With overseas travel looking limited or unlikely for some time, we’ve decided to take advantage of the wonderful staycation opportunities on our doorstep. We took a trip to the beautiful Ragdale Hall Spa for a closer look.
Where is Ragdale Hall?
Ragdale is nestled in the heart of the rolling Leicestershire countryside, located near Melton Mowbray.
Where will I sleep at Ragdale Hall?
There are 93 bedrooms at the hotel (Luxury Plus, Luxury, Classic Plus, Classic and Simple), three suites and adapted rooms which are suitable for guests with disabilities.
We stayed in a Luxury Twin room. Although the room had everything you could need, this was the only area we were slightly disappointed with as it felt outdated and did not match the elegance of the rest of the hotel.
What is there to do at Ragdale Hall?
There is almost too much to get your teeth into while visiting Ragdale Hall. Ragdale have three shops (beauty, gifting and boutique) for you to browse as well as a hair studio if you fancy a new ‘do. Borrow a bike for a ride around the countryside, stroll around the gorgeous grounds, partake in a game of croquet, Pitch ‘n’ Putt, tennis, boules or simply curl up with a good book for some rest and relaxation in one of the many quiet spaces (there are 8!). Oh and don’t forget the legendary spa…
What is the spa like at Ragdale Hall?
Ragdale truly offer a world class spa experience, with six pools and 11 heat facilities including Colour Flow Cave, Rose Sauna, Rooftop Infinity Pool, Volcanic Salt Bath and so much more. We found ourselves particularly taken with the Rooftop Infinity Pool where you could recline and take in the incredible views. The Candle Pool also deserves an honourable mention. Hidden away beside the indoor waterfall, long steps lead to a hidden cavern, filled with water heated to 34 degrees and lit by lots of candles, enhanced by mood lighting and soothing music, the perfect place to lay back and float in quiet contemplation.
There is also a state of the art gym, Aquagym equipment and two air-conditioned exercise studios along with a packed timetable for fitness classes to join in with if you fancy.
What treatments are available at Ragdale Hall?
With 65 treatment rooms and over 100 treatments to choose from, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy at Ragdale. A very small selection of treatments have been temporarily removed from the menu due to the Coronavirus.
We enjoyed a Blissful Face and Back therapy which begins with a Swedish-style massage, melting away any stresses or muscle tension. Next up is a cleanse and tone of the face, neck and décolleté, followed by a relaxing facial massage and moisturise.
What is there to eat at Ragdale Hall?
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining at Ragdale. Breakfast is brought to and enjoyed in your room with options selected the day before through an order form. These include cereal, fruit, pastries and both hot and cold options such as American-style pancakes with raspberry compote and Smoked salmon and rye bread with crème fraiche. We loved the luxury of being able to enjoy breakfast in bed!
Lunch was taken in the Dining Room where you could pick a three course meal which included starters such as Carrot & Coriander soup, huge pick and mix salads like AvoBowl and Kale Caesar and tasty desserts which included a Trio of Cheesecakes.
For dinner, we started with Heritage tomatoes, bocconcini mozzarella, basil pesto and pickled garlic before moving onto the delicious Roasted chicken breast, summer vegetables, wholegrain mustard mash and tarragon cream sauce. Both courses were beautifully presented and photo-worthy should you be that way inclined. Dessert options were all notably fruity so we ended our meal with Wowbutter ice cream which felt disappointingly simple compared to the first two lavish courses.
Coronavirus guidelines at Ragdale Hall
Understandably, there have been a few changes at Ragdale to account for the Coronavirus guidelines. Thankfully we did not find these to take away from the experience. Masks are worn throughout the hotel and are only to be removed during eating, drinking, while in the spa and during facial treatments.
Ragdale have introduced a dedicated team of Cleaning Champions working around the clock to keep Ragdale sanitised and safe. There is also additional hand sanitiser stations are provided around the Hall for guests and staff to use.
The heat rooms at the spa are currently closed until Ragdale receive further government guidance. Numbers of guests in the spa have been reduced to ensure social distancing is adhered to and spa slots are pre-booked. There are also clear signs to limit guests in certain areas of the spa.
You can read Ragdale’s Covid-19 policy here.
How much does Ragdale Hall cost to visit?
Two-night midweek breaks at Ragdale Hall start from £364 per person including all meals, inclusive treatments and use of facilities, complimentary robe throughout your stay and Ragdale Hall flip flops. A two-night weekend break ranges from £426 per person.
Or if you fancy just going for the day, Spa Day packages range from £65 - £261.