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Heaven on a plate!
Member Name: Kantankrus
Date: 28/04/13, updated on 07/09/13 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Gives you a new lease of life
Disadvantages: Bit pricey
I have visited Ragdale Hall twice in the past for a two day taster package ( £330 for two sharing an economy room), once with friends and once with my mother. After a stressful time at work and with family problems I decided I needed a few days completely on my own and opted for a three night stay to recharge my frazzled batteries. I managed to get a deal on this break and paid £365 but you would normally pay over £400. It's worth keeping an eye on the website as they frequently do special offers. You also pay a supplement for a single room .
Situated in the sleepy village of Ragdale in Leicestershire, Ragdale Hall dates back to 1785 and is architecturally beautiful and surrounded by well kept, peaceful grounds.
From the moment you arrive at Ragdale, you feel well looked after and pampered. A valet will park your car for you on arrival and a member of staff takes you for a complimentary coffee whilst you fill in the required paperwork and ask any questions you may have. A tour of the building is offered but as I had been before this wasn't necessary. You are then guided to your room where your luggage awaits. Not that you need much!! One of the joys for me is that throughout your visit , you can wear the white robe provided in your room. Even in the restaurant! Only clothing I really take is swimming costume and gym gear. There is a £3.50 charge for the robe and I guess you could take your own but I would advise taking your own white slippers as these are a bit pricey in the shop.
The single room I was allocated was a little on the small side but otherwise very clean and pleasant. On your bed you find a time table with all your treatment times and space to add any extras or classes you fancy trying. Mealtimes are also on the timetable and this gives you the chance to plan your time wisely at Ragdale. I would advise to check when your first treatment is as they can sometimes be very soon after arrival as I found out on one of my earlier visits after I realised I had missed a treatment. The staff rearranged it for me though.
There is a fully equipped gym which I can't comment on as I have never used. There are two studios offering a wide variety of classes such as bums and tums. Yoga, Step, Tai Chi and relaxation classes.
On arrival I noticed there was a relax and unwind class that sounded just what I needed so off I went. It did exactly what it said on the tin. Lots of deep breathing and relaxation techniques, ending with total relaxation under a snuggly cover. I felt totally stress free and would recommend it to anyone feeling the stresses of life. I also tried a hula hoop class during my stay which was good fun.
The food at Ragdale is as good as any top restaurant and the food is very tasty whilst at the same time being healthy. Breakfast is brought to your room on a tray after you have made your choice the previous day. Lunch is a buffet affair with so much on offer you are spoilt for choice. Dinner is a bit more formal, (well as formal as you can be in your dressing gown) with a choice of starters, mains and desserts and all incredibly delicious. If you are on your own you can opt to sit on what they call the social table with other people who are on their own or if you don't feel like talking you can sit on your own I sat on the social table and met some lovely people. Wine is available and you can get the waiting staff to look after your botlle for the next night if you only want a glass or two each night.
I think this area of Ragdale is what makes it stand out for me. Along with the usual swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna etc there is a thermal spa with about seven different rooms doing different things all positioned around a relaxing area where you can read and relax in comfy wicker basket chairs. My favourite of these was the indoor/ outdoor waterfall pool. One evening I had it to myself and it's like a small lazy river that takes you outside of the building with various waterfalls to soothe your back muscles. It was so tranquil being outside in the cold dark night but in the soothing warm water and looking up at a glorious full moon and the stars. Pure heaven!
The whole point of going somewhere like this for me is to totally relax and you are spoilt for choice with areas to do this. My favourite room of all is a room at the back of the building in which you have to be totally silent. There is a variety of wicker swing chairs, beds and reclining chairs with beautiful quilts dotted all over. Here I would often take a cup of tea or glass of wine and settle down with my book. I love reading so to be able to to do this in such quiet beautiful surroundings is bliss! Some people get very relaxed though. I got a fit of the giggles a couple of times when loud snoring reverberated round the room!!
For the three night break I got two treatments included and I opted for a full facial using elemis products, and a back massage. Both were brilliant treatments and although the therapist recommends products for you after the treatment you are not pushed into anything.
You can add other treatments to your plan at your own expense and if you have the spare cash I would say go for it but they are pricey. You can go to the treatment area each morning though and see what they have on offer. A blackboard has offers on it which work out lots cheaper than pre booking.
All in all I left Ragdale with a great big smile on my face feeling relaxed, renewed and re energised.
Its pricey but for a once in a while treat I think it's worth every penny. Just wish I could afford to go more often!
~~Another trip to Ragdale Hall on Tues 27th and Weds 28th August 2013~~
This visit had been eagerly anticipated as this time, along with my mother, my 18 year old daughter was coming along for the first time.
As we were a party of three, we needed a triple room and I think we paid a premium for this. It cost us £369 each which I do think is very expensive and the cost can be much less if you have a basic twin room but of course we all wanted to be together and it's a once in a while treat.
Our room was beautiful with plenty of room for three single beds, a dressing table and comfy chairs and a table at the window. Large bathroom with bidet and bath/shower and two sinks. We were in room 85 which overlooked an outside seating area with running fountain. I love the sound of running water. Very relaxing!
My daughter loved it! As well as all the facilities described above, there were some new additions since my last visit.
~~~Beauty Express is a new area close to the usual treatments waiting area where you can have smaller treatments such as eyebrow threading, manicures, shoulder massages, manicures etc. I had my eyebrows threaded which was a peculiar experience. Much less painful than waxing and better results in my opinion.
~~~The pavillion is another new area for sitting and relaxing in which opened in late 2012. It is full of loungers and comfy sofas in blues and greens looking out onto the garden area. Very chilled!
This is the first time I have visited in the summer and the outside pool area was also available. Me and my daughter also took some bikes out which are free to use.
My daughter especially liked the Spa area with its candle pool and lazy river to name but a few of the rooms to chill out in. A good time to visit the spa is after your evening meal. It is almost empty! She also loved the fact that we stayed in our robes the whole time. Even in the restaurant!
Our package included a facial which we all had to say was one of the best facials we had ever had!
All in all we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely return when funds allow but I have one or two complaints which I am going to knock a star off for. The white robes that are in your room to use are £3.50 to hire!! . I think when you are paying the kind of money that Ragdale charge, robes should be included. Maybe also slippers? Also when you come to pay, they automatically add a tip onto your bill ally which comes to about £30+. They shouldn't do this but you can ask for it to be removed which I always do.
Those grumbles aside, I love it at Ragdale and always come away feeling refreshed and relaxed.
An expensive treat I know but worth saving for once in a while. Looking forward to my next visit but will look out for offers.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Try it! You won't be disappointed.