Country Chic

The Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa is a haven nestling among the heather of the North Yorkshire Moors…


The peel of church bells and the sight of a weather cock signals our arrival in the quintessentially Yorkshire market town of Helmsley which is home to The Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa.


We followed the discreet sign-posting and turned towards a sand-colored stone building which houses the welcoming reception area along with a tempting peek at the aqua-coloured pool through the glass doors.


Greeted by name on arrival, it wasn’t long before our car was valet parked in the modern underground car park and we were led to our spacious spa-suite overlooking an outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool which nestled below our balcony in the courtyard.


Clockwise from left: Champagne-on-ice; Bedroom suite; Children enjoying the outdoor swimming pool...


Two bottles of champagne were on ice; “One for now” and “One for later” which was the first of many thoughtful touches


The Feversham Arms has become famous for since this old coaching house once owned by the Earl of Feversham was converted in to a hotel and spa.


The original 17-room inn is now a modern, country hotel, with good food, art and a great spa to chill out in”. Twenty-two of the 33 rooms are suites, each one has unique touches while enjoying similar features and earthy colours on the walls.


Televisions are all high-end Bang & Olufsen ideal for viewing the collection of DVD’s which ranged from classic romance to comedies. Our suite was adorned with classic duck-egg blue wallpaper and beige and cream furnishings with the scent of lilies filling the rooms.


The huge bathroom was bathed in natural light which streamed in from the skylight above and dotted around the bath were L’occitiane Verbena products. Our first port of call was the inviting pool which was warmed to a perfect 33 C an ideal temperature for a country which can experience four seasons in one day!


So, with the wind gusting against the weather cock presiding above us and the grey clouds gathering from the direction of the North Yorkshire Moors, we were happy to complete a few more lengths before retreating to the spa.


Clockwise from left: Gourmet meals from the fine-dining restaurant; The Feversham Cow (from the art gallery); The Feversham Teddy - "Do NOT disturb" sign when placed outside the bedroom door...


The Verbena Spa is housed on the ground floor of the newly-built eastern wing of the hotel and offers a warm welcome to guests. Simon believes visiting a spa should be uplifting and life enhancing within a fresh, natural and joyous environment and have chosen the Elemis and Anne Semonin treatment menu to offer all the ingredients you might need to feel and look better while relaxing.


I had selected the tailor made Royal Miracle Ice Facial by Anne Semonin which the treatment menu told me was: “total indulgence, absolute luxury and outstanding results”. Let’s get started… A good facial should always start with a foot massage and this is exactly how this one started and immediately helped me relax.


The biggest surprise was the use of ice cubes over my face, neck and décolleté which I was told helps revive, lift and firm the skin. During my 75-minute treatment by skin was also deeply cleansed and polished and I was given an intensive pressure point facial which was absolutely amazing and left my skin visibly brightened and glowing.



The Verbena Spa has a saunarium, aromatherapy and salt vapour rooms, monsoon shower and foot spa, with the ever popular outdoor heated hot-tub and pool. And for guests seeking a quiet nook or cranny to read a book or magazine the home-from-home relaxation area with its deep-cushioned sofas is the perfect place to hide which is exactly what I did after a dip in the outdoor hot tub.


It was then back to my room for a hot bath in the novel bottle of "lavender sheep dip" before an exquisite dinner in the comfortable restaurant with a menu put together by head chef Simon Kelly, (formerly of the famous The Waterside Inn in Bray) and one of the best night sleeps I have had in a very long time.




Verbena Spa at The Feversham Arms Hotel

Helmsley YO62 5AG

T: +44 (0)1439 772930



Anne Semonin





The popular market town of Helmsley is the starting point of the Cleveland Way National Trail and the Ebor Way. With its close proximity to many remarkable attractions in Yorkshire, Helmsley is ideal for short breaks or adventurous family days out.


The more hardy traveller can slip on a rucksack and walking boots for a trek over the North Yorkshire Moors while those seeking some sea air have the coastal resorts of Robin Hood’s Bay or the busier seaside town of Whitby to choose from.


Join the throng on market day every Friday in the large square, where Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's gothic memorial to the second Baron of Feversham and a stone market cross dominate. Watch the world go by from one of the attractive pubs and tearooms flanking Helmsley square or go shopping for gifts and local crafts.


Anne Sémonin Express Radiance Facial

Ice Cubes, applied over the face, neck and décolleté to revive, lift and firm the skin. A brand new ice-cube treatment for the delicate under-eye area was actually launched at the Feversham Arms; it uses frozen mineral water and an ingenious combination of ingredients works to soothe tired eyes, plump fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area and visibly improve under-eye circles.


Bubbling Mud For Boys

A warm bubbling marine mineral mud applied all over the back, neck and shoulders to release tension and tight muscles. While the mud bubbles away, the feet and lower legs are carefully massaged to improve circulation allowing a powerful sense of wellbeing.


Remove the mud and this treatment also includes a de-stress back, neck and shoulder massage and soothing scalp massage, combining the use of warmed stones and cold ice pressure-point face and eye massage.


Lavender Sheep Dip Bubble Bath 250ml

Sheep dip bubble bath is the novel way to get clean. In lavender or tea tree these great bubble baths are gift ideas are top sellers. Each has a brilliant novel sheep label and is a large 250ml bottle. Simply pour under running bath water to create your own luxury sheep dip bubble bath. All our bubble baths are SLS free and are made with pure essential oils. We now supply the Feversham Arms Hotel with our lavender sheep dip and this is the same product used in the bathrooms there.


The SPA Traveller tips

• Try to pre-book your spa treatments before your break

•  Don’t calculate your time by distance as with the narrow lanes and busy motorways it takes longer to get anywhere

•  Expect to put on a few kilos as you won’t be able to resist the hearty Yorkshire fare

•  Try to explore the countryside. The North Yorkshire Moors are probably at their best in autumn when they are covered in purple heather


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