I can’t remember the last time I had more than a couple of hours to myself. A time when I wasn’t clock watching or doing something. A time just for me.
When Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire offered me and a friend a weekend reviver break I leapt at the chance! I asked my husband first of course, confident that he would turn me down and I would be able to take a girl friend! Tracey was the obvious choice. We met on our trip to Mozambique and she is one of those rare people you meet in life and something clicks. Having spent a week in a jeep with her in difficult circumstances I knew I would be able to spend a weekend in her company and come away relaxed and refreshed.
Ragdale Hall was perfect. We decided to avoid the gym and fitness studios and concentrate all our efforts on relaxation. The staff were warm, friendly and unobtrusive. Nothing was too much trouble and our room was perfect. We were particularly taken by the ‘Pillow Menu’, if the pillows on our beds were not to our satisfaction they could be changed for even more luxurious alternatives!
We were treated to a complimentary therapy as part of the package and both chose an hour-long facial which we emerged from grinning and almost slurring our words we were so relaxed!
We spent the rest of the time strolling around the grounds, chatting, sitting in various pools, saunas and steam rooms. I swam lazily up and down and we watched more energetic people taking part in the various exercise classes available before returning happily to our books.
I read a book! I read more than two pages before falling asleep! I absorbed myself in story, chuckling happily. It was heaven.
The food was delicious and I was definitely not short-changed as a vegetarian. Breakfast in our room was a delicious luxury.
We made many happy memories while we were there. I was happiest floating about in the candle pool where some of my favourite classical music played while the lights subtly changed colour. I lay back and conducted happily with my feet! This pool called me back again and again, there may be a bit of a longing for it now in my heart!
Speaking of conducting…Tracey had me in fits of hysterical laughter as she conducted the carp in the lake outside. They obligingly sang along to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, it was quite astonishing and a moment which will stay with me for a long, long time!
Ragdale Hall is everything a relaxing weekend away should be. If the mood had taken us we could have played croquet or tennis, had our hair or nails done and enveloped ourselves in luxury. We could’ve honed our bodies, learned to swim or spent some time meditating. What we did was relax, totally and utterly. We sat in a variety of squishy chairs and on comfy sofas with our feet up, we attempted a jigsaw together and we cemented a very special friendship. We laughed, a lot.
Thank you Ragdale Hall and to Vicki for organising it and asking me to go. I can honestly say that it set me up for the long summer holiday and that, given the chance, I would be back there like a shot!
Pics 1 and 4 courtesy of Ragdale Hall, the rest are mine…although I hardly took any photos! So relaxed!
I learned an important lesson during this fabulous weekend; I need to make time for me. It doesn’t have to be much but I do need to do it! What are your top tips for grabbing ‘Me Time’? How do you get a quick recharge?