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Pure Luxury and Relaxation at Mallory Court’s Elan Spa

A spa day is the perfect place to spend time with good friends.

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When Elan Spa at Mallory Court first opened in 2017, I had been looking forward to visiting for a spa day for some time, as I was sure this brand new spa in Warwickshire would be something quite special. And when ‘some time’ finally came in September 2017, it became apparent within the very first 20 minutes that “quite special” would be the understatement of the year.

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A spa day is the perfect place to spend time with good friends, and I had invited my good friend, Jane. The prospect of a day of pampering, lovely conversations interrupted by coffees, treatments, champagne, treats, good food and pure relaxation was one we were both very excited about. And we were not disappointed, in fact the exact opposite, as we were just about to have our expectations well and truly surpassed.

 

 

Slippers and fluffy robes

We were met by the lovely staff who served us a healthy drink, showed us the menu for both lunch and treatments and we chose our favourites from both. We were then shown the facilities, given robes and slippers and sent on our way into the spacious and well-equipped changing room where we got into proper luxury-spa attire, bathing suits, slippers and fluffy robes.

 

Dressed to relax

Dressed to relax, we started our day of luxury and pampering outside in the outdoor heated vitality pool. Immersed in bubbles and overlooking the terrace and the lovely garden, this was pure relaxation and set us up for the day in the best way possible.

 

Outdoor pool and sauna

From the heat of the bubbles and the cool of the air outside, we then checked out the sauna. Located in a little house outside next to the pool, we spent 5-10 minutes here and then went back to the vitality pool for a while, and then it was time for our treatments.

 

 

Fabulous spa treatments

We both had the Gold Cellular Age Restore Face Therapy treatments, an ILA product facial treatment that includes a back massage. ILA’s luxurious collection of natural products are used in the treatments at Elan Spa at Mallory Court, products in which three types of naturally occurring gold and the rarest of frankincense are used, and when used in conjunction with ILA’s suggested therapies, will leave your skin and whole body reprogrammed and rejuvenated.

 

Low calorie lunch and bubbles

Following our treatments, we couldn’t have been more relaxed. There was a bit of time for a dip and a swim in the indoor pool, but then it was time for a healthy lunch accompanied by… wait for it… Skinny Champagne! Yes, people, it’s really real and it tastes… exactly like normal Champagne, it just has half the calories.

Lunch was a real treat. From the healthy salad bar to start, to our delicious mains of halloumi and duck and finishing with a ‘to-die-for’ chocolate dessert, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.

 

Here comes the sun

With happy tummies, we noticed the sun had decided to make an appearance on this otherwise grey and cool September day, so we decided to enjoy our after-lunch coffees on the sunlit terrace. We decided to go for one last dip in the vitality pool and then finish our fantastic spa day at Mallory Court in the indoor pool with the super-fun high powered water-jets. I don’t know quite how we managed to drag ourselves out of the pool to leave the spa. But we did and a truly wonderful spa experience had come to an end.

 

The very best of spas

The spa at Mallory Court is magnificent. Luxurious, beautiful, full of wonderful details and little touches that firmly place it among the very best spas out there. Service is second to none, the culinary offering is excellent and I am already looking forward to going back.

Mette / A Taste of Warwickshire x

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Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

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“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in sometime.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

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The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

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“Yesterway we visited The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. I had heard lots about The Farm, had seen pictures and pretty good idea of what to expect… or so I thought. The Farm more than lived up to my great expectations of a wholesome food destination set in beautiful surroundings and offering ethical and sustainable culinary produce and products. The Farm is an absolutely wonderful place for shopping, eating and getting together… we all loved it, you will too”. 

Mette ♡

An experience for everyone

Set close to the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the aim of The Farm was to create a memorable place that can be experienced by everyone. A unique destination that promotes wholesome, ethical and sustainable food prepared by Artisan producers from the local area, Great Britain and the world.

 

Food and Wellbeing Destination

The Farm is a family run business that offers a unique food and wellbeing destination that showcases local Artisan produce and promotes ethical, wholesome and sustainable food. The Farm was once a fruit farm, home to hundreds of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, which produced for the likes of Waitrose and Mr Kipling. The Farm was popular with South Warwickshire residence for it’s ‘pick your own’ fruit and strawberries. In recent years The Farm struggled to survive and became derelict. the current owners took on the re-development in 2017, and with a shared vision and a lot of hard work, they created a truly stunning environment for all to enjoy.

Head to The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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A Happy Stay at The Howard Arms

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“On this cold and wet Sunday in January I came home from our stay at The Howard Arms in Ilmington. It was just before midday and I had no other plans than sitting down by my computer to write this very feature on our wonderful experience. But then life happened… the kids needed the mum-taxi, the house looked like it had been robbed (which, thankfully, it hadn’t), the washing needed doing and the fridge was empty so shopping needed to be done… but it was okay, I was in a great mood and I could do anything!

Then the dog was having it no longer, he wanted to go out, so off we went for a long walk. It was really cold, I wrapped up warm, put some music in the headphones and off we went. As I was walking around this enormous field, Lady Gaga and I were singing our hearts out (“You look at me and, Babe, I wanna catch on fire”, my favourite song these days: ‘Remember Us This Way’ from the ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack) and I was thankful there was nobody around to hear me but the dog (and he’s nearly deaf so he doesn’t mind), I realised I was still in a great mood, I could still do anything… in fact, I hadn’t stopped smiling all day and no amount of shopping, taxi’ing, washing, cleaning, dog-walking and tidying was going to change that”.

Mette ♡

The Howard Arms works wonders

It turns out a wonderfully relaxing time with your loved one in a beautiful and cosy country pub like The Howard Arms does wonders for your wellbeing… not that we were overly stressed to begin with, but life is busy and without even realising it, a nice afternoon walk in the Warwickshire countryside, a delicious meal by a country pub fire, a lovely room with a super-comfy bed and a hearty breakfast in the morning was just the thing to get us to wind way down and find ourselves again at the end of a busy week… Ahhhh!

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A cosy and luxurious Bed & Breakfast

The Howard Arms in Ilmington is a luxury Bed & Breakfast, an incredibly popular country dining pub and quite the destination for people from near and far in the UK and beyond. Located right in the centre of a quiet Cotswold village, it overlooks a stunning old chestnut tree on the green and is mere moments from several great walking paths. An idyllic setting indeed.

When we arrived, we decided to explore some of the beautiful scenery surrounding the pub, so we wrapped up warm, put our walking boots on, found the nearest public footpath and off we went on the most wonderful walk across some beautiful fields. It was only when it became a little darker that we decided to turn back, but we could have walked on and on.

 

The pre-dinner snooze

When we returned, it was time for the pre-dinner snooze (yes, it’s a thing, you should try it, it’s fabulous!) in the comfortable and super-soft bed in the beautiful room and before we knew it, it was 7 o’clock and time for dinner. In the cosy restaurant the fire crackled, the bar was buzzing and the restaurant was filling up nicely. It was a very busy Saturday night but from the standard of the service, it could have been a slow Monday at lunchtime, because they did not skip a beat and our every need was met with a smile from start to finish.

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Wonderful Food

The award-winning Head Chef at The Howard Arms has created a menu of top-quality pub favourites alongside imaginative starters, mains and irresistible puddings and we had the most wonderful dinner experience on this Saturday night. The food was amazing, the atmosphere fantastic and we so enjoyed our nearly 3 hours at what must be the best table in the house, close enough to the fire to feel a comfortable heat, surrounded by happy fellow diners but tugged away in the window seat creating a nice, private space for two.

 

A hearty breakfast to finish

The next morning we came back down for breakfast to see the very same restaurant transformed into a calm morning scene with a lovely Continental breakfast buffet and a mouth-watering menu of cooked breakfast dishes. We went for a traditional English breakfast and salmon on toast, both utterly delicious.

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And so was the conclusion of our wonderful, relaxing stay at The Howard Arms in Ilmington. We absolutely will be back again… anything that can set your mood on a positive path and keep a smile on your face for days, is worth revisiting for sure.

Mette ♡

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