A Mini-Break in the Countryside

View of grass lawn gardens with well next to a yellow brick building

Fancy a sneak peek at mine and my sister’s mini-break? After a very busy few weeks in April, we snuck off to Stapleford Park Hotel & Spa* for a spot of rest and recuperation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a spa break, and even longer since I spent some quality time with my sister, so it was one of those holidays that you really cherish. We got to catch up on each other’s lives while chilling in the pool, walking around the grounds, and sharing breakfast in bed!

About Stapleford Park

We chose Stapleford Park as the perfect spot for our mini-holiday for a few reasons: first, it was located only a short drive from my sister’s home, meaning I could carshare with her instead of travelling separately from London.

Second, after visiting a hotel in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, a few years ago, I knew the surrounding area would be beautiful. I wasn’t wrong: Stapleford Park itself is home to a church surrounded by bluebells, wild deer, and a very tidy lawn and rose garden. We loved it all.

And finally: my sister had never been for a massage, and this place not only provides Swedish full body massages, but also does so using natural beauty products. So much Neom*, so little time!

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Harebell: The Countryside Room

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted at reception and quickly shown to our room, winding through the classic English style rooms and into the old wing, where we found our room: Harebell.

We’d booked without knowing which room we’d be staying in, and it was a big surprise to find ourselves in a room that quite literally brought the countryside inside!

Across all four walls, and onto the ceiling, was a mural of the local flora and fauna. Between the leaves of the painted oak and birch trees were foxes, badgers, horses, and birds. It was beautiful!

As well as the usual hotel room facilities, we got to enjoy the large bathroom and walk in wardrobe, as well as the tiny window view of the gardens and glass-roofed swimming pool.

Yellow brick building with large courtyard

A Digital Detox & More

Most of our stay was spent away from screens, which is my idea of a good digital detox. I’d left my laptop at home, and came prepared with just my phone and my camera (which is how I got all these snaps!)

During our stay, there wasn’t much room for tech anyway – we were either swimming, steaming, or getting massages! The spa is in an especially nice part of the grounds too – the converted stables (pictured above).

The food was also delicious – the kitchen catered well to my picky pescatarian dairy-free diet, even to the point where I had a full English breakfast with vegetarian sausage and vegetarian bacon. So good!

Really though, the best part was the quality time spent with my sister. I love spending time with her, even more so now she’s graduated and working so hard, and after all her hard work, she really deserved the break. We chatted, laughed, joked, and pretended to fit in with poshness of the place. It felt a lot like being the American Lindsay Lohan in Parent Trap, where she visits England and realises how fancy her twin sister’s life is!

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