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WHAT MAKES IT SO SPE­CIAL? The three ‘S’s: the spa, the ser­vice and the sus­te­nance. Opened just a year ago, Rudding Park’s spa oc­cu­pies a new build­ing on the grounds of this old stately home. With a rooftop hot­tub the size of a stu­dio flat (a stu­dio flat with waiter ser­vice and cham­pagne on ice), state-of-the-art treat­ment rooms, three chill-out zones and a heated in­door swim­ming pool, the spa is a rea­son to visit, come rain or shine. Next up: the ser­vice. Want a DVD player de­liv­ered to your room at mid­night? No prob­lem. Need help work­ing the TV that sits over the Jacuzzi bath? But of course! Des­per­ate

to get your hands on the recipe for the restau­rant’s pis­ta­chio and lime-driz­zle loaf? It’s yours, hand-de­liv­ered. Which brings us to the sus­te­nance. Rudding Park is a foodie haven where you can en­joy oat-milk cap­puc­ci­nos at break­fast and Miche­lin-stan­dard meals for din­ner. More on that later.

WHO GOES? Friends on week­end breaks, stressed-out city dwellers who like be­ing able to wear bathrobes all day, older cou­ples in awe of the man­i­cured grounds, and mon­eyed lo­cals with spa mem­ber­ships (this is ef­fec­tively the Soho House of the north. It even has its own cin­ema!).

From £180.50 per per­son, half-board, with one 50-minute treat­ment from the Spa Day menu; Rud­ding­park.co.uk

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