Review: Beaverbrook spa
Who couldn't do with a spot of pampering in these dog days of winter? We checked in and chilled out at Beaverbrook's Coach House Health Club and Spa. And relaaax.
Nestled in the Surrey Hills, between Leatherhead and Dorking is the former home of press baron Max Aitken, aka Lord Beaverbrook – now a luxury country house hotel and luxury spa. It’s set on 470 acres of private countryside and, and as well as the Coach House Health Club and Spa there are two restaurants, a cookery school, 35 boutique bedrooms and a host of other activities including clay pigeon shooting, tennis, croquet and cycling.
It’s perfectly position for a luxury weekend break, just two miles from the M25 (Junction 9) and less than 20 miles from London. First impressions are pretty grand, the estate is accessed via a long sweeping driveway over a mile long that wends it way through stunning countryside to the country house and spa.
The Coach House Spa is – as you might have guessed – housed in the estate’s former coach house and it’s a spa totally befitting this luxury house hotel. As well as hotel guests, the spa is also available for members of the Coach House Health Club as well as members of the ultra-exclusive Beaverbrook Golf Club – so it was always going to be something special.
And special it is! Designed by the celebrated contemporary stained-glass artist Brian Clark, it’s a work of art itself with vibrant floral and nature-inspired stained-glass skylights and panels alongside, striking mosaic tile feature walls. It’s been designed to reflect the power and beauty of nature – with water running along rills, skylights reflecting dappled light and colour drenched walls. And the holistic theme follows through to the treatments as well – the aim here is to nurture the mind and the body.
There’s a distinctive country club vibe to the spa at Beaverbrook that feels exclusive and upmarket – although it doesn’t feel snobbish or elitist. There are three swimming pools: an outdoor pool, a 20m indoor lap pool, and a children’s splash pool. Chill out here on one of the fabulously Art Deco reclining wicker chairs.
There are six treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite, each inspired by and named after flowers found on the estate: the rose, the daffodil, the primrose, the cherry blossom, wisteria, and the apple. There’s also a wet spa and a thermal spa with a steam room, sauna, ice fountain and jacuzzi, and a relaxation lounge.
If you’re feeling energetic, there’s also a gym and a fitness studio with a schedule of classes that includes yoga, pilates, HIIT, tai chi and meditation.
The Coach House Deli is a wonderfully light and bright café with big glass doors opening onto a courtyard that has views through three arches out over the surrounding countryside. The deli offers up a range of healthy lunches and snacks – many prepared using fresh ingredients picked that day from the estate’s kitchen gardens – ranging from healthy super-food salads and cold pressed juices to cakes and a variety of flatbreads baked in the traditional wood-fired pizza oven. I had a wonderful flatbread with smoked salmon and smashed avocado.
There’s an extensive menu of treatments that includes a range of facials, massage, body scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures, brows and lashes treatments. There’s an emphasis on natural, holistic and organic products. The spa has chosen all natural skincare from small, bespoke English companies such as Therapi Honey Skincare, which uses the therapeutic benefits of honey, and Sussex-based AS Apothecary, which distills its own herbs and flowers to make aromatic oils.
I was booked for the Winter Warmer Spa Day, which includes a choice of a 60-minute massage or facial. My colleague Becky and I both chose the Therapi Ultra Radiance Honey Facial – which was truly sublime. Seriously, I floated out of that treatment room in a blissful state of zen. My therapist Tracey worked magic using the Therapi honey-based products as well as small crystal stones to cleanse and massage the skin, and stimulate collagen – and my skin felt gloriously soft and wonderfully nourished afterwards.
Each treatment here starts with a relaxing foot ritual, which is a really lovely way to relax into your treatment. And of course, afterwards there’s I retired to the relaxation room where I could quite easily have nodded off to sleep.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for? This is the perfect place to indulge yourself solo, or with a small group of girls. It’s not a huge spa, so it may not be ideal for large groups. And while there were one or two men there on the day I visited, it was mostly women.
Not for? I honestly can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love this experience.
The damage: Full spa day spa packages including the Winter Warmers Spa Day start at £175 per person for Mon to Thurs, or £225 for Fri to Sun. The Ultimate Luxury Spa Day is a full-day package that includes three treatments and lunch and a cream tea costs from £390-£440.
Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX