Billingham, Tees Valley, TS22 5NF
Has thermal facilities
3 treatment rooms
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 speical treat book into one of the four cottages in the grounds with private hot tubs.
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. (We visited in daffodil season so had extra floral pleasures.)
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.
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, purple potted plants, and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The changing rooms are perhaps the only 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 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, plastic bags to cart your wet swimsuit home, but no spindryer. Your locker contains your 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 here, too.
The wooden herbal (lavender when we were there) sauna has views over the spa terrace and lake, and was nicely hot. Sadly, we can't report on the mosaic-tiled steam room as it was out of action on our visit. 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.
I tried the Temple Spa Champagne and Truffles (90 minutes, £110) which the spa bills as "the crème de la crème of facials".
My therapist, Ruby, took me through to our treatment room, which was nicely dressed in neutral tones. We began -- as all good facials should -- with a foot cleanse with warm mitts and a tingly muscle gel. As I was lying face-down on the treatment bed, Ruby treated me to a back, neck and shoulders massage: the hot stones on my neck were a particular treat.
The treatment was a feast for the senses: a double cleanse with liquorice and cornflower, cucumber eye cleanser, and shea-butter beads that melt as your skin warms them. As a glycolic peel tingled away, Ruby worked on my skin with facial massage, lots of little patting motions, lifting and tightening, but at the same time extremely soothing. I could feel myself drift...
While an algae mask did further work, Ruby carried out a hand and arm exfoliation and massage. The scalp massage was also divine: perfect pressure. We ended with eye truffle and skin truffle: the maximum moisturising end to a thorough facial.
My spa companion tried the Leg and Foot Energiser (30 minutes, £30) and declared it the perfect "Aaahhh!" treatment, as advertised. A brush, a scrub, a foot massage... and suddenly you're tripping the light fantastic. An excellent add-on to other treatments.
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 bridal 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 sofas if you're having a cup of tea.
The menu includes salads, sandwiches, and smoothies, as well as a glass of fizz to take back to the hot tub. Try a seafood platter, Mediterranean wrap, or the soup of the day. Our ploughman's hit the spot, with tangy cheese, peppered ham, pickles, grapes, and vari-coloured leaves. The friendly waiting staff also magicked up vegan-friendly scones for my lactose-intolerant spa partner (as well as some milk-free carrot cake and lemon-drizzle cake). Top marks.
We loved 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, music plays, and geese sail officiously by. What's not to love?
We also loved relaxing on the heated benches in the salt-inhalation room. We loved it so much, we thought we might never be able to pry ourselves away. (But that tasty lunch beckoned.)
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 and relax.
We didn't love the Spartan changing rooms which didn't have enough space at times. Also, the door to the treatment room kept making a noise in the draught as the front door to the spa opened. A tiny thing that disturbed the calm that could easily be put right.
The spa at Wynyard Hall would appeal to anyone who wants a relaxing day with a partner or some friends. We saw couples, mothers and daughters, and groups enjoying what this lakeside spa has to offer.
If you come alone, you will feel perfectly comfortable. The spa is kind and welcoming to single spa-goers.
Temple Spa addicts: Once you've become addicted to the Skin Truffle, you'll never look back.
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 supremely soothing and serene environment in which you can unwind. The staff are friendly, the lakeside setting unbeatable, and the treatments top-notch.
Single Spy visited in April 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham, Tees Valley, TS22 5NF
Spa Conservatory menu of platters, salads and afternoon tea.
Hot tub cottages and classic, superior and executive country hotel bedrooms.
10:00am – 6:30pm
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