The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa

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The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa

The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Nestled in the heart of the stunning Suffolk countryside in the grounds of Houghton Hall, The award winning Gainsborough Health Club & Spa is a stunning Day Spa Retreat. Our facilities include all that you need to escape from the stresses and strains of modern life and enjoy some dedicated relaxation time. We offer a wide variety of exceptional Spa and Beauty Treatments and our expert dedicated therapists will ensure that your day will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and completely rejuvenated. We look forward to welcoming you to The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa, the best kept secret in Cavendish!
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK5,062 contributions
SPA DAY AT GAINSBOROUGH SPA
Oct 2021
Friday 29th October 2021 – Mu husband and I got our things ready for our chill out day at The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa, just an hour’s drive or so away on the pretty outskirts of Bury St Edmunds at a place called Cavendish.

We arrived at 11.00 am and were greeted by the Spa Receptionist Gerard, who showed us to the spa and explained the details of our day to us, and he gave us complementary bath robes, and lovely soft white fluffy towels for us to use throughout our day at the spa.

This purpose built spa is housed in lovely medieval barns surrounded by beautiful countryside and lush green fields. The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa Facilities included an indoor pool, Hydrotherapy Spa bath (under refurbishment the day we went), Sauna (under refurbishment the day we went), Steam Room, Rasoulle Mud Chamber, poolside loungers, Treatment rooms, Serenity Relaxation Room, Fitness Studio, Nail Studio and Spa Coffee Bar.

My husband and I went into the well appointed changing rooms with lockers to keep our clothes and toiletries in and changed, My husband into his towelling robe and me into my swimming costume. We came out into the medieval barn indoor heated swimming pool area; the décor was light and spacious with soft mellow lighting and a lovely large pool with steps leading down into the warm water.

I went swimming in this lovely pool, and my husband took photos of me swimming in the pool. I was very proud of myself as I managed swim 1 MILE before my muscles decided enough was enough, not bad for not having been in a swimming pool since my last visit to a spa in August.

At 11.30, My husband then went for his treatment by Lucy. My husband had an Inner Calm Full Body Massage with ESPA fitness body oil and ESPA muscle rescue balm. The full body massage eased his tired feet and leg muscles and the deep tissue full body, neck, back, shoulder massage left my husband feeling relaxed and chilled.

My husband said that Lucy was very gentle with him. My husband said the massage was lovely although he said he did have one or two knots in his shoulders and lower back muscles, which Lucy worked on until they eased.

I rested on one of the loungers whilst my husband went for his treatments, then I had a quick shower before meeting my husband for our afternoon tea.

At 1.00 pm my husband and I went into the Spa Coffee Lounge for our Afternoon Tea, which was included in our spa package. We sat at a lovely table for two overlooking the courtyard.

Afternoon Tea came presented on a lovely ‘Designer’ cake stand and had a nice selection of sandwiches with three nice fillings (Egg & Cress, Salmon & Cucumber, & Cheese & Tomato); there were slices of Victoria sponge cake, banana cream cake, Carrot Cake slices, filled raspberry and coffee macaroons. There were lovely soft fruit scones which were served with strawberry jam and whipped cream.

We indulged in this wonderful feast, the sandwiches were lovely and fresh, the cakes just melted in the mouth and the scones and jam were wonderful. My husband had a nice pot of Assam tea and I had a lovely mocha coffee. Inspiration came to me whilst I was indulging in this wonderful afternoon tea and I wrote two poems called ‘The All Hallows Ball’ and ‘Spooky Spa’.

At 2.30 pm Lucy came for me and I went with her for my treatment. The room she took me to was a soft low lighted room and the scents of the oils in the air were wonderful.

Lucy did me an Aromatherapy Hot Stones Full Body Massage with ESPA fitness body oil and ESPA muscle rescue balm. The hot stones full body massage was amazing and eased my tired feet and leg muscles and the deep tissue full body, neck, back, shoulder massage left me feeling totally relaxed and chilled.

Lucy was very gentle with me. The massage was wonderful although I did have one or two nasty knot areas in my neck and shoulder muscles, which Lucy worked on until they eased. At the end of my time I felt truly pampered and very well cared and very spoilt and very much more my real self.

Afterwards I then went into the darkened Serenity Relaxation Room, where I met my husband and we rested on the lovely soft lounge beds and listened to the lovely meditative music playing softly in the background for the remainder of the day.

Afterwards we both then had a quick shower before we changed back into our street clothes after a really wonderful relaxing chill out day.

The Spa Manager had also organised us one £ 50.00 voucher valid for one year, so we could come back and enjoy the new facilities when they are finished due to the fact we were unable to use them today. This was a really nice gesture and we will certainly be coming back.

This is a wonderful spa with lovely treatments and wonderful staff and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written November 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KMK28
Newmarket, UK4 contributions
Great little spa but few quick fixes would make it 5 stars
Sep 2021 • Friends
Great little spa with wonderful treatments, staff and pretty location.

Few quick fixes that would make it 5 stars - there is a great courtyard but it needs weeding, tables cleaning from dust and more pots with flowers.
Light fixings in pool area need a dust and the fans in the changing room also blocked with dust.
Water served in cafe was warm.
These are all easy things to fix but would make a big difference.
Written September 18, 2021
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kcastle
United Kingdom63 contributions
Spa day experience
Aug 2021
Clean premises, not luxurious.No restaurant on site so you have to pre order food or afternoon tea.
Facial performed very efficiently in the morning and full body massage in the afternoon as part of the spa day.
Went with a friend and was expected to have the body massage in a room for 2; not asked if that was acceptable so I felt uncomfortable and couldn’t really enjoy the experience.
Lovely relaxation room for 6 people, certainly not Enough couches for the numbers of guests there.
Very noisy so no relaxing,lots of magazines but lighting too dim so reading impossible. Would be perfect if the staff were a bit quieter when preparing rooms and noise from the reception intruded on the relaxing.
I was expecting to be enveloped in luxury and feel the stress seep away, sadly not to be.
Written August 29, 2021
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Eleanor P
7 contributions
Incredible experience
Jul 2021 • Friends
Had my hen do here Saturday 24th and it was absolutely perfect. The spa is gorgeous. The staff are so warm and welcoming. They catered for my gluten and dairy needs and the treatment with Georgina massage and facial was honestly so divine. I 100% recommend thank you so much to the spa. We will be back. Elena xxxx
Written July 25, 2021
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Kerry G
1 contribution
Comfort and luxury
Jun 2021
Where to start! The staff are so friendly and helpful and just make you feel so comfortable and relaxed. The surroundings and buildings are stunning, I love the pool barn and to see the peacocks in the courtyard.
I have had several treatments and all were luxurious and professionally done. The facilities are good for me, the pool is not too big and not too deep so I’m able to walk in the water as well as swim, sitting in the jacuzzi is so relaxing and spending time in the relaxation room or courtyard makes me feel really spoilt.
Written July 1, 2021
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Graeme N
Braintree, UK17 contributions
Always great & amazing
Jun 2021
Even during the pandemic, the spa has gone above and beyond for me and my wife. I understand measures are in place for customers safety but they're well posted and very fair, Treatments as always were amazing and the facilities were great and relaxing. It is exactly what I needed after over a year of lockdown and not being able to get out and about.

The staff were amazing, so pleasant and great to deal with, The Pool and facilities were perfect too
Written July 1, 2021
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Caroline C
Essex, UK2 contributions
A beautiful place!
Jun 2021
We love the Gainsborough! Such a beautiful location and venue. The pool and jacuzzi area is stunning with its vaulted ceiling. On every visit, the staff have been excellent, and we always feel very safe with all the COVID safety measures they have in place. We would highly recommend this spa and cannot wait to visit again!
Written July 1, 2021
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Isabel
1 contribution
Relaxed day out with friends
Jun 2021 • Friends
Had a lovely day out. Atmosphere was relaxed and myself and my friends were able to chat and have a laugh.

The Covid signposting was very clear and we were very well informed. Would highly recommend to anybody - especially for a girly day out!
Written July 1, 2021
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Paul A
Westbury, UK7 contributions
Absolutely FABULOUS!!
Jul 2021
I have visited this Spa on a number of occasions and have found the welcome to be warm and relaxing. In recent months as restrictions during lockdown have been eased, I have found the Venue to be very well organised, well signed and felt a sense of public safety and well-being being paramount. During such difficult times I feel the Spa has more than met the requirements to make a safe but welcoming environment and will be returning to this venue in August with my family.
I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a warm, relaxed welcome with exceptional service, you will not be disappointed
Written July 1, 2021
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GinGenie80
Essex, UK6 contributions
Fantastic, relaxing spa day
Jun 2021
This was our second time at The Gainsborough (the first time was pre-Covid) and we were really impressed by how everything was set up to accommodate social distancing and areas where the use of face masks were needed were signposted (the relaxation room comes to mind).

We had the Drift Away treatment which was fantastic. The staff were very friendly and worn PPE throughout. We made use of the relaxation room, the pool and the jacuzzi. There was only one other person in the pool area and we took turn on who used the pool and jacuzzi.

Before and after our treatments, we had a lovely cup of tea and a cake before setting off home.

All ready to book ourselves in again for a couple of months time!!

Definitely a place to go to relax and unwind!!
Written July 1, 2021
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