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We celebrate fifty golden years of Grayshott Spa as it has evolved from a traditional health farm to the country’s leading cancer retreat

For 50 golden years Grayshott Spa has provided a retreat for people seeking to recuperate after illness, surgery, emotional upheaval or simply in need of a rest.

A favourite of actress Dame Judi Dench and Joanna Lumley, Grayshott was the former home of Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, and is set within 47 acres of beautiful gardens.

It’s hard to believe this peaceful retreat in the heart of Surrey, which is now at the forefront offering respite for cancer patients, is less than an hour’s drive from London.  It boasts an impressive 59 bedrooms and 36 treatment rooms  and is happy to offer extended stays to guests.

Grayshott’s Nurture & Support Post Cancer Care consists of a four-night programme of treatments specially designed to relax, nourish the body and strengthen the immune system.

Stays are tailored to individual requirements and guests are supported by Grayshott’s team of in-house professionals, including natural therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and fitness experts.

The programme has been devised by Elaine Williams Grayshott’s Director of Natural Therapies with inclusive treatments created by Susan Harmsworth founder of ESPA.

 All the products have been designed to work in harmony, and not in conflict, with conventional medicine.

We have developed this stay as so often people with, and post, cancer are unnecessarily turned away from spas for no reason when they can benefit from nurturing treatments and enjoy relaxing time-out,” said Elaine Williams, Director of Natural Therapies.

Susan Harmsworth said: “Over the years we have treated numerous individuals with cancer and worked with many related health organisations.

“The whole programme has been carefully developed around the philosophy of nurturing, soothing and relaxing at a time of varying degrees of stress and anxiety, not incorporating any aggressive products or procedures.

“It is also based on the understanding that each individual will have different symptoms, degrees and stages of cancer, and that each cancer will manifest differently in each person,” she said.

Grayshott provides nutritious menus which are served on their trademark colour-coded plates to ensure guests select a healthy mix of food.


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Many spas are still reluctant to treat people who are living with, or recovering from, cancer.

The fear among some therapists is the pressure of the massage could push cancer cells round the body despite the fact that Macmillan Nurses offer massages as part of an oncology treatment package.


The following UK spas offer treatment for people recovering from cancer:

Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire

Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Surrey

Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh

Lifehouse Spa Hotel in Essex

Rockcliffe Hall in County Durham


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