First impressions are important and with its huuuuge pool, Jacuzzi, high tech gym and treatment rooms all housed in restored 15th Century timber-framed barns, it’s safe to say we can see what all the fuss is about – Gainsborough’s a seriously sumptuous, yet small and personal spa and we can’t think of many places we’d rather head for a relaxing spa day. And we’re not alone in thinking it’s a rather special place. The Gainsborough won Best Spa in the 2021 and 2023 Muddy Stilettos Awards, was a finalist in 2022 awards, and also won a Travellers Choice Award from Tripadvisor in 2022!
Gym bunnies will love the state-of-the-art gym, recently kitted out with new bikes, treadmills and cross trainers. Spa-lovers will want to chill in the relaxation room before trying out the treatments using brilliant [comfort zone] professional skincare. The extensive massage menu has everything from Swedish and deep muscle to salt scrubs, sleep treatments and mum-to-be massages.
As well as four treatment rooms, one of which has double beds incase you fancy a romantic couples’ spa day with your OH, there are more amazing amenities, like the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, an aromatherapy room and Serail Mud Chamber, where you and a friend can spend 45 minutes covered head-to-toe in detoxifying and cleansing mud while relaxing in warm herbal steam. The result? Silky skin and a calmer mind.
Beauty-wise Gainsborough has everything you need for polished perfection, from gel nails and waxing to tinting, trimming and make-up, guaranteeing you’ll leave looking more rested than when you arrived.
There are loads of tempting packages available, including both signature and seasonal days, couples days and mum-to-be packages. You can also add a nutritious lunch to your spa day and enjoy it in the relaxed dining area or idyllic outside courtyard. In fact, Gainsborough is well known for its incredible value spa days that offer a really personalised experience, so if you’re feeling the pinch at the moment, but still want to focus on your wellbeing this is the place to spend any extra cash. Read our full review here.
NEW FOR WINTER 2023
You can’t beat The Gainsborough for amazing value seasonal spa days and their latest offerings are the Spa’kle & Joy package, a full day that includes full use of the gym, pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and relaxation lounge with a glass of Prosecco, complimentary herbal teas, robe and towel hire, one 50 minute Tranquility Body Ritual, with full body scrub and massage followed by a 25 minute Hydramemory facial for £145pp; and Peace, Love and Spa, a half day that includes full use of the gym, pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and relaxation lounge with complimentary herbal teas, a welcome drink, and a choice of 2 x 25 minute treatments (cleansing facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, scalp massage and full body scrub.
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Cavendish Near Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 8BW
01787 279 009
Monday: Spa 9:30am - 5:30pm, health club 7am - 8:30pm
Tuesday: Spa 9:30am - 5:30pm, health club 7am - 8:30pm
Wednesday: Spa 9:30am - 5:30pm, health club 7am - 8:30pm
Thursday: Spa 9:30am - 5:30pm, health club 7am - 8:30pm
Friday: Spa 9:30am - 5:30pm, health club 7am - 8:30pm
Saturday: Spa 9am - 5:30pm, health club 8am - 7pm
Sunday: Spa 9am - 5:30pm, health club 8am - 7pm
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