I’ve been feeling really reflective recently… Last weekend Henry turned 10 months, wow I’ve officially known him for a year and a half (if you include the 8 months I was aware of him inside me). Before I know it he’ll be a year old! It is also exactly a year ago since I stopped working at the job I’d been at for 10 years, and made the decision to stay at home with my boys.
On Sunday 31st March, it’s this year’s Mother’s Day. I’ll be hopefully spending the day surrounded by my gorgeous boys, my mum, grandmother; enjoying a delicious meal cooked for me, something cold and fizzy in my hand and staring at a homemade card from Louis. It won’t be a day off it never is with my two about (and I’d miss them too much), but I’m so ready to toast what has been one of the most challenging years yet. I don’t have one boss, I have two, they have me working round the clock, 7 days a week and they shout at me, daily. My first year as a ‘stay at home mum’ of two – officially! Hardest job in the world, and I wouldn’t change it.
So when I received an invite from the Macdonald (Berystede) Hotel & Spa in Berkshire, for a Mom-umental relaxing Spa Day & Afternoon Tea, along with some of my fellow Surrey mummy (insta) friends, who are also good friends in real life, I jumped at the chance.
The retreat is located in the heart of Ascot, only a short distance from Royal Windsor, just a 30 min drive from my town, on mass, early (not hard when up at the crack of dawn with kids) to maximise the time to ourselves. We were instantly struck by the most breath-taking view of the stately manor and were immediately met by the warmest of greetings from the lovely staff. Before our day started we were shown around, and a brief history of the hotel, which boasts such splendour, perfect for a day of indulgence! Stone fireplaces, oil paintings, alongside other contemporary furnishings, even the grounds and secluded garden looked like something from a magazine.
After our brief tour we were finally shown where we would be spending the next few hours of utter relaxation. We were guided downstairs to The Vital Spa & Leisure Club, given our robes and flip flops before being called in for our pre-booked Elemis massage and facial, 55 minutes of pure “ahhhh”. At the hotel the therapists only use Elemis skincare products during treatments, which smell and feel utterly divine.
The beauty therapists were brilliant all working wonders on our backs, removing the knots that buggy pushing and baby lifting has caused. This was followed by a revitalising facial, each of us having a different, yet equally as enjoyable experience. Following our treatments we regrouped in the dimly lit relaxation room, on soft beds and under cosy blankets, before heading out to explore the spa facilities.
After our treatments we spent some time enjoying the early spring sunshine in the outdoor Hydro Pool, a chance to enjoy the bubbles and heat and look out at the manicured secluded garden. We felt well and truly pampered – and all that fresh air had certainly worked up an appetite.
I’m a real girls-girl, I enjoy female company and conversation. Being with my boys all day and spending the evening with Ant, I miss out on so much conversation that isn’t interrupted by little people. Being able to catch up properly, to have adult conversation, to talk about rubbish on the telly and celeb gossip – it’s energising and that positivity I take back home.
To complete our day we were treated to a preview of the Hotel’s bespoke Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea menu. Presented beautifully on a tiered stand, were an array of delicate sweet and savoury delights, from scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, to cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, among other tantalizing morsels – each and every one tasted aaaamazing, there was even a fun Mother’s Day themed puzzle made form chocolate to complete. We did our best to eat the lot but the sweet treats defeated us. We won’t tell you the answer to the puzzle, that would be cheating!
The tea was served over looking the Hotel’s sunny Terrace, where we were able to take our glasses of fizz out on to after and enjoy the last of the sunshine before heading home.
It might not quite be Mother’s Day as yet, but this was a well needed girlie Saturday break with my mum-friends, that I needed. This Mother’s Day, be kind to yourself and take some time out to recharge your batteries and celebrate with your mum or a special mum friend.
Thank you for reading.
The Hotel are currently running a Biotec Spa Day which is available until 30th April at Berystede from £54.50, which includes use of the spa, a 55 minute facial treatment and a sparkling cream tea. Macdonald (Berystede) Hotel and Spa are also offering a special Afternoon Tea on Mothers Day starting from £28 with live Harpist. Contact the hotel to tailer your perfect day. If you’re interested in knowing more about Macdonald hotel and Spa days visit their website www.macdonaldshotels.co.uk/spa
The spa day experience was kindly gifted to me by Macdonald Hotels in return for a media review of the experience.
This blog post was written in collaboration with Kim Hopkins @theonlywayislatte