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grayshott spa

weekends from £500 grayshott spa england

This peaceful little place set in 47 relaxing acres has been attending to the nation’s health since the 1960s. Come just to rest for a few days or take a full-on dedicated programme to help turn your health around.

Your base is the poet Tennyson’s former country home, and a less attractive extension which ivy makes less obtrusive with each passing year. The spacious garden doubles as a small golf course, there’s a heated outdoor pool near an orchard and an old-fashioned tennis court.

Inside we like the light-filled sitting room, a perfect place for curling up by the fire and catching up with some reading. Bedrooms and suites have been comfortably and colourfully refurbished - most are in the extension wing, with eight more atmospheric rooms in the main house.

Meals are eaten on an outdoor terrace overlooking the garden or in a soothing dining room, which has pretty stain glass windows. Expect a healthy buffet at lunch, and a more inspired a la carte menu at dinner. All the meals are created in consultation with a dietician, and in the evenings you can have organic drinks at the bar with homemade canapés.

Paintings of women in yogic poses grace the spa reception walls. As well as pampering and beauty treatments, the menu includes nurturing massages with organic Cotswold-made ila products and holistic therapies. Dedicated health programmes by experts in their field run throughout the year on subjects such as sleep, weight management, and women’s and men’s health.

You can do lengths in the simple indoor swimming pool, relax in the hydrotherapy pool, and in a separate area, sweat out your toxins by moving between the steam room, sauna and plunge pool. Personal trainers are on hand in the gym, there are daily guided walks and exercise classes, and yoga, tai chi and pilates sessions you can book in advance.

Highs

  • This is a nurturing place where independent healthy travelers will feel comfortable alone
  • There’s a genuinely calm and civilized atmosphere
  • The retreat adjoins 700 acres of National Trust land, so there’s plenty of space to go walking or running 

Lows

  • Group classes tend to be aimed at beginner level, so if you want to work harder you’ll need to book a one-to-one
  • The steam, sauna and plunge pool area is in need of a revamp, and is nowhere near the swimming pool
  • The design is safe rather than sassy

Healthy Traveller Tip

Ask for a therapist with years of experience – particularly recommended is naturopath and osteopath Elaine Williams.

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Prices

From £210 to £460 per night.

Accommodation

Each of the 59 suites and bedrooms is decorated and furnished to provide elegant and comfortable accommodation, with sumptuous furnishings, luxury fabrics and both modern and traditional textiles.  Most rooms overlook the gardens and grounds. All ground floor rooms have patio doors leading onto the gardens.

All Grayshott rooms have:

  • Duvets
  • Flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Personal safe
  • Direct dial telephones
  • Hairdryer
  • Robes and slippers
  • Toiletries are provided in the bathrooms 

Food & Drink

The Dining Room serves a varied Healthy Eating buffet at breakfast and lunch and a la carte for dinner.  The Conservatory serves the Light Diet menu at lunch.  Bubbles Bar serves coffee, juices and wine.

There are two menu options: ‘Healthy Eating’ for those wanting a healthy, balanced meal or ‘Light Diet’ for those seeking to lose weight.  Portion control is key, with the ‘Grayshott Healthy Eating Plate’, and the Bento box, identifying the amounts of different food types recommended in order to maintain ahealthy diet.

Meals are served at the following times:

Breakfast 7:30 am to 10:00 am
Lunch 12.00 to 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Spa
 

Grayshott has spent over 40 years perfecting an holistic approach to natural therapy, beauty, relaxation, exercise and nutrition to create a unique, stress-beating environment with a world-wide reputation for the quality of its therapies and treatments.  There is a vast range of treatments and therapies including the following:

  • Nataural Therapies
  • Massage Therapies
  • Body Therapies
  • Facial Skincare
  • Wraps, Scrubs and Floats
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Lifestyle
  • Finishing Touches
  • Hair Services

Leisure and fitness

  • Personal Training:  One-to-one training with a qualified instructor to develop an exercise regime to suit every
  • need.
  • Power Plate Workout:  Helps tone, reduce cellulite, stengthen muscles and increases core strength and bone
  • density.
  • Swimming Lessons:  An ASA qualified teacher is available for one-to-one tuition or share with a friend to share
  • the cost.
  • Pilates:  Helps to develop a correct and comfortable posture by toning, strengthening and balancing the muscle groups.
  • Yoga:  An effective form of exercise for posture, breathing and mobility and suitable for all levels of fitness.
  • Tai Chi:  Graceful movement that combines mental concentration with deep, controlled breathing.
  • Golf:  The Golf Academy offers coaching sessions for all standard of golfers, from beginner, social golfer, club golfer, to full-time playing professionals.
  • Tennis Coaching: Tennis coaching is available for all levels.

Facilities and services

  • 47 acres of gardens and woods
  • 36 treatment rooms
  • Cinema
  • Indoor & Outdoor swimming pools
  • Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Indoor & Outdoor tennis courts
  • Daily exercise classes and walks
  • Steam & sauna rooms (separate male & female)
  • Gym & weights rooms
  • 9 hole par 3 golf course
  • Boutique & Beauty Shop

Location

Grayshott Spa is located a mile and a half from the village of Grayshott, 16 miles south of Guildford and just 2 miles from Hindhead.

Frequent trains from Waterloo to Haslemere take 55 minutes and you can jump in a taxi at Haslemere Station.

Visitors arriving from Heathrow or Gatwick are within one hour's drive from Grayshott.

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