Clumber Park Hotel proves restful retreat
WHEN the autumn weather starts to take hold and the leaves begin to fall from the trees, many of us feel like snuggling at home where it's warm.
But a two-night stay at Clumber Park Hotel is just as heart warming.
For the hotel is perfectly situated on the edge of the 3,800-acre woodland of Clumber Park.
Miles from all the mayhem and just as relaxing as any stay-at-home recuperation, the hotel was the start of a peaceful getaway.
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A lovely greeting by the receptionist set the tone for the rest of our stay.
Our room was richly coloured with its soft furnishings and bedspreads. And the kettle was soon put to use for a warm cup of tea, before slipping on our robes to explore the spa facilities which were just metres down the hallway.
We sauntered down to bagsy a pool-side lounger and with plenty of fashion magazines on hand to indulge in those dreamy shopping purchases.
But it wasn't long before the steam from the outside hot tub caught our eyes. And even with an out-of-tub temperature of nine degrees, the bubbling pot was too tempting to turn down and we even started a trend.
We dipped into the sauna and steam rooms for a lengthy lounge and because they were very roomy, unlike some spa facilities, we didn't have to nip out to allow other guests to have a go.
We were booked in to have a facial and although it was a 25-minute taster treatment, it was really relaxing and refreshing.
The taster facial (£35) provides a quick instant pick-me-up, specific to your skin type and needs.
Treatment includes; welcome touch, cleanse, tone, exfoliate, hand and arm massage, mask and moisture.
The treatment schedules were back-to-back with bookings from both guests and outside visitors but the ambient atmosphere was kept throughout the appointments.
And after the session The Den can be used to relax, under candlelight with panpipe sounds radiating around the room.
The café situated in the treatment waiting room is ideal for those pool-side tasty treats.
Breakfast was served in a terrace-style area with the options of delights such as smoked salmon or simply a full English breakfast, with the usual continental options. Table service enhanced the experience and on one of our days there was a self-service hot breakfast.
If you're wrapped up and ready to explore the surroundings, there's plenty on the doorstep. Across the road is the entrance to Clumber Park, which is ideal for country walks, mountain biking or a picnic.
Just down the road is the home of Robin Hood, with the village of Edwinstowe and also the famous Major Oak Tree in the grounds of Sherwood Forest.
Thoresby Market on Sundays will cater for all your shopping needs, or if you are in search of a town there's always Worksop or Retford.
The scenery is picturesque and come rain or shine, nature as it comes to life will keep you wanting to explore more.
On both evenings we ate at The Normanton Inn, which is attached to the hotel. The atmosphere was both bustling and classy – but it wasn't your average traditional dated pub décor, it had that touch of a restaurant about it and the presentation of the food served and table service enhanced our dining experience.
Fully loaded and ready to sleep it all off, we retreated for a nightcap cuppa. The Clumber Park Hotel gave us a break filled with colour, ambience and most of all, comfort.
Find out more by visiting www.clumberparkhotel.com or call 01623 835333.