Considering a pampering break in beautiful surroundings? Â Christine Richard takes a rest from her favourite exhibitions and galleries to review something very different. Â Here, she shares her personalÂ experiencesÂ ofÂ 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 isÂ bothÂ tempting and healthy, and quality accommodation is guaranteed. It’s no wonder I have been coming here since the very beginning, returning Â 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 comesÂ with a very pampering packaging.
With 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.Â Literally, there is something for everyone, including a well-equipped gymnasium, a swimming pool free from chlorine and accessible for those with limited mobility,Â 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.
The 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 Â 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 Â in respect of their generous contributions Â 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 yourselfÂ and start the journey to luxurious relaxation
VisitÂ the website www.stobocastle.co.uk or phone 01721725300.