Wynyard Hall is a rather grand affair, set in acres of landscaped grounds. The spa is in a separate building, a converted boathouse on the shores of the lake, a short walk from the hotel. Unwind in the thermal suite including a herbal sauna and salt inhalation room, try a Temple Spa treatment then step outside to the spa terrace which has two bubbly hot tubs overlooking the serene lake. For a special treat book into one of the four cottages in the grounds with private hot tubs.
- Herbal sauna
- Salt inhalation room
- Rasul mud experience
- Ice fountain
- Herbal shower
- 2 hot tubs
- Natura Bisse
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Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel is a rather grand affair, set in acres of landscaped grounds. You walk through the portico into a large entrance hall with stained glass windows, floral displays, a grand piano and views over the garden to the lake.
The spa is in a separate building, a converted boathouse on the shores of the lake, a short walk from the hotel. If you are visiting for the day, you can park right by the spa, which offers a huge contrast to the hotel: smaller, intimate, and cosy.
What's on offer?
Staff at the spa reception desk greet you as you arrive and take you via a light space filled with retail products and manicure stations to the conservatory. Here you can start to relax with a welcome drink, gaze at the lake and fill in your consultation form. The conservatory has green wicker tables and chairs, candles, potted plants, and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The changing rooms are a disappointing aspect of Wynyard Spa. There are just two showers, two private changing cubicles and two loos, all separated from each other with screens that feel more reminiscent of a school changing rooms than a luxury spa. You need the private changing cubicles as the changing rooms are unisex; wrap that towel carefully when you step out of the shower. The body conscious won't enjoy this shared aspect. The changing rooms have banks of metal lockers, two sets of hairdryers, one set of straighteners and plastic bags to cart your wet swimsuit home (but no spin-dryer). Your locker contains a waffle brown robe, towel and spa slippers.
The three treatment rooms are on the corridor that runs from the front door right down to the heat experiences.
The thermal suite is a nicely planned mosaiced space with a central table containing candles, flowers, cooled flavoured waters and plenty of plastic cups. Start in the salt inhalation room with twinkly mosaic heated benches; take one of the extra towels if the heat is too strong for you to sit comfortably.
The wooden herbal sauna has views over the spa terrace and lake, and was nicely hot on our visit. The mosaic-tiled steam room was deliciously hot, too. The thermal suite also has a rasul which you can book for private mud therapy; it's not part of the usual aqua-thermal experience.
To cool down between heat experiences, choose between the ice fountain or the bucket shower.
Outside is a spa terrace with chairs and tables for the warmer weather, and two hot tubs which are heated to a very comfortable temperature. These are the main water features at the spa at Wynyard Hall: there is no swimming pool or hydrotherapy pool here. Each hot tub could seat up to six. We loved the fact that the seats are at different heights, so both the very tall and the very small can find a position where bubbles don't go up your nose. The view from the hot tubs over the lake is very special.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Wynyard Signature Treatment (90 minutes, £80) which is described as "a fusion of the mind, body and soul. Nourishing every inch of your body to perfection."
My therapist, Ruby, took me through to our treatment room, which was nicely dressed in neutral tones. As the Temple Spa philosophy is that "relaxation starts with the feet", Ruby began with a welcome foot cleanse and I took three deep breaths of the Breath of Life inhalation essence.
The treatment started with a hot stones massage; Ruby worked her way around my neck and shoulders, teasing out the knots and the tension.
Ruby followed up the massage with a thorough aromatherapy facial, including deep cleansing, a brightening papaya scrub and a soothing hydrating mask. While this worked, Ruby treated me to a delicious hand and arm massage. I was surprised by how much facial massage the treatment involved; Ruby commented on how much tension I was holding in my neck and jawline, and the massage felt particularly de-stressing. I also very much enjoyed the scalp massage which, again, took away a lot of tension, and the calming scents of the Repose moisturiser.
I left the room with my skin looking brighter and feeling smoother; there was much less ‘crunchiness’ in my shoulders, too. I felt as nourished as advertised. The length of the treatment also means that you can allow yourself time to unwind and fully relax.
My spa companion tried the Seated Siesta (40 minutes, £45) which is a de-stressing head massage, and absolutely loved it.
The spa at Wynyard Hall offers a wide range of treatments by Temple Spa. Try facials for men and women, massages that ring the changes from hot stones to resting creams designed for new mums or mums to be, right through to therapies for laptop-bound office workers. You can sample scrubs, wraps, and all the finishing touches including manicures, pedicures, eye treatments and waxing.
Weddings are a big deal at Wynyard Hall -- they have their own beautiful chapel, after all, as well as the lake -- so it's not a surprise that you can book a range of spa make-up packages for your dream day.
If you are visiting for a spa day, you can choose a tasty lunch or afternoon tea to eat in the conservatory, where you can feel quite comfortable eating in your robe. Try the chairs and tables inside or out, or the soft sofa if you're having a cup of tea.
The menu includes salads, sandwiches, wraps and mezze plates, with options for vegetarians. Our sandwiches hit the spot, with tangy pesto, and tasty cheese. Several groups of friends, we noticed, had opted for the lovely-looking afternoon tea. You can also order teas, soft drinks, cider, Peroni, or a glass of bubbles.
In the evening, we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink on the hotel's terrace overlooking the lake, followed by some tasty grilled mackerel. The evening menu also has vegetarian options.
We loved / we didn't love
Relaxing in one of the hot tubs on the terrace overlooking the lake. The water is deliciously warm, the steam trails through the views of trees, and geese sail by. What's not to love?
Relaxing on the heated benches in the salt-inhalation room.
The spa attendants did a delightful job of orienting people, clearing away plastic cups, offering extra towels and generally making the spa environment feel like you'd just come home. That, in itself, allows you to relax.
It's rare to get a mobile-phone signal in this rural spot: all the excuse you need to switch off.
We didn't love
The Spartan changing rooms which didn't have enough space at times.
Who do you think would like it?
The spa at Wynyard Hall would appeal to anyone who wants a relaxing day with a partner or some friends. Couples, mothers and daughters, and groups could all enjoy what this lakeside spa has to offer.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded the spa at Wynyard Hall a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 4 bubbles. The spa offers a small but -- once you are out of the changing rooms -- a soothing and serene environment in which you can unwind. The staff are friendly, the lakeside setting unbeatable, and the treatments top-notch.
Spa Conservatory menu of platters, salads and afternoon tea.
Hot tub cottages and classic, superior and executive country hotel bedrooms.
10:00am – 6:30pm