Right after checking in, I was shown to what was an executive suite with a balcony and luxurious four-poster bed, packed with all the refined touches you’d hope for from a luxury hotel, such as complimentary grooming products of excellent quality: in this case, the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soaps were all natural and organic. In keeping with the green theme of the hotel, bed linens were only replaced every third day as standard (or less if requested), those organic toiletries were only replaced as required, and all rooms are kitted out with energy efficient light bulbs.
The hotel is surrounded by green countryside, just begging to be walked or jogged through, which I did, enjoying the sight of English gardens, ponds and surprisingly blue skies (this is England after all!) along the way. Just in case it rains, the hotel also boasts a fully equipped gym for those who need their exercise, and there is also a pool and a spectacular spa, complete with sauna, steam and relaxation rooms.
Of course, I indulged in all the relaxation services the hotel and spa had to offer, such as their top rated massage service. I’ve had many massages in my time, but the deep tissue technique here was so professionally done and so relaxing that it truly deserved to be described as a “high-end luxury experience”. Of course, all of the products used in the spa are also organic. This made me feel safe in the knowledge that they really do care about the environment and their clients’ well being.
After my session with the masseuse, I continued unwinding in the sauna, steam room and spa bath, all of which left me feeling as light as a feather and somewhat more energised. It is no wonder that celebrities and bridal parties come to Sopwell House to have a pamper weekend away from the hustle and bustle of a busy world.
And of course, let us not forget the food. I had so many options to choose from, consisting of varied extensive menus at not one, but two restaurants. Everything was of the finest quality, made fresh, served hot, and tasted delicious. There were plenty of vegan and vegetarian meal options, ranging from curries and salads to soups and stir fries, and all were made with locally sourced produce, to lower transport pollution.
After filling myself up with a hearty vegan meal in the dining room, I retreated to the lounge to curl up in front of the fireplace with a book selected from the vast sharing library in the hotel, feeling as comfortable and relaxed as I would in my own place. Sopwell House certainly lives up to its promise to be a “home away from home.”
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