury Hall’s day spa is a great choice. This self-contained day spa is in a separate wing from the popular hotel. The main attraction is the heat and ice experience with hydrotherapy pool, hot and cold thermal rooms and experience showers, but there’s also a sizeable swimming pool and classes available in the exercise studio. This is a very good-value spa, deservedly popular with locals and groups of friends.

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Features

  • XXL robes available
  • Family swim times
  • Treatment rooms
  • Rasul (bookable as a treatment)
  • Aromatherapy crystal steam room
  • Caldarium
  • Experience showers
  • Foot spas
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Ice cave
  • Roman salt steam
  • Sanarium
  • Tepidarium
  • Traditional sauna
  • Hair studio
  • Gym
  • 19m swimming pool with bubble jets
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Whirlpool spa
  • Aerobic and dance studio with classes

Products

  • Elemis
  • ESPA
  • Clarins
  • Jessica

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Whittlebury Hall is a grand, four-star Georgian property near the Silverstone race track in the Northamptonshire countryside. The wide range of facilities includes two restaurants, a café overlooking a lawn, a bar, a golf course, and -- in a separate wing -- a leisure club and spa.

Spa guests have a dedicated car park: head down the long driveway and park opposite the immaculate golf course.

On offer

What's on offer?

Staff gave us a warm welcome at the leisure club's reception ; this has rattan armchairs and tables laden with fruit, iced water and magazines. We filled in a consultation form and received an envelope containing our spa itinerary and an electronic rubber band for our pre-assigned locker.

There are two sets of changing rooms in the spa wing: one in the leisure club (which houses the pool, the café and the gym) and one in the spa, which is home to the treatment rooms and the wet/thermal facilities.

Hundreds of small wooden lockers stacked three-high line the walls of the leisure club's changing rooms, each containing white waffle robes and towels (but no flip-flops or spa slippers). Get changed near four plush purple chaises longues in the centre. Afterwards, there's a spin dryer and vanity area with two hairdryers and two straighteners.

Around the corner are four showers with black sparkly splashbacks, purple stools and unbranded shampoo, conditioner and body wash, plus three loos. Everything was clean and well-kept on our visit.

The attractive 19-metre pool in the leisure club has a strong Greek theme with wall paintings, stone pillars and even naked statues. The left-hand side of the pool is cordoned off for lap swimming -- check the website for children's swim times if you fancy a quiet dip -- while each corner is given over to bubbly Jacuzzis. Relax between swims on one of several brown rattan loungers lining three sides of the pool.

We loved the spa's heat and ice experience rooms which form a circle around the warm hydrotherapy pool, with its bubbles. We began our spa journey at the footbaths, using the time to survey all the rooms on offer and devise a spa journey. There are five Heat experiences (caldarium, saunas, Roman salt steam room, sanarium and tepidarium) and three Ice experiences (ice bucket, ice cave, experience showers – select "very cold"). Each is smartly decked out in mosaic tiles and large enough for six to eight people.

We went round in a clockwise direction, experiencing two heat rooms before taking time out to cool down and relax. Once our body temperature was back down, we pushed on.

We loved the yin-yang feeling of hot vs cold. Last up: the saunas, of which there are two, the first reaching 60 and the second a hot 85 degrees. We followed the first with a trip to the ice cave -- where we rubbed handfuls of ice all over our hot bodies -- and the second with the daring ice bucket. The whole experience was exhilarating.

A real highlight of the spa is the Whisper Room, the spa's relaxation area with water beds, hanging egg chairs and lie-flat loungers. Flickering candles, ornate bird cages, white flowing curtains and hypnotic fish tanks give a peaceful vibe.

The leisure club also has a large fitness area with a good range of gym equipment and a fitness studio running several classes. Back in the spa, there is also a hair salon and mani/pedi area.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We enjoyed a Strawberries & Cream Delight exfoliating scrub (40 minutes, £45).

My therapist, Maria, led me to a tiny treatment room warmly decked out in creams and purples, and asked me to lie face down on the bed.

The treatment began with a brisk body brush, starting at my feet (which tickled) and moving up my legs to my back and arms. Maria repeated this on the other side before massaging in an exfoliating Strawberries and Cream scrub (very fitting for Wimbledon week). It was only when I turned over and Maria repeated the experience on my front (brush first, then scrub) that I got a fruity/creamy waft.

While the scrub exfoliated away, Maria coated my hair with a thick conditioner and performed a wonderful head and scalp massage, occasionally moving my head from side to side to release any tension in my neck. 

Maria then directed me to the shower to wash off the scrub before asking me to lie back on the bed, which was laden with fresh towels. Next up: a light fig and vanilla body lotion from The Spa Factory which Maria massaged into my back, legs and arms. 

On standing up, my skin immediately felt silky to the touch, and I vowed to leave the conditioner in my hair for as long as possible.

The Spa at Whittlebury Hall also offers massages, scrubs, manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts and dedicated treatments for men and mums-to-be.

Food facts

Food Facts

If you visit for a spa day, you can eat a buffet lunch in the Terrace Café back in the leisure club, which is sadly a little tired-looking. Try to grab a seat overlooking the pool before heading up to the table to stock up on hot and cold dishes.

The selection on our visit included baked potatoes, pasta, quiche, salads and DIY wraps. All the dishes are labelled, with several choices for vegetarians and a few for gluten- and dairy-free guests. Options to indulge are limited: head to the bar and pay for a slice of cake or a cookie. Tea, coffee and wine are extra and you need to order them from the bar, too.

We piled our plates with vegetable quiche and salad before going back up for a bowl of fruit salad with natural yoghurt.

With 2 AA rosette Murray's closed for refurbishment (during Wimbledon!), we dined that evening in Aston's, the hotel's more casual restaurant. Our vegetable curry with coriander rice, mini nan breads and mango chutney was nice but not particularly spicy, while our white chocolate crème brulée with strawberry macaroon was sufficiently tasty.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The Whisper Room: The warm waterbeds are a real treat and perfect for some shut-eye.

The Heat/Ice experiences: There's enough here to keep you occupied for hours.

We didn't love

The confusing layout: If you want to have a swim, a treatment and lunch, you will need to keep flitting between the leisure club and the spa.

The lack of flip-flops: If I hadn't been pre-advised to bring my own, I would have been £6 down.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Groups of friends, couples, bargain-hunters (it's good value) and golfers will all love the Spa at Whittlebury Hall.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded the Spa at Whittlebury Hall a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 4 Bubbles. With plenty of facilities, a good range of treatments, a decent gym/fitness classes, and good-value packages, Whittlebury Hall successfully brings spa-ing to the people.

Super Spy visited in July 2017 and awarded it 4 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"Hours after eating the lunch included in the day spa package, I was violently sick with food poisoning! Very poor customer service following the incident, no apology and quite frankly I think they thought I was lying. Don't go here! "

Sara

  • July 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

"Really far too busy to be enjoyable."

Michael

  • June 3, 2017 at 10:04 am

Voted: A social spa


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fabulous place "

Jacqueline

  • November 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Horrible! Overcrowded, overbooked facilities totally unable to cope with amount of people booked in. Foot spas not working; jacuzzi at pool not working for 2 hours; 1 sauna room poolside not working; mould in spa areas; buffet lunch inedible. Ghastly very disappointed because booked special day for me & daughter. Don't go there please"

Anne Irvine

  • August 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

"I have visited the Spa a few times now and you are made to feel very welcome, the staff are very helpful and attentive, its a beautiful place and your made to feel very special. rooms are very comfortable and the food is excellent. I would recommend this Spa to family and friends its an excellent place to unwind and relax. "

Debbie White

  • November 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Had a great overnight stay with friends. Loved the massage and the food is absolutely delicious!"

Sandra Ryan

  • November 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Whittlebury is all about relaxation and the treatments are divine. "

Christine Browning

  • November 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"This Spa is everything that you could possibly want!!"

Linda

  • October 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"We visited the Spa in March 2015. We arrived at 10am and were quickly allocated a locker and offered a tour. We declined the tour as we had visited previously. The Fire and Ice Experience was very busy for the first 90 minutes and then became more quiet as people started to go for treatments and lunch. We were allocated 2PM lunch which was quite late, so we had a muffin and smoothie in the Spa Terrace Caf"

s.j.marriott@lboro.ac.uk

  • April 2, 2015 at 3:16 pm

"Whittlebury provides such a great selection of 'stays'. I tend to go with a friend or a few and during the week no problems with crowds or queue's. Looking forward to going in the New Year with my husband for a GOOD couple of nights away plus good food and treatments. Well done to all work work at Whittlebury you deserve this award."

Jennie

  • November 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"I've been to this Spa several times with friends, my Husband and alone. Everyone makes you feel welcome and you soon find someone to talk to as it's very solo friendly. The waterbeds are a fantastic addition!!"

Theresa Randall

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"I have been to Whittlebury Hall several times for a hot stone massage and it has always been lovely. Very relaxing and enjoyable. The staff are always friendly and helpful. It has a good atmosphere and is very comfortable."

janet catmur

  • November 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Voted: A social spa


Spa Location

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Spa location


Towcester,
Northamptonshire,
NN12 8QH

01327 850489

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Extra Information

Dining

The Terrace Café for light snacks and healthy spa cuisine; Astons Restaurant for informal all-day dining; Bentleys for a pizza and pasta menu; 2 AA rosette restaurant Murrays for fine dining.

Accomodation

Standard Rooms, Club Rooms and Suites available, from £250 per room for a Standard Double with breakfast.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 8am – 8pm

Treatment menu

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