AS my colleagues and I stepped through the door and onto the heated porcelain tiled floor of Church Spa in East Markham, we knew we were somewhere special.
We had booked in for three hours of pure relaxation and indulgence. As we took off our shoes and left the burdens of everyday life behind us, we were handed a refreshing hot towel and shown around the boutique spa and its luxury accommodation.
Our hosts Rachel and Daniel Walker had a calming influence from the start, preparing complimentary drinks and showing us around the facilities.
The mother and son team have spent eight years transforming this former Methodist chapel on High Street in the village.
And what a transformation. They have lovingly enhanced its historic features, adding an air of contemporary elegance and luxury.
The result is a fusion of glass, stainless steel, granite and original oak, complimented by porcelain and natural wooden floors.
I can only describe feeling like a Hollywood star, walking down the sparkling hallways and into the lavish spa room.
An oasis of bespoke relaxation facilities awaited us, offering absolute tranquillity.
And the best bit of all - it was exclusively ours. When you book at Church Spa, you have exclusive use of the facilities.
We bathed in privacy, dipping in and out of the heated swimming pool and the therapy hot tub, which used water massage jets to ease away any aches and pains.
A steam room was the perfect place to detox and purify our skin, and cleanse our airways leaving us feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Wrapping ourselves in the soft complimentary towels and robes, we all agreed this was heaven on earth.
Then came the foot massage and cleanse. Rachel and Daniel’s expert hands smoothed away the tension in our tired feet. It was a lovely touch, and just one of the treatments on offer at Church Spa.
There are a number of treatment rooms where you can indulge in an impressive range of beauty, holistic and aesthetic procedures.
And if you really want to detox, Church Spa offers a retreat package including colonic hydrotherapy, holistic treatments and nutritional advice.
Relaxing really isn’t a problem inside these walls. But for a true escape, Church Spa can accommodate you in one of three luxury bedrooms.
Your boudoir awaits you, boasting en-suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs, GHD straighteners and fluffy black towels embellished with Swarovski crystals,
Whether you are on an over night business trip, a long holiday or a girly weekend away, Rachel and Daniel will endeavour to cater for your every need.
And their attentive service was certainly a hit with us. We felt welcomed from start to finish and have vowed to return again with friends and family.
by Hayley Gallimore
Find out more at www.churchspa.co.uk
l To be in with a chance of winning a THREE HOUR spa experience for you and a friend, with complimentary drink on arrival, use of towels and robes and a foot massage and cleanse, simply answer this question:
Q) How many bedrooms are at Church Spa?
Send your answer to Church Spa Competition, 5 - 7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include a daytime contact number as winners will be notified by phone.
Entry closes Thursday 16th August 2012.
Normal Standard competition rules apply.