Thursday, 5 March 2015

#tbt Post: The Garage Spa at the Morritt Hotel, Barnard Castle

Hey lovelies!

I'm really enjoying writing my blog posts at the moment, I hope you're enjoying reading them!!  I don't think I've ever really done a proper throwback post before, so that's what's on the agenda for today!

Way back in 2013, my VBF and I took a little road trip along to Greta Bridge at Barnard Castle to sample the Garage Spa, at the beautiful Morritt Hotel.  I'd been to the Morritt once before to attend a family wedding and the Spa wasn't even finished then, so when Natalie suggested a Spa day I was desperate to see what the Garage had to offer.  There's a couple of things I feel you need to know before I get into this post dear readers, the first being that when we took these photographs I wasn't a blogger and the idea hadn't even crossed my mind of being one (yes it was that long ago!), so a lot of the stuff I'm describing is from memory! Secondly, there is no food photography which is usually my favourite part, but yes I did used to live a life when I didn't always photograph my food...shock horror!  This was my very first spa day ever, but it's quite possibly one of the most relaxing days I've ever had so without further ado, let me tell you all about it!

We got up bright and early on a sunny Sunday in July to make the little road trip to Barnard Castle; about 45 minutes drive from my house in East Rainton.

Mandatory road trip Selfie!

We arrived at the Morritt bright and early to indulge in our Spa package.  Looking online I don't think the Spa package we had still exists, but I think we paid around £30-£40 for full use of the Spa facilities and a 3 course dinner (any treatments are paid for separately).  The Morritt is pretty much in the middle of nowhere surrounded by idyllic countryside; the perfect setting for a relaxing Spa day, particularly in the glorious sunshine we were having.

On arrival, we checked in and sat in the snug reception room (our spa deal started at 10am).  Plush sofas, big cosy cushions, rustic brickwork and an open fireplace are a great way to get you feeling relaxed before entering the spa, even on a hot summers day.  Another couple of ladies sat with us waiting to use the facilities and one had forgotten to bring her swimwear!!  There was some swimwear on offer in the reception but as a word to the wise, don't forget your own!  Flip-flops and gorgeous cosy white robes and towels are provided though for that authentic spa experience.

Once changed and in the spa, even without treatments there were plenty of facilities to choose from including a log-fired sauna room, steam room, ice baths and indoor and outdoor hot-tubs.  There were lots of added treatments on offer, such as mud-wraps and massages and private rooms to accommodate each of these away from the general spa facilities.  We were extremely lucky with the weather when we visited; it was a typical hot summer's day so we spent most of our time relaxing in the outdoor hot tub and chilling on the loungers in the sun drinking complimentary water and ice tea.

 The pretty outdoor facilities...
 ...and the amazing hot-tub!

The hot-tub area sheltered from the weather!

Generally I am a person that does not sit still; I'm busy and I like it that way, but I absolutely loved the hot-tub!  I wish I could've transported it to my back garden; it was so relaxing!

I also had to try the ice-bath out of curiousity, but I wasn't so keen on that...

After a morning of pretty much lounging (and in my case pretty much burning!) in the sun, pretty soon it was time to get ourselves ready for lunch.  The dining room is joined on to the spa, so eating whilst wearing the comfortable spa robes is allowed and acceptable; so we didn't feel so bad make-up free even though we decided to change back in to our clothes.  We were quite blessed with the weather, but had it been a miserable day I think it would've been a long morning in the spa without any added treatments so I'd definitely bear that in mind before visiting.  As we were quite early for lunch, we took some time to relax in the reception area and flick through the latest issue of Vogue, definitely a spa day essential!

We were shown a lunch menu on arrival, so our order was already waiting for us once we'd indicated we were ready to eat.  As it was such a long time ago, I can't remember what we sampled from the menu; but I remember it being absolutely delicious and the whole package was great value for money!

Natalie ready for lunch

Such an amazing place to spend the day with someone special, be it your Mam, partner or in my case my VBF.  Natalie paid for the Spa Day as a treat, so a big thanks goes to her for what was an amazing day; we loved it.  Ours was a half-day package; you can find similar ones here.  

Have you visited the Garage Spa yet? Let me know all about it!


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  1. Ooooooh I didn't know you've been to the Grange! I am so desperate to go, I've added it to the list for our Summer staycation in the hope I can convince Simon to give it a go, he's never been to a spa but I'd love him to give it a try!

    Chloe x

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    1. Ha mine does that all of the time :) it's lovely! Hope you get to go! X

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely day, very jealous, what a bargain too! I'm going to check out their current offers now!

    1. Ooh let me know if you get booked up for it! It's fab! X

  4. Oh this looks fabulous! I've always wanted to go here xxx

  5. This looks gorgeous - it really needs to be on my to-do list. It could definitely be an option for our wedding anniversary in November. I bet it would be lush in the cold! Thanks for linking #LoveNorthEast

    1. Yeah it'd be lovely, sounds like a fab anniversary event!! No problem :) x

  6. Looks like a lovely trip, thank you for sharing this post :)

    Best wishes,

    Camille xo


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