18 January 2013

Farnham Estate Spa: Review and Pictures

Determined to milk every drop of freedom and relaxation from the last days of the Christmas holidays, I took myself off to the tranquil surrounds of Farnham Country Estate in Cavan. This 16th century estate – now owned and operated by the Radisson Group – is set on 1300 acres of countryside, within a 90 minute drive from Dublin city. I swear I felt the tensions lift on first sighting of those gorgeous, sweeping grounds.

We enjoyed superb views and great attention to detail, down to the Parisian Anne Semonin toiletries in the bathroom and the sliding partition from the bathtub to the bedroom - ideal if you fancy a chat, a glass of wine or to enjoy the view from the tub!

This hotel is really something special: a glass conservatory joins the 400 year old house to the modern wing, where our room was situated. Stylish and spacious, it also offered up amazing views of the estate. You could literally spend hours exploring the 7km of walks around the hotel, take a guided tour through the woodlands, or indulge in a game of golf. Or you could do as we did, and explore what to me was definitely the main attraction: the spa!

The one-and-a-half hour Farnham Estate Signature Treatment had my name all over it. Combining a foot soak with a lower leg and foot scrub, a back and leg massage and a facial, this is an incredibly soothing treatment that gently eased away the stresses and strains of the festive period. The Yon-Ka facial was particularly divine and worked wonders on my parched and stressed out post-Christmas visage.

The hotel is a wonderful blend of ancient and contemporary; dinner in the Botanical restaurant was superb; the heated outdoor pool was the highlight of my trip

Blissed out and glowing, it was just a short float down from the treatment area to the Water Mint Thermal Suite. And there, what joys await! Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy everything this area has to offer: the sauna, aroma steam room, laconium, reflexology foot baths and, our favourite, the amethyst salt grotto (a salty, steamy delight that works wonders on the respiratory system, promotes calm and is said to banish feelings of anger, guilt and fear. And it banishes hangovers, too! Er, or so I’m told). Oh, and word to the wise? Do not miss the snail shower - the peppermint mist is one of the most refreshing things you will ever experience. 

But people, that’s not all! I haven’t even got to my very favourite part: the indoor/outdoor infinity pool. Floating in the open air, looking up at the deep violet sky and the night’s first stars, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude at being granted that experience. I would strongly encourage you to go and try it for yourself.

As for me, I’m already planning my return. In the words of the old family motto: I am ready!

Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of Farnham Estate. The Farnham Estate Signature Treatment is €120; Farnham are also offering a January spa special for €99 per person.


*°+*°* vĂ© *°*+°* said...

che posto da favola...
kiss e buona giornata

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Amy Fashion Blog said...

looks like a nice place to stay at

JenJen said...

Looks fab! My mum has a big birthday coming up and this sounds perfect!!

Laura said...

Bliss! It looks amazing :) xo

DancingWithDisaster said...

Looks AMAmazing! I might have to push himself into reading this! x

Adele said...

Looks like a place to truly unwind.
Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

I need to check myself into here...I really could do with a massage and sit in a steam room or anywhere warm, haha :)) It looks gorgeous too. I'd never want to leave though, haha. Have a wonderful weekend doll xx

The Dainty Dolls House

Nora said...

One of my favourite places back home! They do a really great buffet in the restaurant too. Glad you enjoyed it!! x

Sam said...

This looks so heavenly, wish I could just dive in!

Luisa T. said...

woow, just lovely things!
nice post and nice blog!!
Would you stop by mine?


Tanesha Marie said...

I love going to spa breaks away and so need one right now :)

Tanesha x

Rara Giggles - for all your giggle and glitter needs said...

Gorgeous grounds and food- now, I am sold, I need to try the spa!!!

little t said...

I'm sold on the heated pool alone! And I love Yon Ka facials, I wish more places did them.

I expected the SPA treatment to be a little pricier than that- not bad really for what you've described!

Beauty Balm said...

oh WOW looks amazing x

Anonymous said...

Looks soooo relaxing! x

Sassi said...

gorgeous pictures!

Yulie Kendra said...

great review and nice photos!! Maybe we follow each other!? let me know :) greetings www.yuliekendra.com

Life, Loves...... said...

This sounds divine!

Anonymous said...

What great photos!

Sunny & Star said...

WOW! Everything looks absolutely amazing. I know I would definitely love to be able to relax and rest up at this place!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights