It isn’t often I embrace a hotel gym so wholeheartedly but there was something about the brand spanking new spa at Mallory Court hotel in Warwickshire which made it irresistible.
The spa at at Mallory Court hotel
As we’d just come from enjoying a great stay with excellent food at its sister hotel Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire and were about to enjoy another hefty dinner here, it seemed sensible to try and work off a few calories in advance. And, excitingly, I had the gym all to myself, so I could pretend I was a millionaire working out in my own home.
All most unlike me, I have to say, and after half an hour ambling about on the treadmill and faffing about with weights, normal service was resumed as I lounged in the outdoor hot tub and wondered which other of the spa facilities at Mallory Court I should visit next: the pool, the steam room or the sauna?
While the spa itself wasn’t on the vast side it certainly packed a lot in, with an indoor steam and sauna room plus a 10-metre pool with hydrotherapy jets, the hot tub and sauna outside plus a nail bar, cafe and nice additions such as iced water jugs everywhere and people on hand to serve drinks – champagne glasses very much in evidence here.
The only downside is that staying at the hotel doesn’t automatically mean you can use the pool: you get a complimentary hour if you book a 55-min or longer treatment or are on a spa break, but otherwise you can’t access the spa unless you’re on a family package, in which case you pay £15 per hour for adults and £7.50 for an hour which is pretty steep (and won’t make that hour very relaxing). However it’s worth checking out the website for any Mallory Court spa special offers.
The spa treatment rooms are on the second floor of the spa building but on the first floor there are many more bedrooms, done in a similar contemporary style to those in the main house, and perfect for spa lovers who want to be as close to the spa as possible.
Fully relaxed after spending the afternoon in the hotel spa – Mallory Court offers spa treatments and I was booked in for a massage the following day – we headed back to explore the hotel itself.
History of Mallory Court hotel
Mallory Court, part of the Eden Hotels Collection, is one of the nearest hotels to Warwick and the spectacular Warwick castle and was built around 100 years old, being converted from a family home into a hotel in 1976.
The beautiful courtyard leads into a charming classic country house hotel with a succession of lounges and even a tiny sun trap of a bar, a restaurant, library and glass corridor leading to the rooms.
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Bedrooms at Mallory Court hotel
Our bedroom was actually a suite, with a separate lounge and bedroom and even our own outside space for when the weather was warmer. There was a large bathroom with underfloor heating – which always adds a touch of luxury – and ample supplies of tea and coffee, fruit and little jars of nuts (although the little plastic tubs of milk in the fridge didn’t seem in keeping with the luxury theme).
A big plus point was not only lots of hotel and local information which I love, but a hand-drawn map of the grounds – I love maps and think every country house hotel should have one – so we used that as our guide to explore the grounds before heading off to the spa complex for the afternoon.
Exploring Mallory Court
Country house hotels with a separate spa complex are an increasingly common thing as hotels try and work out what guests look for in a luxury hotel and the beauty of bedrooms at Mallory Court is that they are located in both the main building and the spa building so you can decide how close to the spa you want to be.
Restaurant at Mallory Court
Having changed our of our fluffy spa robes and into more suitable attire for dinner, we started off the evening with a glass of Champagne and some stunning canapes in the library (there are tonnes of books and games here if you’re stuck for conversation) and then we headed to the dining room.
There were just four tables in for dinner that night and before long we had all struck up a conversation, comparing notes on dishes, and other hotels we’d stayed in, and had a really enjoyable evening chatting to our fellow guests across the room, something which doesn’t often happen in these formal dining environments.
One couple were members of the spa at Mallory Court but decided to treat themselves to dinner and a room for the night on a whim, while another gentlemen was researching venues for a school reunion and was delighted with Mallory Court hotel.
Excellent food in the hotel restaurant
All chatter ceased with the arrival of the various courses which were really excellent. Like at Brockencote Hall (where we’d spent the previous night) you could mix and match between the seasonal and the market menus (there was also a tasting menu) and so I opted for the Brixham white crab with brown crab emulsion, followed by the salt chamber aged beef fillet with short rib and salsify.
Both were excellent, the beef in particular which was incredibly tasty and the perfect texture, and the rest of the room declared their choices of Cornish brill, South coast hogget (older lamb), roast quail and duck breast to be equally good. The service was fast and faultless and my only slight niggle would be that the cheese course (billed as a selection of cheese from the trolley) was a pre-selected plate rather than my selection from the trolley, but it was very good anyway, including brie-style Perl Wen from Wales, Colston Basset Stilton and Golden Cross goats milk cheese.
Breakfast at Mallory Court
I was fortunate to be booked in for a deep tissue massage the following morning, so I made sure I was up early to enjoy breakfast of coffee, lovely thick yoghurt and avocado on toast. (Strangely, many country house classics such as Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine weren’t on offer here, although they were available in the spa cafe). After a tours of some more bedrooms I scooted back across to the spa and enjoyed an hour of bliss while being pummelled and stretched – not bad for a Monday morning!
Really thoroughly relaxed after my massage it was time to be on our way home which couldn’t be easier – Mallory Court is one of the closest hotels to the M40, just a few minutes away, there’s no sound of the motorway from the grounds – and yet another great hotel from Eden Collection to add to the list.
Hotel information and to book Mallory Court
Mallory Court, Harbury Ln, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9QB
Rooms start at £129 for a double room, going up to £385 for a master suite. Rates are per room, per night, based on two people sharing.
If you’ve enjoyed this review then check out these hotel reviewed by ALadyofLeisure.com, also from the Eden Hotels Collection: A charming luxury stay at Brockencote Hall hotel, Worcestershire; Greenway hotel and spa, Cheltenham: luxury with the fizz factor; An impressive but friendly Dartmoor stay at Bovey Castle, Devon