Press Reviews

Jan 2018 - Daphne Metland - Owner of

Ragdale's New Rooftop Pool: It's rather fab...

"Lie back and relax on underwater massage jet seats, and gaze at the distant horizon. Or simply immerse yourself in the warm, steamy water at the infinity edge of the pool and lose yourself in the great expanse of fields and sky."

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Nov 2017 - Fiona Ward - The Telegraph

'The comforting character of this impeccably run retreat makes it the ideal choice for a chilled-out break.

'Dating back to 1785, the hall carefully blends its traditional aspects with fresh design features.

'Staff are seamlessly friendly and obliging across all departments – the valet parking service on arrival is a particularly helpful touch. 

'The extensive spa facilities are Ragdale’s magnum opus, and they don’t disappoint.'

Oct 2017 - Anna Blewitt - Natural Health

'Ragdale Hall is the real McCoy; a destination spa worth the journey. One of the early 'health farms', Ragdale brilliantly marries old-school hospitality with zippy modern facilities.' 

'As you'd expect, there's a serious menu of treatments too, with an army of very knowledgeable therapists administering everything from Hawaiian-inspired massage to the exclusive Golden Touch Treatment' 

Jul 2017 - Nadine Baggott - Hello! Magazine

'The treatment rooms are stylish and comfortable and the menu of treatments extensive.'

'Ragdale Hall's entire atmosphere is about relaxation and recuperation- mobile phones are banned in public areas.'

'There's no excuse not to chill out as weekend getaways offer everything from mother-daughter breaks to romantic short stays, fitness breaks and special packages such as Pilates and yoga retreats'.

Jun 2017 - Lauren Cumming - Best Magazine

"The welcome is warm, and the atmosphere peaceful.  The Candle Pool is simply magical.  You feel like you're entering a secret cave as you take the winding staircase down.  Lit by flickering candles, you can tuck yourself away into one of the little niches and just lie back.  It's the perfect way to make the outside world fade away.

"...the food is great with lots of fresh, healthy choices.  All of this makes Ragdale Hall the perfect sanctuary for anybody needing a break."

May 2017 - Stephanie Smith - Yorkshire Post

"It can be hard for legends to live up to their reputation.

"the rooms and suites are luxurious and comfortable, and the gardens are elegant...

"The list of spa treatments is vast....

"...the Swimming Pool and Thermal Spa complex that are the jewels in the Ragdale crown.

"So does Ragdale live up to its reputation?  It does - more than 80 per cent of visitors are repeat guests."

Mar 2017 - The Telegraph - Spa Spy

"Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa offers luxurious pampering with a huge range of facilities.

"Spy could quite happily live in the Candle Pool until the end of time.

"Spy feels more relaxed than she has in years."

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Jan 2017 - The Independent

"More Waitrose than Harrods, this destination spa offers great quality with a reasonable price tag and exceptional customer service delivered by friendly, down-to-earth staff.  Set among rolling hills, the red-brick country house boasts a mammoth thermal spa, an outstanding restaurant and tonnes of chill-out areas, both inside and out.  Unpretentious, casual and utterly relaxing."

Aug 2016 - LOOK Magazine's Fashion News Writer - Hannah Banks-Walker

"You may have been to a spa. You may have been to several. But if you haven't been to Ragdale Hall, you haven't really experienced joy. My face was glowing for days afterwards and my feet (thanks to the treatment) felt like tiny angels were carrying them. Do you think I'm exaggerating? See for yourself.

"Ironically, as I turned on the radio during our drive back to reality, Belinda Carlisle informed me that Heaven is a Place on Earth. Yes, Belinda, it is. And it's called Ragdale Hall."

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Jul 2016 - Good Spa Guide's Supreme Spy

"The customer service throughout was fantastic - both reactive and proactive.  The staff are eager to help and nothing was too much trouble.  The atmosphere between colleagues was wonderful.

"Overall, Ragdale is great value for money.  So much is included in the spa day or stay."

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Jul 2016 - Anna Murphy - The Times

"In a nutshell Ragdale Hall is, among other things, a kind of water park for adults, with a pool complex that is in a league of its own.

"This is a finely oiled spa machine...

"Ragdale Hall knocks spots off many more elite spa establishments with its facilities, treatments and the warmth and knowledge of its staff."

Jun 2016 - Women's Health

Listed in the top 5 UK Fitness Retreats

"Fitness fans of all levels are spoilt for choice thanks to the retreat's first class facilities.  Nordic walking, tennis, archery, dance classes and aqua gym are just some of the activities on offer...

"spend the day in the award-winning Thermal Spa, the highlight of the hotel......think fragrant caves, candle-lit pools and cascading waterfalls...

"book in for the Decleor Aromatic Massage which leaves normally desk hunched shoulders mircaulously loose...

"Luluemon-clad types sit side by side with robe-wearers fresh from the spa and no one bats an eyelid."

Mar 2015 - Good Spa Guide

"We loved being able to unwind knowing that everything is being taken care of. The Ragdale staff really do go out of their way to make sure guests have everything they need and are happy. There is a saying in business that 'people are your most precious investment', and it is the staff that make Ragdale a special place.

"At Ragdale, there is something for everyone and everything is done well. Ragdale is such a relaxed, welcoming, well-run spa-retreat; there is virtually nothing to fault."

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Sep 2014 - Jessica Ennis-Hill

"Put simply, Ragdale Hall makes for a beautiful luxury spa getaway."

Mar 2014 - Silver Travel Advisor

"I loved the fact that guests are politely requested to use mobile phones only in their rooms.  Two things that instantly made me relax a notch or three – no calls from anyone and no news for a day or two unless I decided to read the paper! 

"My massage was divine, the facial left me mentally and physically floating.  It was certainly hard to recognise the harried and hurried woman who had shown up but 4 hours earlier.  I was transformed into the pampered person I deserve to be!       

"I defy you not to find a perfect Ragdale moment.  I know we most certainly did!"

Feb 2014 - Good Spa Guide

"What makes this spa special is the smoothness of the operation. The very high staff to customer to staff ratio means that there is always someone on hand for every request; furthermore, that someone is always happy, motivated and clearly proud and pleased to be part of the Ragdale team.

"It really does give a sense of a place where a spotlight has been shone on every aspect of the customer offering, from arrival to checkout and everything in between, and where every wrinkle has been ironed out.

"Ragdale Hall is friendly, unintimidating and inclusive, with a strong sense of family – both from the staff and also with multi generational groups of spa goers. The standards are high across all aspects of the operation and it is a pleasure to be a guest there."

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