If you fail to slip into a dreamy state of consciousness upon entering the tranquil Bamford Haybarn wellness retreat at Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire, then your mind needs a little calming (which thankfully happens very easily here)
For one who is used to the ultimate in 5 star experiences, I anticipated a rural feel to a beautiful space, something of a vacation encounter with me wanting to up the pace and intensity of treatments (something of a personally irritating trait of mine, I wish I could just sit still for longer – not to be confused with ADHD, simply a very busy working mummy), but instead I found a spa that easily rivals the most highly regarded spaces in London
I am unsure if it’s the heavenly countryside surroundings or the organic, calm, peaceful environment that Lady Bamford brought to this luxurious and perfectly understated haven over 20 years ago, but I cannot remember a time when I have felt more relaxed
Relaxing isn’t something I allow myself to do; a personal mission if you will, I have set myself a goal to achieve many things before I turn 40 (thankfully I have 5 years, but my list is rather long) and my mind is constantly churning over new ideas or considering deadlines for projects I am already involved with
At Bamford Haybarn, something happened; I switched off, relaxed, enjoyed being pampered, enjoyed the considered and delicious organic food in the restaurant, which is frequented by spa clients and Farm visitors alike. I even surprised myself by participating in yoga (I am an intense spinner, not a peaceful yogi) with a tutor I shall credit for changing my entire opinion of yoga forever – Christina, with her low, melodic voice took me through an hour of almost meditative yoga in the serene studio space. It was a revelation, how had I convinced myself that yoga truly wasn’t for me? I am positively hooked
Obviously I couldn’t resist bringing many Bamford candles home also – this ‘Moss’ candle is a firm favourite in our house, placed lovingly aside Nils’s treasured Davidoff humidor
And then there are the Bamford products, many of which I now cannot live without. Not only has the natural, organic and beautifully scented range made a very noticeable difference to my skin and hair (trust me, you simply must experience the shampoo and conditioner – perfect for every hair type) but knowing they are made from a level of pure ingredients that have been certified at the highest grade makes you feel even more wonderful about using them on your body.
I have a hen weekend to consider and since visiting the Bamford Haybarn, all other options have been pushed firmly beneath this serene and soothing sanctuary – now the only matter of concern is whether my dearest friends will be disappointed to hear we are no longer heading for a heady week in New York, or the beach destination that was causing excitement? Once they arrive at Bamford, I am quite convinced the alternative options will not even be a consideration.