Like most career-minded women I find my work and play are confined to the city, but sometimes it’s essential to take the girl out of the city.
My little escape to the country took me to the immaculate grounds of Mottram Hall set in 270 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside. Heralded as Cheshire’s finest golf and leisure resort you know you’re in for a treat.
Some country piles are trad and dowdy asserting their heritage through chintzy antiques that should remain in Mrs Bucket’s dining room, or they are sleek and minimalistic. Following a refurbishment this year, Mottram happily sits between the two – it is stylish, yet regal and sophisticated.
Relax on a velvet chesterfield sipping a Bellini served by a bartender dressed in Harris tweed, while gazing at the glitzy chandeliers. You’re likely to be joined by a premier league footballer or two; after all this is a mecca for Cheshire’s finest. I’ve been informed Alex Ferguson is captain of the golf club, and Andrew Flintoff is a regular guest.
After visiting the lavish spa and technogym you can understand why. I started by trying out the state of the art machines using clever cloud software to track my progress on my smartphone. Feeling energized I then headed to the ornate spa to cool off in their two swimming pools.
Mottram Hall is home to the UK’s first outdoor thermospace, where warm thermal rooms (Brecklebath and Stonebath) gradually increase your body temperature while you gaze at the gardens through floor-to-ceiling windows, or watch as mineral stones heated to 340C degrees are dipped into cold water setting their steam into the atmosphere.
Using hot and cold therapies, guests are encouraged to use bucket showers between each treatment, before bathing in the heated outdoor hydrobath.
The extensive list of treatments contains another UK first, the dry floatation treatment, where you experience weightlessness without having to get wet. It is the perfect prelude to a full-body massage as your muscles begin to relax.
Guests can enjoy a wide range of holistic treatments using Epsa toiletries; there is also reflexology, cellulite therapy and CACI facial toning.
Relaxation is hungry work – our next stop, the Carrington Grill, is a stylish restaurant offering local and seasonal produce. The food was well presented and delicious, the grilled cod and the fillet steak were exceptional. The wine list was extensive, everything you’d expect from a hotel of this caliber. Our sommelier was attentive and suggested a wine based on our food choices.
Drifting off to a peaceful slumber after a ‘hard’ day spent at Mottram Hall was an easy feat given the huge bed, the Egyptian cotton sheets and the goose feather pillows.
Mottram Hall is a glorious Cheshire country escape that is well worth getting out of the city for.
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Sara Dawson is a journalist and web editor of maiden-voyage.com.