Having only recently visited Eastthorpe Hall, I am staggered to have read the commentary written by the "Perfectionists" regarding their "pleasant" stay. I have never written a review on Tripadvisor before, but felt compelled to describe my own visit as soon as I read this review. I could attempt to rebut each point in detail, however I think the key message I would like to convey to potential "first timers" is the ethos of Eastthorpe, as I understand it.
Eastthorpe is a "home from home" and does not strive to provide a clinical environment in which you feel analysed or judged. Nor is it a hotel and does not publicise itself as such. I believe it was once a family home and that essence of family could be felt at all times during my visit, centered around warmth and kindness, rather than a structured regime. I would return time and time again, if only it were closer.
My massage was fantastic, not intrusive at all and the pressure was just right. In the past, if I have ever felt sore or tender, then I have mentioned this to the therapist and asked them to change their technique. If I am paying for a service then I want to enjoy the experience at the time, rather than comment on it after the event when it is too late to remedy my discomfort!
I have to say that, in my opinion, time could be better spent by gaining a greater insight into the ethos of Eastthorpe by speaking to the staff and family owners regarding any concerns rather than striving for perfection, when perfection is subjective and can sometimes mask underlying insecurity. For me, perfection means being at one with myself, something Eastthorpe no doubt strives to achieve for each of its visitors. I am sure it is how each visitor chooses to interpret this approach which will determine if Eastthorpe is for you.
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