Usually we are so taken up with getting on a plane to fly far and beyond to seek paradise forgetting that paradise could be right at our doorstep. Such paradise comes in form of the Fishmore Hall boutique hotel buried deep in the Shropshire with unrivalled views of the countryside a short three hour drive from London. As you drive into Ludlow with its breathtaking views and beautiful scenery it is like you have been transported into a fairy tale.
Fishmore hall itself is a privately owned boutique country house hotel housed with a restored Georgian house with fifteen contemporary bedrooms. On arrival we were welcomed by the wonderfully polite and delightful receptionist who showed us to our room and reminded us of our treatment appointment at SPAShell.
Our room was a gorgeous twin deluxe room with contemporary design and stunning views of the the vast countryside. A designer bathroom fully stocked with luxury bath products from Elemis is relaxation paradise but one look is all we took to marvel before dashing out to the spa which is located within the hotel grounds.
SPAShell is a contemporary setting that comprises of four treatment rooms, seam and sauna as well as outdoor cedar jacuzzi overlooking the spectacular countryside. I was warmly welcomed by Darrianne my therapist who showed me to the changing area and after led me to the treatment room for my Elemis full body massage. During the massage which was very relaxing to say the least, the therapist used various aromatic oils that instantly removed all the uncomfortable muscle pains i had earlier and make me feel relaxed. After my massage, i must admit that my body felt really good and energy rejuvenated. I highly recommend the Elemis full body massage to individuals who like me carry heavy bags on a daily or do a bit of weight lifting in the gym.
Feeling refreshed after my massage, I headed back to the room to prepare for dinner. A quick change of clothes and we headed down to the ground floor where we were led into the lounge for pre-dinner drinks. After taking our drinks orders which were , the waitress returned with the dinner menu, giving us enough time to place our dinner orders before heading into the dinning room which has a huge conservatory looking out to the beautiful countryside. This I noticed helps to cut down on the time one sits down at a dinning table without any food save for the bread basket because as soon as we were sat at our table in the Forelles restaurant by our wonderful waitress, our starters arrived.
The starters, which included succulent hand dived orkney scallops with apple, celeriac and hazelnuts as well as confit rabbit cannelloni served with black pudding, tarragon and wild leaks mustard veloute was quickly devoured by myself and my guest. The starter was shortly followed by our main course of super tender breast and leg of Goosnargh spring chicken served with celeriac, morels and foie gras for my guest and a very aromatic loin of Shropshire lamb served with ewes curd, asparagus, confit potato and wild garlic pesto for myself. Delicious!!
It is really impressive in this day and age of mass production of anything and everything that all the ingredients used at Fishmore hall are freshly sourced locally from the Shropshire farms. We both barely had space for dessert however one look at the dessert menu and it would have been an absolute abomination to decline so we we chose orange soufflé with milk chocolate and Szechuan pepper ice cream (Very filling, right? But it was so delicious the I finished the whole lot of it) and Vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb, hibiscus and blood orange for my guest. Offers of tea/coffee were politely declined thereafter because quite frankly myself and my guest were stuffed beyond belief plus after the drive from London we could not wait to dive into our super soft beds and catch some sleep.
I can confirm that I passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow and I did not wake up till breakfast time and even when I did wake up I found it terribly hard to drag myself from beneath the comfort of soft covers.
A quick change of clothes and we shot down to the restaurant for a quick breakfast which for me was a full English and whiskey porridge for my guest (do not judge…she needed and early morning boost). Straight after breakfast we were were shown around SPAShell facilities with our short tour ending with us frolicking in the outdoor jacuzzi taking in the lovely views and the odd selfie or two.
As well as massages, SPAShell also offers various treatments including facials, body scrubs and wraps and ofcourse manicures and pedicures however having previously heard about the about the famous Elemis superfood pro-radiance facial rich in superfoods and minerals designed to leave stressed dull skin plumper and radiant. One look at the treatment table and the plethora of products to be used on my face I knew it was time to go to war and get rid of all the nastiness and revive my skin to its glowy self. One product that stood out for me was the Amino active peel off mask which after being applied to the skin sets onto the face for a couple of minutes to hydrate and remove dead skin cells and after it is removed your skin instantly feels brand new and fresh. My therapists also used various products such as the Elemis hydro active eye mask which helps reduce dark circles, puffiness and tiredness around the eyes, a re-hydrating ginseng toner, a papaya enzyme peel, pro collagen marine cream, an exotic cream moisturising mask and whilst i was waiting for my mask to set, I was also offered shoulder and arm massage using frangipani monoi body oil which I happily accepted. The treatment took 55 minutes but it was 55 minutes I will not forget anytime soon because following my facial, my face was glowing, felt and looked radiant and plumper than before.
Unfortunately after my treatment it was time to pack our bags and head back to London. I highly recommend the tranquil Fishmore Hall with its exclusive SPAShell to couples both young and old and an escape from their usually busy schedules and towns to treat themselves to a peaceful imperturbable weekend away of pampering and being spoilt rotten by the attentive staff in opulent surroundings that you will hardly find anywhere in the country.
For details of the Spa and treatments avalaible see online.