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Girls’ day out

What a year! What with juggling home working, home schooling and life admin, we're all in need of some time out. So here are 10 treats with an emphasis on indulgence and relaxation.


The swimming pool at Beaverbrook, Leatherhead, Surrey
The pool at Beaverbrook

For the ultimate in indulgence, book a day at The Coach House Spa at Beaverbrook. Their Wild Wellness: Embrace the Day spa package includes a 90-minute bioenergy woodland walk and a 60-minute immunity boosting breath session, plus a light picnic lunch and full use of the spa facilities (the thermal, though, are currently closed).

Mayflower Spa in Dorking has re-opened and is now offering all treatments, while still following Covid guidelines. Book a relaxing massage or facial, then spend time chilling out in the relaxation room. Bliss.

If you you’ve got only and hour or two, Luminis Beauty Spa in Reigate offers massages for 30mins, 45mins and 60mins plus express facials – which means you can still indulge yourself even if time is at a premium.


Silent Pool Gin afternoon tea at Barnett Hill, Guildford, Surrey

Gather your gal pals and book a Silent Pool gin afternoon tea at Barnett Hill near Guildford. Weather permitting, it’s served in the gorgeous gardens at Barnett Hill and as well as the usual sarnies and sweet treats, you’ll also sip on three different gin cocktails. Naturally, Muddy has already indulged – read our full review here. It’s on til Sept 30.

Who’s for tea on the Thames? With indoor and outdoor tables overlooking the River Thames, afternoon tea at the Runnymede is a tranquil treat. Serving a selection of savoury sandwiches, homemade cakes and pastries, plus scones, coffee or tea and – why not – a glass of Rosé Champagne it’s pretty close to perfection. Just add friends.


The spa facilities, runnymede on thames at Egham, Surrey

If you want to make a night of it, Barnett Hill is offering a Renew and Refresh overnight stay which includes your overnight stay, £35 towards your dinner, a 40-minute spa treatment (facial, massage, mani or pedi), and a cooked breakfast the following morning.

Hands up if you fancy a riverside spa break. This one’s for couples – and it’s a great way to reconnect with the other half. Included is dinner in the Leftbank Restaurant at the Runnymede, bed and breakfast, plus a 45-minute spa treatment each and use of the spa facilities.


Wine tasting at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey

Take a tour of the stunning Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking on board the outdoor vineyard train with a glass of Denbies sparkling wine in hand, and follow it up with a traditional afternoon tea with sparkling wine overlooking the vines from the Vineyard Restaurant. The tour and tasting is on throughout Sept, Oct and Nov.

If you fancy learning a bit more about Prosecco – or just want an excuse to indulge – Red White and Rosé is hosting an informal Fizz Friday on 2 Oct where you’ll taste and learn about three different types of Prosecco. Wine expert Neil Phillips will talk you through the styles and tastes. And the best bit? It’s via Zoom, so you needn’t even change out of your PJs if you don’t want to.

At Albury Organic Vineyard, there’s the vineyard tour and tasting on throughout September. Follow a guided walk throughout the vineyard, where you’ll learn a bit about organic wine production, then have indulge in the tasting. Push the boat out and add an English cheese box or afternoon tea.

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