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An impressive mid 19th-century country house covered in greenery and nestled amid 123 acres of rolling parkland, Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa is so much more than a beautiful place to stay the night. The England rugby team haven’t made it their training base for the 2015 World Cup for no reason, it is one of the country’s best spas, featuring Michelin-star dining, a golf course, a world-class rugby and football pitch and a wonderful outdoor pool, if it’s good enough for them it’s certainly good enough for us.
The rooms and suites at Pennyhill Park Hotel are elegantly stylish, each with a special feature unique to each room. The fact that no two rooms are the same gives an air of exclusivity that can often be found wanting in some of the more high-end spa hotels around the UK. We were upgraded to a junior suite and it was more room than we knew what to do with. Spread over two floors and complete with lavish walk in shower, stand-alone bath, four poster bed, two flatscreen TV’s and enough space to have the whole England rugby team in the living area it was a lovely space to dump our bags before heading off for our treatments.
Acres of relaxation
The grounds of Pennyhill Park are so big you’d be forgiven for not being able to find the spa initially, but when you do it’d be no surprise if you couldn’t find your way out. It really is massive. There are eight in door and outdoor pools – the indoor one is quite something with underwater music – numerous therapy rooms and enough day beds to accommodate everyone. Not to mention a fully equipped gym boasting state of the art equipment and some of the highest quality treatments you’ll experience anywhere. We were treated to the Rosemary and Lavender body therapy for couples. Comprising a stimulating natural rosemary salt scrub followed by a hydrating and cleansing kaolin clay body wrap and finished off with a personalised full body massage. It’s the best (and quickest) 120 minutes you could ever endure.
Spoilt for choice
Boasting two award-winning restaurants, one of which is Michelin starred, dining at Pennyhill Park is as decadent as the surroundings would suggest. We had dinner in the Brasserie; the more relaxed of the two restaurants, offering an eclectic a la carte menu in relaxed and stylish surroundings. Signature dishes include olive oil poached lobster medallions, a seared trio of Cornish fish and the fantastically rich braised shoulder of lamb and loin. Of course, being a brasserie, they specialize in perfectly cooked, choice cuts of meat, and they didn’t disappoint. The steak was fresh, full and cooked exquisitely. Breakfast is also served up in the Brasserie where absolutely everything you could wish to eat for breakfast is available on a buffet style counter, complete with an omelette chef who will make you an omelette to order. Everything served up at Pennyhill Park was of the highest quality and there is plenty of protein rich food to support the diets of those in training and not looking to indulge.
A Surrey gem if ever there was one. Pennyhill Park has everything you need and more for the most relaxing and enjoyable of spa weekends. Top notch food, high quality treatments and delightful surroundings make this a must visit for any fitness loving couple looking to get away from it all and pamper their over worked body.
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