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13 of the best country spas near London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 23/06/2018 Laura Hampson

(Cliveden House Hotel) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Cliveden House Hotel) London is tiring, there’s no doubt about it.

With all the commuting, socialising, working, exercising and still trying to make it home for 9pm to watch Love Island, it’s no wonder our stress levels are constantly high.

Which is why day trips and weekend breaks out of London are a must – even just to breathe in some fresh country air. So why not combine a country getaway with a spa break?

Below, we’ve rounded up the best spas you can easily get to from London for either a day trip or a weekend of pampering.

For a day trip

Cliveden House Hotel, Berkshire

If the name of this hotel rings a bell, you'll recognise it as the hotel Meghan Markle spent the night in before she married Prince Harry. The exterior of the new spa is enveloped by tumbling scented roses and lavender and is a royally-approved place to relax. You can currently chose from six different spa days and throughout the months of June and July you can bring a friend for free.

Time from London: 1hr 49 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Take a Chiltern Railways train towards Oxford from Marylebone Station, getting off at High Wycombe. Walk five minutes to bus stop R on the high street and get the 31 towards Maidenhead Town Centre getting off at Riversdale South. From there either walk 40 minutes to the hotel or get a taxi/uber.

Spa days from £185 per day. clivedenhouse.co.uk/

Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton

(Luton Hoo Hotel) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Luton Hoo Hotel) You’ll find Luton Hoo Hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, sprawling across 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, meadows, woodlands, lake, rivers and natural trails. Their ‘feel good’ spa day includes two 55-minute treatments and a two-course lunch in Adam’s Brasserie along with use of the facilities.

Time from London: 45 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Take the Thameslink from St Pancras towards Bedford and get off at Harpenden. Walk four minutes to The George PH bus stop C and get on the Sapphire 321 towards Luton for 10 minutes, getting off at Luton Hoo Hotel.

Spa days begin at £180 per day. lutonhoo.co.uk/

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

(The Gainsborough) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (The Gainsborough) The Gainsborough’s spa takes a modern twist on the city’s thermal water heritage. This spa is set beneath a glass atrium and offers a number of different spa days which each include a spa treatment and two-course lunch with a glass of wine.

Time from London: 1hr 35 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Take a Great Western Railway line from Paddington Station towards Bristol Temple Meads and get off at Bath Spa. Walk for seven minutes to the hotel.

Spa days begin at £150 per day. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk/

Coworth Park, Ascot

(Coworth Park) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Coworth Park) This indulgent, romantic manor house sits within a wildflower meadow come summer. The separate spa is a tranquil oasis and each spa day includes tea or coffee and a house-made muffin on arrival, unlimited use of the facilities between 9am and 7pm, a two-course lunch and access to the 240 acres of gardens at Coworth Park.

Time from London: 1hr 32 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Take a South Western Railway train from Waterloo Station towards Reading, hopping off at Sunningdale. Get a taxi from the station to Coworth Park – or it’s a half an hour walk.

Spa days begin at £150 for the day including one treatment. dorchestercollection.com/

The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire

(The Grove Hotel) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (The Grove Hotel) The Grove Hotel is set in 300 acres of lush Hertfordshire countryside – but it’s their award-winning Sequoia spa that is the must-visit. Spa days begin with a sauna and rain shower in the heat experience rooms before settling into your luxury treatment and lunch/afternoon tea/supper depending on which package you pick.

Time from London: 57 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Jump on a West Midlands Train from Euston towards Birmingham New Street. Get off at Watford Junction and get the number 10 bus towards Woolside, and get off at Hollytree House. Walk for 20 minutes to The Grove or order a taxi/uber.

Spa days begin at £165 per day. thegrove.co.uk/

Down Hall Hotel, Hertfordshire

(Down Hall Hotel) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Down Hall Hotel) Down Hall is a sprawling English country house located near Stansted Airport if you fancy a spa day pre or post-holiday. Their day spa packages include a 25-minute treatment, use of the relaxation area which includes a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room along with an afternoon tea or voucher towards a two-course lunch.

Time from London: 1 hr 49 minutes

How to get there on public transport: From Liverpool Street Station, jump on a Greater Anglia train towards Stansted Airport and get off at Bishop's Stortford. From there get on the number 20 bus towards Brent Pelham, stay on this for 49 minutes until you reach Washall Green House, then walk for 10 minutes to Down Hall.

Spa days begin at £60 per person. downhall.co.uk/

Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire

(Hartwell House) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Hartwell House) Just 40 miles northwest of London, you can get to this luxe hotel faster than it takes most of us to commute to work. The National Trust-owned Grade 1 listed Jacobean and Georgian house is home to a stunning spa that offers a swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms. Their indulgence day spa package includes access to the aforementioned facilities plus an 85-minute treatment and a two-course lunch.

Time from London: 47 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Get on a Chiltern Railways train from Marylebone heading towards Oxford. Get off at Haddenham and Thame Parkway, walking 13 minutes to Hartwell House.

Spa days begin at £136 per day. hartwell-house.com/

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire

(Lucknam Park Hotel) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Lucknam Park Hotel) This five-star hotel offers a number of different spa days including a saddle and spa day where you can ride horses around the grounds in the morning and relax in the spa come afternoon. Of course, they have regular spa days too, which includes a 90-minute treatment, a 30-minute sunlight therapy session and a two-course lunch.

Time from London: 1 hr 40 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Take a GWR line towards Bristol Temple Meads, getting off at Chippenham. Get the 635 bus from outside the station towards Marshfield, hopping off at Valley Way Shelter and walking seven minutes to the hotel.

Spa days begin at £195 per day. lucknampark.co.uk/

For a weekend stay

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Malmesbury

(Whatley Manor Hotel) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Whatley Manor Hotel) Set in 12 acres of pristine Cotswolds countryside, this hotel is the perfect place to escape. The honey stone spa building is the ultimate relaxation space, kitted out with an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite and salt scrub showers.

Time from London: 2 hrs 45 minutes

How to get there on public transport: From Paddington, get on a GWR towards Bristol Parkway, hopping off at Swindon Station. Then jump in a taxi to Malmesbury.

Spa days begin at £90 for use of the facilities or £160 for an added treatment. Hotel rooms begin at £249 per night. whatleymanor.com/

Dormy House, Cotswolds

(Dormy House) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Dormy House) A rustic country house with a Scandi edge, this hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds has a spa spanning several floors. Included in this is a Cotswold lavender sauna, rhassoul mud room, nail parlour, infinity pool and outdoor hot tub. While individual spa treatments are available only for hotel guests, non-guests can book one of their spa days which include multiple treatments.

Time from London: 2 hrs 40 minutes

How to get there on public transport: A GWR line towards Weston Super Mare from Paddington will take you to Swindon Station where you need to transfer to the 51A bus towards Stratton from bay 16. Stay on this bus for an hour and get off at the Park View stop where Dormy House is a three minute walk.

Dormy House Spa days begin at £195, hotel rooms from £215 per night. dormyhouse.co.uk/

Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

(Calcot Manor) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Calcot Manor) Calcot’s spa is situated in a quiet corner of the hotel grounds and is a quintessential Cotswolds spa. There is a lavender-lined outdoor hot tub, steam and sauna room and a number of treatments available.

Time from London: 3 hrs 3 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Get a GWR train from Paddington towards Cheltenham Spa, jumping off at Stroud. Get the 63 bus towards Wickwar from Stop N outside the station and get off at Calcot Farm where the Manor is a three minute walk.

Spa day packages begin at £160 per day, rooms are from £209 per night. calcot.co/

Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire

(Cowely Manor) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited (Cowely Manor) A classic country house hotel with a grand Italianate exterior and bold interiors. The award-winning spa is inspired by the Cotswold countryside and includes heated indoor and outdoor pools, steam and sauna rooms and four treatment rooms where you can have therapeutic massages and advanced facials.

Time from London: 2 hrs 51 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Jump on a GWR train from Paddington towards Bristol Temple Meads and get off at Swindon Station. Get the 51 bus from there (bay 16) towards Cheltenham and hop off at Cowley Turn where it’s just a 9 minute walk to the Manor.

Spa day packages begin at £125 per person, rooms begin at £205 per night. cowleymanor.com/

Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire

a house with bushes in front of a building © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Like something out of a Jane Austen novel, Lime Wood Hotel will transport you back to a time gone by. Inside Lime Wood you’ll find the Herb House Spa, which is inspired by its forest surroundings and is dedicated to natural wellbeing. Covering three levels, there is a sauna, indoor Hydro Pool with forest views, a mud house and outdoor hot pool. Spa days include unlimited access to Herb House and all of its facilities along with a set lunch.

Time from London: 2hrs 19 minutes

How to get there on public transport: Leaving from Waterloo, take a South Western Railway train towards Weymouth and get off at Southampton Central. Change trains theres to get a South Western Railway train towards Poole, stay on this for 10 minutes until you reach Ashurst New Forest. From here it's best to grab a cab

Spa days begin at £220 per person, rooms begin at £595 per night. limewoodhotel.co.uk/

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