After Center Parcs I was more than ready for a bit of relaxation and the Turkish Baths in Harrogate were the perfect place to do that. The Victorian baths are made up of a steam room, a cold plunge pool (eek!) and three hot rooms, each hotter than the last. There are multiple showers and a relaxation room where you need to sit for at least 20 minutes at the end to cool down. A member of staff showed us round and explained what to do when we arrived and we spent a whole morning relaxing there. It was surprising how quickly the time went. Following that , Mr M had booked us both a scrub and wrap treatment which left me even more relaxed and with lovely soft skin.
From the baths we went straight up the hill to Bettys tea rooms for afternoon tea. It was just perfect – lovely surroundings, beautiful tea and gorgeous food all brought out on tiered silver tea stands. You couldn’t beat it for taste or for sense of occasion – it reduced me to childish glee, anyway! The nice ladies on the table next to us helped too, they were almost as excited we were when it all arrived.
A night in Hotel du Vin (the best Bloody Mary ever, dinner and a bit of late night pool) was followed by some exploring in Harrogate and a drive over to York. We were staying in Hotel du Vin again but this time we’d been upgraded to a Junior Suite which was a bit of a treat! A lovely meal at Melton’s Too with family was also a treat: Asparagus and polenta, Pork belly and black pudding, and Pannacotta, with red wine to accompany it. We spent the rest of our time exploring the city. It’s really pretty with all of its little streets, the minster and city walls which you can walk all of the way round (and we pretty much did).