The latest of our hotel reviews from the perspective of light sleepers, Patsy blisses out at Ragdale Hall which she describes as “Northanger Abbey meets the World of Interiors, Bath Spa and posh gym.”
The room I stayed in: No. 7, a fairly small ensuite single room on the first floor up the grand and decidedly baronial staircase (the Hall dates back to 1785) with superb views over the misty Leicestershire countryside.
The bed: Single: simple but comfortable and I slept like a log.
Bedding: Crisp white sheets with a duvet and synthetic pillow but a down pillow was available in the pillow pack in the wardrobe together with a single sheet for warmer nights.
Noise: Lovely and quiet – comfort and relaxation are the watchwords here and guests are urged to keep noise down after 10 p.m.
Light: The curtains were fully lined and the room was dark when they were drawn. I like to wake up to the dawn light so I kept them open and awakened to birdsong and a view of winter tree tops.
Bathroom: Small but with a great shower. Complimentary shampoo, shower gel etc from the White Company.
Other reasons to stay
* Fantastic thermal spa with loads of different ‘rooms’ including a volcanic salt bath, rose room, thinking room (with classical music and ceiling projections of constantly-changing images and colours designed to trigger positive and/or inspiring thoughts), a gorgeous candlelit bath and fabulous indoor-outdoor waterfall pool
* Great range of fitness classes including Try Behind Barres – ballet-Pilates fusion, Hit it – a class involving drumsticks (not chicken ones) and Cycology (indoor cycling).
* Fabulous spa treatments – I had Blissful Face and Back massage (Elemis) that more than lived up to its name
* Fully equipped air conditioned gym, with large range of fitness classes from Zumba to Candlelit Stretch (yoga by candlelight. Divine.)
* Hair salon with some great stylists who give good advice on (much needed) haircare
* Shops! Clothes and fitness wear including some very flattering designer wear. Managed to resist (but only just) massively slimming D.E.C.K. trousers by Irish brand Decollage. Gift shop has great range of brilliant and lustworthy bling. Beauty store sells wide range of upmarket products including Elemis and Decleor
* Food is healthy but not punishing e.g. Atholl Brose – delicious breakfast dish of toasted oatmeal, honey, low fat yoghurt and raspberries.
* None to the Hall itself. But if you’re coming by public transport as I did, the price of the 40 minute taxi from Leicester at bit steep at £22 each way. I was told Loughborough would have been quicker (15-20 minutes) – and cheaper.
* Cost. A weekend in a twin economy room costs from £373 pp including 50 minute Blissful Face and Back massage or two 25 minute treatments, breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner, plus full use of facilities above. Then there’s the shops….
Would I go again?: You bet! It’s one of my favourite spas.
Ragdale Hall is at Ragdale Village, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3PB. Tel +44 1664 433000. Patsy’s stay was complimentary