A tranquil retreat
PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 June 2014
GEMMA CLAPP reviews Cadbury House and its stunning spa facilities
Tucked away on the outskirts of Congresbury lies Cadbury House, a grand DoubleTree by Hilton hotel that fuses the old with the new for a modern and relaxing stay. The hotel, a carefully restored 18th century manor house, lies just 12 miles from Bristol city centre and is the perfect venue for leisure breaks, business stays or even unforgettable weddings.
But it’s the hotel’s spa that is its crowning glory. Located just a few metres away from the hotel in its vast and stunning grounds, the spa caters to your every need and will leave you feeling thoroughly pampered from the moment you arrive.
Towels, a robe and flip flops are all provided and you have exclusive access to the relaxation room where you can sit and unwind before or after treatments with a cup of herbal tea or glass of water.
We had booked an Aroma Stone Therapy massage in the couple’s treatment suite and enjoyed 60 minutes of pure luxury. The room, dimly lit with candles, was the perfect serene setting, while the combination of soothing music and warm, aromatic oils helped us relax and unwind. During the massage hot stones are places on energy points, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and dissolving tension.
It’s recommended you have a massage every two to three weeks to keep you feeling stress-free, but that’s often easier said than done. If you’ve not had one in a while, Aroma Stone Therapy – or a hot stone massage – is the perfect massage for you because the stones do the work, meaning the pressure isn’t as hard as you would need from a regular massage, making it a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.
The spa also has a vast array of other treatments on offer meaning you can tailor your spa day to suit your needs and desires.
After the treatment we were given a tour of the rest of the spa facilities, which include a sparkling 20m pool, in-pool jacuzzi, separate jacuzzi, male- and female-only saunas, a steam room, tanning facilities and a large changing room with showers, shampoo and conditioner and hairdryers. We continued our relaxing afternoon by enjoying a jacuzzi and sauna before returning to our hotel room.
The rest of the stay included enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, which is based on the ground floor of the hotel, before unwinding in a luxury suite with views of rolling hills and quaint villages stretching far and wide. Breakfast the next morning was a buffet-style affair, with plenty of options to suit your fancy, including pastries, fresh fruit, cooked breakfasts, toast and cereal.
If you’re looking for a relaxing spa day or leisure break close to home, Cadbury House is the perfect location for you.
Aroma Stone Therapy – Mon-Thurs £70, Fri-Sun £75
Spa Day – from £45, including light lunch
One night stay at Cadbury House – from £85