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Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in an idyllic spot near Ripon, Grantley Hall represents one of the UK’s most lavish hotel investments of 2019. Purchased in 2015 by Yorkshire entrepreneur Valeria Sykes, this stately manor house has been lovingly transformed by a handpicked team of hospitality experts, led by her son, managing director Richard Sykes, and general manager Andrew McPherson.

Valeria’s love of history and the arts, and her desire to give something back to her beloved home county, has driven every detail of Grantley Hall’s £70 million (E82 million) restoration. Set in 38 acres of rolling Yorkshire estate and stunning formal gardens, Grantley Hall’s 300-year country retreat heritage has been successfully reimagined to appeal to a new generation of wellness-focused guests. Pristine and elegant, the new Three Graces Spa and ELITE gym and performance centre are just two highlights of the extended property, which features 47 opulent rooms and suites, three bars and four restaurants.

Taking its inspiration from the legendary daughters of Greek god Zeus – Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia – Three Graces Spa exudes an ambience of beauty and elegance. Spacious, light and welcoming, an emphasis is placed on delivering balance and relaxation through a carefully curated menu of effective restorative treatments from British organics brand ila Spa and luxury Spanish skincare from Natura Bissé. Covering 972 sqm, the new spa features a spacious reception area, changing rooms, five treatment rooms, a relaxation room, an 18-metre pool, a selection of thermal facilities and an elegant spa lounge overlooking the gardens.

Spa director Jane McPherson is keen to develop Three Graces Spa to reflect demand. “At this early stage its all about small steps to really understand our market,” she explains. “We will be looking at ways to develop our residential spa packages once we fully understand what is demanded. Some of the areas we are certainly looking to develop are in nutrition and mindfulness. It’s about helping people find themselves slowly and gain confidence.”

Andrew McPherson is similarly committed to building on Grantley Hall’s reputation as a UK luxury country house retreat with a wellness edge. The hotel has already been awarded Relais & Châteaux status, and has recently been given a Good Spa Guide 5-Bubble Workplace Luxury Rating as well as a Wellbeing Charter in recognition of its wellness-driven approach to training and the care of its team.

“Valeria Sykes wanted to give something back to Yorkshire that it could be very proud of, and I think she has achieved this,” he states. “We’re working to create a five-star wellness offer, something that’s never been done before here. It’s about being on the ball every day, making sure guests are utilising everything and enjoying luxury service. Grantley Hall is all about being inclusive and welcoming without being intimidating. We genuinely mean it when we say that at Grantley ‘we are here for you’.”

“Instead of giving our guests plastic cups for water, we have sourced My Copper Cup Wellness Ayurvedic water butts, which are embedded with healing gem stones and placed throughout the spa.”

Jane McPherson, Spa director

Three Graces Spa

Owner Collection: Valeria Sykes

Managing director: Richard Sykes

General manager: Andrew McPherson

Spa director: Jane McPherson

ELITE manager: Paul Martin

Marketing manager: Sarah Baines

Architect/project designer: Bowman Riley

Construction: RN Woole

Spa & ELITE size: 1,800sqm

Interior furniture: Peter Thompson’s of York

Treatment rooms: Five

Spa team: 17

ELITE suppliers: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, miha bodytec EMS, CryoAir, Styku, Tanita,

Sporting Edge Spa suppliers: BC Softwear, Ellisons, Gharieni, Cheshire Wellness, Barr + Wray, KLAFS, LaStone, Clever Association, My Copper Cup

Product partners: ila Spa, jane iredale, Natura Bissé, Jessica, ZenSpa Pedicures, Kissed by Mii Mangement software: Alacer

 

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Copyright © 2020 - Spa Publishing Limited. All rights reserved

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in an idyllic spot near Ripon, Grantley Hall represents one of the UK’s most lavish hotel investments of 2019. Purchased in 2015 by Yorkshire entrepreneur Valeria Sykes, this stately manor house has been lovingly transformed by a handpicked team of hospitality experts, led by her son, managing director Richard Sykes, and general manager Andrew McPherson.

Valeria’s love of history and the arts, and her desire to give something back to her beloved home county, has driven every detail of Grantley Hall’s £70 million (E82 million) restoration. Set in 38 acres of rolling Yorkshire estate and stunning formal gardens, Grantley Hall’s 300-year country retreat heritage has been successfully reimagined to appeal to a new generation of wellness-focused guests. Pristine and elegant, the new Three Graces Spa and ELITE gym and performance centre are just two highlights of the extended property, which features 47 opulent rooms and suites, three bars and four restaurants.

Taking its inspiration from the legendary daughters of Greek god Zeus – Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia – Three Graces Spa exudes an ambience of beauty and elegance. Spacious, light and welcoming, an emphasis is placed on delivering balance and relaxation through a carefully curated menu of effective restorative treatments from British organics brand ila Spa and luxury Spanish skincare from Natura Bissé. Covering 972 sqm, the new spa features a spacious reception area, changing rooms, five treatment rooms, a relaxation room, an 18-metre pool, a selection of thermal facilities and an elegant spa lounge overlooking the gardens.

Spa director Jane McPherson is keen to develop Three Graces Spa to reflect demand. “At this early stage its all about small steps to really understand our market,” she explains. “We will be looking at ways to develop our residential spa packages once we fully understand what is demanded. Some of the areas we are certainly looking to develop are in nutrition and mindfulness. It’s about helping people find themselves slowly and gain confidence.”

Andrew McPherson is similarly committed to building on Grantley Hall’s reputation as a UK luxury country house retreat with a wellness edge. The hotel has already been awarded Relais & Châteaux status, and has recently been given a Good Spa Guide 5-Bubble Workplace Luxury Rating as well as a Wellbeing Charter in recognition of its wellness-driven approach to training and the care of its team.

“Valeria Sykes wanted to give something back to Yorkshire that it could be very proud of, and I think she has achieved this,” he states. “We’re working to create a five-star wellness offer, something that’s never been done before here. It’s about being on the ball every day, making sure guests are utilising everything and enjoying luxury service. Grantley Hall is all about being inclusive and welcoming without being intimidating. We genuinely mean it when we say that at Grantley ‘we are here for you’.”

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