Blissed-out at Inglewood

on 29 September 2017.

Audley club

Lounging at the Audley Club’s and Natura Spa

You know when your trusted hairdresser of ten years tells you he’s found a good spa that you need to sit up and take notice. A man that can be trusted to drive the scissors is a reliable source. And so it was, that feeling exhausted on a Friday afternoon after a gruelling week, I dragged my sorry self along to the Audley Club at Inglewood near Kintbury to meet with the scissor-driver.

Approaching Inglewood from Kintbury through beautiful fields and parkland, the tension began to dissolve. Inglewood’s imposing façade inspires admiration; once home to the legendary Inglewood Spa during the 1970s and 1980s, Audley club the site was entirely renovated by the Audley Group into a very high-end retirement village with its own stylish restaurant, bar and of course, health club and spa.

Easy parking scored more points before I’d even stepped through the doors into a haven of tranquillity. Quiet, warm and pleasantly staffed by friendly, professional therapists I knew immediately that I was in good hands. I had booked a massage with the Natura Spa which forms part of the health club, but first decided to unwind in the warm pool housed in a handsome room, flooded with natural light and furnished with comfortable loungers. The scissor-driver and I did an approximation of swimming which consisted mostly of floating and chatting punctuated by a few easy lengths. I felt fit just listening to my companion telling me about his sessions with the Audley Club’s personal trainer who puts him through his paces for a mere £20 per hour. The gym is small but has everything you might need to tone up and build strength and there are Pilates and Yoga classes for those who prefer that.

I took several short trips to pool-side sauna and had a sense of Scandinavian health and wellbeing after only five minutes. After a quick blast of intense heat the pool felt deliciously cool and refreshing and after only 50 minutes I felt that the irritations and stresses of my week had been washed clean away. And this was before my massage.

After a quick shower in the luxurious changing rooms I snuggled into a thick robe and toddled down to the Natura Spa for a 45 minute massage which left me feeling like a blissed-out, spineless rag-doll. If I’d had more time I would

Nature spa

have gone for some other treatment: a luxurious facial, a manicure, a blow dry or some waxing, There is an extensive menu of treatments and next time I visit I will use the occasion to get myself ready for a night out – lovely swim, sauna, manicure and blow dry in the small on-site hairdressers perhaps. Certainly I left the Audley Club feeling energised and enthusiastic about a social arrangement I had been dreading after a tough week.

Before leaving we popped over to Blandy’s Bar and Restaurant for a refreshing drink in very elegant surroundings. It was the best start to any weekend imaginable.

You might think that all this would come with a hefty price tag but I was blown away by the affordability. A day pass to the Audley Club is a mere £10 and monthly membership which offers almost unlimited access to the facilities is £36 per month. But if you have any treatment at the Natura Spa then access to the other facilities is completely FREE. Beat that. Audley Inglewood, Templeton Road, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 9AA.

The Audley Club 01488 687012 for access to pool, sauna, gym and exercise classes.

For treatments, contact Natura Spa 01488 682298

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