Whittlebury Hall is a four AA-star rated hotel in the heart of Northamptonshire and I was lucky enough to be invited there on strictly work-reviewing purposes. This time, I decided to treat my mum to the high life and she squealed with delight when I extended to her the invite.
Within a short distance to the famous Silverstone racing track, the hotel is close enough to hear the sound of the engines from the car park on race days. With a restaurant inspired by F1 legend Murray Walker and one named after the Aston Martin car, lovers of formula 1 will certainly feel at home here.
The hotel entertains guests both for business and leisure and with extensive health facilities and conference spaces, the appeal for each market is clear. The award-winning Day Spa is one of the largest in the country and a key hook for guests. With 23 treatment rooms and special heat and ice experiences, the spa is a hit for hen parties, groups of friends and romantic couples looking for some relaxation.
The country chic style of the hotel is echoed with large grand portraits, leather upholstery and rich colours adorning the walls and space. It's a real pretty picture.
We arrived at the hotel around 12pm, checked in and headed up to our room to see what awaited us for the night. Opening the door to mum's 'ooohs' and 'ahhhhs', we quickly looked round and eyed up the freebies, before donning our swimsuits and heading straight for the spa.
The spa is a main attraction to the hotel and is beautifully presented in a Grecian theme. Light stone walls and staircases, complete with goddess statues and ancient ruin-inspired elements cement the hotel's holiday feel. The spa hosts a special heat and ice experience, with features such as experience showers, a hydro pool, salt steam room and ice room, which we wasted no time in getting stuck into.
The floatation beds are a particular highlight here; warm water beds which engulf the body and transport guests to a place of pure relaxation. After giggling our way onto them, we soon drifted off as the world around us slowly dropped away.
The spa also puts on special demonstrations sessions, including chocolate making classes, skincare demonstrations which are all inclusive of the day and provide something different for guests to enjoy at no extra cost.
A quick stint in the gym (I'm becoming obsessed with the pursuit of those washboard abs) we relaxed in our room until our rumbling tummies signaled for dinner time.
We had chosen to dine in Astons and the menu has both flair and choice. True to form, we both opted for the lamb and it was well-presented and beautifully succulent. The other restaurant is Murrays which is the real jewel in the crown. Paying homage to Murray Walker the F1 pundit, the 2 AA rosette menu created by head chef Damyan Stefanov, is inspired by modern British cuisine.
There is also a watering hole aptly named the Silverstone bar, where memorabilia from famous formula 1 faces is presented on the walls.
An all inclusive package at the hotel, including dinner, bed and breakfast starts from just £125pp, which is hugely affordable and a very attractive offer. Although hen parties and couples predominantly drive the main bulk of revenue, the hotel welcomes all calibre of guests throughout the year.
We returned home the next day, after taking full advantage of the buffet breakfast and saying goodbye to our country retreat.