Monday, 23 January 2017

A Little Rest and Relaxation


2017 has been very busy so far, with multiple 4am starts, days in London and moving around the house. Joe and I also haven't been able to spend a good amount of quality time together so when I realised the spa day at Mottram Hall I had organised for us as a little pre-anniversary treat was this weekend, it was absolutely perfect timing! 

Luckily enough, it was also the weekend we had a brand new Toyota C-HR to test drive thanks to the RRG Group in Salford. Read more to find out what we thought of the spa and the car!

Mottram Hall, Cheshire

Located about 40 minutes from our home in Salford, Mottram Hall is in the heart of the Cheshire countryside surrounding by miles of green and the longest, tree lined driveway I've ever seen.

We arrived at Mottram Hall a little early, allowing time for me to get used to driving an automatic instead of a manual and for me to inevitably get lost, but thankfully neither of these happened! More on the car later.

We were greeted, given robes and towels then left explore the spa for a hour before our afternoon tea. A pretty lovely way to spend the afternoon I'm sure you'll agree.
 

The pool area is split between an inside and outside area. Inside has a small pool, children's pool, hot tub and sauna surrounded by loungers. This is a lovely area to while away a few hours and relax, which is exactly what we did after lunch! It can get quite busy at the weekends though and we struggled to get two loungers so we went to explore the outside spa area before our afternoon tea instead. 
 

This is my favourite thing about Mottram Hall, the Alfresco ThermoSpace (the first of its kind in the UK) is a collection of saunas and a hot tub surrounded by the hall gardens. The saunas aren't as aggressive as normal saunas, they gradually increase your body temperature for optimum relaxation. We spent a good half an hour getting toasty in there and watching a squirrel forage for dinner.


The time went all too quickly and we headed over to the spa cafe for our champagne afternoon tea. I love spas where you can eat without having to get changed out of your robe, it feels so indulgent! Chilled champagne was brought to us (such a treat) and then quickly followed by afternoon tea, it was a selection of finger sandwiches, little cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam. It was all really good, with the vanilla slice being my fave. I was absolutely stuffed by the end of it! We headed back to the pool area, which had quietened down a little, and bagged two loungers for a rest before our massages.


We headed to the spa treatment area and waited in the relaxation room while we waited for our treatments, the relaxation room was also really busy so we didn't actually get to sit down until a few people had been called for their treatments. I'd really recommend going for a weekday or a bit of an odd slot at the weekend to avoid this.

The lovely spa staff had managed to arrange a double room for us so we could have our massages together which was very sweet. I had opted for the Revitalising Massage, a full body exfoliation followed by a back massage and Joe had gone for the Fit for Business back massage.

I always go for an exfoliation and massage rather than just a massage because then it last for much longer, skin is left soft and smooth for days rather than just hours. My whole body was exfoliated with a brush which felt a little uncomfortable at times but absolutely worth every second as I felt energised and relaxed afterwards. The massage at the end was incredibly too, I hold a lot of tension in my back and neck and the masseuse managed to melt away every knot. 

Joe was over the moon with his massage too, he suffers with knots in his back and he was a new man after his treatment was over. 

I'd thoroughly recommend the massages at Mottram Hall, they were so good! And if you're wondering if having a massage in the same room as your partner or friend is weird, it's totally not. Thought we did get the giggles at the start!

If you're based in the North West, take a look at Mottram Hall for spa days and weekend breaks, but if you're elsewhere try Great Little Breaks for some great deals on spa days. Treat yourself!



Now, let's talk about the car. I'm currently in the process of (trying) to buy a car, I've had a company car for the past 4 years and it's the first time in my life I'm actually going to own my own car. What fun.


It meant that it was perfect timing when the RRG Group got in touch to see if I'd like to take the new Toyota C-HR out for a spin for a weekend. I'm used to driving a Vauxhall Adam which is quite a small, compact little car so the SUV size hybrid C-HR was quite a change in size, but it was so, so easy to get used to surprisingly. It was also an automatic which I'd never driven before but that easy to get used to, my left foot just kept trying to change imaginary gears!


The C-HR felt really futuristic to us, we were amazed that you can unlock it just by touching the handle (if you have the key in your pocket) and at how well the automated features (windscreen wipers and headlights) worked. 

Driving was really smooth and despite the size of the car, it felt really easy to control and manoeuvre. Reverse parking was so easy too thanks to the park assist. It definitely gave us a taste for a bigger, newer car!


* Our visit and treatments at Mottram Hall we complimentary in return for an honest review and the Toyota C-HR was lent to us for the weekend with no payment or obligation to review. All opinions, as always are my own (and Joe's if he's in the mood).
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