A fortnight ago, myself and the Mr headed across to Lucker in Northumberland, all set to enjoy a blissful spa break c/o Beau Monde Salon & Spa and Stablewood Coastal Cottages. Read on for my Beau Monde Northumberland spa break review…
This gorgeous village is situated just off the A1, about 10 minutes from Bamburgh. Easy to access, Lucker itself feels both a relaxing escape and an enticing centre of countryside indulgence. You will find Stablewood Cottages throughout Northumberland, with this particular selection called The Lucker Collection. Comprising a range of 16 properties, these include: Steadings Cottages, Lucker Cottages, Apple Row Cottage and Millhouse Cottages. All offering private parking and within a short walking distance of Beau Monde, The Apple Inn and The Apple Core, amenities vary per cottage. Some have hot tubs, should you be visiting in a larger group. This would be amazing for breaks with friends, hen weekends or a big family get together.
Located directly opposite Beau Monde, we found ourselves in Chiff Chaff, a very cute and cosy cottage with a lounge and kitchen area combined, stylish bedroom and luxurious bathroom Completely dog-friendly, Chris and I had taken our Sprocker pup Ziggy along for the break. Upon arrival, we found wine, biscuits and dog treats too. A really special welcome, we settled into the cottage and let Ziggy explore its enclosed garden.
Soon it was time to walk around the corner to The Apple Inn, an ambient country pub and restaurant with a really warming atmosphere. Sipping our drinks, we decided on dishes and enjoyed the lovely Apple Inn hustle and bustle. Dogs are also welcome at the Apple Inn, and are made a complete fuss of. We were surrounded by chattering guests, happily eating and relishing the inn’s upbeat character.
To start, Chris chose Rissole of 5 Spice Pulled Pork, while I went for Parmesan Arancini. Mine a gluten-free option, the menus are all clearly marked and dietary requirements well covered.
The food came before we knew it, and was truly delicious, bursting with flavours and basically, beautifully presented autumnal comfort food. Onto our mains, and I had a Pulled Pork Burger, with Chris choosing similar and picking the Aberdeen Angus Burger. Arriving with tasty fries and salad, our appetites were completely sated. All I can say is- YUM.
For dessert, I devoured sorbet, and Chris ate some signature Apple Inn Apple Pie. Our entire dinner was marvellously moreish, and served by a really friendly team who made us feel completely at home. I can see why the Apple Inn is award-winning, and we’re planning to return with the kids for Sunday lunch soon.
It had started to rain while we were having dinner, so we ran back to our cottage and hunkered down for a blissful, cosy night in an extremely comfortable bed. Ziggy happy to snuggle down too, Chiff Chaff was a home away from home.
Refreshed after a relaxing evening and lovely sleep, we wandered back across to The Apple Inn for breakfast. Sipping coffee and looking forward to our day ahead, Chris ate a cooked breakfast while I tucked into Eggs Benedict. Chatting to other guests around us, they were enjoying the scenic countryside also and we talked of venturing across to Bamburgh, Craster and Holy Island. Lucker is the ideal spot for exploring Northumberland, and all of my favourite regional places are within reach.
Arriving at Beau Monde Salon & Spa, we checked into reception and were given all the information we’d need for our spa day. Already familiar with the salon as I’m there every couple of months to see my amazing hair stylist and good friend Teohna (she is Ziggy’s puppy aunty, as T has his brother, Bodhi), I was excited to experience the rest of the facilities. A deluxe destination, I always leave Beau Monde with a smile, as the team are salon and spa experts. The decor is chic and timeless, so you feel completely immersed in relaxation and me time.
Lounging by the pool, having a swim and taking a dip in the hot tub spa, we whiled away our time in style. The shimmering swimming pool tiles are iridescent in the light, adding an extra sparkle to your spa experience. Brought chilled water by the pool, we leafed through magazines and went in the sauna and steam room. Upstairs there is a a fitness studio too, should you fancy a work out.
Popping back to our cottage and walking Ziggy provided a short interlude, so I was desperate to get back into relaxation mode. Stepping from the leafy countryside into the spa feels so satisfying.
Next up was our treatments, with mine booked as a NaturaBisse 3D Collagen Shock and Chris a Work it Out Massage. Our therapists Emma and Lauren finding us in the Relaxation Room, we’d sunk into decadent loungers with faux fur throws and were having a sneaky snooze.
Lauren delivered the best facial I’ve ever had, talking me through the process and products both beforehand and afterwards. Designed to sculpt, firm and tighten, the treatment covered three types of collagen with different molecular weights. My skin was visibly radiant afterwards, both instantly and for the entire weekend that followed too. This is the first NaturaBisse facial I’ve ever had, and I’d thoroughly recommend it.
Chris’ massage undid knots and stress within his back, and removed aches and strains he had been feeling. A firm, detoxifying massage, it includes body brushing to get your circulation moving and a deep tissue massage. Chris commented how impressed he was, also feeling the effects for days after the massage.
Suitably refreshed, we went back to the Relaxation Room, lapping up Beau Monde’s intuitive luxury for a little longer. Watching flames flicker on a screen, the escape and indulgence had us in spa break heaven. Lunch followed in the Viewing Room, overlooking the pool. Seated and brought our lunch, this had arrived from the Apple Inn. We were offered Prosecco and enjoyed a selection of cold meats, olives, bread and cheese within our dishes. It was the ideal end to our day, and finished off our entire spa break perfectly.
All set for venturing back to reality, we left Beau Monde rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed. An indulgent award-winning spa, whether you live locally or are looking at a trip North, I’d suggest you stop by for a luxurious break soon.
Our spa break was complimentary in return for this review. All thoughts are my own, and I will be back to Beau Monde ASAP.
A spa weekend package is priced from £165 per person. Find out more over at beaumondelucker.com.