The Belfry Club and Spa

The Belfry Club and Spa

For my Christmas present last year Mr TM really upped his game, big time. He brought me a day long Spa voucher, it was not any old spa voucher but one that entitled me to full use of the spa (obvs) the new Fire and Ice experience, afternoon tea and a treatment. This was a full day of relaxation and quiet with no snotty noses in sight, it was the gift that kept on giving. As the title suggests the voucher was for The Belfry. The Belfry is a fabulous hotel, restaurant, golf course, spa and leisure club that is conveniently 10 minutes drive from our house, it is set in secluded grounds with amazing buildings and beautifully kept gardens. I must say The Belfry is very plush, the changing rooms alone were a far cry from the council run gym I belonged to as a student.

Belfry Sign
Going it alone

It was the strangest thing, when I first got there I almost felt nervous, I was out on my own – no babies to hide behind. I have of course been out by myself in the last two years but this was different, this wasn’t popping to the shop or dentist or a prosecco filled lunch with my bestie, but a day just with myself. It was surreal and I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I pulled up my big girl pants and motored on past the über loud spin class (which I so wanted to join) and headed on through into the fancy changing rooms, to start my day of me. Wow,  You could not move for Luis Vuitton leisure luggage, I think it may have been a membership requirement, thank god I didn’t bring my bag for life eh. But me and my (airport won) YSL bag nervously edged in amongst the club members and donned are swim wear to hit the spa.

My first stop was the Fire and Ice experience. Don’t know what this is?  No neither did I. It is essentially a circular corridor with different hot and cold relaxation rooms. Everything was an -arium caladium, sanarium , giant bath with really strong jets arium (more commonly known as the hydrotherapy pool).  It also homed a sauna, igloo, foot spa, conservatory, eucalyptus infused crystal steam room, the dreaded cold water bucket you tip on yourself to close those pesky pores and a dark room with ridiculously comfy loungers.

Belfry Fire and Ice

You do what sorry? Sit?

So I began my circuit of hot and cold rooms, truth be told it took me a little while to re-lax. I probably sit for, on average, 4.5 seconds a day during the hours of 7-7, my two under two make sure of that. So there I was, sat, just sat in a really hot wooden room. Hmm. What now?…*looks at watch*… ok it’s been 90 seconds, right. Still sitting… *looks around*… Still sitting. *drums fingers on wooden bench*... Still sitting. …*looks at watch*… 2 minutes 30 seconds…*taps foot*…. Still sitting. You get the idea. My body wanted to jump up and move, to do something (something always needs doing), it went against all instincts just to sit and do nothing. But hey, I got there. A few rooms in and I had this sitting and doing nothing DOWN, I bossed it. My mind probably did over drive but I did it from the comfort of a Perfectly temperatured darkened room, whilst LED DOWN, with no babies jumping on me. All in all the fire and ice experience was great, I loved every room. Sadly the aroma room was out-of-order on my visit, a real shame as who doesn’t love a good aroma. The pool was also a decent size, several fab jacuzzis and again more comfy loungers to relax on in the main leisure area.

Following my morning session I was booked in for my treatment at 12pm. I opted for a Swedish Massage, try saying that quickly, just me? I did arrive a little earlier and was shown through to a relaxation room (yes another, there’s a theme here). I don’t know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn’t what greeted me. I walked into a dimly lit room filled with velvet corner sofas, giant arm chairs and multiple chaise longues behind jewelled curtains. Yes I have made it sound like a bit  of Moulin Rouge boudoir and yes perhaps it was a little, but ultimately it was the best bloody room I have seen in a while. It was peaceful, tasteful, quiet and oh so comfortable. It was such a serene and tranquil environment you couldn’t help but relax.

chaise longue the belfry
The treatment that followed was, as you imagine, heavenly. A full body massage with extra attention on my doubled over back, with beautifully smelling oils and just the right pressure. Also how amazing are those massage beds? It was 50 minutes of pure bliss. I think I became so relaxed my over active brain even slowed almost to a halt. I did not want it to end.

Relax with a cuppa, obviously 

But fear not its end saw the start of my afternoon tea, all this relaxing did work up an appetite. In my previous life, dining alone would have bothered me, I would have felt self-conscious and on display. Now I quite honestly could not give two hoots. I sat proudly on my own, well kind of, I had the security of my iPad and my blog for company. I ate and drank at my own pace and lost myself to the blogging world, for several hours, something I rarely get the opportunity to do at home. Afternoon tea was nice, although I always want more sandwiches than offered (I think sandwiches are one of my favourite foods, me and Joey from friends would certainly get on well), the cakes were lovely, macaroons a little two sweet, but I think that juts me and one of the scones a little dry, but when lathered with the heart stopping amount of cream I applied you would never have known.

afternoon tea at the belfry

Afternoon tea was rounded up with another quick visit to the treatment rooms, where I had my nails done. Again the decor, atmosphere, the staff, everything was just devine and peaceful, you couldnt help but feel comfortable. I found myself looking round on numerous occasions at the people partaking in the spa. Was this just another day in the office for them? Or were they too on a special allowed out of the house day? Well if it’s the first, boy do I want that office job.

All in all my day at the Belfry was quite literally amazing. I always think when considering or reviewing a purchase or an experience would I, 1. Pay actual money for it 2. Do it again? 3. Recommend someone else part with their actual hard-earned money for the same thing. Well in this instance yes, yes and yes. If you are in the West Midlands area and looking for the perfect spa day or just day out (or night) in general this would a great place to start.  So much so Mr TM and I are looking to get a child free night to dine there (incident ally there is also a nightclub on site) and have been looking into joining the gym and leisure club as members, once we have purchased the appropriate Louis Vuitton luggage of course, it is after all in our doorstep, it is just whether we will get the use out of it with priorities…the babies.

So MR TM, ya did good. This was an excellent Christmas present that meant so very much to me. I enjoyed every second, thank you so very much.

Also keep an eye out for the vouchers and offers they have, some excellent value for money.

This was not a sponsored post, I just had a bloody good day, can you tell?

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  1. July 7, 2016 / 11:06 am

    OMG I so wish I was there right now and not dealing with all the end of term/school madness!!! It looks amazing I like the sound of being sprayed with jets of water and the contrast of hot and cold but I like you find it very difficult to sit still and relax… Looks amazing! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ????

  2. July 7, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    OOOOh what a lovely christmas present! You were really spoilt. I can understand that it must have been difficult to switch off at first :-) #coolmumclub

  3. July 7, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Oooooh what a lucky duck you are! Looks like an amazing experience and guessing the mister has won some serious brownie points with you. Well deserved lovely and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx

  4. twotinyhands
    July 8, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Mr TM, that does sound like a brilliant present. I am going to casually mention this blog post to Dave and hope he thinks about me for my birthday or christmas too! It would seem a little odd to me going it alone, but reading your post made me start nodding, yes, yes I could go alone! I still think a #tribal spa day retreat would be a good idea though #ablogginggoodtime :)

  5. July 8, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Wow, what amazing ‘me’ time. Always a tricky one setting our mind at ease with treating ourselves, what with ‘mum guilt’ and all! Looks like an awesome place, great post. xx

  6. July 9, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Looks gorgeous. I am so jealous! i want a spa holiday ????#fortheloveofBLOG

  7. July 9, 2016 / 10:13 am

    This looks amazing! I would love to go here x #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. July 9, 2016 / 11:54 am

    This looks amazing! I love a spa day and usually go with my best friend as I don’t like doing things on my own…but it is something I have been thinking about doing more recently #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. baddadu
    July 9, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I stayed here but the only facilities I used were the golf course and the nightclub – Bel Air. That was certainly quite an eye-opener! #KCACOLS

  10. July 9, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Ooh you had me at the first picture. That looks just lovely and so stylish and decadent and right on your doorstep hey – even better. The massage room is just divine, I do hope you get back there soon. I want to go! #KCACOLS

  11. July 9, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    It looks like a gorgeous place, and a lovely day! (Plus there was cake!) I know exactly what you mean about having children to kind of hide behind; sometimes I feel like I’m so busy being ‘mum’ when I’m out in public it’s a shock when suddenly my daughter isn’t there and I just need to be me. x

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

  12. July 10, 2016 / 1:11 am

    Looks amazing, I loved your inner dialogue of sitting down. It does seem odd as a parent just sitting there. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  13. July 10, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    It looks perfect. What a lovely present. I grew up near the Belfry so next time I’m visiting family maybe I’ll leave the kids and treat myself (I wish)! #KCACOLS

  14. aliduke79hotmailcom
    July 10, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    My friends and I were thinking of doing a spa day and afternoon tea, and after reading this I really want to do it. We are quite a way from you so we would have to find somewhere here, but hopefully it will be just as amazing. I am glad you had a lovely relaxing day x

  15. July 10, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Oh wow that looks amazing. I would love to visit a spa ! I have never been to one

  16. July 10, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Looks fab and planning a trip here with my bestie for a girly spa break! #kcacols

  17. July 10, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Oh that sounds blissful! Well done husband big brownie points for that present! #KCACOLS

  18. July 10, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    So jealous! I would love a spa holiday…#KCACOLS

  19. July 13, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Ooh I know I’ve already commented from another linky (sorry!) but it really does sound amazing. I must get a spa break booked for me and the other half soon I think. Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  20. July 14, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    This place looks amazing! I have never in my life had a single spa treatment, I keep meaning to rectify that down here somewhere 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  21. July 15, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    I have seen a few reviews of this space and it always looks so lovely. The food from the café looks especially yummy. I would be nervous to go myself as well. #KCACOLS