Being set in 2000 acres of extensive parkland, Fawsley Hall hotel and spa is situated in one of the largest areas of natural beauty in Northamptonshire.
When booking a spa break, you want to feel completely relaxed, immersed in tranquillity as you let your worries escape you.
So, does Fawsley Hall meet this criterion? Will you make a booking and feel disappointed that you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on your accommodation, or will you feel refreshed as you leave the gates and make your way back to your everyday life?
Keep reading for a comprehensive review on all the facilities on offer at Fawsley Hall, and decide for yourself whether or not this is a break you should consider booking!
The Facilities Available
As soon as you drive up the long, gravelled drive way, you are immediately presented with a sense of luxury and grandeur. The gardens of Fawsley Hall are kept manicured by Capability Brown throughout each season of the year, with warm reds, burnt yellows and oranges glazing the lawns of autumn.
Throughout winter, you will be greeted by crisp snow drop plants, decorating the boarders of an immaculate lawn, allowing for beautiful fresh morning walks.
If you fancy a summer retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of the high street, the gardens will offer you an array of sweetly smelling flowers, there for you to enjoy as you relax by the multiple lakes or stroll through the walk ways of the surrounding parkland.
Of course, spring is never a season to disappoint, so if taking your trip to Fawsley Hall during this season, daffodils and fresh green buds will be abundant, enhancing your feeling of revitalisation and wellbeing.
It goes without saying that when booking a spa break, you not only want to stay in accommodation that is aesthetically pleasing on the outside, you need the facilities on offer to really make your experience worthwhile. So, in addition to the superbly managed gardens and relaxed walking trails, what else is on offer?
Fawsley Hall hotel spa has one of the most extensive ranges of beauty treatments available in the entire county. When looking over their treatment menu, it is clear to see that the spa was designed with their customers in mind.
Treatments are offered using the following brands:
- Comfort Zone
- Jessica and Mii
With Rhinefield Relaxation treatments and experiences also available
From a whole host of waxing treatments, hand and feet treatments, manicures, pedicures right through to makeup application, the staff at Fawlsey Hall appear dedicated to ensuring you feel your absolute best throughout your stay and when you depart.
The beauty based treatments available at Fawsley Hall hotel and spa are not just limited to the face, hands or feet, staying at the forefront of modern beauty techniques, the spa also offers detox body wraps, targeted toning treatments slimming mud therapy.
If a beauty boost isn’t what you’re yearning for, the comprehensive spa at Fawsley Hall also offers a great deal of massage options, lifting the stress from targeted areas on your body.
Whether you like the feeling of a traditional hand massage, or are interested in trying something a little different, such as Lava Shell or a hot stones treatment, you will find a great deal of choice to suit your requirements.
With so much choice on the menu, it can be difficult to narrow down what treatments you will fit in to your break, as well as weigh up the cost of each one.
However, it seems that when it comes to their treatment menu, Fawsley Hall once again have their customers in mind, breaking down treatments in to packages that are tailored to suit every need.
The Spa Facilities Available
Unlike many other spa hotels, Fawsley Hall is not content with simply offering a pool and fitness studio to their guests.
The standard spa facilities on offer include:
- Ozone swimming pool
- Steam room
- Fitness studio
- Unisex facilities
- Outdoor heated hydro pool
- Relaxation room
It seems that when you stay with Fawsley Hall, they not only want you to feel your stresses slip away whilst you receive one of their many treatments, their aim is to aid your general wellbeing with proven relaxation and tension release facilities.
Full use of the all of the above standard spa facilities is available alongside whichever masterfully decorated bedroom you book, with treatments and experiences being an optional extra, helping you tailor your experience perfectly.
With waxing treatments starting from as little as £11, you may be surprised by what you can get for your money. The length of your treatment, and the extras that are included in the package is how the price is calculated.
However, even the most extensive package that is the “Classic Spa Break” still only prices at a competitive £173, including dinner, bed and breakfast, a two course spa lunch, and 2 25 minute treatments of your choice.
So how do other prices stack up…
As with most features of Fawsley Hall, when staying at this hotel, you’ll never receive a standard service.
Upon a quick search for pedicure treatments in the Northamptonshire you’ll find that prices typically begin around £22. Fawsley Hall hotel and spa charge £41, but as always, you’ll always receive more than bargain for.
With the treatment lasting 55 minutes, you’ll experience a tailored foot and leg treatment, using aromatherapy based products for softer, smoother legs and feet, finishing with perfectly pedicured polished toenails.
Here is a list of some of the most common treatments and their price bracket:
ELEMIS Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage – £45
Elemis Express Facial – £45
Classic manicure – £36
Mii manual application tan – £25
Make up tuition -£40
With a total of 60 rooms available, Fawsley Hall is certainly not short of space. Being a home that was originally built to entertain royalty, this tradition is continued to this day, with fine hospitality available throughout your stay, and the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian wings offering their own unique ambiance.
There are eight categories of accommodation style available, including:
- Knightley Court Stable Classic Double
- Knightley Court Stable Classic Family
- Stable Spa Club Room
- Deluxe Room
- Feature Bedrooms
- Queen Elizabeth
A quick room availability search on Fawsley Hall’s website demonstrates some very competitive prices.
As with all hotels, weekend prices are higher than rates during the week. A classic room for two adults booked on a Monday will cost you in the region of £124, whilst the same classic double will cost £249 on the weekend.
If you’re looking to stay in one of the more luxurious rooms in the hotel, a master suite will cost you around £403 during the week, bumping up to an estimated £514 on the weekend.
The Fawsley Hall hotel and spa accommodation price guide states that the lowest priced rooms are available from £124, with the most expensive rooms, such as the Queen Elizabeth being guided at £363.
Of course, price guides do exactly what they say on the tin, and are only there for guidance, not to be taken as exact prices.
Accommodation Added Extras
When you stay at a high-end hotel, you’re expecting more than a kettle in the room, accompanied by a few sachets of coffee and sugar.
The optional added extras of Fawsley Hall hotel and spa are available for you to choose from when you complete your booking on their website. If booking over the phone, you’ll be given the same options, just before paying for your room and receiving a confirmation email.
Guests can choose from the following added extras:
Table D’Hote Three Course Dinner – £39 per person
Traditional Afternoon Tea – £25 per person
Bottle of Bruno Paillard Champagne – £52 per bottle
Once again, it is at this stage that Fawsley Hall go the extra mile for their guests. Upon booking, not only are you given the option to add such extras to your room, you are also given the option to state any special requests you have to make your stay even more special.
Perhaps this trip away is a surprise, if so, Fawsley Hall have this covered too!
Simply tick the box that states “surprise booking” and the staff will avoid contacting you by telephone or email with updates or confirmation, what’s more there is no extra charge for this service, so all you need do is turn up on the day of your booked stay and enjoy.
Seasonal Holiday Accommodation Prices
Booking a spa break over seasonal holidays such as Christmas, new year and bonfire night is always tempting. We all love to mark these occasions by doing something special, and swapping the high-street for a spa is one of the most popular styles of break to take with individuals of all ages.
It will come as no surprise that much like any other hotel across the globe, the prices for a room at Fawsley Hall increase in price during such periods of the year.
Although a great increase in price can be disappointing, especially over the holidays when most of us have extra expenses, it will always come down to the individual to decide whether or not the extra expense is worth paying.
With a restaurant that has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes, it is impossible to imagine that tucking in to a dinner full of all manner of Christmas trimmings could be anything but delectable.
The magnificent grounds of Fawsley Hall lend themselves perfectly to crisp Christmas walks and extravagant dining.
Further to this, the large beds, plush bedding and beautifully laid out suites with views spanning the extensive grounds ensure you feel your very best after a cosy night in and lazy morning, enjoying your private view.
When visiting the grounds of Fawsley Hall at Christmas time, you will be greeted by distant, warm twinkling lights as soon as you begin driving up the winding driveway.
A giant Christmas tree stands in the lobby, and you feel as though you’ve entered in to a movie scene, as your eyes are guided by the traditional decorations leading you up the charming winding staircase.
The Christmas House Party
Nothing says Christmas quite like being surrounded by your friends and family as you enjoy the splendour of your surroundings.
The Fawsley Hall Christmas package is available each and every year, and is your chance to be wined and dined, with total relaxation being the main aim.
Fawsley Hall are currently in the process of updating their Christmas packages for 2017 and the package will available for booking later on in the year.
What else is available…
The end of year office party is often the only time the whole team can get together to let their hair down. Fawsley Hall hotel and spa give you the chance to combine your end of year meetings with your office Christmas lunch or company Christmas party.
A spectacular wood panelled board room will certainly leave your clients with a fabulous first impression they will never forget. With flexible delegate packages, and an expertise in event delivery, Fawsley Hall promise to deliver “an enjoyable and entertaining festive celebration”.
Prices for corporate meetings and Christmas parties will vary, depending on how many guests will be attending, and what extras will be required.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day Lunch
The Christmas decorations and accompanying festive music are appearing earlier each and every year. Being one of the most anticipated meals of the year, not to mention one that the whole family turns up to enjoy, the stress of cooking an entire Christmas meal can sometimes get a little much.
Being one of the most visually stunning hotels at Christmas time, Fawsley Hall come to rescue once again on Christmas day. Offering a comprehensive package of both Christmas day and boxing day dinner in refined surroundings, the package can be booked by both large groups, or couples looking for a special get away together.
Festive Party Nights
The Knightley court at Fawsley Hall and hotel and spa is a completely exclusive setting to host your Christmas party. Fawsley Hall encourage you to “bring your party to our party for a superb evening of festive fun”.
After enjoying the crisp air, beautifully lit grounds and sparkling champagne, you’ll have the opportunity to enter in to the impressive Salvin function rooms, where you and your party will be greeted with room full of warmth and character, before being served with a truly unique dining experience.
Not one to miss a trick, once again, Fawsley Hall impress with the finer details and match the dining setting to their surroundings as well as the wine and cuisine served.
The Cedar Restaurant
The Cedar Restaurant is renowned in its own right, and may be visited with or without a room reservation.
As with all of the previously mentioned features of the hotel and spa, presentation seems to be key. Offering a combination of both seasonal and regional dishes, the chefs at Fawsley Hall clearly have a passion for serving well known dishes with creativity and flair.
Previously known as the Equilibrium, the Cedar Restaurant now occupies most of the ground floor of the south wing. Being one of the oldest parts of the house the south wing was built in Tudor times by Richard Knightley in the early 16th century, and offers guest the chance to dine whilst being immersed in the splendour of traditional décor and fascinating architectural design.
Whether you simply fancy a short getaway, or are celebrating a special occasion, the old restaurant provides an intimate dining experience under the cover of traditional beams and stunning stone fireplaces. With both a standard and A La Carte menu the hotel and spa provides a classic dining experience like no other.
Price: £39 per person
Lunch: Saturday and Sunday: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: Monday to Sunday: 7pm to 9.30pm Saturday and Sunday
The Cedar Restaurant receives 118 reviews, separate from the hotel and spa, 92 of which are “excellent” or “very good”.
One reviewer states:
“A lovely location for a meal – A super restaurant with attentive staff, beautifully presented food, a little on the pricey side, especially the drinks, but on the whole worth a visit.”
Others go on to say:
“New Year’s Day Breakfast was fabulous – The buffet is great if you’re in a hurry, but have a look at the table menu and there are some wonderful dishes there too. Kippers and eggs benedict, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, haddock and poached eggs….”
“Works Christmas dinner – Delicious food beautifully presented attentive staff – pear and almond tart a particular hit – the crockery for the gravadlax starter was an added plus – very pleasing. All of us enjoyed our meal!”
“Saturday night fine dining – The property is a superb gem in Northamptonshire. The restaurant and chef wins awards and it is an expensive place to eat. We went with friends who were celebrating a major wedding anniversary. Service was attentive and ambience great. The Great Hall is wonderful and lovely to see.”
Hotel and Spa Reviews
The hotel and spa part of Fawsley Hall is reviewed separately to the Cedar Restaurant, as individuals can dine at the restaurant without a pre-booked overnight stay. However, not unlike the hotel, the hotel and spa reviews on reputable reviews website Trip Advisor, with over 900 people rating their experience their “excellent” or “very good” out of the total of 1,018 reviews left.
Visitors of the hotel and spa said:
“Birthday treat – Me and my mother went for a spa day. Beautiful surroundings, lovely facilities. Had a body combo treatment which was wonderful. My mother had a facial and was very pleased with the down to earth treatment she received. Afternoon tea was served in the main hall and was delightful. Will definitely return.”
“Spa break – Excellent spa break in a beautiful building and great surrounding countryside. Nothing to complain about at all – helpful attentive staff, good food, good treatments. The Great Hall is well worth seeing, a place full of history. Recommended.”
“Family of 10 at Fawsley – Our family of ten went to Fawsley Hall for 2 nights commencing the 13th January 2017 to celebrate Grandpa’s 70th birthday. We received a very warm welcome from the receptionist and from the lovely concierge Mo. We had enormous beautifully furnished and decorated bedrooms, huge bathrooms and great food in a wonderfully historic setting with a magical atmosphere. Some of us relaxed with spa treatments and had fun in the pool and outdoor hot tub. We had a lovely walk in the grounds and surrounding countryside. We all felt very relaxed despite having 3 small children and a baby with us. It was a really amazing weekend in a truly wonderful place.”
From the grounds, accommodation, food and staff, it seems that Fawsley Hall hotel and spa is a great place to visit, no matter the time of year.
With free WIFI and complementary parking, it seems that there is not a detail missed off the list when it comes to guest satisfaction.