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
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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, 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 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, 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 felt 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 around you 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, and help yourself to the iced water.
The wooden herbal sauna has views over the spa terrace and lake, and was nicely hot. 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. Each hot tub could seat up to six. We loved the fact that the seats in the hot tubs 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 pretty special.
Tell us about the treatments
I tried the Temple Spa Glorious Mud (60 minutes, £65) which is a skin-conditioning mud wrap that aims to smooth and detoxify.
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. She moved on to a brisk body brush which aims to encourage lymphatic drainage.
Once my skin was prepped, Ruby painted on the mud. This is quite light in colour, being a mix of mud and kaolin clay combined with red algae and seaweed. It didn't smell at all "muddy", either, containing essential oils of rosemary, juniper and grapefruit (like all Temple Spa treatments, this treatment is a feast for all the senses.) Once I was fully painted, Ruby wrapped me up in foil; as your body temperature rises, it helps to draw impurities out of your skin. While the glorious mud did its work, Ruby treated me to the most divine face and scalp massage. Truly relaxing.
Ruby turned on the shower and I washed the mud off with a flannel -- tricky work -- realising that my skin felt extremely soft and silky all over. Glorious mud, indeed. One touch I particularly enjoyed was the inhalation of the Breath of Life aromatherapy scents: essential oils of eucalyptus and tea tree; clears the mind and lets you begin to relax.
My spa companion tried the My Kinda Skin facial (60 minutes, £65) which is particularly suitable for someone with sensitive skin. Two face masks and massage for your face, scalp, hands and arms, and you can drift out of your treatment room both glowing and relaxed. As she did.
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 comfortable sofa if you're having a cup of tea.
The menu includes salads, sandwiches and nibbles, with options for vegetarians. Try a seafood platter, Mediterranean wrap or the soup of the day. Our ploughman's hit the spot, with tangy cheese, ham, pickle, grapes and Scotch egg. Several groups of friends, we noticed, had opted for the lovely-looking afternoon tea.
We loved / we didn't love
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?
The salt-inhalation room: This was the ideal place to relax.
The spa attendants: They 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.
We didn’t love
The Spartan changing rooms: We simply didn’t have enough space and didn’t love sharing them with the male contingent.
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 gave the spa at Wynyard Hall a Good Spa Guide 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. 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