29 November 2016

North East | Wynyard Hall spa and gardens

Following on a previous post  from the Ramside, believe it or not in the same week I went with my friend Barbra to Wynyard Hall day spa.

I have only been on a couple of spa days in the last couple of years and I have always just thought they were too expensive and very much a treat for a special occasion, but i'm starting to change my mind.

Surprisingly this spa day cost less than £30 each and this included spa time, access to the walled gardens and lunch. 

Barbra made the reservation a couple of months in advance as we both booked some holiday from work, we were celebrating B's birthday. 

The mid-week spa offer is £20 per guest and you are able to use the spa facilities for 2 hours which includes use of the 2 outdoor jacuzzi hot tubs, deck chairs and benches with amazing views of the lake, plus use of the indoor thermal suite, salt inhalation room and the herbal sauna.  

You can also pay an additional £15 each if you want to try the rasul mud treatment or £18.50 per person for afternoon tea.

When we arrived, we were checked off by the welcome team and were shown to the orangery where we had to sign a health and safety disclaimer. Then we were provided with fluffy brown robes, white cloth flip flops and towels so we could go and get changed.

The atmosphere in the spa was scented in lavender and there was relaxing music played.

We were so lucky with the weather, crisp and bright.

To keep yourself hydrated, we were asked to help ourselves to flavoured waters in this central area which was surrounded by the different treatment rooms.

We took a look round all the facilities and then the hot tub on the main deck was free so we decided to start there. There were 6 other guests there using the facilities at the same time, but we rarely saw each other and we just took it in turns to use the different spots. 

This is a very different experience than the Ramside even though there are clearly similarities. But the result from both is that I came away feeling pampered and relaxed.

Wynyard feels exclusive as there isn't many people there at the same time, the view from the hot tub makes you feel like you have truly switched off as you only had birds for company.

Ramside's facilities are more grand as they are on a larger scale and it can accommodate more people, it too has an outside hot spa pool but this can fit up to 15+ at one time so no real escapism but fun all the same. I can see positives of each but this allows you to choose what kind of spa experience you are after.

The views from the jacuzzi really were amazing, and there was also relaxing music played outside which you could hear when the bubbles weren't on. 

We then ventured inside to try the thermal suites and my favourite was the sauna. I honestly felt like I was in the middle of nowhere when I looked out of the window.

The 2 hours went by pretty fast but we spent the last 30 minutes back out in the jacuzzi this really was the highlight. 

We had found a deal on itison.com and I had booked a voucher for entrance to the walled gardens and lunch for 2 including a hot drink so instead of opting for the Afternoon Tea at the spa, we headed up to the gardens to spend the rest of the afternoon.

We had much needed hot chocolates, then I opted for a quiche with salad and B had a yummy toasted cheese sandwich before heading out into the walled gardens. The gardens really reminded me of the rose garden at Alnwick and I can't wait to come back here in spring and summer as I am sure it would look beautiful in full bloom. 

We were so sad our day was over by the time 3.30pm came around, so we had 30 minutes before the cafe closed so we headed back inside to get warm and share some green tea and raspberry cake with some coffee and tea.

I think this is a very affordable way to have a taste of spa luxury. It is located half way between Durham and Middlesborough so it wouldn't be far to travel from both. The facilities are of a high standard and the service provided in both the spa and cafe / gardens was perfect.

I would certainly recommend trying out the mid week spa option or you can also view other packages available.

Location - Wynyard Hall, Teesvalley TS22 5NF

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23 November 2016

North East | Twilight spa experience - Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa, Durham

Last week I was lucky enough to go to 2 spa's in County Durham. 2 very different experiences but both equally luxurious and relaxing. On Thursday, I went to the Ramside hotel approx 5 mins drive from Durham City centre for a Twilight Spa 'catch up' evening.

This costs from £55 per person (£10 extra Fri-Sun) and is from 5.30pm which includes 2 course evening meal at the spa's Thai Fusion restaurant and then use of the amazing facilities until 9.30pm. This is just one of the experiences offered by the spa at different times and prices.

As a guest of the spa for the evening, I was fortunate to be given this experience as a gift and was provided with a full tour of the newly built £8million development including treatment rooms, nail bar and 5 pools. 

After the tour we were treated to a thai buffet where we were able to taste some of the options on the menu followed by use of the facilities. I had no idea what to expect as I had been to the hotel for events but not had the opportunity to visit the spa before. I was blown away by the vast choice of ways to relax during my evening, it has certainly opened by eyes that I should be indulging like this on a more regular basis especially with this on my doorstep.

The facilities are split into different areas - 
Fitness suite
Treatment rooms
Wet Spa which includes 2 outside heated pools
Thermal suite
Thai Fusion Restaurant - (We did eat before the spa but I will pop this to the end of the post).

Firstly we visited the Fitness suite which is the extensive gym offering with scheduled gym classes and optional personal training.

This then led to Treatment Rooms including a fabulous Nail Bar, Well polished. This area was quiet and tranquil to make sure the customers having treatments were given the best possible experience.

The luxurious Nail Bar with crushed velvet chairs and cushions with sinks for soaking tired paws was my favourite part on the tour. 

It would be amazing as a hen party location for a pamper following onto the chill out room with comfy seating and hanging chair, which looked out onto the outdoor heated infinity pool...dreamy vibes.

We then made our way downstairs via another chill out zone to the Wet Spa and thermal suites. 

I had no idea the volume of pools available, 5 in total including the infinity pool upstairs. 

We were provided with robes, towels and flip flops to get ready and then dive into our twilight spa session.

Within the Thermal suites were a number of different rooms including a Herbal Sauna, Himalayan Salt Steam, Aroma Steam, Tepidarium, Sunken Sauna and Drench Showers.

5 pools - including a full size 25 metre swimming pool plus bubble pool (jacuzzi), large Hydrotherapy pool with swan necks and massage jets (so relaxing and actually very high pressure so you could feel them working on your body, outdoor vitality pool in the Spa Herb Garden plus the newly reopened balcony infinity pool, which is only available for private hire or signature spa day experiences, so make sure you do ask if this is included in your booking to avoid disappointment. 

You can read more about the facilities here

My dates for the evening Laura & Kayleigh
Thank you Kayleigh for letting me use this picture 

As I mentioned we did eat before our spa session but I thought it made sense to pop this at the end. The Thai Fusion Restaurant was simply delicious, I have been here before with my friend for an evening meal and I cannot fault it. I love Thai food and the selection on offer and setting really is lovely. 

Thai restaurants are hard to find and I can highly recommend the food at Fusion especially the Satay Chicken, Duck Spring Rolls and Phad Thai. 

I also absolutely love the table covered with a tree in blossom - I would love to book this table for a special occasion, I was advised this is possible and would be suitable for more than 5 people.

I will certainly be booking to go back to the spa in the new year. My friend Natalie and I have our eye on the afternoon tea experience to beat the January blues.

Massive thank you to Ramside Spa and Sorted PR for organising this event and my invite as I would not have realised the amazing facilities on offer without this.  

I am more than sure there will be an experience to fit your budget and time available and you will come away fully revitalised.

View the full list of experience available here

There is some amazing winter offers on at the moment including one with 1 nights stay and use of the facilities including a meal at Fusion, so please enquire if you are looking for somewhere to escape and unwind after the xmas craziness,  or even buy it as a gift for a loved one. 

Location - Ramside Hall, Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD

Website - Ramside Hall Hotel 

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15 November 2016

Home | Office Tour plus how to build your own inspo board

Last month I gave away an inspo pinboard and accessories to one lucky follower (Jemma!) to celebrate my blog reaching its 3rd birthday. Today I am going to give you a mini tour of my home office where I write my blog and also occasionally my day job too.  Plus how you can build your own pin inspo board

Personalisation is what you will notice most, love K's, my blog name and I like to fill the space with my favourite things like pineapples and copper! 

Lets get started......

My personalised Emma Bridgewater cup - I have had this a couple of years now and I love it so much. Originally inspired by 'What Olivia did', and I have ordered a couple of friends these as gifts since. 

All you need to do is choose a mug and then pay for your chosen lettering,  sometimes they do offers which makes it more affordable if you receive their newsletter...expect to pay up to approx £25 for 1 mug.

A few of my desk accessories - 
Succulent - Tesco £2

Badge - Waterstones

Fawn - 2nd hand store

Pineapple notebook - TKMaxx

Tape dispenser - TKMaxx its very Kate Spade (LOVE!)

K Candle - gift from a friend, but it is M&S

I write my blog mostly on macbook air as I carry it with me and sync to my iPhone if I am on the move, but there is nothing better than sitting at my bigger computer at my desk...it's my happy place.

My computer is nearly 8 years old but if you keep on top of the software updates on Apple products they last a long time. Oh and remember to back up on an external drive. 

I live my life via SATC (don't you?) and I will never forget the day she got a sad mac face...
Oh no...sad mac 
At her apple genius appointment with her pashmina wrapped mac book

Copper star lights - Ikea christmas 2015 but I know they still stock them in white and I am sure they will do them again this year.

Hello note cards - TKMaxx

Copper baskets - B&M - only £2.50! I am not sure if they are still in store but I haven't had them long.

Copper desk lamp - Sainsbury 

Wooden K letter - Christmas market last year

Tassimo coffee machine - Tesco - I wouldn't normally have chosen this colour but it was in clearance for £20 so I thought this would be the perfect Office accessory. 

I do collect notebooks, I could open my own stationery shop I am sure.. haha I used to work at WHSmiths in my teens and I am sure it's to blame. 

This Marble notepad - Now/Later listing is such a good idea! - TKMaxx

Battery powered twinkle lights, I have a blind up so I don't use the existing curtain pole, so instead of removing it as I might change my mind, I have twisted 2 sets of twinkle lights around the pole and they look so cute. 

You can pick these up for a couple of £1 and they add a bit of sparkle to a little space.

As my desk sits in front of a window I have space to the right and I really wanted to either frame some pictures for some inspo or have a huge pinboard.

I decided to go with the pin board idea as it was more affordable, plus I thought it had more scope to be changed more frequently depending on my mood or when I collect things over time.

I have always collected postcards and notecards (paper chase do the best ones) but usually I just place them in a draw so this was going to be a space for them to be displayed too.  

I looked on Amazon to try and find the hugest pinboard I could and they were around £25 which I thought was OK as a one off cost. But my mum had seen one in the range for only £6 so I thought wow ok. I need to go check this out.

One Sunday in September I went to my local Range I ended up purchasing the large pinboard, reviews didn't look good online as the cork isn't super thick, but for what I needed it for it was going to be perfect.

I also picked up some gold pins too only £1.

You decide what you want to fill your board with. I printed off some inspo quotes I had collected on my Pinterest board and just pinned them up but over time I will replace them with better quality images. But you have to start somewhere. 

Last but not least is some personalised bunting I also picked up from my trip to the range, only £2.99 from the wedding collection, so it also came in white. 

You get at least 2 of each letter and string in the pack then you do all the hard work deciding what you want it to say. I then just used 2 gold pins to stick it on the wall. 

This room will not stay like this for long, one trip to TKMaxx will do that. But I do have a new desk chair on my wish list, so once I have that I will share more pictures of the overall room on my instagram. 

But until then, hope you enjoyed this mini tour.

Love Miss K xx
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