Rudding Park to open UK’s first rooftop spa garden

George Sell By George Sell
1 week ago | Updated 1 week ago

UK: Rudding Park in Harrogate, Yorkshire, will open its new £9.5 million spa on May 2nd.

The spa will include the UK's first rooftop spa garden, which has been designed by horticulturalist Matthew Wilson, a regular on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners Question Time who received The People's Choice award for this 2016 Chelsea Flower Show garden. Wilson worked closely with Rudding Park for more than nine years on the project to create "a very special new experience for guests that relates to the history of the grand landscape found at Rudding Park".
 
The spa is inspired by the woodland glades that border it, featuring one of the finest mature rhododendron and azalea collections in the north of England. It features a south-facing sun deck, an open air spa bath, a hydrotherapy infinity pool and garden sauna cabin.

Wilson said of the garden's design: "The arrival landscape sets the scene for the very special experience to come with a sense of strolling through a woodland glade to get to The Spa. I've created a space that is very calming with its topiary beech domes and ornamental grasses, surrounded by beautiful woodland and trees, which can be appreciated from the south facing sun deck.  During my time working with the owners and management team at Rudding Park, we have all realised how much value the landscape adds to the visitor experience, whether in the form of ornamental gardens, the kitchen garden and now the spa landscape.  Guests love it, engage with it and want to know more about it."

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