We recently reviewed some of the stylish and accessible spa’s in the UK and we thought we’d do some more research on your behalf:

Four Season Hotel, Hampshire

This Spa offers Sodshi Therapies which “successfully harnessed the benefits of plant essences and other natural ingredients to formulate luxurious, effective, 100% natural skincare products.” Although most of the spa’s treatments are unisex, they do offer some treatment specifically designed for men including a gentleman’s manicure and pedicure, also purifying facials and back massages.

Four Seasons Spa - 1.5 BBS Ticks
Four Seasons Spa – 2 BBS Ticks

As for the disabled access, the front of the hotel has no steps and is accessible however it’s a different story for getting into the spa. I was told there are steps into the spa and down to the pool, the step free way to get to the pool is to be taken all the way around the hotel to an alternative entrance – which I’m guessing is flat. Once you’ve made it to the pool there is no hoist to lower you in but there is a bar to help you into the pool. Unfortunately, there are no disabled changing rooms or toilets within the spa, however the toilets are larger than regular toilets but there are no hand bars to help. The treatment rooms are accessible and have height adjustable beds. They get 2 BBS Ticks provisionally.

C. Side at Cowley Manor

This lovely spa is in the Cotswolds, it is surrounded by 55 acres of parkland and is “the ideal place to relax, unwind and indulge in the hear of the British countryside.” The C.Side spa is award winning and they use Green & Spring products which are made of natural resources which can be found in the grounds of Cowley Manor! So its all fresh and natural – very nice!!

Cowley Manor Spa
Cowley Manor Spa – Beautiful!!

We haven’t been here yet but their disabled access sounded pretty good and we gave them a provisional 2.5 BBS Ticks! The front of the hotel has got steps and no ramp but they have an alternative accessible entrance for those who need it. Getting to the spa isn’t a problem as they have a ramp to get you over the steps. Once in the spa they have accessible treatment rooms, disabled changing rooms and toilets!! There are no steps to get to the indoor pool area however they do have steps into the pool and no hoist to help, which is a shame.

Barnsley House Garden Spa, Gloucestershire 

This gorgeous spa is in the Cotswolds too and offers some lovely treatments in beautiful surroundings designed by Stephen Woodhams. The treatments include the usual massage, reflexology and a range of different aromatherapy facials for both men and women. “Barnsley Spa & Skincare Centre’s treatments will soothe and refresh your body and soul”  The downside to this spa is the disabled access…

This spa isn’t the one to go to if you are in a wheelchair or even on sticks as there are lots of stairs to the spa and around it – with 8-10 at the front and if you did make it into the spa all the treatment rooms are in the basement and there is no lift. Just the 1 provisional BBS Tick and that’s all for style…

Barnsley House Spa - Shame it's not got great access...
Barnsley House Spa – Shame it’s not got great access…

Grayshott Spa, Surrey

“For nearly 50 years Grayshott has provided a retreat for those looking to address health issues and improve their well-being at a health farm.” This spa offers a 7 day digestive cleansing programme and is a great place to go if you’re recovering from an operation or illness, Grayshott “Recuperation” can help with that. You can get a Himalayan salt scrub, Indian head & scalp massage, Thai foot therapy, Hydro Marine Bath and lots of others which sounds amazing!!

Grayshott Spa - Lovely and accessible!!
Grayshott Spa – Lovely and accessible!!

They also have good disabled access at Grayshott Spa with a ramp into the main reception, the restaurant, spa and some rooms are on the ground floor – very convenient! Both the indoor and outdoor pools are accessible (however the lift to the indoor one is currently not working so might want to check that). They don’t have a hoist to get you into the pools and they have shallow steps going into the water. Unfortunately, there is no disabled toilet or changing room within the spa but they do have accessible rooms, if you are staying at the hotel. The suites are large and have wet room showers and if you let them know on booking they will have grab bars put in place to make the bathroom accessible!! We give them 2.5 BBS Ticks provisionally.

Calcot Manor Spa, Gloucestershire 

Since 2012 Calcot Manor has been using their own products for the many treatments they offer and now you can take a bit of the luxury home with you!! As you can buy something from one of their 3 collections:  The Lazy Evening, The Perfect Day and the Signature De-Stress Collection – let the pampering continue at home!!

2 BBS Ticks - With a hoist for the pool!!
2 BBS Ticks – With a hoist for the pool!!

This is one of the few spas we have reviewed that has a hoist for the pool! To add to this they have a concrete ramp at the entrance and a lift to the second floor. The disabled toilet and changing room are on the ground floor and they have height adjustable beds in the treatment rooms as well as wide door ways. They get a provisional 2 BBS Ticks.

Lucknam Park, Bath

“A walled garden. Avenues of trees. Manicured lawns. A perfectly natural setting for The Spa. The very essence of luxurious relaxation.” Sounds great to me and their signature treatments don’t sound too bad either;  De-stress Botanical Oil and herbal Back Therapy, Made To Measure Aromatic Facial, Herbal Pumice Oil Body Experience (which last for 2 hours…) and a Top to Toe Experience which sounds lovely.

Fabulous disabled access and facilities! 3 BBS Ticks
Fabulous disabled access and facilities! 3 BBS Ticks

The entrance is all flat with large double doors that stay open. In the spa there are lifts to get you down any steps and all the changing rooms are accessible with disabled toilets, apparently! The treatment rooms are accessible too with wide door frames and hydraulic beds. Even the pool area is accessible and has a hoist – always a good thing!! That’s got to be 3 BBS Ticks until we give them a visit, or maybe you could visit for us?!

Stobo Castel, Scotland

A lot of the spas treatments use “Thermae which celebrates the benefits of Japanese tea. A subtle blend of regenerating white tea, stimulating black tea, soothing red tea and the antioxidant green tea” which results in lovely  subtle fragrance and good well-being. You can also get a mud wrap, hot stone massage, phytomer marinecalm – which is specifically designed for men along with 4 other treatments.

Stobo Castle - 2.5 BBS Ticks
Stobo Castle – 2.5 BBS Ticks

There are no steps into the building if you go to the day-guest entrance, once inside they have a lift to the second floor. In the spa they have disabled toilets and changing rooms as well as accessible treatment rooms with hydraulic beds. Unfortunately, no hoist to get you into the pool but they steps are very gradual. We give them a provisional 2.5 BBS Ticks.

If you haven’t already done so or if you just want to go again, why not book a spa break now that you know which are most accessible? Let them know of any specific needs when you call to book, as they might be able to provide the necessary facilities.

We are now waiting to hear back from the Runnymede in Egham but if there is anywhere specific you’d like us to review let us know or submit your own review. Make sure you let us know about your experiences at the spa via the contact us link.

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