BATD ON Oct 10, 2013 AT 4:51 pm

by Annie Vischer

Armathwaite Hall

Armathwaite Hall

As much as we hate to admit it, it’s getting to that time of the year when nights in mean huddling up inside and keeping as cosy and warm as possible. We say a teary goodbye to our summer evenings that we spent catching the last rays of the day outside, wearing Victoria-Beckham-bug-eye sunnies and sipping on whatever fruity tipple we cared to enjoy. Oh the nostalgia. The changeover from summer to autumn happened a little too quickly for me. I think I must have experienced some sort of seasonal jet lag, and some serious recuperation from this distressing transitional period was in order. In the form of a spa break.

Set in the heart of the Lake District, Armathwaite Hall stands at the end of a long drive in the midst of sheep filled green fields, and in full view of a lake that glistens in the morning sun. Throughout the year it plays host to weddings, loved up couples and fresh air loving families. The spa offers a gym overlooking the beautiful countryside, the treadmills look out onto the landscaped garden, to give a very serene exercising experience. The pool, outdoor jacuzzi, experience showers and steam room together offer up so many spa possibilities, that it is easy to spend a good couple of hours in there without even thinking about how much time has passed.

Armathwaite Hall Spa

The treatment rooms must be taken advantage of too. I opted for a massage which was suitably stress relieving and soothing, after which I was taken to the ‘hush’ tranquility room. Oh the ‘hush’ tranquility room. Talk about a happy place. Swathed in a beautifully large and fluffy robe, I was lead dreamily inside and tucked up on a whicker chaise-longue with a bowl of fruit, a smoothie and a pile of magazines to accompany me, and a view of the landscaped garden to take in. Do you remember that feeling you got when you were ill, off from school, and your mother would cosy you up in a sofa bed? That gloriously comforting feeling? Well it all came rushing back, minus the illness. It was pure bliss. I could have spent the whole evening there, were it not for the gorgeous meal that was waiting for me downstairs.

The Lakeview Restaurant served up a wonderful fresh breakfast each morning, and set to work to provide a menu of locally sourced delights in the evening.

The Spa rooms in Armathwaite Hall are all very well equipped and the beds are gigantic enough to continue that sense of luxury it excels in. The television in the bathroom didn’t go unnoticed either. A little bit of excess never goes amiss.

Upon returning from the country based retreat, I felt ready to face the British autumn of 2013. The roaring fires of the hall’s large lounge rooms made me long for cosy evenings in, stretching out my toes in cashmere socks and sipping on a deliciously thick and naughty hot chocolate. Well who said the excess had to be left behind at Armathwaite Hall?

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