With the stresses of the Christmas period over and done with what better a treat then heading to Stobo Castle for an overnight stay of pampering so that is just what myself and 3 friends did. In the run up to our trip there was a daily countdown, numerous tweets about how excited we were and frantic phone calls about what to wear.
Despite the traffic light gods being against us we arrived 3pm on the Friday where we promptly cracked open a bottle of Champagne. Charis and Yvonne headed off for their mud room treatment while Jade (of Diamonds and Faith) and I checked out the various steam rooms and hydro pool.
Our home for the evening.
The only down side about being in the Castle Lodge was the short walk from there to the main castle/spa area. Fine in the summer but was bitterly cold walking around in a dressing gown and flip flops in February! There was another lodge with an indoor tunnel leading straight to the spa though.
It was then time for mine and Jade’s mud room treatment. Luckily neither of us is particularly shy which is just as well as standing in nothing but a pair of paper pants and slathering mud on could have been a bit awkward!
So we’d slathered ourselves in this mud and then the room was filled with steam. All good and well until I started feeling a bit dizzy and fainted. Most embarrassing moment ever! Luckily Jade was there to look after me and I felt much better after having a shower. I’m prone to dizziness and fainting but didn’t think I’d have to worry about it on a relaxing retreat!
We then went back to our lodge to dress for dinner. Has to be said I was a bit apprehensive about the food as I am THE fussiest eater ever but the 3 course meal we had was lovely.
Dressed for dinner – ignore my moany face, it’s just what happens to my face whenever there’s a camera around unfortunately.
Following dinner we went back to our rooms for another bottle of Champagne and to change into our swimwear for some outdoor hot tubbing. Here’s some photos of us larking around:
Not the most flattering of photos but who cares about looking good when you’re surrounded by great mates and living in a dressing gown. Luckily (for other people) we were the only ones brave enough to face the cold and so we had the hot tub to ourselves. After all that hot tubbing fun and another class of Champagne we were all ready for bed. I can honestly say I had a fantastic nights sleep despite us leaving the heating on and waking up roasting.
A swim before a massive breakfast set us up for the day followed by more treatments. I opted for the French Facial which I enjoyed so much I fell asleep through. My skin, which had been very dry, felt super soft and hydrated. My facial must have done wonders for my skin as when I went to work on the Saturday night I was told by 6 different people I was glowing! I had a little break before my next treatment so read my book and had a drink in the covered courtyard.
My final treatment was a paraffin wax spread over the neck and shoulders to relax the bones and leave skin super soft. Another outfit of paper pants, this felt a bit weird as after the wax had been applied I was covered in a plastic sheet (!) and left to relax on a warm bed while I was treated to a head and foot massage. The feeling of the wax peeling off at the end of the treatment was indescribable. I asked if there was a full body option as I felt so chilled but unfortunately not. I would whole heartedly recommend that treatment to anyone as the skin on the back is often neglected so this really feels like a treat and my back still feels soft now.
After treatments it was time to pack. Yvonne and I (the bad kids) were put in a room together. Needless to say our badness shows through in the mess we managed to make in less than 24 hours!
Lunch was another 3 course event – I ate more in those 24 hours than I did the entire previous week but the food was oh so good. We had time for a few sad face photos and then it was time for us to leave.
Yvonne’s sad face was my favourite.
The grounds of Stobo Castle were beautiful and had we stayed longer we definitely would have had a wander round the Japanese gardens. The castle itself was exquisite and great detail had been paid to each and every room.
Even before we left we were planning our next trip, the next we will definitely stay for 2 nights. I could quite happily live there for a week. I was very lucky in that my mum paid for my stay as part of my Christmas present so I only had to pay for treatments. Many of the treatments were on offer and they do some great package deals. I cannot recommend Stobo Castle enough and can’t wait to go back!