Archerfield Spa Review
Location: Archerfield, Dirleton, North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5HU, Scotland
Grounds: Archerfield House overlooks the estuary of Scotland’s River Forth. It is a luxurious golf club that is set within 500 acres of private country grounds. Visitors have included golfers Sir Ian Botham, Darren Clarke and singer Ronan Keating.
Prices: Overnight spa stay from £150 per person
Transport: If you’re coming from London, you can get the train from King’s Cross to Edinburgh and get a 20-mile cab ride north of the city (40 minutes) to the East Lothian coast. The hotel is only a 10-minute drive from North Berwick rail station.
Nearby: This hotel is perfect for touring East Lothian and Edinburgh city centre (20 miles away). Fletcher’s is only a few miles from Edinburgh, near Muirfield, where there are lovely views over Firth of Forth and plenty of golf courses.
If you want to enjoy a meal elsewhere you can find great restaurants like La Potiniere in nearby Gullane. Also, Yellowcraig Beach is on the doorstep and Fidra Island Lighthouse, thought to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s inspiration for Treasure Island.
About the Fletcher’s Cottage Spa: This spa is one of a kind offering ultimate relaxation with luxurious treatment rooms and a gorgeous spa garden. Entering the spa is like being in a posh, fragrant barn. It is a stylist, faux-rustic, Scandi-look spa that is tranquil from the moment of stepping inside.
The spa is flooded with light and looks over a walled garden. There are individual changing rooms with a shower and dressing tables. Also, a log burner keeps you warm while you lounge around in pale sofas. Drink champagne, sherry or a fresh fruit. There are also tea and cakes. There is no swimming pool available but there is a salt steam room and aroma sauna which is great before having your treatment.
The spa offers a range of holistic and therapeutic treatments and uses specially selected products from around the world. The Signature Treatment combines massage and stretching to relax your entire body.
Treatments are from the British Isles and include Aromatherapy Associates, Spiezia and Voya’s purifying organic-seaweed range.
Style & character: Archerfield House is a restored Palladian mansion and adjacent to the house are the stone Pavilions. The spa has Farrow & Ball muted palettes and exposed brick and beams.
Service & facilities: Concierge service always available to take you from place to place (since the estate is spread out).
Hotel details: In the past, the hotel has been used to accommodate kings and prime ministers.The Archerfield House Hotel has fifteen double bedrooms. Each room is decorated in shades of cream, green and deep red. They include king or twin bedrooms and a large sitting room with sofa and chairs, desk small dining table, television and kitchenette. All suites include complimentary sky TV, wi-fi in room larder of wine, soft drinks and snacks.
The bathrooms are large and stocked with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. Also, freestanding slipper baths and oversized showers.
- Golf course
- Tennis court
- Fitness centre
Access for guests with disabilities? No.
Family-friendly? Yes, there are self-catering options available for families.
Food & drink: Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast at the Clubhouse restaurant. The restaurant includes a lounge with books and magazines, bar, cafe and also a more formal dining area which serves favourites like a club sandwich, Caesar salad and steaks. There is also a large terrace to enjoy for when the sun is shining.
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Image: Archerfield House, Dickins, Telegraph