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Cedar Falls Health Farm and Spa



 
 
 
With its long, winding driveway leading you through the glorious grounds and up to a pretty manor house, Cedar Falls instantly feels like a secluded retreat the minute you arrive. We were greeted by the old Cedar tree, which this Heath Farm & Spa is named after, before stepping through the front door into a luxurious but cozy entrance hall.

Manager Lucille Tarr and her friendly staff were there to welcome us, ensuring our swift check in so that we arrived in time for our treatment appointments. We’d both chosen a 55 minute long Aromatherapy Full Body Massage with the indulgent ESPA products Cedar Falls uses, so were very much looking forward to some time to relax.

After a short sit in the light and spacious waiting area, I was collected by the lovely Sophia for my massage. She took me into a small but warm and very well-equipped treatment room, and introduced me to the ESPA products that she would be using. I was able to choose out of five different oils which I wanted, with each having different properties ranging from relaxing to energizing. Sophia took care explaining the uses of each one, and waited patiently for me to smell and test them whilst I dithered over which one I wanted. After eventually choosing the revitalization oil, which aids recovery from tiredness or stress, she began the treatment. This was a wonderful experience, with Sophia gently working into the muscles to ensure I got the best results from the massage.

Leaving the treatment room in one of the snuggly Cedar Falls dressing gowns and feeling totally mellowed, we decided to have a quick dip in the swimming pool before dinner. This area of the spa is nothing short of gorgeous, with a deep, curving pool to swim in, a toasty sauna, and a steam room. Unexpectedly, the swimming pool had surprisingly warm water, and apart from another couple of people we had the pool area entirely to ourselves. Without a doubt, though, the best thing about this open-plan spa area is the orangery at the end of the room. Laid out with loungers and adorned with magazines, on a summer’s day this would be the perfect place to catch the rays in peace and solitude. As we arrived on an autumn evening we didn’t spend much time in here, but the expansive windows facing out onto the garden allowed for the idyllic experience of watching the sunset while swimming.

Our next stop was to visit our room, which was tucked away down one of the corridors leading off the landing. Everything was set out for us when we arrived, and the room came complete with a wooden dressing table, wide screen TV and a fantastic view onto the park at the front of the house. The bathroom was equally impressive, combining a traditional bath with the mod-cons of a power-shower and heated towel rail. We had a standard room, which was easily spacious enough, but if you’re going for an extended stay treating yourself to an upgrade to one of the bigger rooms is certainly worth it. The best Cedar Falls has to offer is the Churchill suite, which additionally has a sofa and coffee table as well as boasting far-reaching views out across the Somerset countryside.

On arrival in the dining room we were met by Head chef Abdul Mayla and his talented team. They were wonderfully attentive and accommodating, visiting us personally at our table and adapting the menu to suit our tastes, before cooking us a meal that was absolutely divine. Breakfast the next day was no different, consisting of a lovely spread of fruits, yoghurts, and cereals, in line with the Cedar Falls ethos of healthiness and detoxification. The dining room itself is certainly worth a mention, as the oak paneled walls, precisely laid tables, and glowing fire take the room to the height of country house comfort.

As if I haven’t given you enough reason to visit Cedar Falls, you’ve still got time to take advantage of their special winter offer, which includes a two night stay, meals and use of the spa facilities for only £120 per person (based upon two people sharing a twin / double Classic room). Visit the Cedar Falls website (www.cedarfalls.co.uk) for more details, and to view their extensive treatment brochure.

Rose Bonsier


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