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Lovely Ragdale

February 22, 2012

It hasn’t even been a full working week and already I’m pining for Ragdale again.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Ragdale Hall is a glorious health spa located in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Believe me when I tell you it’s heavenly. I didn’t think I’d fall for it – my Mum has been going for the last 8 years or so and after every trip she’d be waxing lyrical about how amazing it was and how I should give it a go. I stubbornly said I wouldn’t enjoy it and I also couldn’t justify spending the money on just 2 days away. So for Christmas 2010, my Mum splashed out in true style and surprised my then pregnant sister-in-law and me with a 2 night stay to prepare me for my wedding day the following May!

Finally, in April 2011, off we all trekked to Ragdale (or Raggers as it is now officially known in our household), with the obligatory stop at Bicester Shopping Village to grab a bite to eat and lust over the still too expensive Mulberry handbags. When we finally arrived, we were greeted by some lovely Gentlemen who parked our car and whisked our luggage away to our rooms whilst we checked in and filled out our forms over a Latte (not skinny – we may have been at a spa but it’s not all about lettuce leaves and decaf-soya-green-tea frappamacchiatos)! As soon as we had slipped our swimming cossies and dressing gowns on, we headed straight down to the pool(s) and were blown away by all the choices – there was the main pool, a jacuzzi, a candle pool, an outdoor pool and various steam rooms to choose from. It was amazing. Coupled with incredible treatments (I had a manicure, pedicure and an inclusive fat blasting body wrap – I was on a crazy pre-wedding fat blitz after all) and amazing food, we left 2 days later feeling incredibly relaxed and chilled out. Wedding stress? What wedding stress?

The Candle Pool

So it was with huge excitement that last Thursday, my sister-in-law and 2 of our friends set out on another trip to Raggers. We had the sat nav, the tunes, the car snacks and our purses ready for a Bicester bashing (I ended up buying a sandwich!) and were looking forward to being pampered. We weren’t disappointed. We ate, swam, gossiped and were rubbed, scrubbed and polished beyond our wildest dreams and all came away just that little bit more in love with Ragdale.

The best bit is I’ll be back there in May this year (my Mum treated us again because she’s pretty awesome) and I’m already counting down the days. Oh and I forgot to mention you can eat your dinner in your dressing gown. Amazing.

Raggers – we love you!

Love, lovelybyhanna xxx