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Wallett's Court Hotel and Spa

Wallett's Court Hotel and Spa

Arriving at Wallett's Court on a sunny afternoon we were greeted by friendly and helpful reception staff who showed us briefly around the hotel and then took us to our room.

Wallett's Court has just 17 bedrooms, three in the main house and 14 in the converted barns. Our room was lovely – clean and bright with an impressive four poster bed and a beautiful old-style bath in the en-suite. From the window we had a lovely view of a little church across the road. The en-suite also came complete with gorgeous smelling, mini size products from the REN range which is sold in The Garden of England Spa, but more about that later! I was a bit unsure about the shower which was one of those handheld ones attached to the bath taps. I always manage to spray water everywhere with these and find it difficult to wash my hair while holding them! That being said, the bath was so comfy I wasn't all that bothered about the shower. Nick, my partner, loves his food so I asked him to tell you all about the food at Wallett's Court....

The Restaurant at Wallett's Court

The food at Wallet's Court was generally excellent. The majority of dishes were delicious and the warm atmosphere during our evening meal made the whole experience very enjoyable. In the bar area we were
Wallett's Court at night
provided with homemade bread sticks and once seated an amuse-bouche of leek and potato foam. I enjoyed one of the best starters I have ever eaten - a wood pigeon micro sandwich. I recommend it highly. Unfortunately Helena's ham hock was not as good and at the time of writing is no longer on the menu. Both main courses were very tasty, although while neither of us had the duck or steak (I had lamb and Helena pork) they certainly looked appetising as well. Dessert continued in much the same vein and these delicious courses were coupled with delightful service that was friendly but unobtrusive so that it only enhanced the experience.

The breakfast was perhaps a little limited in terms of cereals and pastries, however there were multiple juice options. I was reliably informed that the tea was satisfactory. The cooked breakfast was without doubt the morning highlight. Quality produce cooked really well, enough to set you up for the day without having to go for the lie down a Full English can often result in. All in all a highly recommended food experience. (Back to Helena now......)

The Garden of England Spa

After breakfast we headed over to The Garden of England Spa which is housed in a converted barn. I was booked
Pool at the Garden of England Spa
in for a treatment but first we spent an hour or so in the spa itself. I've got to be honest, I was slightly disappointed by the spa. It looked a bit tired and dated and the changing rooms were not as nice as I had expected them to be.

Hydrotherm Massage

I had a treatment booked with Ben Barnett who specialises in hydrotherm massage. For a Hydrotherm Massage you lie on your back on top of cushions filled with warm water allowing Ben to massage your back and shoulders. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but Ben helped to put me at my ease by explaining how the treatment was going to work beforehand. Apparently it is a really good type of massage for pregnant women because it can be performed until very late in the pregnancy due to you lying on your back rather than your front as you would for a traditional massage.

My massage also included guided meditation where Ben talks to you to help you relax and let go of any worries and tensions you might have. I personally didn't like this. I'm not sure why but I found it a little uncomfortable but maybe that was because I wasn't used to
glamoing with the kids at Wallett's Court Hotel & Spa
it? The massage itself was relaxing so I think I would have enjoyed it more without the meditation.

We had a lovely, relaxing break which was made even better by the friendly atmosphere and helpful staff so we would definitely recommend it if you are looking for somewhere unique to stay with fantastic food!

PS: We went on our own for a bit of 'Us-Time' but if you're looking for a good family break then there's plenty for Children at Wallett's Court too!

Helena & Nick – June 2012

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