Grayshott Health Spa
What We Love
- A quaint spa retreat in the English countryside, with breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus spa perksThe 47 acres of leafy English greenery surrounding this 19th-century property
- The interesting range of holistic therapies available, from reiki to reflexology
- Picking between the fabulous classes and activities available
- Feeling good about the imaginative dining – both delicious and health-conscious
What To Know
- There's a cinema room that has daily screenings as well as loaner DVDs that you can take to your room
- WiFi and phone reception are hit or miss
- There's an indoor and outdoor pool along with sauna and steam room facilities
Grayshott Health Spa is one of the very few true destination spas in the UK. Unlike at a typical hotel, visits to Grayshott are aimed at improving your health and well-being, with therapeutic treatments, healthy spa cuisine and a full range of fitness classes. Not only was the hotel named the Favorite UK Spa Retreat by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller and given a man’s seal of approval in GQ, but it has attracted rave reviews from publications like The Telegraph and The Independent, as well.
In addition to the renowned spa, Grayshott boasts tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a cinema, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and acres of protected gardens and orchards. With sweeping lawns adjoining 700 acres of National Trust land, Grayshott Spa promises that sublime get-away-from-it-all feeling. And with rural names like Sheep Grove and Tangle Wood among your surroundings, you know you’re in real country territory, so bring your walking boots.
Good to know
This property is adults-only.
Please note that a discretionary 7.5% service charge is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.
Also note that the male and female spa areas are separate, but the pool is shared.
Rooms and suites
Each of the 59 suites and bedrooms are finished to an elegant and comfortable standard, with sumptuous furnishings, luxury fabrics and both modern and traditional textiles. Most of the rooms overlook the gardens and grounds. Upgrade to the Junior suite to enjoy more space, with a separate living area, two TVs and a lavish king-sized bed.
Your dining experience at Grayshott is all about balance, health and nutrition. The retreat’s executive chef and dietician have worked together to create delicious menus within the parameters of healthy eating and balanced nutrition. Gone are the days when a “spa diet” involved fasting or bland food. Here, you can benefit from a carefully balanced diet while still enjoying delicious cuisine. If you’re really serious about watching what you eat, you can book a nutritional consultation with one of the in-house nutritionists, who will create a dietary plan for you to use and take home.
Grayshott has spent more than 40 years perfecting its holistic approach to natural therapy, relaxation, exercise and nutrition to create a unique, stress-releasing environment, earning it a world-wide reputation for the quality of its therapies and treatments. The atmosphere here is relaxed, and the dress code casual – lounging in your robe and slippers is encouraged.Facilities at Grayshott include a twinkly steam room, a sauna, a hydrotherapy pool, a cold plunge pool and two swimming pools – one indoor, one outdoor (open April to September only). There’s also a cozy relaxation room, comfortable changing facilities and individual treatment rooms. It’s worth noting that the facilities are divided into male and female areas.
Just one hour from London, Grayshott’s rural Surrey location also places it close to pretty Farnham – think gorgeous little main street and nice pubs – and the enormous South Downs National Park.
How to Get There
There is much good at Grayshott, but given that it prices itself in line with the likes of Pennyhill, Chewton Glenn, Coworth, it falls short on value.
The good: the food is exceptional.
There is a fantastic golf pro who can come on site and offers fun and effective lessons.
The wet-rooms are well done and remind me of a good European thermal, equipped with relaxation room and ice cold plunge pool.
Some of the staff need to be trained in guest relations. The reception desks at the spa are lovely, but I found some of the hotel front desk staff condescending and mistrustful. One even implied I wanted to run off without paying £25 (after I had dropped nearly £2,000 on my solo 5 night stay).
The ugly: the decor is so tired and dated it leaves you wondering if you’ve entered a publicly funded retirement home.
The venue prices itself with luxurious and exclusive spa hotels, but it doesn’t deliver on many levels. It needs a very urgent make-over before it can compete with counterparts.
Thank you so much to the wonderful Grayshott team for looking after me so brilliantly.
First thing to say is that every single member of staff is lovely - all the serving staff at meals, the housekeeping team, the reception team- everyone! The therapy team including Frank, Pippa - nutritionist, Deanna and Pam - reflexology are just superb.
I had three nights on a classic package - room 8 in the main house. My room was in purple, dark wood and traditional style. The bed and pillows were super comfy. I arrived really tired and slept 10 and a half hours on my 1st night. Just over 9 hours sleep each on nights 2 and 3!!
Food is just superb, really healthy and delicious. I enjoyed every meal and alongside the practical advice from Pippa - nutritionist I am thinking how I can maintain those changes now I’m home. Thank you to the Head Chef and all the kitchen team - you should be so proud of what you do.
Overall, I am so very glad I came, so delighted that just 3 days of peace and tranquility Grayshott style has made a difference to me. I will be back with my daughter in June - after her A levels.
Visited Grayshott today after review of recommendations. Located just outside beautiful village of Grayshott approx 50 min drive from London.
Greeted by friendly, professional team who put us at ease & invited us to relax with refreshments whilst completing some health questionnaires. We were then shown around the spa area, dining room & pools before being left to enjoy the facilities.
The pool area is a reasonable size and wasn’t overly busy. We joined in on an aqua aerobics class, which was good fun. The hydro pool could have been a little warmer for my liking.
The steam & sauna rooms were well maintained and there is a small plunge pool in this area.
We enjoyed a 3 course lunch, soup followed by a buffet.
We then had a good back massage before heading home. The hotel has a lovely informal atmosphere and the staff are very attentive. It all felt very tranquil and unhurried. I would return again and try more of the treatments on offer.
I first visited Grayshott Spa 16 years ago as a gift weekend and loved it so much I returned every year to recharge my batteries. I’ve not visited for the last 3 years but have just returned from a 5 night visit which I could quite easily have extended. I was delighted to find the same sense of charm, ease and relaxation. It has the perfect balance of familiarity and as a solo guest it’s the easiest place to just pad around and lose, or perhaps, find yourself, for me the whole point of a relaxation break. It’s not trendy and glittery and it’s not the place for boisterous hen parties but that’s the point and that’s where every inch of its charm lies. It’s a retreat, a getaway from it all and it’s total bliss! It is as some other guests have remarked a little tired in places but nothing which isn’t already it seems being attended too. The food was the best I’ve had in all my visits and I was never hungry, in fact at times quite the opposite. The dinner menu was just excellent. The staff from reception to housekeeping are superb and every body just floats around without interruption to your stay, guests and staff alike. You can talk when you feel the need and in-between just float around in your robe and nod off when you feel the need. As the weather was so amazing I enjoyed long, daily walks around the stunning common, space hush was so uplifting. Treatments were as wonderful as ever and I returned to London well and truly pummelled and refreshed from my daily massages, with a bag of gorgeous smelling goodies from the gift shop to extend my feeling of Ommmmmmm... It was lovely to return to find Grayshott as I remembered it and I am already planning another visit to relax and unwind along with many of your loyal and loving return guests. There’s nothing like that feeling of leaving Grayshott feeling squeaky clean and cleansed inside and out, floating on air, smelling of aromatherapy oils with a sense of clarity and a bright eyed, bushy tailed spring in my step. Thank you and see you again soon! (Don’t go changing!)
I have been a regular visitor to Grayshott Spa for more years than I care to recall. Having visited other spas on occasion, I have always been disappointed and returned to Grayshott.
Here at Grayshott you will NOT encounter hordes of young girls on hen weekends, phew! All the staff are well trained, kind and caring. Old fashioned service, wonderful food, thanks to head chef Adam, and comfortable, ( never flashy,) decor. Do not stay here if you want contemporary or flashy surroundings. Good selection of treatments and lovely grounds if you enjoy walking. My sincere hope is that the new owners will not ruin what is already perfect...