This is the second time we've been to the Feversham Arms. This time we booked a spa suite - a suite deal, you get the second night half price (of which more later).
The spa suites are positively Banyan Tree-esque. If you look out the window after sunset, you could be in a luxury hotel anywhere in the world. Like at Banyan Trees, some people just stay in their suites; I could see four doors along the entrance corridor to the suites and the teddies stayed resolutely outside two of them - one was ours.
A small quibble: at the Banyan Tree you get pillow menus and sheet menus and such like, at the Feversham Arms you get fabulous egyptian cotton sheets and down duvets, changed for hypoallergenic if you wish. But why does no hotel - that I've been to at any rate - have a bathroom menu? It would be just so great to get to the room and find a full sized cake of soap. I usually pack one, but I forgot. I ambled around Helmsley - great shopping, great sales - and forgot to buy one. At the Banyan Tree if you ask for a cake of soap it costs an arm and a leg...but a cake of Nivea or Camay or Imperial Leather costs far less that the L'Occitane and Verbena toiletries provided and it would be such a treat for absented minded travellers like me. And a potential world first.
Aeons ago as a wanna be writer I bluffed my way into a gig working for a magazine for business travellers. I wrote a few fulsome reviews and wondered why I always got exceptional service until I twigged... Most travel writers are paid by travel companies or hotels - only a handful are truly independent.
It was the one thing that really vexed us on our freebies - why did no hotel anywhere provide a decent bar of soap? That was nigh thirty years ago - nothing has changed. I remember the fraternity were too jaded and lazy to ask hard questions - they used to get me to ask for them...
I disgress. Back to the Feversham Arms. We arrived in a particularly stressed frame of mind - I'm having medical treatment, and Jim, my husband, frets, grumps and generally avoids the role of house husband I've so rudely placed upon him.
48 hours and two spa treatments later, the stress is gone. We are chilled and ready for what ever lies ahead. And we're planning our next trip, with friends this time.
As for the suite deal, I misread the blurb and thought we got the second night free. Ergo the bill was close to £1,000. But rarely have we spent £1,000 so willingly, and that doesn't include my 'therapeutic' shopping. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it...)
Before we got to the bill I stood on the balcony and phoned many friends to gloat about what I though was our free second night.
The staff just get better and better. There were at least two large parties of young ladies when we were there, and the only very slight disturbance was a short giggling session at the spa. I don't know how the staff managed to juggle the mixed clientele, but they did.
I do hope when my friends book they are better than me at reading the small print. Otherwise the Feversham Arms may find itself with quite a few gloating customers who turn rapidly grumpy when the time comes to pay the bill.
Oh, tant pis, as an old friend would say. If the recession is truly ending, we have to spend, spend, spend...
- Also Known As:
- Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Helmsley
- Feversham Arms Hotel And Verbena Spa
- Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena
- Feversham Arms Hotel Verbena
- Feversham Arms
- Feversham Arms Helmsley
- Feversham Arms Hotel
- Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa Helmsley, England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully set in the heart of Helmsley on the North Yorkshire Moors we’re one of the UK’s finest hotels offering the height of luxury to all our guests. As soon as you arrive you’ll understand what a special place the Feversham is, yet luxury doesn’t have to mean stuffy.At the Feversham, we’ve perfected the art of cosy. We’ve created the ideal retreat to escape the day and disappear for a while. Stepping across the threshold of any one of one of our 33 intimate and unique rooms you’ll feel completely at home and relaxed.From log burners in some rooms, deep comfy chairs and duck down duvets with Egyptian cotton sheets, to a state of the art Bang & Olufsen media centre, we’ve thought of everything to make your stay memorably restful.Critically acclaimed, the menu is constantly evolving to bring new, exciting dishes to your table, whilst complementing our reputation for serving the very finest food. Whether you choose to dine privately, in our beautiful restaurant, or on our poolside terrace, all our dishes are complemented by thoughtfully chosen fine wines from around the world.The luxurious Verbena Spa complements the hotel beautifully. A relaxing haven in which you can escape the pressures of life, our award winning spa is a world class retreat in a beautiful setting. This is a place where you can enjoy pamperfection with individual treatments available ranging from manicures through to full spa days, all using luxury products from some of the finest names. Our famous heat experience with saunarium, aromatherapy room, salt vapour room, monsoon shower, ice cave, foot spa, outdoor hot tub and heated pool, makes this the perfect place to kick back & relax. ... more less
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