Jun 14, 2023
Trip down memory lane – celebrating 50 years of Ragdale Hall
In preparation for celebrating our 50th anniversary on the 20th June 2023, we began searching our records, reading up on our history and found some truly wonderful displays of fashion, treatment trends and incredible memorabilia.
While the trends and fashions might have changed the heart of Ragdale Hall has stayed true – putting your wellness first.
We are delighted to share our findings as we take a look back on 50 years of wellness from past to present.
In 1973 the doors first opened as a ladies only Slimming Hydro under the ownership of Slimming Magazine, you could expect a whole host of exercise classes, classic treatments and of course the infamous 500-calorie a day menu.
Through the 80’s, now under corporate ownership, further refurbishments and developments took place including the grand opening of the original indoor pool (now the exercise pool) as the Hall worked hard to capture a more commercial market.
In June 1990, Ragdale was acquired by former Our Price Record founders Garry Nesbitt and Michael Issacs and the private family ownership has continued to this day.
A Garden Room and additional bedrooms opened in 1991, followed by a 2nd indoor pool with massage jets, and two new exercise studios by the end of the 1990’s. A Dining Room and kitchen extension soon followed as did the Verandah Bar and Lounge with a further two floors of luxury bedrooms above.
A continuous plan of investment saw the opening of the Thermal Spa in 2007, ongoing upgrades to facilities throughout the Hall, new relaxation and treatment spaces and the Rooftop Infinity Pool opening in December 2017. The most recent addition, the Twilight Cocktail Bar, opened in 2020 and you can be sure there will be further enhancements to come.
With long-lasting relationships and steadfast friendships, the owners have created an environment that, not only provides the best in modern treatments and relaxation but, a place of care and nurture. Many awards and accolades have been earnt over the years, but the greatest praise is always bestowed on the amazing Ragdale team whose professional approach and friendly demeanour has helped our guests to create ever-lasting memories.
More recently, the hustle and bustle of everyday life can sometimes become just too much to juggle, and we have learnt that your mental and physical well-being is a key priority. Remaining true to our original values, Ragdale remains at the forefront of putting your wellness first and continues to offer a sanctuary with the chance to push the pause button, even if just for a short while.
We spoke to Wendy, who is one of our longest serving regular guests, as she recounts some of her earliest Ragdale memories.
“My sisters and I always look forward to our visits to Ragdale. I first came I think it was 1977. I came on my own and did go on a social table. Food was very different – breakfast was tea or coffee and a juice brought to your room, not like the fabulous choices now. Lunch and dinner although tasty were calorie counted, as at that time it was part of Slimming Magazine. In fact, several of us used to go to pub as we were hungry! No chance of that now. Treatments were good but obviously limited but appropriate for the time. What I love is how Ragdale is always updating and making sure everything is fabulous quality. We have a few people who ask why we don’t find anywhere nearer to where we live, but why would we, when we know we’re going to be treated beautifully.”
As we enter the next decade, the future of Ragdale Hall Spa continues to go from strength to strength and we can’t wait to welcome you through our doors for another 50 years. Cheers!
If you have any stories or photographs from your visit to Ragdale Hall Spa, whether you have only visited once or are a seasoned guest, we’d love to hear from you! Please share in our comments section below your wonderful memories or if you would like to share your photographs, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
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