I spent last Sunday afternoon relaxing at the new Spa Shell at Fishmore Hall in Ludlow, Shropshire. As a Shropshire girl, I was absolutely thrilled so see that there was a blogging event in my home county. Shropshire doesn’t have many spas so I was keen to go along and try out the new facilities and have some me time!
I would say to start off, it’s not a huge spa facility but has ample room for guests. The spa has four treatment rooms, which combine to create two couples rooms, a steam room and sauna, as well as an outdoor Cedar wellness pool and oversized hammock on the decking, both overlooking the fields and the Shropshire hills. When we were there, there was snow on the top of the Clee Hill which was a treat and such a beautiful sight.
As I arrived, I started by filling out a client form on a tablet screen and then chose our treatment. I opted for the back, neck and shoulder massage as I knew I was in need of some serious TLC! After a lovely cup of tea in the reception area which had big comfy chairs, I was shown through to my treatment room and the treatment explained. There is a screen in the middle of the room that can be opened if you are having a couples massage, however when I was in one room there was a small gap so I could actually see through to the next room where Toni from Gym Bunny Mum was having her massage and also the rooms aren’t sound proof so as she had started her massage before me, when they had finished (and I hadn’t) I could hear their conversation next door which was a little off putting even with music on. However, as I always go for spa days with my husband I would absolutely love the option to have the double treatment room so that wouldn’t be an issue.
The massage was truly wonderful and I didn’t want it to end. So after the most heavenly relaxing massage, I got dressed and was given a robe and slippers and was shown through to the locker area where I could store all my clothes and then taken through to the relaxation room. This room is where the sauna and steam rooms are. I absolutely LOVED the steam room. It has so many different settings I could have spent hours in there. It is colour changing too making it even more relaxing and funky looking.
I decided to brave the cold and headed out to the outdoor area. Unfortunately, we couldn’t seem to get the wellness hot tub to heat up so opted out as it was a typical November day. I think it would be lovely to lounge outside in the summer, as there is an outdoor bucket and monsoon drench shower which is filled with cold water – the perfect way to cool down in the summer I’m sure!
We were then treated to afternoon tea. We were kindly given the option of having it served in the main restaurant or in the spa lounge area. As we were all there to relax, we decided to stay put and have it brought to us. We were given the choice of tea or coffee and then the sandwiches were brought across. There were a lovely range of sandwiches to choose from on both white an dwholemeal bread including ham and mustard, tuna and sweetcorn and egg mayonnaise. We were then spoiled even more when my favourite part came – the sweet treats! The carrot cake was simply divine and I could happily have eaten half a dozen slices.
The staff at the spa were very friendly and approachable and I loved my afternoon and left feeling completely chilled out. Definitely worth a visit if you fancy switching off. There are a range of treatments to choose from including manicures, pedicures, massages and detox wraps. There are also various day spa packages (some including the afternoon tea) to choose from. All information can be found on their website or by calling 01584 875148.
Disclosure – I was asked to the spa for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own