If you’ve been feeling like you need an escape from city life, Fletcher’s Cottage Spa is the place to head. Located in East Lothian, not far from quaint country villages and seaside pockets such as Drem and Gullane, and near to the picturesque shores of North Berwick, it provides the perfect luxury hideout from which to take a break and retreat to the countryside.
You’ll find Fletcher’s Cottage Spa nestled within the grounds of the vast Archerfield Estate, home to Archerfield House, an array of luxury lodges, the Walled Garden Café and two prestigious links golf courses with clubhouses.
On entering, the scale of the estate coupled with the perfectly manicured lawns and wide, new roads, give a slight Disney feel. If you’ve ever visited the Disney town of Celebration, you’ll know what I mean. Everything is just so.
The Spa itself doesn’t look much from the outside, a wooden clad lodge with a separate gym hut next door. Cross the threshold, and you are instantly transported to another world. Carefully chosen soft furnishings and calming lighting take you to a zen like space. The scandi-style interiors feature local, up-cycled potato boxes, filled to the brim with fluffy looking slippers, cosy sheepskin rugs, fur clad stools and even faux fur lampshades.
It feels luxurious, yet cosy. And that’s just the waiting room.
We (five of us, all newbies to Fletcher’s) are given a warm welcome from the Spa therapists and served a super healthy fruit juice, whilst we swap our shoes for slippers (there’s an empty potato box for your outdoor shoes) and fill out our treatment forms.
Past the reception area, the main relaxation room awaits. To say I’d like every single piece of furniture to magically appear in my Edinburgh flat is an understatement. It is gorgeous. Groups of comfortable sofas and arm chairs allow for pre and post treatment relaxation, and tables of flavoured waters, and even a little sherry station, keep you hydrated and relaxed. A wood burning stove in the centre of the room makes me think that on a bitterly cold December day, this place would be a dream.
After changing into our robes (each in a private vanity room style changing room, complete with shower) we are ready to get started.
We opted for a mix of treatments, including the Bath Hut treatments and a ‘back to life’ massage. For the latter, the massage table was one of the most comfortable ones I’ve ever been on. More like an actual bed, complete with a duvet and what I assume was an electric blanket, my 30 minute treatment was a targeted neck back and shoulders massage, finishing with a back cleanse and exfoliation. My therapist was fantastic, friendly and extremely professional. She worked on all my pressure points, reacting to how my knots and muscles were feeling, leaving me soothed and relaxed. At the end, I sat cosied up on the bed for about ten minutes, before heading back to the relaxation room where I was served a little fresh fruit platter and a delicious berry smoothie.
The Bath Hut goers were equally impressed. For these treatments, you are taken to two private Bath huts, with their own log burners in the spa garden, and you can choose from an energising seaweed based bath, or one using aromatherapy oils and rose petals. Each bath brings out different healing qualities, depending on whether you want to feel uplifted or relaxed.
Following our treatments we enjoyed the rest of the spa facilities, which included an Herb Aroma Sauna and a Marine Steam Room, and another smaller relaxation room with mini beds and duvets, positioned in front of huge windows looking on to the gardens.
It’s clear that wellness and an ethical approach to health are at the heart of this luxury operation. Everything from the up-cycled interiors, to the treatment menu and products used embodies that ethos, and they have perfectly captured the art of ‘rustic luxury’.
I would have expected a spa of this calibre to be on the higher end of the price spectrum, however the typical Edinburgh city centre price tag does not apply. With treatments such as the Bath Huts starting at £50 per person, it makes for both an ethical and an affordable spa day. The words in their brochure ring true – spending time here is easy.
Fletcher’s Cottage Spa
01620 897 580