Add a little bit of Bowood to the stockings of the special ladies amongst your family and friends this festive season...

When shopping for the ladies in your life, you should always remember to put in that little bit of extra thought and care. To help you with your Christmas shopping, we’ve put together a fabulous Christmas gift guide to help you in purchasing those all-important gifts for her this season.

Below you’ll find an assortment of affordable, stylish and must have Bowood-inspired gifts. Some are available to purchase online as vouchers, others can be reserved and collected from The Spa at Bowood.

30-Minute Organic Prescriptive Facial


A 30-minute treatment designed to suit any skin requirements. We do this by mixing and blending our effective organic products to create a prescriptive facial that will deliver visible results tailored to solve your exact skincare concerns.

This treatment uses superior spa products from the Eminence Organics Collection.


Spongelle Hand Moisturiser


Infused with Spongellé’s signature fragrance, this Hand Cream (2.oz) will help soothe, nourish and hydrate your hands and cuticles.

Contact a member of our friendly Spa Team to enquire about the various scents available today on 01249 823 883 or get in touch here.


30-Minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage


Experience the healing effects of Thai-style massage combined with western massage techniques and tropical essential oils. Focusing on the key areas where tension becomes stored and providing a much-needed dose of rest and restoration.

This treatment uses luxury spa products from the Ytsara Collection.


Golf Lesson

£30 to £90

The perfect gift for a beginner or those golfers looking to improve their game. We have gift experiences which include a variety of different golf lessons with one of Bowood’s PGA Teaching Professionals. These include:

  • 30 Minutes Lesson | £30
  • 60 Minute Lesson | £60
  • 9 Hole Playing Lesson | £90

Eminence Organics Starter Sets

From £43 – £50

This Christmas, give the gift of an ageless, bright or flawless complexion with one of the Eminence Organics Starter Sets. These award-winning products are openly used by celebrities such as Megan Markle, Eva Longoria and Dita Von Teese.

Our range of Eminence Organics Starter Sets include:

  • Age Corrective Starter Set | £50
  • Eight Greens Starter Set | £50
  • Stone Crop Starter Set | £46
  • Bright Skin Starter Set | £43
  • Calm Skin Starter Set | £43
  • Clear Skin Starter Set | £43
  • Firm Skin Starter Set | £43
  • Youth Shield Starter Set | £43

Please note: These products are exclusively available to purchase in-store, via the Spa Reception.


Spa Days

From £80 – £140 per person

Everyone requires a little downtime to relax and unwind. Our Spa Days are a perfectly balanced combination of relaxation and rejuvenation making them a popular Christmas gift for close friends or family members who are always on the go.

Our Spa Days include:


90-Minute Hot Stone Massage


This timeless and signature treatment uses traditional oils to compliment any skin type, as well as warm basalt stones to relax the muscles allowing for a deeper and more intense all-over massage


Specialist Spa Break Experiences

£385 – £390

At The Spa at Bowood, all our beauty therapists are professionally trained to carry out luxurious spa treatments on those who are pregnant as well as those weathering the effects of chemotherapy and cancer treatments.

We offer gift experiences including:



Afternoon Tea for Two

From £22.50 per person

Give the gift of a traditional afternoon tea in the cosy surroundings of the Hotel Library or The Shelburne Restaurant.

Afternoon Tea for Two at Bowood includes a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, home-baked scones served with clotted cream and preserve, cakes and pâtisserie, served with freshly brewed tea, coffee or hot chocolate.



£7.95 – £11

Spongellé’s body buffers will transform your bathing ritual into a beyond cleansing experience. These luxurious buffers are designed to moisturise and rejuvenate your skin from neck to toe. We currently stock the following in both the Wild Flower & Travel Size varieties…

  • Wild Flower – French Lavender
  • Wild Flower – Honey Blossom
  • Wild Flower – Freesia Pear
  • Travel Size Spongette – French Lavender
  • Travel Size Spongette – Bulgarian Rose
  • Travel Size Spongette – Freesia Pear
  • Travel Size Spongette – Honey Blossom



Spa Christmas Shopping Evening

Join us on Thursday 28th November 2019 for mulled wine, mince pies and a spot of Christmas shopping…


Here's our 2019 collection of great gift ideas for the gentlemen in the family...

If you’re struggling to find gifts for him this Christmas, then here are a few trusty ideas which will get the baubles rolling. You know the kind of folk we’re talking about, big brother, dad or even grandad.

This Christmas, we’ve created some affordable, useful and stylish experiences which you can order online via our online gift voucher shop or buy in the Pro Shop here at Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort.

Bowood Mittens


Incredibly warm and cosy, our Bowood branded mittens are the perfect stocking filler for Dad, Uncle Jon or even cousin Sam. They are machine washable and a total steal this season.


Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage

From £40

Gift the healing effects of Thai-style massage combined with western massage techniques and tropical essential oils. Focusing on the key areas where tension becomes stored and providing a much-needed dose of rest and restoration.



From £30-£90

Our Golf Lessons are the perfect gift either for those who are complete beginners or for the more experienced golfer who is keen to improve their handicap/improve their technique.

30 Minute Lesson | £30BUY ONLINE

60 Minute Lesson | £60BUY ONLINE

Individual 9 Hole Playing Lesson | £90BUY ONLINE

Bowood Bobble Hat


Our favourite piece of Bowood apparel this winter season. With several colours available, our Bowood branded winter bobble hats are a must for any stocking this festive season.


Winter Round of Golf for Two

£35-£45 per person

Treat that special someone and a friend to 18-holes on Bowood’s PGA Golf Course, use of our Driving Range (with 50 complimentary range balls), use of our PGA Academy Course and Putting Green to use before or after their game. We’ll also give them 10% off any retail purchases during their visit in the Bowood Pro Shop…


Callaway Winter Golf Gift Set


This impressive winter bundle includes branded Callaway mitts, a hat and a towel.


Gift Vouchers

Not quite found what you’re looking for?

Browse our full collection of Hotel, Spa, Golf, Dining & Bowood House & Gardens gift vouchers.




Bowood Inspired Christmas Gifts For Her

Need some more inspiration for your mum, aunties and sisters? See our Christmas Gift Guide for Her here…


Standby, the anti-aging power of LED Light Therapy has arrived at The Spa at Bowood in time for the party season…

This November, we’re very excited to be able to unveil our rather terrifying to look at, yet an incredibly effective new piece of technology which is proven to reduce the signs of ageing.

Our LED Light Therapy Mask arrived at the beginning of October and our talented team of beauty therapists have been busy exploring the many ways in which it can dramatically improve your complexion.

About our Treatment of the Month...

During the month of November, when you book a custom 60-minute Eminence Facial we’ll include 15-minutes of LED Light Therapy to help speed up the results. You can choose from a choice of prescriptive facials to reduce the signs of ageing, redness, acne, bright skins to name a few.

Find out more about our luxury spa treatments for the face here.

About the LED Light Therapy Mask…

The mask is made up of over 100 tiny LED bulbs which can shine a number of various colours including:

  • Blue – used to improve sensitive skin
  • Red – Stimulate cells to excrete collagen to firm and smooth texture
  • Green – used to ease ageing and smooth wrinkles and fine lines
  • Cyan – used to calm inflammation or angry/red skin
  • Yellow – has the ability to fade dark spots, freckles and blemishes
  • Purple – improve lymph metabolism and microcirculation
  • White – de-stress, relax and restore your skin to younger and healthier skin

The mask uses natural light waves which are transmitted using the LED bulbs into skin cells. This then subsequently causes the photoreceptors in the skin to produce a greater supply of energy which is then used to replenish and rejuvenate the skin. This process can also help improve the elasticity of the skin by breaking down fatty facial areas.

The benefits of LED Light Therapy are not limited to but include…

# Goodbye Wrinkles

Red, yellow and white LED lights can stimulate the skin cells encouraging them to produce more collagen reducing the signs of ageing and visible wrinkles.

# Stress Relief

Purple and white LED lights improve lymph metabolism and microcirculation which is known to help ease stress.

# Redness Reduction

Cyan and yellow LED lights help to calm the skin and reduce inflammation and angry skin.

#Acne Improvement

There are never enough ways to reduce and minimise acne, but LED light technology certainly is an effective way to do this.

Would you like to book in this November?

This treatment is being offered throughout November with any 60-minute facial and is available either as an upgrade should you wish to join us for a Bowood Spa Day or Bowood Spa Break or to book as a treatment (£80.00 for 60-minutes).

Guests who take up our Treatment of the Month can also enjoy 10% off any of the products from the Eminence Organics range to take home with them.

To book, call us on 01249 823 883 or email us here.


Get in touch with one of our team to book a treatment…


Browse our treatment for the face…


View all of our Spa Days at Bowood…

And the weather...Those of you who have not been abroad for the last 7 weeks may have noticed that it has rained in fact just over 100mm!

September ended with just over 100mm of rainfall, substantially more than the monthly average of 60mm. Moving into October it continued with a vengeance with the current total halfway through the month sitting at 110mm. The total for the last 7 weeks now stands at more than eight and a half inches, our wettest September/October total since my records have begun.


The consequence of this rain is wet ground, particularly in the heavy areas of the course down in the valley. Areas that we have treated with gypsum, sand and aeration over the previous two summers have fared quite well although we still have some areas that are suffering from traffic. The wind, sunshine and easing of rain is allowing the course to dry up and today we have managed to mow all fine turf areas of the course which for fairways has only been the third time this month.

Roping off has commenced on the ninth and second, please take note of these roped areas and give our in-play areas a rest from traffic whenever possible, the winter season is yet young!

Winter Turf

Heights of cut on greens, approaches and tees have been raised for the season. Greens are currently at 5mm which will be raised one more time in the coming weeks. Tees and approaches are both at 12mm, up from 9mm. Raising height of cut through the cool seasons offers the plant the opportunity to increase its energy production through having more leaf area exposed to sunlight when it is available. The more energy the plant can produce the higher stress tolerance it will have through the dark and wet days of winter.

Disease issues at this time of year are really confined to fusarium infections on Poa annua although we are still seeing some scars from both anthracnose on Poa annua and take all patch on bentgrass from August and September outbreaks. Over the last few weeks the team have plugged and seeded many of these scars with sand and bentgrass seed, these are now germinating and as they grow in we will see healthy little clumps of bent across the scarred areas.

Seasonal work

Throughout the playing season areas that need improvement or alteration show their faces and the winter is the best time to remedy these issues.

This winter we will be increasing the yellow teeing area of the sixth tee to enable more marker placement within the measured area of the hole. Additionally we will be leveling the white tee of the  second hole which has a prominent domed surface.

Finally, something that we undertake every year is tree pruning across all areas of the course and grounds. Following on from the thinning work that our forestry colleagues have undertaken adjacent to the exit drive we will be crown lifting the trees that line both the entrance and exit drives of the resort. All of this work will be undertaken from either a cherry picker or the working platform of our telehandler. There may be minor disruption including driveway closure while we are undertaking this work.

See you on the course

Jaey Goodchild

Head Greenkeeper

Step Change drill...

This 3 stage drill will help you stop coming ‘Over-The-Top’.  A full speed drill that adds dynamism to your ability to separate upper and lower body…

#1: Head Start


Take your 6-iron, and a regular stance. But just before you swing the club away, bring your lead foot across and next to your trail foot. The ball should now be just outside your lead foot. Swing the club forward, over and past the ball; you will begin your swing from here.










#2: Trial Separation


Swoop the club back, over the ball. But as soon as it passes your legs and begins to gain momentum, begin to step forward with your lead foot. Plant it in its regular position. You are creating a situation where the club is going back while your lower body is moving forward… which will help you feel and train separation.










#3: Power Stretch


Continue with that feeling of the lower body moving towards the target and the upper body swinging away from it. Done at speed, you will begin to create a powerfully stretched feeling at the top with your lower body – weight shifting and hips rotating – already leading the downswing.








October brings with it a plethora of important awareness days and weeks which each rightly deserve to be recognised by anyone passionate about health and well-being.

Some of these high profile occasions include Mental Health Awareness Day, National Work Life Week, Back Care Awareness Week as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

One of the things that all of the above have in common is their ability to be aided by being mindful both to yourself and to others.

As the chillier weather also starts to settle in, taking into consideration the above, we’ve decided to use this an opportunity to put some time to one side to focus on the most complex part of ourselves, our minds.

What is mindfulness?

According to The Good Spa Guide, mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations we experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment and shutting out external ‘noise’.

How might you ask?

When we first opened The Spa at Bowood, we challenged ourselves to become the masters of mindfulness in all that we offer due to it’s extensive benefits to one’s health and wellbeing.

Here are a few of the ways which we try to do this…

#1 - Treatment

All of our Spa Treatments here at The Spa at Bowood offer a holistic, as well as relieving formulas.

When we were crafting October’s Treatment of the Month, we decided it would be foolish not to use this theme to provide a superior experience to those looking to improve their awareness or looking to find other ways to clear their mind.

This months Treatment of the Month is a 45-minute Hot Stones Back Massage and is available as an upgrade on all our Spa Days and Spa Breaks throughout October or as a singular treatment for £60.


#2 - Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young are the masters of mindfulness and specialist beauty. Their formulas are specifically created for those either with very sensitive skin or perhaps have been weathering the effects of chemotherapy.

All of our beauty therapists have been trained by Jennifer Young to offer bespoke sensual spa experiences for those who perhaps in the past have never been able to experience beauty treatments due to certain conditions.

Last month, we launch our brand new Jennifer Young Spa Day & Jennifer Young Spa Break should you wish to get away from it all and focus on you this October.

#3 - Relaxation

Earlier this year, we invested in creating a dreamy space which we could use to help our Spa Members and guests relax in.

With its quilted loungers, deep chairs and sofas all pointing towards a state of the art floating fireplace, it is a haven for peace of mind and tranquillity.

#4 - Healthy Eating

Being mindful of your diet is an important way to fuel the mind with goodness.

Our various eateries here at Bowood all have an adequate range of both healthy dishes as well as extensive vegetarian and vegan options which we’re always looking to expand and improve.

Let's be mindful together...

In summary, if you are to take anything from this blog post then one of the secrets to being mindful is simply making time for yourself on a regular basis.

Whether you’re already a member here at The Spa at Bowood or your just reading this article out of curiosity, then one way you can do this is by paying us a visit and letting us help.


A day away from it all to clear your mind…


A sensual experience to ease your mind…


A much need extended spa break…


Find out more by exploring our Treatment of the Month for October which is a Specialist Hot Stones Back Massage…


And the weather...Our rainfall pattern through August and into early September lead to a strong growth surge. Find out more in Septembers course review...

The year rolls on and suddenly we are seeing the leaves changing colour and autumn creeping in. Our rainfall pattern through August and into early September lead to a strong growth surge and a great opportunity for growing in any areas that thinned through the warm, dry spell of July.

August rainfall ended at 75mm, roughly 3 inches, and so far to date we are sitting on 35mm for September although the coming days are forecast to be wet with some significant rainfall due.


Recovery from renovation week in August was excellent with hollow cores healed over and virtually invisible only a fortnight after work. Our bentgrass overseeding lines have settled and the new plants have established well with great visibility particularly in the early morning dew.

We have had some disease issues at the tail end of summer with mild cases of anthracnose hitting the poa and isolated cases of take-all affecting bentgrass. The impact of these diseases can be minimised with tailored fertility inputs that will strengthen the plant, applying a specific feed if the symptoms become visible can greatly reduce the damage caused.


Greens cont...

Often, I discuss trying to find a balance when managing the greens and managing late season anthracnose is a classic example. The quickest way to suppress anthracnose is to apply a nitrogen rich fertiliser which will give the plant a fast-acting boost to grow out of the stressful periods that anthracnose will always capitalise on. But, as we head out of summer and the days shorten, an annual shift towards higher humidity air plus falling overnight temperatures greatly increases the amount of dew forming on the turf surface each night. The combination of a wet surface and “softer” growth from the fertiliser can lead to a higher incidence of fusarium, hence the balance of just enough nitrogen input to counter the anthracnose but little enough to not encourage fusarium.

Autumn work to the greens will see further solid tining to both encourage root growth while soil temperatures are still in the growing range and keep the soil profile open and well aerated. Topdressing will always continue while we have some growth but the rates that we are spreading at,  is usually so well integrated within 48 hours that there is no evidence of the sand on the surface. We see even better results when we are topdressing during rain which gives us the added benefit of washing the sand into the sward and also means that we do not have to brush or drag the surface following topdressing.

Grazing and Long Rough

October will see the start of grazing across long rough and wildflower areas. We will be likely rotating two mobs of around 200 ewes each across the areas. Fencing will be three-strand and electric, it is set up on the twelfth hole currently so access for ball finding will be unaffected. Grazing these areas has seen a great change to the density of the grassland, thinning and opening up the sward has allowed the wildflower populations to increase.  This brings a whole raft of knock-on benefits but also helps those of you who are unfortunate enough to end up in the “rough”.

Mining Bees

The annual pilgrimage of mining bees has once again arrived to nest in our bunker edging. These bees are a great reflection on the increase in biodiversity that we have been seeing over the last few years as we have reduced pesticide use, reduced irrigation and refined management of the long rough areas. The bees are solitary although they will live in colonies given their liking for such a unique habitat; south-facing, sandy soiled faces. They are not stinging bees so please don’t be alarmed by their presence and do view their success as a great thing to the landscape of our golf course.

Pitch Marks

As ever I will mention pitchmarks, to those of you who make the effort to spot and repair pitchmarks a big thanks from both our greenkeeping team and your fellow golfers. Let’s stay on top of easy task, it does make a huge difference to the quality of the putting surface.

See you on the course.

Best always

Jaey Goodchild

Head Greenkeeper

Working on plyometrics this month and the box jump is a great way to work those lower body muscles...

The box jump is a plyometric move that strengthens your main lower-body muscles – glutes, quads, calves and hamstrings. Box jumps will help make you faster and more powerful, they’ll raise your heart rate too and help to burn those calories .

It’s a versatile move you can adjust the height of the box so you can use it for a wide variety of fitness goals.  You can build explosive power and speed using a high box for low reps or use a lower height to work on foot speed and improve cardio endurance with higher-rep sets.

For those wanting to build explosive power use a higher box and focus on quality reps over quantity.


Stand in front of the box with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend into a quarter squat and swing your arms back.


Swing your arms forward and explode up off the ground, land on the box as softly as possible. You’re aiming to mimic your take-off position on landing – feet flat and knees slightly bent. If you land in a deep squat rather than a quarter squat, it’s a sign that you’ve picked too high a box.


When on you have completed the movement jump back down. You’re aiming to land as softly as possible. You can also opt to step down slowly one leg at a time, which will work the glutes even more and safeguard your joints.

Adjust the box height to the most appropriate level for you.

3 tips on how to get your putting spot on...

Consistent set up = consistent roll

As you’ve seen over the years, a variety of putting set ups and strokes have earned millions across the globe.

The greatest golfer of all time had a very unorthodox set up, but tended to put very well under pressure.

Mr Nicklaus did have a few more hours to spend on the putting green than normal working folk…

Here are some keys areas to check:

1. Ball Position – Allow the club face to sit in the middle of the stance which presents the ball just ahead of centre. This will produce neutral loft of the putter and address and impact.

2. Level the shoulders – Level shoulders allow the putter to strike the ball at a level angle of attack. The ball will roll faster off the club face, not skid or jump.

3. Stay Balanced – Whatever the width of stance, make sure your balance is centered from right to left and toe to heel. This will help to produce a consistent arc and strike.

Discover the enhanced power of a heated basalt stones massage as we head into the depths of autumn…

This October, we’re spoiling you with a new ‘in’ and ‘out’ 45-minute specialist Hot Stones Back Massage.

While our Signature Hot Stones treatment usually lasts around 90-minutes and covers the whole body, this specialist back massage is perfect for those who are pushed for time but still require a little warming up as we head towards the winter.

Our Hot Stones Back Massage is a deeply relaxing medium to firm pressure massage. It utilises the power of heated basalt stones to relax, ease muscle tensions in the back and relieve soft tissue damage.

While Hot Stone Massage is one of the more commonly known treatments offered in various wellness centres, for those of you who aren’t too familiar here is a little introduction which will hopefully allow you to understand the many benefits it brings.

A little bit more about Hot Stones...

Here at The Spa at Bowood, we use basalt stones which are smooth, flat pebble like stones which are heated and then placed onto the spine.

Our expert therapists then use the heated stones in long and circular strokes to achieve a number of benefits outlined below.

The benefits of hot stones…

  • #1 Relieve Muscle Tension & Pain
  • #2 Reduces Stress & Anxiety
  • #3 Promotes Healthy Sleep
  • #4 Relieve Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases
  • #5 Help Decrease Cancer Symptoms
  • #6 Boost Body Immunity

(Source credit: Healthline)

Would you like to book in this October?

This treatment is available throughout October either as an upgrade should you wish to join us for a Bowood Spa Day or Bowood Spa Break or to book as a treatment (£60.00 for 45-minutes).

Guests who take up our Treatment of the Month can also enjoy 10% off any of the products from the Eminence Organics range to take home with them.

To book, call us on 01249 823 883 or email us here.   


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Have a holly jolly spa day this December…