By Stephanie Mason
I have three words for you… Foxhills Resort Spa, well actually I have to write more than just three words but these are the important ones to remember.
As we drive up a quiet country lane I spot the Foxhills sign and cannot contain my eagerness to get out of the car to see what they have to offer, not least because Foxhills first took its name from the 18th Century politician Charles James Fox who it turns out was involved in heavy drinking and gambling, there maybe no casino as yet, but I am looking forward to more than a few mojito’s!
I have a few hours until my spa appointment, which gives me plenty of time to explore this 400-acre estate. Not only do they have two 18 hole golf courses and a 9-hole beginners course, they also have tennis courts, a youth club, cycling trail, gym, sauna, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and swimming pools which are located in the health spa. Whether you’re here with family or friends there are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Speaking of the health spa it’s time for me to make my way over to the health and spa building for my 12.30 appointment. I suggest you arrive 10-15 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time to collect what you need and hit the changing rooms without encroaching on your spa treatment time, because once it starts you’re never going to want it to end!
As I sit in my comfy black robe sipping on refreshing cold water with a hint of orange – which can be found in all areas of the Foxhill spa - I am greeted by my masseuse Carrie aka the oracle of facials. The service Carrie provides sets this spa apart from the rest. Before Carrie started my treatment we had a consultation during which she asked what I hoped to benefit from my facial, at Foxhills health spa they like to personalise their treatments, which makes sense as everyone is different in their wants and needs.
After my mini rant/moan about my skin Carrie suggested a course of treatments that would bring life and vitality back to my face. I lay down on the warm comfortable treatment bed and a calm relaxed feeling came over me knowing I was in safe hands.
After taking a few deep breaths my facial began, Carrie started with a few oils, then exfoliating scrubs and creams from the Elemis range, which she gently massaged into my face. Carrie used three facial masks and after every single one my skin felt smother and smother.
It doesn’t stop there; not only am I having the most amazing facial, but whilst letting the face masks work their magic Carrie gives me a scalp, neck and shoulder massage and oh my do I need it!!!
Sadly my time was up but I am feeling far too content and relaxed to be sad… Maybe later. One of the reasons why Carrie will be known as the oracle of facials is before leaving she went through a treatment plan and what I needed to use to keep my face from looking lifeless again.
As I sit here typing that sentence I decide to run to the mirror and take another look at my face… to be honest my face has never looked better, I cannot recommend enough that you make an appointment with the oracle!
Now it’s time to head to my room and as I open the door, oh my what a room it is… I walk through the door and I am ecstatic that this huge room is for little ol' me. I have a comfy king sized bed, a desk which is where I will be sitting later to finish off this feature – the things I do for you guys – plasma TV, sofa area, mini bar and a beautifully tiled shower/bathroom. I put my bags down and realize I also have a Chaise lounge which I will no doubt be taking selfies on later!
Manor House Restaurant
I’m finally dressed and ready to get my munch on. We are dining in the Manor Restaurant tonight which offers an a la carte menu or a tasting menu which is the option we have decided to sample. You have a choice of a six or seven course tasting menu and for those that know me of course I went for the seven.
The evening started with an Amuse Bouche, followed by Ginea Fowl – which I at first refused to try – I’m kind of fussy but I am so glad I was persuaded to expand my palate; the shallots complemented the dish exquisitely.
Next up was the Salmon Mi Cuit which was seared to perfection so far so mouth wateringly good then finally the course I have been waiting for, the Beef steak that left me wanting more. For those who are not keen on raw steak and for the rest that are, they’ve got both of you covered here, just the right amount of pink and juices whilst not feeling like you have a raw animal in your mouth, it definitely is the dish of the night for me.
We then tuck into our cheeseboard with a delectable red wine –I must mention the wine option on the menu, because the chef has recommended a wine to complement each course. Now for pre dessert, which should be a thing in all restaurants, you cannot have enough of a sweet thing, so I am now tucking into my Tiramisu which I can only describe as a small piece of heaven in a cup.
Last but by no means least the finale, poached pear – well a girl has to get her five a day in somehow – served with hazelnut sorbet mmmmmm. Everything was absolutely scrumptious. Hats off to the chef and the team in the manor restaurant, they were always on hand when my margarita was running low, It’s been a tough day but someone’s got to do it, now it’s off to bed I go.
The birds are singing – not sure why they are so chirpy, the clocks have gone back and I have lost an hours sleep!! –I throw on the closest thing to me and head down to breakfast. Foxhills provide a buffet style spread with fresh fruits, pastries and cold meats, there is also the option to order from the breakfast menu or you can have both, which leaves me spoilt for choice.
I decided to go for the full English, as I had one too many cocktails last night – I think Charles James Fox would have been proud of my efforts! Yet again the food was exquisite and as I sit here enjoying a slice of bacon, I ponder the thought “do I have to leave”
If you are flying in from Heathrow or Gatwick, Foxhills is no more than a 40-minute drive. If you live in England you have no excuse, I would highly recommend visiting Foxhills Resort for an enjoyable yet relaxing stay.
Foxhills Country Club & Resort
Surrey KT16 0EL
T: +44 (0)1932 872050