My wife & I booked a spa day and stayed the night at Bishopstrow House recently. It is a local hotel for us and we were especially interested in taking advantage of the Elemis Spa at the hotel. We booked online and secured a package deal which included one nigt in a standard room, dinner, bed & breakfast and a 30 minute spa treatment. But we wanted more! So we booked an additional 110 minute top-of-the-range spa experience too.
As I've said, we live relatively close to the hotel and getting there was no problem at all. We had been looking forward to our night out and arrived with great expectations for our stay. We knew in advance that the room wouldn't be available until 3pm, but that didn't prevent access to the spa and we were able to use the pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and (if we had been brave enough) the outdoor pool - which we gave a wide berth despite a fantastic sunny day! April in England just isn't warm enough!
We started with a light lunch on the patio accompanied by a small glass of a rather nice white wine, just to bridge the gap between breakfast and dinner before changing into our swimwear for the spa. There were a selection of 'free' lockers but, by the time we got there they were either all being used or out of service. There are additinal lockers in the changing rooms but you'll need a £1 coin to operate them. Fortunately my wife did and both our sets of clothing went into one. I can only speak about the male changing room, but would describe it as small and in need of a bit of TLC. The changing rooms lead through to the indoor pool and jacuzzi. There were about 6 loungers here and an exit to the outdoor pool and grounds. The pool was nicely heated and the two-speed turbo jacuzzi was great!
To gain access to the other rooms in the spa, and a gymnasium suite, it was back through the changing rooms and along a corridor. We had been given towels but were told that our gowns and slippers were in our room - which we couldn't yet access! Not the end of the world but a minor inconvenience as most other guests did have theirs! Staying within the confines of the spa it wasn't really an issue though. The steam room was certainly steamy and the sauna had a good dry heat. There's a multi-option shower in between and youcan enjoy a 'Sea Mist' or 'Tropical Downpour' after your steam treatment. Beware, the monsoon at the end of that tropical downpour is absolutely freezing cold!
The facilities are what you would probably expect from a spa and, while they did what they were supposed to, there really isn't much more to say.
We checked into our room before heading down for our spa treatments. Armed now with robes and slippers we looked much more the part and arrived in plenty of time to complete the mandatory paperwork that accompanies any of the treatments. We were seated in a relaxation room where there were herbal teas and water to enjoy before our therapists whisked us off to our respective treatments.
I'm afraid I really can't recall the name of the treatment I had but it comprised of a full-body massage, facial (as a man's man I believe my father would balk at the prospect of his son undergoing such things!) before a head massage completed the 110 minutes we had booked. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed every second, every hand stroke and every sensation. I'm not sure, and I'm convinced my therapist wouldn't have told me if I had, but I recall fighting very hard not to fall asleep......unsuccessfully! I recently read in a book that to fall asleep in the company of a total stranger is either very silly or a real compliment! I had nothing worth running away with (!) so I can only recommend the wonderful talent that my therapist displayed with her massage technique. Blissful! While not exactly cheap, I would argue ono behalf of the spa that it was worth every single penny!
The standard room was decorated in a contemporary style. It was warm, clean and well-equipped with the usual range of accoutrements to make life comfortable. A large bed with twin zip-together mattresses proved very comfortable and we both enjoyed a good nights' sleep. There was plenty of hanging & storage space in the room and a well chosen flat screen television to watch. There were tea & coffee making facilities and a decent selection of brews to chose from. The bathroom was fitted with a toilet, wash basin and bath with a shower over it. It was clean and there was a selection of toiletries to use. It was very narrow though and there wasn't a great deal of elbow room for the more broad-shouldered amongst us...!
We enjoyed a three-course dinner. We would recommend the hot & cold prawn cocktail and the duck starters. Both very well cooked and presented. We enjoyed Sea Bass and Somerset Pork dishes for our mains and were both very happy. The fish is served in a curried mushroom and mussel veloute; the pork comprised of a healthy slice of fillet, pigs cheek (delicious!), pork belly and hogs pudding. Lots to chose from I can assure you! We ordered side dishes of curly kale and herbed new potatoes. The menu didn't mention anything about any sort of potato with the pork and I was surprised when it was erved on a bed of mash/pureed spud meaning the side dish was a little redundant - though I tried my best! For dessert we enjoyed the 'Blackcurrant' medley and the pear & almod tart. Both very nice indeed. A light brew of coffee and petit fours rounded the evening off nicely. Breakfast the following morning was just as good. There were the usual suspects in terms of cereals and fruit etc. The full Wiltshire breakfast was throughly delicious!
The one constant theme throughout each aspect of the stay was the friendly, helpful and courteous nature of the staff. Without exception the staff were fabulous.
We both agreed that the highlights of the stay were the fabulous massages we enjoyed and the wonderful food we ate. Coupled with fantastic service we both agreed that the stay was well worth what we paid and would have no hesitation in recommending Bishopstrow House to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa. Without doubt one of the finest, luxury hotels in Wiltshire.Located within easy reach of Bath and Salisbury (off the A36), only 6 miles from the famed Longleat Safari and Adventure Park.Set in 27 acres of established grounds boasting kitchen gardens, orchard and trout fishing from the banks of the river Wylye running along the hotel, deep in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Ideal for adults and children alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bishopstrow House Hotel Warminster
- Bishopstrow Hotel Warminster
- Bishopstrow House Warminster, Wiltshire