Spa Review: Norton House

Here’s a taster of my review of Norton House Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh for


It was hard to believe, driving up the winding drive to Norton House, that we had just pulled off a busy motorway. You would never guess this little window of countryside existed just minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 20 minutes from the city centre. The effect on mum and I was instant; we felt calmed and full of anticipation for what was to come.



G Jennings pic, community spirit awards,

I didn’t get as far as a bedroom, but they look sumptuous. My ‘plus one’, mum Anne. Copyright G Jennings, Evening Telegraph Community Spirit Awards

It’s charming! A grand old building on the outside but intimate and cosy on the inside. The spa itself is separate from the hotel with its own car park, but just a minute’s walk if you’re staying overnight whereas we were there for the day. The restaurant menu had a fantastic selection, the staff were very friendly and I spotted a few cosy tables that I’d love to settle down at for a cosy evening with a glass of wine.

You go downstairs to get to the spa and the first room in which you are asked to take a seat wasn’t what I expected at all. It was like a huge hotel lobby and at the back there was a long bar. This was unusual because this is a self-contained spa entrance. I can’t think of any spas I’ve visited where it feels like you could be starting a night out. I’m not complaining, it’s actually crossed my mind before that some spas are too sober – for many a group of girls who want an accompanying drink as they let their hair down. We were given a welcome, non-alcoholic juice blend, which was delicious, and talked through the treatments we’d like with a therapist. Then we were taken through to the next room which was very spa like, with women in bathrobes reading magazines on sofas, fruit bowls, water and ‘healthy stuff’ all around. So, with the two very different rooms, you have the best of both worlds! Facilities include a pool, sauna, steam room and hydropool – they are a tad tired but perfectly enjoyable. The lockers were easy to operate with a code and no need for cars or keys. Towels, slippers and robes are provided for comfort.


Luxury-lovers, here’s the link to the full review..

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