I have just come back from a very nice overnight spa break we booked to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I haven’t been asked to review it, but it was fab and I wanted to give a little shout out to support a local business.
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa is a very established venue located in the centre of Midhurst in West Sussex. Originally a coaching inn, it is one of the oldest in the country, dating from 1430. Attached to the hotel is the contemporary spa.
Four of us local mums wanted to book a night away as a birthday treat for one of our group. After researching on-line and taking into account the days our group could manage, The Spread Eagle came up with the most flexible option and attractive price in the area.
We booked a Sunday overnight stay with dinner and breakfast included, as well as £15 per person (£30 per room) towards a spa treatment. The stay also included full use of the spa facilities on both the Sunday and the Monday.
Check-in was 3.00pm on the Sunday and check-out was a very generous Midday on the Monday. We could still use the spa facilities outside of these times. There were lockers in the changing rooms, and reception were happy to look after any luggage. I had to leave at 11.30am on Monday but some of the group had checked out and gone to use the spa again for a few hours until school run time!
In advance of our arrival we had arranged the booking and all the treatments by email. The communication was very helpful and prompt.
We arrived earlier than check-in time, gave our car details into reception and went into Midhurst to find some lunch. If the weather had been nicer we would have wandered a bit. I recommend Midhurst as a lovely little town to visit, being one of West Sussex’s historic market towns. It has some very old lovely buildings and nice little shops.
We returned back at 3.00pm and had a very swift check-in. We had twin rooms on the second floor of the ‘old’ section of the hotel. They were very tastefully decorated, simply furnished and clean. The rooms had TV, coffee and tea facilities, good storage, hair dryer and the bathrooms looked newly decorated. Room service was available and there was WiFi, although the service was patchy in places.
There were robes and slippers hanging up for us in the bathroom. We got changed and walked to the spa. We had to walk through the restaurant to get to the spa so we did get a couple of odd looks from people sat having a late lunch. If you didn’t fancy doing a ‘walk of shame’ in this way..it was just as easy to take everything down to the changing rooms!
As it was our first time using the spa, we all had a quick form to fill out and then the first of our party went for their treatment. The staff on the desk were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. When we mentioned that we had bottles of fizz up in the bedrooms, the chap said we could bring a bottle down, he would put it on ice and we could drink it while relaxing poolside. We thought that was fab, and I did a second ‘walk of shame’ back through the restaurant to retrieve said bottle of fizz.
We went poolside and had a dip in the lovely pool. The changing rooms that we walked through, and everywhere poolside, was spotless. I thought this was great considering pool areas can get a bit ‘iffy’ towards the end of the day. There was a sauna, steam room and a small jacuzzi. This could only fit four people in it
playing footsie, but was very hot and just right for relaxing. While we were in the jacuzzi, the chap from earlier brought us over glasses of our fizz! Heaven!
We retired to some poolside loungers. There were magazines on the tables and a water dispenser to hand. We settled back to relax.
At various points we all went off for our treatments and they were all reported back as being amazing. We had the following treatments:
- Rocks of the Mediterranean; Hot stone massage – 75 mins
- Footprints in the Sand; Reflexology – 55 mins
- Mediterranean Float; Mini holiday in a day – 90 mins
- Work it Out; Detox and deep tissue massage – 25, 55 or 85 min
A full list of the spa packages, treatments, and prices can be found here (link correct as of date of publishing this post). All products used during the treatments can be purchased as well.
Feeling thoroughly relaxed and pampered (and a little bit squiffy) we headed back to get ready for dinner. We sat in the restaurant for dinner which we had pre-booked. You can order dinner to the room if you prefer.
The table was laid out beautifully with some very nice silverware. Very in keeping with the old English hotel. The menu choices were very nice; British dishes with a twist and food locally sourced where possible, and not so fancy that we didn’t understand what we were going to eat (this happened to me at Amberley Castle. Very awkward! Even when the food came out I didn’t really know what I was eating!).
I wish I could remember more precise details of the menu but I had drunk more fizz..! But you can view their sample menu here.
I had a mushroom ravioli to start, followed by sirloin steak served with chunky chips, tomatoes and rocket with a peppercorn sauce. The steak dishes had a £5 supplement charge on top of what we had prepaid with the package. This charge was clearly advertised and added to the room. For dessert I had apple fritters with a butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream. Being a massive chocolate fan, I could have gone with a chocolate, almond and olive oil cake with crème fraiche ice-cream. However, I thought I would try something different and I am glad I did; it was beautiful!. A friend did have the chocolate cake and that also looked and tasted divine. There was plentiful fresh bread and butter on the table. The staff were very helpful and discreet. We were the last table to go and they did not pressure us once to leave.
We retired to the Lounge Bar. This was a wonderful old room, and is one of the oldest parts of the hotel. Lots of wood panelling, large fireplaces and old leaded windows. So much character and I am sure a ghost or two! It was late by that point, but the staff were happy to get us drinks and again did not pressure us to leave. At some point the night porter came on duty and he would pop up to check we were ok every now and then.
We went up to bed around 11.30 and had a great nights sleep.
Breakfast was served between 7.00am to 10.00am (later at weekends) and was served back in the restaurant. There was a menu for the hot food choice, with cereals, pastries, juice and fruit salads served as a buffet selection. The hot breakfast was superb, with choice of eggs. There was a waffle dish with maple syrup which a friend had. It tasted very good but the waffles weren’t very big and we did feel that if you had been paying for the breakfast, rather than it being inclusive, it would have been expensive for the amount you received.
Again, the staff were friendly and helpful throughout breakfast.
We checked out and settled the additional room charges with ease and went our separate ways. Some of us left to go home, and others stayed to continue using the spa facilities. Overall we had a very enjoyable and relaxing time.
For me, the customer service and spa facilities really shone. Every single person who dealt with us was friendly, professional, helpful and put us at ease. The facilities were comfortable and clean, the spa treatments were excellent, the character of the hotel is wonderful, the food was tasty. I will definitely be visiting again…I just need to find a good reason to book!
*runs off to butter up the husband*
Please visit www.hshotels.co.uk/spread-eagle-hotel-and-spa for further information and to book.
The views above are my own. The spa break was fully paid for by our party. I just want to spread some love!