Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the centre of London into the home counties for a little bit of city meets country but we don’t always want to give up the city luxuries we’ve grown used to. While there are some lovely hotel spas set in beautiful grounds in close proximity to London we were thrilled to discover the Cecily Townhouse Day Spa – a new standalone spa that offers all the decorative aesthetic as a five-star hotel and has the service to match.
The demure interiors are a mix of contemporary modern and French boudoir with flourishes of Moroccan influence that made for a calming and elegant space. Nothing is overlooked as designer and founder Kate Lupton personally oversaw the full renovation and her eye for detail is evident in every nook and cranny.
I started in their relaxation room, sat on a deep cushioned chair with a a cup of tea while I listed what it is I like in a treatment. Then my therapist whisked me upstairs to one of the treatment rooms that have also benefited from Kate’s perfectionist eye. I had booked in for a hot stone massage and it wasn’t long before I was drifting off in bliss. Truth be told I had come in with all sorts of aches and pains after trying to sleep on a long haul flight but it wasn’t long before the warmth of the stones, the scent of the oils and the expertise of my masseuse were stretching and relaxing the muscles.
A nice bonus is also that Cecily Townhouse Day Spa only has cruelty free products which are organic wherever possible and vegan where they can be, something that morally is fantastic and with the products that have been carefully selected, you are not losing out on quality either.
I took my time to come back to reality in the relaxation room after my treatment then headed out into the beautiful market town of Berkhamsted, discovering some of the local delights at their weekend market before the 35 minute journey back into London.
Cecily Townhouse Day Spa, 10 Castle Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 2BQ. Tel: 01442 878126; firstname.lastname@example.org