Stobo Castle – Super Spa

Considering a pampering break in beautiful surroundings?  Christine Richard takes a rest from her favourite exhibitions and galleries to review something very different.  Here, she shares her personal experiences of Stobo Castle Hotel and Spa.

Whether your intention is to relax, rejuvenate or simply to have a wonderful time in lovely surroundings, Stobo Castle fits the bill. Spa treatments are carried out by great staff offering the highest degree of professionalism and care, food is both tempting and healthy, and quality accommodation is guaranteed. It’s no wonder I have been coming here since the very beginning, returning  annually – and more frequently whenever possible!

When the enterprise that is Stobo Castle first began, Gaynor and Bob Winyard – the parents of present owner and managing director, Stephen Winyard -placed a great deal of emphasis on health and exercise. This ethos still applies but now it comes with a very pampering packaging.

spa receptionWith 50 bedrooms accommodating 100 people in the main castle there is further accommodation in two lodges in the grounds, all with easy access to the main spa. It is also possible to go simply for a day of pampering and treatments, relaxing with alone or with friends. Literally, there is something for everyone, including a well-equipped gymnasium, a swimming pool free from chlorine and accessible for those with limited mobility, mountain-biking, walking to and around the beautiful Japanese Garden and a tennis court in front of the main castle entrance.

There are so many ways to enjoy the ‘Stobo experience’. Not surprisingly, the most popular pampering treatments are facials, massages and now, increasingly such delights as mud baths for two, a newly opened outside hot tub as well as the spa rooms with crystals, warm stones, dry and steam rooms, as well as a plunge pool with invigorating jets which is in the area of the swimming pool.

spa rest roomThe accommodation is constantly refurbished to retain the high standards of luxury without pretension and
the recent addition of one of the most amazing state of the art ladies’ rest rooms I have ever encountered  is yet another example of high quality and care.

It’s all to be expected from the Winyard family, whose thoughtfulness is also borne out  in respect of their generous contributions  to charitable causes. Stephen, Mandy, and the whole family are passionate without being patronising about supporting and helping with financial aid, people and charities needing practical help.

But don’t take my word for it – treat yourself and start the journey to luxurious relaxation

Visit the website or phone 01721725300.


About Christine Richard OBE FRSA Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.
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