Stressed? Try Matfen Hall - a great place for some rest and relaxation
For recharging the batteries and de-stressing, Matfen Hall certainly ticked all the right boxes and I returned home totally invigorated - more than ready to face any family teenage angst that could possibly come my way.
This award-winning 4 star hotel is set in its own grounds and parkland, not far from Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and is the ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, who still own it and play an active role in its management. It is their attention to detail that ensures that the service and facilities are of such a high standard.
Highlights of the weekend were the beautiful walks, including opportunities to visit Hadrian's Wall, a short car-ride away; a less than distinguished performance on the pitch and put course, the tastiest local kipper at breakfast I have ever eaten and a 90-minute Signature Treatment in the Spa that included exfoliation of the back, followed by a back massage and a rebalancing facial. I must also mention here a memorable dessert at dinner - a passion fruit soufflé with mango sorbet - worth every calorie!
What first attracted me to Matfen was the range of facilities on offer:
A residential Spa Escape includes two treatments, accommodation in a classic double or twin room, dinner and full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities. One night: £180; two nights £285
Full package details can be found at www.matfenhall.com
Telephone 01661 855 708