• Sat. Feb 17th, 2024

A 50-year health kick at Ragdale Hall Spa

A 50-year health kick at Ragdale Hall Spa
Beauty therapists at Ragdale Hall Spa in 1992
Beauty therapists at Ragdale Hall Spa in 1992

It opened as Ragdale Hall Health Farm in 1973 after slimming guru Audrey Ayton, creator of the revolutionary F-Plan diet, bought the former hunting lodge.

In the early days, customers enjoyed exercise classes, classic treatments and a 500-calorie-a-day menu.

Audrey sold it to Leisure Investments in 1984 and seven years later it was taken over by Gary Nesbitt and Michael Isaacs – two of the founders of the former Our Price record chain.

Mike Isaacs and Gary Nesbitt took over Ragdale Hall Spa in the early 1990s.Mike Isaacs and Gary Nesbitt took over Ragdale Hall Spa in the early 1990s.
Mike Isaacs and Gary Nesbitt took over Ragdale Hall Spa in the early 1990s.

It has been a family-owned enterprise since the early 1990s.

Ragdale Hall Spa today is very different from those humble beginnings 50 years ago.

The venue now boasts a large traditional dining room, outdoor pool, fitness studio, gyms, additional bedrooms, a thermal spa, 12 heat and water experiences, cocktail bar, as well as a stunning rooftop infinity pool in the Leicestershire countryside.

Ragdale has won several awards over the years, including the Good Spa Guide Award 2022 for Best Guest Experience.

Pictured is the dining room at Ragdale Hall in the early 1970sPictured is the dining room at Ragdale Hall in the early 1970s
Pictured is the dining room at Ragdale Hall in the early 1970s

To celebrate its 50th birthday, the spa has launched new luxury anniversary spa packages featuring inclusive treatments and experiences aimed at helping clients relax, recharge and restore.

The package provides full access to all spa facilities, meals and pampering treatments.

A complimentary bux fizz with Danish pastries is served on arrival or, for shorter stays of two or three nights, a special edition bottle of Prosecco with chocolate truffles is presented to the client’s room.

“Each package has been created to offer our guests the ultimate spa experience while marking this momentous occasion in a truly memorable way,” said Hugh Wilson, managing director of Ragdale Hall Spa.

The infinity pool at Ragdale Hall SpaThe infinity pool at Ragdale Hall Spa
The infinity pool at Ragdale Hall Spa

Ragdale Hall Spa has teamed up with The Melton Times to grant £10,000 to local organizations through the Ragdale Hall Community Chest.

Checks will be submitted on Monday evening. Pictures and news from the night will be in next week’s Melton Times.

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