With my arrow firmly in place, I pulled back on the rope and stabilized my gaze. A strong breath and – ping!
There was supposed to be a noise when the missile hit its target, but instead there was silence as it headed straight for the trees and landed on the front lawn.
This was my first attempt at archery, and despite the line of arrows in front of me, I wasn’t surrounded by the usual types of adventurers.
Instead, I stayed at the Nidd Hall Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorks, where older people hang out for a relaxing weekend of food, spa treatments, and live entertainment.
Part of the Warner Leisure group, the 18th-century, Grade II-listed country house offers jump rope activities, quiz nights, yoga classes and even billiards, plus events Special events like gin tasting.
I visited the Ice Ball, with performances by Motown band The FlyRights and comedian Josh Daniels.
Walking around the grounds, everything feels quiet.
There is a splendid swimming pool, heated to a comfortable 29C, cozy lounges for reading or playing games and 45 acres of gardens to explore.
And when the weather isn’t nice, you can easily rest for hours at the hotel’s Temple Spa.
I’m not usually a massage enthusiast, after a painful experience a few years ago, but I decided to give it a try again with the “back and face feeling” – and I’m glad I did.
Staff took the time to find out what I wanted, gave me a questionnaire.
What pressure? Tenderness. What is my stress level? Zero.
It’s hard to feel stressed when you’re in a serene spa surrounded by nothing but lush countryside.
Then I lay down for 40 blissful minutes, with warm, aromatic oils, soothing massages, and Temple Spa facial products.
I don’t want it to end, ever.
In addition to fabulous spa treatments, the daily list of activities includes water aerobics classes, rifle shooting, movie nights, and a variety show.
If you find time to step away from the fun, the market town of Knaresborough is just a 10-minute drive away.
Here, in the market square, we find the oldest chemist shop in England, dating from 1720, now a tearoom, serving scones and cakes – just the things we needed before going for a walk. along the River Nidd.
But you don’t have to leave the hotel to get to the historic sites.
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Guests can take a guided walk around the building and grounds. For his part, we know that Edward VIII met Wallace Simpson here at a party.
Wine tasting is another thing to do. And I was very pleased when Philip, our knowledgeable and experienced guide, agreed that we didn’t need to use the spittoon.
With dozens of glasses lined up for each of us, we were all experts by the time they were gone.
For a soak, guests can choose from two restaurants.
Brasserie32 is located in the main building and is divided into three traditional rooms, while The Rawson is much larger and divided into zones.
Both serve a rather small selection of dishes, which may explain why everything we tried was beautifully cooked and tasted good.
After dinner is when the fun really begins and we raise a few glasses in the theater to the epic live music of FlyRights.
People danced around us as we sang along to famous classics, from Abba to Carpenter.
And despite the lack of staff, the waiters always had a smile on their face.
Some cold porridge was all we could complain about, but even that was soon brought out.
And when the band hummed their music in front of the crowd, we couldn’t help but rock along. Their joy was contagious.
GO: NIDD HALL
OVER THERE: Nidd Hall’s adults-only breaks start from £269pp for three nights, arrive on May 30 and include breakfast, three-course dinners, live music, pool and activities.
Ice Ball breaks at Warner’s Gunton Hall Seaside Village in Suffolk start at £219pp for three nights, arriving on 4 February.
Rates include breakfast, three-course dinner, live music, pool, and activities.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/17405610/nidd-hall-archery-spa-day/ Enjoy archery, live entertainment and treat yourself to a spa day at Nidd Hall