Whether for a pre-wedding pamper sesh or a newlywed getaway - this gorgeous venue has everything you could need!
Planning a wedding is exhausting. Fact. However, enjoying a luxurious spa break is a sure-fire way to feel refreshed and revitalised. So why not take advantage of your newlywed bliss and book yourselves into the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, nestled away in Newmarket in rural Suffolk? Offering luxurious bedrooms (all featuring complimentary Molton Brown toiletries) and a standalone spa, this is the perfect post-wedding or pre-honeymoon break.
Originally a Georgian Hunting Lodge built for the sixth Duke of Bedford in the 18th Century, it was converted into a hotel in 1940. Fast forward to 2016 and its famed for offering the very best in modern comfort and luxury, while still maintaining the charm and character of its former country house beginnings.
They say that you can only make a first impression once; here you pull up on an immaculate driveway to be greeted by a picturesque building... feel yourself relax before you're even out the car. The staff are friendly and knowledgable, and the rooms are chic, classy and homely, while still maintaining that air of luxury.
Once you're checked in, head down to the amazing spa as soon as you can. Based in the gorgeous Georgian Bedford Cottage, treat yourself to an ESPA couple's hot stone massage before heading into the roof-top hot tub or hydrotherapy pool. There is of course the obligatory sauna and steam room, but can you brave the ice bucket shower afterwards?
All that relaxing and being pampered is sure to build up an appetite – luckily there is a delightful restaurant and bar on-site. The Squires restaurant provides a completely modern dining experience; the artistic décor and eclectic menus equals a charismatic ambience. There's an expertly selected wine list to complement the menus and ranges from the finest champagnes to exquisite Bordeaux. Using locally-sourced ingredients, we particularly recommend the melt-in-your-mouth fillet steak.
Bedford Lodge Hotel is also licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can choose to have your ceremony and reception all in one place – and with on-site accommodation and of course, the spa, we think your guests will certainly thank you!
- The spa is the perfect place to luxuriate in a pre-wedding pamper with the mums, or how about a super-luxe hen with the girls?
- Newmarket is the ancestral home of British horse racing and the hotel is located besides the famous training gallops and is only a short distance from Newmarket Racecourses if you fancy a flutter...
- Cambridge is only a short journey away, so tear yourself away from the spa for a few hours and enjoy a spot of punting or perhaps a shopping spree!
Spa breaks from: £135; spa days from: £80. For more information, visit bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk.