A sanctuary of peace, pampering and world-class treatments can be found at the heart of Exeter Golf and Country Club’s Georgian mansion.
Wed samples the delights of Wear Park Spa...Although conveniently located just a short drive from the city centre, Exeter Golf and Country Club feels worlds away from any hustle and bustle. Set amidst 120 acres of scenic landscape scattered with mature trees, the historic venue offers a picturesque pocket of countryside calm – and I instantly began to slip into a more relaxed place as my friends and I approached Wear Park, the elegant Georgian manor house at its heart. Flanked by pretty gardens and views across a lake, the grand building offers the romance of a stately home blended with the facilities of a modern wedding venue and award-winning luxury spa. An indoor and outdoor pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi are located in the adjoining building, rounding off the pampering delights.
Ascending the staircase and settling into the relaxation room, a snug space bathed in natural light with views across the golf course, we were greeted by a friendly spa therapist who welcomed us with homemade biscuits washed down with teas and coffees.
Acclaimed for its pioneering products, fusing scientific innovation and the chemistry of nature, Elemis is Britain’s number one luxury skincare brand – and at the heart of Wear Park Spa’s treatments. Having opted for the Ultimate Spa Retreat, I was offered a choice of two one-hour treatments complete with a three-course lunch and glass of Prosecco. I chose the Elemis Full Body Massage to start and, beckoned to a stylish treatment room with lofty ceilings and heated spa beds, I sank into the sumptuous delights of the treatment.
The massage is tailored to your individual needs; in my case the focus was particularly on teasing out the knots around my shoulders. My therapist chose a gorgeous blend of oils to instil relaxation – including the intensely moisturising Frangipani Monoi Body Oil, its sweet scent reminiscent of a tropical paradise – and kneaded my knots, working her way along my body, soothing away the tension in my muscles. She also used a body detox skin brush to stimulate the circulation, slough off the dead skin cells and boost detoxification. The whole treatment was heavenly. The usual tension in my muscles melted away, while my skin felt soft and dewy – and smelt delicious.
Lunch was similarly delightful. Served in the Wear Park Restaurant, the doors ushering in views across the gardens, we enjoyed three scrumptious courses and sipped on Prosecco, feeling thoroughly indulged.
After lunch, I headed back to the spa for an Elemis Superfood Pro-Radiance Facial. A draining combination of sleep deprivation and too much screen time had left my skin looking tired and dull in the weeks prior to my spa experience, and my complexion was in dire need of a radiance boost – so this sounded like the perfect treatment.
Harnessing the nutrient-rich, plant-based goodness of superfoods, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System is enriched with the likes of ginger, matcha, avocado, broccoli and flax seed. Immersing the skin with essential minerals and trace elements, the products are designed to replenish, energise and detoxify, leaving the skin with a radiant glow.
After a skin analysis, a collection of these beauty editors’ favourites were lavished on my lacklustre complexion, from the Superfood Facial Wash to the Superfood Facial Oil, an award-winning blend of antioxidants and omega-rich nutrients. My favourite part was the Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, the Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Mask and a wonderful, deeply relaxing head massage. Reluctantly rising from my heated cocoon, my skin felt silken and positively glowed. It was a luminosity that lasted for some time, so much so that I ditched my usual make-up coverage over the days that followed. Perhaps most importantly, I felt a sense of dreamlike calm that lingered long after we’d reluctantly left the heavenly climes of Wear Park Spa – and this gorgeous corner of Exeter – behind.exetergcc.co.uk