Press Reviews

May 2018 - Ben Clatworthy -The Times

'As spa areas go, it’s seriously impressive. There are plenty of quiet nooks and crannies for rest and reading as well as a bursting timetable of exercise, yoga and meditation classes.'

'This is a place designed for pure relaxation, from the indoor pools to the thermal spa and, new this year, the brilliant rooftop pool, complete with stunning views across the rolling Leicestershire countryside. The pool is the perfect spot to lie back and watch the world (slowly) go by.'

Mar 2018 - Lauren Hughes - Woman & Home

" One of the best parts about the spa? It truly is all about your own comfort first. It's utter relaxation!"

Mar 2018 - Margaret Hussey - Sunday Express

"The sublime spa. We spent hours in here and tried out everything from the candle pool to the thought zone."

" Recently opened Rooftop Infinity Pool. Sitting overlooking the tree tops, the bubbles pummelled away any stresses."

Feb 2018 - Top Santé

Voted 'Best for the Ultimate Pool Experience' 

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 Daily 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.'

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 Daily 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."

Read the full review here.

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."

Read the full review here.

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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