5 Ways to Relax This Winter
Let Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa help you wind down this winter…
In the Spa
What better way to relax this winter than with a trip to the spa? Bishopstrow’s calming Halcyon Spa is here to help you clear your mind and leave the stresses of this year. Indulge in our ‘Christmas is Coming’ package which includes a Christmas Candle Light ‘Rasul Ritual’ followed by a relaxing back, neck & shoulder massage, or a relaxing Elemis facial. The offer also includes a choice of either a scrumptious two course lunch in our award-winning Mulberry Restaurant or a full Festive Afternoon Tea, both of which come with a complimentary glass of champagne. Can you think of a better way to unwind this winter? Because we certainly can’t…
Festive Afternoon Tea
Another relaxing way to treat yourself this winter is to a fabulous festive afternoon tea in front of Bishopstrow’s welcoming log fires. Our Festive Afternoon Tea includes a delicious selection of homemade sandwiches including ‘Turkey and Cranberry’, ‘Somerset Cheddar Cheese with Homemade Apple and Cinnamon Chutney’ and ‘Smoked Salmon and Cucumber’. You will also be treated to an amazing selection of homemade cakes and pastries from scones, bath buns and mince pies, to caramel eclairs and white chocolate & passion fruit cheesecakes. All of this will be rounded off with tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of mulled wine per person. The perfect tasty way to treat yourself in the run up to Christmas!
A Wiltshire Walk
A refreshing winter walk is the perfect way to clear your mind and find some inner peace. Luckily for you, there are a plethora of wonderful walking routes for you to try this Christmas in Wiltshire. The following two routes have both been voted into The Independent’s ‘50 Best Winter Walks’:
Bath to Bradford-on-Avon: A gentle 7 mile walk from Bath to Bradford along the Rivers Avon and Kennet. You’ll pass Roman aqueducts and plenty of beautiful countryside.
Imber village: this strange village in the middle of Salisbury Plains has been deserted since 1943, when it was acquired by the MOD for army training. It is now only open to the public on a few days each year between Christmas & New Year, so well worth a visit! You can easily walk the 6½ mile route from the hotel to Imber and grab a slice of the history for yourself. keep an eye out here for 2016 opening dates.
Letting your creative juices flow is always a good way to unwind and, given the time of year, why not make something seasonal? Making your own bespoke Christmas wreath to adorn your front door couldn’t be easier, and you can even forage the materials on your winter walk! All you need is a wire wreath frame (which you can pick up from a garden centre) and you’re away! Weave in whatever foliage, flowers, fronds and other bits and bobs you can think of until it looks good! Top it off with a nice festive ribbon, et voila, a beautiful Christmas wreath made by your own fair hand. Relaxing and productive.
See the Lights
What’s the festive season without a whole host of twinkly lights? Not very festive at all, we say… But don’t you worry, Longleat have got the lions share (quite literally) of the lights this year! To celebrate their 50th year, Longleat’s Festival of Light has returned and is bigger and better than ever. The event is Europe’s largest Chinese lantern festival and will see the park filled with show stopping lanterns in the shape of the park’s animals as well as Beatrix Potter characters. Take in all of the twinkly lights as you stroll around the park with a steaming hot cup of something warming. The perfect way to wind down at the end of a hectic year.
With so many relaxing things to do in Wiltshire this winter, now you really have no excuse not to wind down! Whether it’s a visit to our Wiltshire spa, or a spot of the finest festive afternoon tea Wiltshire has to offer, Bishopstrow is the perfect place to kick start your relaxation, so book direct here or give us a call on 01985 878 924 to enquire.