Spa is just the Tring; Travel; Champneys Tring, Hertfordshire.
THE hotel is approached along a beautiful Downton Abbey-style driveway. Staff give a thorough tour of the spa and restaurant on arrival, setting a healthy tone from the off with a fresh beetroot and carrot juice.
The historic market town of Berkhamsted is just a ten-minute drive, if you fancy a gander at the castle ruins or the Grand Junction Canal. The estate has 170 acres. The hotel has maps for local walks, bike hire, and is a perfect spot for winter star-gazing.
Champneys' rooms range from standard and superior to luxe and suite. My garden wing room was tastefully decorated with a modern twist, including fresh orchids and expansive garden views. Rooms in the manor house are more traditional. Rooms have plenty of tea, coffee, water and bath products, as well as a flat-screen TV and DVD player - but notably no mini-bar.
There is no bar on site and the restaurant offers very healthy food choices.
I enjoyed a raw salmon and vegetable bowl starter, tuna steak with vegetables for the main, and a surprisingly delicious avocado chocolate mousse to finish.
You can order wine, but a herbal tea nightcap is more likely than a hot toddy.
Breakfast is also virtuous, with a hot and cold buffet offering mueslis, fresh yogurts and fruits, fish, eggs and vegetables.
The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and the restaurant staff were great at giving food and wine recommendations.
As well as the spa, the hotel offers quirky fitness classes, including jumpga - a hybrid of trampolining and yoga.
The lack of options over drinking alcohol.
Rooms from PS180, spa packages from PS104.
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