A few weeks ago I was utterly spoilt and taken for a weekend break to Sopwell House in St Albans.
Located out of the hussle and bustle of the City and nearby towns, this spa and hotel is set back in beautiful grounds. As you can imagine the whole place is peaceful and quiet, just what you need when escaping for the weekend.
The original part of the building is grand and old fashioned, but the interior and additional buildings are modern and sleek. A really lovely juxtaposition that just works.
On arrival you are greeted with non-alcoholic punch, which is a nice touch, and after a quick check in we were off to our room.
The rooms echo the general styling of the interior, with modern sleek fittings and luxury bedding. I really could have slept there forever!
Alas with a spa just two flights of stairs down I was eager to relax and enjoy some downtime, not sleep. We each had a full body massage in the spa, the therapists were helpful and despite a mix-up with bookings they managed to accommodate us both.
Prior to your massage at Sopwell House you are offered a choice of massage oils. With options from relaxing to energising you really can be put in any mood that you want! But with an early afternoon appointment and dinner that evening I didn’t want to be left too sleepy, so opted for the energising oil which smelt amazing and seemed to have a light minty edge to it.
After our treatments we visited the spa area; equipped with loungers, a pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna we truly felt relaxed and de-stressed after a few hours of use!
That night we were booked in to the restaurant and so we returned to the room to get changed.
The food within the restaurant itself was delicious. With canapés to start and champagne sorbet between courses it was hard not to be left feeling satisfied!
After dinner we spent the rest of the evening in the cocktail bar, resulting in us being one of the last few left awake! No doubt all that relaxing made early bedtime a necessity for many.
I had such an enjoyable stay at Sopwell House and would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a UK break away. You can find more information here.0