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The Coniston Hotel & Spa, Skipton – a review

Yorkshire is home to so many wonderful spa’s, and this September we decided to try out the Coniston Hotel & Spa situated in Skipton, North Yorkshire.


Coniston Hotel lives within the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, this rural location makes it the perfect getaway from urban living. The hotel is split across two floors and rooms are divided amongst a long corridor. We personally booked a the classic double room which proved spacious with adequate amenities for a couples retreat.

The hotel offers two restaurants for dining, Macleod’s Restaurant, a formal a la carte style where diners are welcome to chose meals from either a three of five course dining option. Or the Huntsman’a Lodge, an informal restaurant surrounded by breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding countryside.


The spa itself is a new edition and opened in 2015 meaning the facilities are all new and moderns. Facilities include;

– 15m indoor swimming pool

– Level deck circular pool (Jacuzzi style)

– Outdoor thermal infinity pool

– Salt Sauna

– Sauna

– Steam room

As a guest at the hotel staying overnight you are permitted a 2 hour slot in the spa that you are able to book upon check in. We personally checked in at 3 and chose a 4-6pm spa slot giving us time to unwind before an evening meal at 7.30pm.

Things to do:

Although Coniston Hotel and Spa is situated amongst the dales countryside there is still much to see and do, we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon wandering the grounds and unwinding in the spa, but if adventure is more your thing why not book an experience on the estate, these include:

– Clay Pigeon Shooting (from £50pp): available on the Coniston Estate Shooting Ground, you can also try out Air Rifles and Archery.

– Fishing (from £12): the estate is home to a 24 acre lake which is stocked with Rainbow Trout and wild Brown Trout.

– Off-roading Experiences (from £119pp): offering beginners experience up to advanced off-roaders! Check out all that is to offer here.

Offsite: Close by is the beautiful village of Skipton, why not walk the beautiful grounds of Bolton Abbey and cross the famous stepping stones.

Or visit the Devonshire Arms, one of my favourite hotels in the area, and try out their brasserie serving classic favourites or traditional afternoon tea!

Our Overall:

We had a great experience staying with Coniston Hotel and would happily recommend a stay to our family and friends. An overnight stay for 2 people cost us £132 and was inclusive of: a standard double room, breakfast, 2 hours spa access, and full use of the onsite gym.

Hotel rating: we rated the hotel itself 7/10, with a choice of eateries and much to explore it really is a wonderful hotel.

Spa rating: we rated the spa 7/10, although it’s new we did feel it was a little on the small side compared to others in the area, but still a great spa non the less!

Location rating: 9/10, with the likes of Skipton close by the location was perfect for us.

Value for money: 9/10, paying a total of £132 for a mid-week stay really did make this trip great value for money.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review, as always I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. If you could suggest any great spas to visit we’d love to hear!

Rebekah Esme Travels was not hosted on this trip and the full experience was fully paid for by ourselves, as always our reviews and opinions are our own.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience

If your an avid Star Wars fan, you’d probably aware that the travelling VR experience The VOID came to London’s Westfield shopping centre earlier this year. What you probably don’t know is that it’s last few days fell when our team were in London visiting an exhibition ?.

I’m not going to pretend to know much about Star Wars, I’ve seen the films once or twice and that’s where it ends. However a few people with me were big fans. Tickets were sold out with only a small number available on the door, through some impressive skills we managed to talk our way into 5 tickets!

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Rosebery Hotel, Jesmond Review

From the moment you step into Rosebery Hotel you enter a world of excitement and imagination, this hotel is purely unlike no other. Decor incorporates both vintage and up-cycled design with unique, local creations! The outcome is simply breath taking, and the passion of the hotel owner (Janet) is etched into every element of the hotel. Located in Jesmond, just off the high street, it’s in a prime location. Navigation is easy and effortless with the high street displaying an abundance of busy bars and niche restaurants to suit your every taste.

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Mini plant tour Oxford, review

We’re a mini obsessed family, so when I found out it’s possible to book a tour of the plant in Oxford, UK, I jumped at the chance. The plant produces up to 1,000 cars per day, and the tour allows you to get up and personal with the factory to see just how that iconic British icon is manufactured.


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Review, Aria Sky Suites, Las Vegas

Travelling to Las Vegas on our Honeymoon I figured now was as good a time as any to ask for an upgrade. I didn’t realise how easy this trick was, and being typically British, didn’t think I qualified! How wrong I was. We were upgraded to the Aria Sky Suites by a front desk representative and appointed a high level room with an impressive strip view.


Our room was on the 40th floor with an exceptional view of the strip! Rooms were inclusive of 2 queen size beds, a shower and an oversized bath. Impressively, the electronics of the room are controlled by iPads, from the comfort of our bed we were able to open and close blinds, dim lights and alter the air conditioning. We would also be able to order room service, browse the hotel and casino information and control the television.

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Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Review.

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Almost a year to the day since we stayed with St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth, we have visited sister company Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond. This spectacular establishment oozes class and sophistication, swimming in history and elegance, it really was the most perfect way to begin our Easter break. Step away from the hustle of Newcastle City and you’ll find the quaint village of Jesmond, home to Jesmond Dene House Hotel. Perfectly situated a little over 10 minutes from the centre means visitors really do experience the best of both worlds, calm and tranquil surroundings, yet a stones throw from the inner city vibe. There’s no surprise we loved this hotel, and with their long, ever growing list of awards you’re sure to engage in an exceptional stay with Jesmond Dene House.

The Suite:

Rooms at Jesmond Dene House are elegant, spacious and favorably contemporary. None of the 40 bedrooms and suites are the same. Rooms are reflective of the hotel’s original character and preserve architectural features such as fire places and bay windows as they would of been displayed historically. Our room was equipped with a spectacular king size bed, perfect for a sound nights sleep! You really do have everything you need supplied at Jesmond Dene House, from the mass of complimentary lotions to the hot water bottle for those cooler winter nights.


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Botanist Review, Chester

Nestled down a little ally off the famous streets of Chester is a wonderfully quirky and contemporary restaurant and bar that hit the UK scene by storm. The Botanist, sister to The Alchemist, was always going to appeal to my heart with it’s reflective connotations of Harry Potter crossed with the Secret Garden. Myself and Sam were fortunate enough to visit the Chester branch during our recent stay in the city and will most definitely be returning very soon.

I’ve previously visited one Botanist within their chain on Boar Lane, Leeds and I confirm they achieve such a simalar ambiance. Both nestled away from the crowds, you’d be lucky to spot it without knowingly seeking, this for me makes them that little bit more special than the average bar.


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