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THE TOP TEN RURAL RETREATS

Lynn Houghton

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Remember the Calgon ‘Take me Away' ads from many years ago? That is what you will experience at any one of these seriously wonderful rural retreats. Soak up amazing countryside views and then spoil yourself with a sumptuous treatment in a first class spa, many of which now offer holistic or Ayurveda treatments. There are also a variety of accommodations types to choose from if you are staying overnight from cottages to log cabins and pub rooms to luxury suites.
The Spa at Chewton Glen

Try the Haute Couture Facial at this Relais & Chateau award winning spa for a truly pampering, decadent hour long treatment. But, by far, the best experience is lounging at the second floor health bar and gazing out at sprawling meadows and forest through the floor to ceiling windows while also taking in views of the swimming pool shimmering below. Captain Frederick Marryat, author of ‘Children of the New Forest', stayed here during the 1840s when his brother owned the property.

Lakeside Hotel on Lake Windermere

The Lake District is possibly Britain's most scenic rural and wilderness destination and the Lakeside Hotel offers an idyllic respite with spectacular views of Lake Windermere. Its enchanting Health and Leisure spa; the only British spa which uses products by California brand Aveda, has outstanding facilities with 17m pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The Aveda treatments offer something extra special with skilled therapists pampering guests with signature facials, manicures and pedicures.

Verbena Spa at the Feversham Arms Hotel

Walk over a glass bridge from the Feversham Arms Hotel to reach the Verbena Spa where even the relaxation rooms provide a sense of luxury. Featuring Anna Semonin products (some of the best around), the spa also boasts a unique heat experience: monsoon shower, aromatherapy steam room, salt inhalation room, foot spas, ice fountain, saunarium and outdoor hot tub and heated outdoor pool.

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