Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Painting a Picture Perfect Weekend; Nestled in the Heart of the Cotswolds, Wyck Hill House Is a Perfect Escape from City Life. SONIA SHARMA Pays a Visit

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Painting a Picture Perfect Weekend; Nestled in the Heart of the Cotswolds, Wyck Hill House Is a Perfect Escape from City Life. SONIA SHARMA Pays a Visit

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Byline: SONIA SHARMA

IT was like looking at a beautiful painting. Standing at our room window, we spent a good 10 minutes just taking in the breathtaking views of the Cotswolds.

With rolling hills and greenery for miles on end, we knew we couldn't have picked a better spot for a relaxing weekend break.

We were staying at the Wyck Hill House Hotel, a country house near the market town of Stow-onthe-Wold. It's a secluded retreat, set in over 100 acres of countryside. As well as the main manor house, the site includes a separate orangery and coach house.

Our bedroom was in the manor. It had an antique-style decor, and was spacious and comfortable.

Its spectacular views were its best feature.

After settling in, we headed for some pampering in the hotel spa. While my husband Rajeev went for a deep-tissue back, neck and shoulder massage, I picked something I had never tried before - a hot stone full-body massage. We were taken to a relaxation room, where we filled out short forms to say we didn't have any health problems before being led to our treatment areas.

I was apprehensive to start with, wondering if this massage would hurt or burn my skin. But far from being painful, it was one of the most relaxing experiences I've had. I almost fell asleep and had to be roused by the therapist after the hour was up.

The process involved running hot volcanic basalt stones up and down my back, neck, arms and legs. They were placed on key energy points to soothe away aches and pains.

The stones were round and soft, so they didn't hurt. And, although I felt their heat, they were not hot enough to cause any harm.

Fully rejuvenated, we decided to explore Stow's town centre. It was a five-minute drive away. We had tea in one of the cafes and looked around the shops in the pretty market square before coming back to Wyck Hill.

Back at base, we strolled around the peaceful and picturesque grounds of the hotel. There were several spots, including a sun terrace and a vast lawn, where you could just sit and enjoy the tranquility. …

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