Archerfield is one of those places I had been dying to visit for years, so, when the opportunity arose to visit the North Berwick-icon, and enjoy some relaxation I absolutely jumped at the chance! To be honest, I had always thought of it more as a wedding-venue or golf course, but more fool me – it’s an absolutely glorious spot perched high on the coastline, with stunning suite accommodations and a spa to die for – I’m already planning my trip back!
The spa is tucked away in Fletcher’s Cottage – a chic lodge which falls somewhere in the middle of cosy-Scando and Hamptons retreat. There are puffy sofas and armchairs everywhere – very convenient for a post-treatment slouch, and it’s pretty much where I’d like to live from now on.
When you enter, you’re asked to turn off your phone, take off your shoes and slip into some puffs of slippers provided by the spa. As you fill out your client forms, you’re treated to a fresh juice and a dampened towel. It’s a cute way to really start the relaxation process and leave the outside world behind.
Once you’ve filled in your forms, you’re led into individual closets where you can take a quick shower (filled with Aromatherapy Associates goodies), take off your makeup and slip into one of their provided robes. Unlike most spas I’ve been to – there is no communal areas. These little rooms are your alone to relax in, there is not waiting for a hairdryer or tripping over someone else, instead you can just potter around at your own pace, enjoying the calm!
Then, once I had my robe on, and my makeup off, it was time to enjoy the relaxation area. Filled with comfy chairs, every magazine you can think of, I could have spent hours here.
I think it helped that I visited on the sunniest afternoon you can imagine, but honestly, I could easily move in here. With fruit-infused waters and even warming sherry available, the whole ethos of Fletcher’s Cottage is about wellness and relaxation. There is even a bar where you can order fruit juices, smoothies snacks and teas if you want to further extend your visit.
I was visiting Fletcher’s Cottage to enjoy the Sisley Supreme Anti-Ageing Facial, but honestly, every one of the treatments on offer sound absolutely divine. Considering I’m a huge fan of Sisley skincare, I couldn’t resist the chance to enjoy a facial stuffed full of their products, and I have to say, it’s one of the best ones I’ve had in quite a while!
After being shown to a plush room complete with comfy beauty bed and hundreds of blankets, it was time to really relax and enjoy the treatment (I didn’t want to swing a camera around too much and annoy other guests), but the treatment rooms are as pretty as the main areas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Sisley products in one place.
The treatment rooms also overlook the cottage’s breathtaking gardens. It was absolutely dreamy to lie back and relax in such pretty surroundings!
After having a chat about what I wanted for my skin (hydration, radiance and anti-redness) and which products I’d tried before. I was absolutely over the moon to hear that I’d been using many of the products which had been looked out for the treatment. The Sisley Gentle Buffing Cream (review here) made sure my skin was clean and prepped for all the goodness which was to come!
Then using Sisley’s own face brush, as well and a multitude of products, my face was massaged by my therapist, and moisturised with oils and hydrating masks. I fell absolutely in love with the Black Orchid Oil, which finished off the treatment. Honestly, I don’t think my skin has ever felt or looked smoother or healthier. My redness was pretty much gone, and I was on cloud 9.
What I didn’t realise, is that Fletcher’s Cottage is also a seriously stocked outlet for some of my favourite brands. There is pretty much every Sisley product you’ve ever heard of, including their makeup and fragrance.
There is also a huge range of Aromatherapy Associates and Voya Beauty to choose from, so you can continue the relaxation back in your room or at home.
I finished off my afternoon with a glass of freshly popped rose champagne out in the garden with a good book. It was an absolute treat to be able to escape the everyday for a heavenly few hours. It’s the perfect little spot to enjoy if you need some real luxury and relaxation.
The Sisley Supreme Anti-Ageing Facial is priced at £130