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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Top UK Spas

Rachel Carr

Whilst I lived in Germany with my husband for two years, I learnt a great many things. I can now drink a whole stein of beer and hold my own, I can make a mean schnitzel, I can drive fast without the fear of god running through me, and I also learnt to love a spa. Interestingly, for a woman, I always found spas a bit 'and what next?'. I think I found it hard to realise that the whole point of going was not activity, but just indulging in doing absolutely nothing. Apologies if I'm telling you how to skin a cat here, but the point of spas genuinely passed me by up until I moved to the North Rhine Westphalia area. 

Now I'm back in the UK, I try to indulge them as much as I can. However, here, whilst you may not come face to face with German sausage everywhere you look, you do tend to have to pay a lot more for them. They've therefore become to me, now, a once in a while treat that is much welcomed. Because of that, I don't mind travelling that little bit further to go to one and as such I've listed some below that are dotted mainly in the South, near abouts the M4. Here are my favourites:

The Limewood Hotel, Hampshire This hotel spa is ludicrously luxurious where staff are on hand to help you with your every whim or desire. The price is reflective of this and the A List clientele you are likely to be rubbing shoulders with, but sometimes we need to throw money at our relaxation! Plus the spa's lush surroundings will make you wonder why you haven't thrown it sooner!

The Limewood Hotel, Hampshire

This hotel spa is ludicrously luxurious where staff are on hand to help you with your every whim or desire. The price is reflective of this and the A List clientele you are likely to be rubbing shoulders with, but sometimes we need to throw money at our relaxation! Plus the spa's lush surroundings will make you wonder why you haven't thrown it sooner!

Barnsley House Spa This Wiltshire based hotel spa is made out of quintessential Cotswold stone. It is pretty as a picture and will make you feel incredible too. Away from the hubbub of modern life, in a tiny village, guests can make use of the facilities either for a day, or stay overnight at the hotel itself or the "Village Pub" over the road, which is part of the same firm. 

Barnsley House Spa

This Wiltshire based hotel spa is made out of quintessential Cotswold stone. It is pretty as a picture and will make you feel incredible too. Away from the hubbub of modern life, in a tiny village, guests can make use of the facilities either for a day, or stay overnight at the hotel itself or the "Village Pub" over the road, which is part of the same firm. 

The Gainsborough Bath Spa This spa in Bath is so elegant due to its classical architecture and chic finishes. It's crowning glory is its vast Roman swimming pool. Relaxing around its edges is so enjoyable that it is easy to forget the fab wealth of treatments on offer, and the yummy food at lunch which you can buy as part of a package as a day guest.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

This spa in Bath is so elegant due to its classical architecture and chic finishes. It's crowning glory is its vast Roman swimming pool. Relaxing around its edges is so enjoyable that it is easy to forget the fab wealth of treatments on offer, and the yummy food at lunch which you can buy as part of a package as a day guest.

Pennyhill Park, Surrey The training home of the England rugby team, has quite the decadent spa facilities. It made it the perfect destination for my husband and I to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I loved the music that played underwater in the pool, the husband the plaque from Clive Woodward.

Pennyhill Park, Surrey

The training home of the England rugby team, has quite the decadent spa facilities. It made it the perfect destination for my husband and I to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I loved the music that played underwater in the pool, the husband the plaque from Clive Woodward.

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