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Nutfield: spa treatments in a rural manor-house setting in 37 minutes
32mins Victoria-Redhill, then 5min taxi ride (from rank outside Redhill Station).
Built in 1872, Nutfield Priory Hotel is a gothic mansion turned ‘wow’ boutique hotel with picturesque views across the Surrey countryside. The hotel’s spa, though, is a modern building on the grounds, where the hospitable staff tempt you with a menu of ESPA treatments ranging from ultra-calming aromatherapy full-body massages (£75) to quick mini facials (£35). Cosy rather than chic, it’s the perfect antidote to London’s uptight, minimalist spa culture: the type of place you can loll around in your dressing gown without worrying about how big it makes your bum look. As well as a busy pool and gym, there’s your standard sauna and steam rooms and a lethal relaxation area so calming I snoozed (and, apparently, snored) the whole way home.
Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4EL (01737 824 434, www.handpicked.co.uk).