Picture a historic stately home set in 400 acres in the Surrey countryside. Roaring fires, wood panelling, an outdoor hot tub and fluffy robes and slippers, not to mention cocktails to die for. Add to this, three restaurants, four swimming pools, a gym and fitness classes, four squash courts, eleven tennis courts, two championship golf courses and an award-winning spa. All just a short drive from Heathrow and London – Foxhills Country Club & Resort was the perfect location for my recent winter spa weekend away with the girls.
Foxhills Manor House
At the heart of the resort is the 19th century Manor House, home to the hotel’s reception, bar, lounge and conference facilities, as well as The Manor Restaurant, which was sadly closed for refurbishment during our stay. It will be reopening soon with a (currently secret!) new name, and I need no more excuse than that to make a return visit.
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My Executive Room at Foxhills
With 70 rooms dotted around the estate in both historic and modern buildings, something you can be certain of is that your room will be spacious, be it a Standard Room, Executive Room, or Suite.
My elegant Executive Room had French doors opening out to the garden. Facilities included a large-screen TV, bathrobes and slippers, a well-equipped mini bar and tea- and coffee-making facilities, all tucked neatly away in a cupboard. I was particularly delighted to discover not only a sink and ice bucket in there but a cafetière and real milk. The bathroom was spacious with both a bathtub and separate shower, and plentiful fragrant bathtime goodies from the White Company.
Breakfast was included and didn’t disappoint!
Foxhills for relaxation
I was looking forward to relaxing and recharging my batteries at the Foxhills spa so I pre-booked an Indian Head Massage, which is a great stress buster. While I’d describe this particular treatment as more of a back massage with some elements of a head massage, it was the perfect combination for me, tailored specifically to my needs. My therapist was extremely good. Her 25 years’ experience showed.
The yoga class I joined left me feeling revitalised, the spa’s lovely 20-metre indoor swimming pool was never too crowded and the outdoor hot tub was divine. There was also a Finnish sauna, steam room and in the summer, an outdoor pool. My only small complaint would be that the towels seemed a little worn, but I’d still rate Foxhills Spa as excellent, with a great range of treatments and facilities.
Golf at Foxhills
Foxhills is also a golfers’ dream come true. With a 9-hole golf course, two championship courses, a driving range and putting green, it is a great choice, whatever your golfing experience. I’d never played golf before but was eager to give it a try. We had a fabulous lesson with Ashley, which I enjoyed even more than I expected to. With his guidance, we were all soon seeing an improvement in our swings. He was extremely encouraging and an excellent coach who I would highly recommend.
Afternoon tea at Foxhills
In the wonderful setting of the Manor House, a quintessentially English afternoon tea at Foxhills is a real treat. You can sit by the fireplace in the winter or out on the terrace in the summer. With delicate seasonal sandwiches, freshly baked sultana scones, homemade preserves and Cornish clotted cream, plus a selection of sweet treats and a pot of your favourite tea or coffee, you may need to ask for a doggy bag. There’s also a Little Prince and Princess version for your little angels served with hot chocolate. A champagne upgrade is available for any grown-up prince or princesses.
Families at Foxhills
What impressed me most about Foxhills was the relaxed family atmosphere. Children are welcome here and have plenty of their own facilities and activities. They didn’t intrude on the tranquillity of Foxhills in any way. It was great to see young people learning to play golf with their parents and mother-daughter spa groups enjoying time together, as well as businessmen and women all making the most of the great range of facilities here. I chatted to several members, of which there are some 3,000, and they couldn’t have sung the praises of Foxhills more highly.
I found this family-owned country club in the Surrey countryside was the ideal choice for a relaxing spa weekend. A great antidote to our far too hectic lifestyles and I’m eager to return.
Find out more about available spa day packages and spa breaks at Foxhills Spa.
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My visit to Foxhills Country Club & Resort was complimentary for review purposes. I will, as always, only share with you my honest opinions. Thanks to Jai, Suzanne (pictured above) and Claire for the excellent company.