Top 10 English Country Spas

Set on 130 acres of countryside and just a few minutes' walk to the sea, it's not difficult to realize why Chewton Glen was named the UK's "Favourite Spa Retreat" in 2007 by Conde Nast Traveller. Each of the 58 rooms has been individually designed and most have a terrace, balcony or private garden. Chewton Glen is perfect for guests looking for both relaxation and activity with archery, horse riding, sailing, clay-pigeon shooting and hiking available, and that's only to name a few! Relaxation at Chewton Glen is also a luxury affair with the spa carrying the exclusive Linda Meredith skin care line and facilities that include a hydrotherapy spa pool and crystal steam room. Families are also most welcome with special activities for children on offer.

6. Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire

Located within 2000 acres of parkland, Fawsley Hall is a Tudor manor house complete with Georgian and Victorian wings that all come together to offer guests a relaxing and luxurious experience. The 58 guestrooms have been renovated to preserve the period features while ensuring modern comforts. The hotel offers two delightful restaurants as well as private dining options. Fawsley Hall also houses the award-winning Grayshott Spa which offers all the usual facilities in addition to a state-of-the-art Nautilus gymnasium. Using some of the world's leading products, Grayshott Spa offers a wide range of natural therapies, massages, reflexology and specially designed pre and post- pregnancy treatments.

7. Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire

A magnificently restored 17th Century home, Hartwell House offers guests both comfort and luxury. Ninety acres of land including the ruins of an old church, a lake and statues provide guests with the opportunity to explore the best in English parkland. Upon their return, guests can dine or take afternoon tea in any of the elegantly styled dining areas. Hartwell's Health Spa is just a stone's throw from the main buildings but is an essential part of any stay. Guests looking for relaxation should take advantage of the steam room, saunas and spa bath as well as treatments including Swedish massages, algae wraps and ESPA facial treatments. Guests seeking more energetic activities should be sure to visit the gym equipped with the latest equipment.

8. Babington House, Somerset

Babington House is an exclusive hotel offering 32 rooms set amongst beautiful facilities including an orangery. The stunning building is situated at the heart of 18 acres with beautiful grounds that include tennis courts, a cricket pitch, croquet lawn, walled garden and even its own lake. Inside guests will find a library, pool room and study. Babington House is also the setting for the Cowshed Spa which is separated into two parts: active and relaxation. The active half offers a fitness studio, technogym and aroma room. Guests preferring to spend the time being pampered will not be disappointed with outdoor tubs and a large number of face and body treatments. The hotel is so popular that most rooms are booked up a year in advance!

9. Alexander House, West Sussex

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