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10 Charming UK Hotels with Spas

At the Hotel Guru we’re not great spa devotees - we look for character in a hotel before anything else - but we’re always delighted to find a great spa which blends with a hotel’s character, rather than detracting from the atmosphere. And that’s what we looked for most when choosing our Top 10 Best UK Spa Hotels.

These 10 best UK spa hotels are the ones which stand out for us: with soothing environments, quality treatments, and charming, highly trained staff. Mmmm…. Do you feel more relaxed already?

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Bath Priory is an elegant country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, four acres of landscaped gardens and several beautiful outdoor pools. Or, if you’re looking for plush surrounds, they the Summer Lodge in Evershot, Dorset, a country house hotel with every luxury imaginable.

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Mar Hall is in a beautiful, but remote Gothic estate near Glasgow, surrounded by 400 acres of grounds, and there’s a wonderful Aveda spa.

10 Best UK Spa Hotels on the Coast

St Brides Spa Hotel is another of the 10 best UK spa hotels in an out of the way location, this time on the Pembrokeshire Coast, but it’s worth the journey for the relaxing views and sea air. The Scarlet, in Mawgan Porth in Cornwall is a relaxing, purpose built eco-friendly hotel perfectly positioned for beautiful sea views and exceptional sunsets.

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Calcot Manor Hotel in the Cotswolds is a superb all-round hotel on its own estate, so it has everything you need, and it’s all stunning to boot. Or you could try Cowley Manor near Cheltenham, which is supposedly more for grown-ups, and has an award winning, as well as beautiful, spa.

10 Best UK Spa Hotels for Great Value

As well as being one of the best value spa hotels on our list, the Bedruthan Steps Hotel is also one of the 10 best UK spa hotels for families, it’s an excellent, modern beach hotel with two pools, a kid’s club and of course a spa, and rooms start from £140 per night.

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The Swinton Park Hotel in Ripon, Yorkshire has been converted from a castle, and as well as the 200 acre park, award-winning cuisine and cookery school, kites, boules pitch and nature trail, there’s an excellent spa.

If you can’t find the perfect spa break for you on our list of the 10 Best UK Spa Hotels you could:

10 Best UK Spa Hotels

  • Bedruthan Steps Hotel 101 rooms from £159

    Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

    Fantastic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from a family-friendly hotel. Modern interiors throughout with the comfortable rooms capturing the beach views. Herring Restaurant is Cornish throughout using locally sourced ingredients. Relax by one of the two pools, or at the spa.

    Eco break  -  A sustainable and environmentally minded hotel with an extensive responsible tourism pledge, see website for further details.
    Groups  -  This hotel is ideal for an active creative group holiday with workshops, open air theatre and plenty of fun facilities.
    Spa breaks  -  Pamper yourself at the top of the range luxury spa, using all natural products and treatments- heaven!
    Families  -  With family orientated rooms, activities, nursery and kids club its ideal for all the family.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Calcot Manor Hotel 35 rooms from £199

    Tetbury, The Cotswolds

    A charming 14th century manor house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chic rooms feature bold wallpaper prints, soft tones, deep soaking tubs and trendy artworks. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature a range of family activities as well as a pool and spa. An elegant country retreat.

    Exclusive offer  -  Sunday spa break
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning indoor Swimming Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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  • Mar Hall 53 rooms from £215

    Glasgow (Bishopton)

    An imposing mansion with epic surrounding views. Grand bedrooms with large sash windows and four poster beds. A world class golf course is attached. A spa with an extensive therapy list and beauty treatments for those wishing to relax. Formal and informal dining options. An ideal rural escape.

    Total relaxation  -  The spa and indoor pool provide easy relaxation and the surroundings are perfectly tranquil.
    Great walks  -  Plenty of walking on the 240-acre wooded estate of the Earls of Mar, especially along the banks of the River Clyde.
    Swimming Pool  -  Large indoor pool
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Cowley Manor from £250

    nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds

    A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.

    Spa  -  Wide range of treatments using Green & Spring products.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor heated pools.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  55 acres of parkland surround the proerty with natural springs, lakes, and Victorian cascades.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • St Brides Spa Hotel 34 rooms from £165


    A charming spa hotel overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour. The simple and chic rooms are come with modern furnishings and neutral tones. The Cliff Restaurant serves up fresh fish straight off the boat and local farm produce. Miles of beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline to explore.

    Great walks  -  The 186 mile Pembrokeshire coast is ideal for walking, with golden sands backed by towering cliffs teeming with wildlife.
    Sights nearby  -  Pembroke Castle, Oakwood and Heatherton are all within range.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated spa pool.
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  • Bath Priory 27 rooms from £140


    An elegant Georgian manor turned hotel, on the edge of the city. Charming suites feature beautiful fabrics and original sash windows commanding spectacular views of the grounds. The award winning restaurant serves up delicious dishes straight from the Victorian walled garden.

    Total relaxation  -  Beautiful landscaped gardens, proximity to the thermal baths and giant soaking tubs will rejuvenate any guest.
    Traditional  -  Great paintings, objets d'art and belle epoque chandeliers.
    Foodies  -  Boasting a Michelin starred restaurant
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens and walled Kitchen Garden, producing fresh produce for the restaurant.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays, Michelin Travel
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  • Swinton Park Hotel 32 rooms from £150

    Ripon, Yorkshire

    Striking, castle-like stately-home set in sweeping parkland and offering plenty of on-site activities from fishing and golf to a cookery school and sleek spa. Vast rooms, beautiful views and a choice of two restaurants.

    Cooking classes  -  Variety of courses run throughout the year at the on site cookery school
    Garden  -  200 acres of parkland
    Great walks  -  Trekking up to the moorland Dales
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Frommers
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  • Summer Lodge 24 rooms from £265

    Evershot, Dorset

    A Hardy-esque country house turned hotel, surrounded by lovely gardens and spectacular countryside. Luxurious rooms boasts elaborate floral fabrics and plush furnishings. The gourmet restaurant is not to be missed, nor the extensive bar. A cosy countryside base, complete with pool, spa and tennis.

    Foodies  -  The dream team of Head Chef Steven Titman and world-renowned Sommelier Eric Zwiebel make dinner an unforgettable experience.
    Romantic Break  -  Let your romantic side out with candlelit jacuzzi sessions, in room champagne and rose petals on the bed.
    Great walks  -  Borrow wellies for strolls around the English garden or the adjoining deer park teeming with wildlife and natural beauty.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Ivy Cottage features a private outdoor hot tub.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel
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  • The Scarlet, Cornwall 37 rooms from £195

    Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

    Relaxing, purpose-designed eco-friendly hotel overlooking Mawgan Porth beach. Contemporary furniture and modern local art adorns bedroom walls. Great sea views from the cocktail lounge and stylish hotel restaurant. Fantastic spa facility for ultimate relaxation and great outdoor activities nearby.

    Romantic Break  -  You, your loved one (and even the pooch) can enjoy an indulgent coastal stay
    Spa breaks  -  Excellent spa with a range of Ayurvedic treatments
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pool
    Great walks  -  South West Coast Path.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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