Guinot Crown Award 2016

Guinot Crown Salon 2016The runnymede-on-thames is proud to have received the prestigious Guinot Crown Award for the 13th year, this year also achieving salon of excellence status.

The purpose of Guinot Crown status is to recognise excellence within approved salons, so clients can be assured of receiving a true ‘Guinot’ experience with the highest quality and standards. The award recognises excellence in the field of professional skin care.

The award is confirmed annually to only a select few Guinot appointed salons and this year the runnymede-on-thames are one of the few in the UK and Ireland to receive this accolade.

top ten things to do near to the hotel

1. Magna Carta Country

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The Magna Carta Memorial is only a 25-35 minute walk along the river; on the way you can visit the statue of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was unveiled during the 800th Magna Carta celebrations in 2015. The historical runnymede meadows are also home to the JFK memorial, and more recently the Jurors artwork.

2. The Royal Air Force Memorial

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The Air Forces Memorial is dedicated to some 20,456 men and women who lost their lives in World War II. The tower of the building provides visitors with views of Windsor Castle, Runnymede and the seven surrounding counties.

3. Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and gives visitors the opportunity to see a wealth of exhibitions, beautiful gardens and guided tours.

4. Windsor Town Centre

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Windsor has many exciting shops, an abundance of restaurants, bars and art boutiques open 7 days a week.

5. Theatre Royal Windsor

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Nestled in the shadow of Windsor Castle, the Theatre Royal in Windsor holds an array of productions all year round ranging from the classics and traditional pantomime to debut productions of new work some of which subsequently transfer to the West End.

4. Fun on the river

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Hop on board one of the Duck Tours or French Brothers regular boat trips around Windsor; it’s a great way to see and learn more about the historical area.

5. Windsor Great Park

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The Great Park is set in 5,000 acres of Surrey and Berkshire countryside stretching from Windsor Castle to the north and Ascot to the south. With its varied landscape and sweeping deer lawns, woods, coverts and huge solitary ancient oaks, the park is full of wildlife for visitors to enjoy.

8. Thorpe Park

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Thorpe Park is the nation’s Thrill Capital, with some of Europe’s most extreme roller coasters and rides.

9. Ascot Racecourse

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Over the past 300 years Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

10. Eton College

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Explore the halls of one of the most exclusive educational establishments in the world. With 19 former British Prime Ministers numbered among the former pupils, there are few other educational establishments in the UK as steeped in tradition and history as Eton College.

Top ten things to do within the hotel

Come and settle in at the runnymede-on-thames hotel and spa in Surrey. There’s so much to do within our riverside hotel, that we’ve made you a list of the top ten things, so you can make the most of our fab facilities as soon as you arrive!

  1. pamper yourself in our award winning spa

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Take as little or as long as you want and drift away into a state of relaxed bliss. Discover our swimming pool, whirlpool bath, saunas and eucalyptus steam room. Then relax in our spa lounge with its own riverside gardens.

  1.  treat yourself to a spa beauty treatment

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We put the treat into treatment with leading brands ESPA, Guinot, and Jessica; you can enjoy a wonderfully wide range of luxurious and effective spa beauty treatments.

  1.  watch the world go by in our riverside lounge

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Sink into a comfy chair or sofa and enjoy the buzzy atmosphere and wonderful views of the Thames… order anything you want from our lounge menu… morning coffee, a light bite or maybe even a cocktail or two.

  1.  indulge in a naughty but nice afternoon tea

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Enjoy a few hours of sheer indulgence! Rendezvous in our gorgeous lounge, enjoy the tranquil views over the Thames and tuck into a towering tray of delectable treats.

  1.  fill your boots with beautiful buffet food in leftbank

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In leftbank the food is as stunning as the setting; enjoy high quality seasonal and fresh dishes, all served buffet-style so you can help yourself to as much as you want – whenever you want morning, noon and night. In the summertime why not eat al-fresco… that is if British weather permits!

  1.  work out in our fab fitness facilities

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Get sporty with our fully equipped gym and the wide range of classes in the dance studio. Have a social knock about with friends on one of our three tennis courts (two astro-turf and a multisport court). Alternatively make the most of the stunning surroundings and take a stroll along the riverside.

  1.  discover the chelsea flower show magna carta garden

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After the garden took its final bow at Chelsea having been awarded a bronze medal in 2015, it has become a permanent installation in the hotel grounds and is freely available for the general public and local residents to visit.

  1.  shimmy along the river in one of our fleet of hire boats

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Step off from our private mooring on the lawn and go and mess around on the river in one of our fabulous boats. Our fleet includes an Olympic Class launch, two electric riverboats and the UK’s only HotTug! (Our boats are available to hire from April until mid-September.)

  1.  dine in our aa rosette award winning lock bar and kitchen

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Whether you dine inside or out you can expect home style cooking with dishes that we all know and love; nothing fussy or complicated, just straightforward hearty dishes, prepared daily from the highest quality, fresh ingredients.

  1.  swan around our glam outdoor pool

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Treat yourself to a snack or drink from the gazebo and unwind on one of our luxury loungers. Spend all day here soaking  up the rays or just come for a quick dip. (Our outdoor pool is open from May – September and is for the exclusive use of our hotel residents and spa pool members only.)

Winner of the Greener Path Award

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We are delighted that the runnymede-on-thames has been selected as a winner of the Greener Path Award for ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’.

The Greener Path Awards celebrate the great work business’ across the UK are doing in reducing the impact they have on the environment. Businesses who demonstrate exemplary effort and achievement in minimizing waste, boosting recycling and increasing landfill diversion while seeking out innovative and sustainable ways to handle waste streams, are potential candidates.

By working in partnership with ACM Environmental we have fully optimized the diversion of waste from landfill in 2015 and have demonstrated clear further commitment towards the goal of ‘Zero Landfill’.

Christmas Gift Vouchers from the runnymede-on-thames

Treat someone special to a gift voucher experience at the runnymede-on-thames. With luxury guest rooms, two riverside restaurants, delectable afternoon teas, an award winning spa, there is something for everyone.

Our vouchers can be purchased at the hotel from our main reception or spa reception up until Christmas Eve. Alternatively, you can purchase them online.

https://runnymede.skchase.com/

 

London on Tap

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London-on-tap-twOur leftbank restaurant is a proud supporter of London on Tap, a collaboration between Thames Water, The Mayor of London and WaterAid.

When ordering carafe of water in leftbank we encourage guests to make a voluntary donation of 50p per carafe, of which 100% is donated to WaterAid.

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Water aid is a charity which provides practical solutions for safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.

Since opening in 2009 we have raised over £21,000 in donations. A huge thank you to everyone who who has donated money to this worthy cause.

Photographer credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson

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Magna Carta mural project at Bell Weir Lock

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The runnymede-on-thames are proud supporters of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary mural project at Bell Weir Lock, in Egham.

Local schools and colleges were asked to design two commemorative murals as part of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta celebrations. The students were given two themes: ‘The Magna Carta then’ and ‘the Magna Carta now’.

Nur Yasmin Ifran Nurdin, Aliah Anwar, Rebecca Young and Christina Bree all from East Berkshire College had their winning designs painted on the wall of the lock keepers house, by artist Helen Brady from Inspired Spaces. A presentation was held for the students, where the murals were officially unveiled.

The original idea of a mural actually came from David Andrews the resident lock keeper at Bell Weir lock. The murals have transformed the wall of the lock keepers house, and reflect how the Magna Carta has affected law, popular culture and human rights over the past 800 years.

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#RunnymedeMagna Twitter competition

The runnymede-on-thames is the nearest hotel to the ancient site of the signing of the Magna Carta on Runnymede Meadows. As the 800th anniversary celebrations approach (13th-15th June), we are celebrating too, by giving our followers the chance to win a ‘Stress Buster’ pamper day for two at our beautiful award-winning riverside spa.

To enter simply follow us on Twitter @therunnymede and re-tweet the competition tweet, including the hashtag #RunnymedeMagna. The competition will run for five days from Wednesday 10th June and the lucky winner will be informed by direct message on Monday 15 June.

Good luck!

terms and conditions

The prize is a ‘Stress Buster’ spa day for two at the runnymede-on-thames which includes either an aromatherapy facial with hot stone therapy or a full body aromatic massage with hot stone therapy, full use of the spa facilities and a two course lunch per person. The prize must be claimed within six months and is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 14th June and the winner will be notified by direct message on Monday 15th June.

chelsea flower show – magna carta anniversary garden

We are extremely excited to be co-sponsoring the Magna Carta garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, which will be relocated within the hotel grounds after the show.

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This year Chelsea Flower Show 2015 will welcome the Runnymede Surrey Magna Carta anniversary garden. Paying tribute to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the garden has been created by acclaimed designers Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour and is sponsored by Surrey County Council and the runnymede-on-thames hotel and spa, where the garden will be permanently installed after the show.

The garden is themed on the 1215 Magna Carta and the formal layout is evocative of gardens of the medieval period, featuring handmade wattle archs over turf benches, traditional roses and honeysuckle, wattle obelisks and raised beds. A custom-made fountain will take centre stage surrounded by bespoke heraldic pennants created by the renowned embroider Rhoda Nevins, who was part of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

The garden’s symmetry will symbolize the law and order of the time and will feature a slice of yew tree trunk inscribed to relate to the Magna Carta, reminiscent of the ancient Ankerwycke Yew. The tablet will be showcased towards the front of the garden in a meadow-planted bed, remindful of the Runnymede meadows.  This is symbolic of the Ankerwycke Yew, said to be nearing 2,000 years old, which grows close to the site where the Magna Carta was sealed.

After the ‘Artisan Garden’ makes it final bow at Chelsea, it will return home, to the runnymede-on-thames hotel and spa, on the banks of the Thames. It will become a permanent installation in the hotel grounds and will be freely available for the general public and local residents to visit.

Sue Wolton, General Manager, the runnymede-on-thames, comments:

“We were genuinely excited when Patricia and Janet approached us with the opportunity of sponsoring the garden and are delighted that the Magna Carta garden will return home after the show. The Magna Carta is widely accepted as the first constitutional document that formed the basis of modern democracy. The significance of this historic event will be preserved by the presence of the garden within the hotel grounds which are sited in Runnymede.”

Today, the Runnymede meadows are owned by the National Trust and sit adjacent to the River Thames, near Old Windsor, the original settlement before the castle was re-built up river.

THE DESIGNERS

Passionate plant women, Patricia and Janet have given each other a unique insight into the garden traditions of their respective countries, combining the styles of Paris and the UK. In 2013 the co-designers were awarded a Gold medal for their ‘Herbert Smith Freehills garden for WaterAid’.  They have found the special challenges associated with Chelsea thrilling and are as pleased as ever to be involved with the show, this year will be their sixth year.

Patricia’s and Janet’s design business ‘A Touch of France Garden Design’ is based in Hertfordshire and covers all aspects of garden design.

fitness friday

Keep fit in the comfort of your own home with our ‘Fitness Friday’ exercises. Today’s exercise is ‘alternating arm and leg raises’ demonstrated by Scott one of our Fitness Consultants.
1. Lie flat on your back with your legs stretched out in front you.
2. Raise your right leg so that it is straight. Simultaneously raise your left arm so that it is straight overhead.
3. Now lower the arm and leg and repeat on the opposite side.

For more information on gym membership click here.