Top 10 English Country Spas

Top 10 english country hotels and spas

There is a growing trend in Britain to preserve historical country houses by renovating them to become hotels and spas that provide luxury breaks. ABC News surveys ten of the most stunning homes-turned-hotels.

1. The Grove, Hertfordshire

A hotel since 1996, the Grove is the quintessential country house. Lovingly restored, the hotel now offers guests a sophisticated and luxurious break experience. With its own award-winning spa and championship golf course, the Grove is perfect for golf lovers and those seeking relaxation alike. Each room has a contemporary design though many retain period features such as traditional open fires and four-poster beds. The three onsite restaurant offer food sources from specialist suppliers and emphasise the use of seasonal produce. The Grove's spa continues the luxury with personalised experiences and a plethora of holistic treatments. Guest should also be sure to try the evening spa programmes including Sushi Spa that offers guests a massage and dinner overlooking a Zen garden.

2. Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

Named a "Pride of Britain Hotel," Calcot Manor is set over 220 acres of land that offer guests a relaxing and luxurious experience. The Manor's building dates back to the 14th Century but the hotel offers all the usual amenities: gym, tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools. It also offers a library. Calcot Manor is also home to Calcot Spa, a private leisure complex centered on a courtyard. With seven treatment rooms, the Spa offers guests pampering from a variety of traditional philosophies as well as modern approaches. Children are also welcome at the hotel where they can be cared for at the on-site crèche and Playzone complete with Playstations and even a cinema.

3. Bishopstrow House, Wiltshire

Recipient of a silver medal from the British Travel Awards 2008, Bishopstrow House is a perfect setting for relaxation. Built in the 18th Century and turned into a hotel in the 1970s, the 32 rooms each have a distinct personality though all are magnificently decorated with designer wallpaper and authentic antique furniture. Guests to Bishopstrow House should be sure to check out the wonderful dining facilities and newly renovated Mulberry restaurant. The food is prepared by a chef with Michelin-starred restaurant experience. The Halcyon Spa creates a tranquil environment and offers the usual facilities as well as a Rasmul mud room. The signature treatment for the face, back and scalp and is said to provide guests with a heavenly experience.

4. The Devonshire Arms, Yorkshire

The Devonshire Arms was originally built as a coaching inn, but over its 350-year history, it has come a long way and is now a luxury hotel and spa complete breathtaking views of quintessential English countryside. The beautifully decorated guest rooms have a luxurious feel while maintaining traditional charm with 6-feet tall four-poster beds and lots of paintings. The hotel's restaurant, The Burlington, has also earned itself a coveted Michelin star and offers an elegant gastro-experience. The hotel's spa is set in a converted barn and offers a perfect place to both exercise and be pampered. The spa's therapists work in state-of-the-art facilities providing speciality Elemis spa therapies that have been described as "decadently indulgent."

5. Chewton Glen, Hampshire

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