Ashcroft -Relaxation & Pampering

Beauty treatments

Enjoy a luxurious beauty treatment at the cottage with our professional visiting beauticians.

The girls set up two treatment tables in front of the patio doors looking out over the garden, and give everyone a 30 minute mini-treatment - manicure, pedicure or facial.

Perfect for a Saturday afternoon, combined with a salmon & salad buffet and perhaps a glass of bubbly!

Shiatsu & Qi Gong with Mark Pogson

Our visiting stress-buster, Mark offers Shiatsu and/or Qi Gong to help your group de-stress, relax, stretch out and chill. Perfect for busy city folk who need help to unwind, and fast! These are great Saturday morning activities followed by a buffet lunch and an afternoon of beauty treatments for a day of total relaxation and pampering.

Shiatsu uses various techniques including acupressure, massage, stretches and rotations to smooth the flow of energy and move the body/mind/spirit towards a more harmonious state. Mark can give each member of your group a highly effective and individual head, neck and shoulder treatment lasting 15 minutes per person (probably the most relaxing 15 minutes you’ve ever had!), or a 30 minute session involving more body work.

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is a Chinese healing art (similar to Tai Chi) involving gentle movement, breathing exercises and stretches. Qigong means “energy cultivation” or “training the breath” and covers a broad range of exercises to generate and nourish life energy. Mark can offer your whole group a Qi Gong class lasting 1 – 1 ¼ hours. If the weather is fine, he may offer to hold the session outside in the garden or on the patio so you can enjoy the fresh air and stunning views.

Ashcroft – Fantastic Food & Fashion!

On-site Catering from our local high quality caterer

There’s no need to worry about shopping and cooking if you take advantage of our on-site catering, all home-cooked by a quality local caterer. It’s delicious and great value, and is one less thing to worry about organising!

A hot supper delivered to the cottage, such as lasagne with salad & dessert on a Friday night means you can arrive & relax rather than bringing half your larder with you! A lunchtime buffet such as cold meat and salad with dessert can be delivered and laid out for you. Delicious Mendip Lamb or Fernhill Farm Free Range Pork & Beef make for a fantastic roast dinner, ideal for celebrating a special occasion. We can also arrange for canapes, vegetarian dishes and much more.

All our on-site catering is home-cooked and great value. See price list for some basic ideas, or contact us for more details.

Our housekeeper can also do all your breakfast shopping, so you can just arrive and relax. A typical weekend breakfast basket might include all the breakfast ingredients you’ll need for your weekend such as croissants, free range eggs, luxury muesli, cornflakes & weetabix, fresh bread, local organic butter, marmalade, jam, tea, coffee, fruit juice and local Yeo Valley Organic Yogurts.

Exclusive fashion from ‘Priddy in Pink’

Priddy in Pink - The Boutique situated in the heart of Blagdon, less than 5 minutes from Ashcroft. Beautiful clothes by Avoca, Part Two, SeaSalt, Yeo Valley Knitwear, Jackpot and others plus a fabulous selection of jewellery and bags. Be welcomed and made to feel very relaxed in this stunning shop. Exlusive private views for guests at Ashcroft by prior arrangement.

We can also arrange trips to the Mulberry outlet shop, as well as Clark's Village outlet shopping centre.



Ashcroft - Back to Nature

Wild Food & Bushcraft with ‘wild man’ & landscape ecologist, Adrian Boots.

Take a walk on the wild side with our very own bush man, Adrian Boots. He will give you an amazing new insight into the beauty and magic of nature all around you. Formerly a University lecturer, now a working ecologist, Adrian will take you on a journey of discovery you won’t want to end.

Wild Food Walkabouts enable you to discover all the wild plants you can eat, and a few you can’t! Whilst on your walk, Adrian will also talk about the natural history of the area, archaeology, landscape history, wildlife and much more.

Bushcraft Survival Sessions give you the chance to learn a few key elements of bushcraft survival – these might includ how to make fire, ancient wooden spear throwing or how to handle a Swedish Army MORA knife like a professional!

Think Ray Mears, Time Team and River Cottage all rolled into one and you can begin to appreciate how fascinating these activities are, and fun for everyone. It’s a great group or family activity.

Adrian can offer a one hour session in the grounds of the cottage on either wild food or bushcraft, or a 3 hour foray / walkabout, perfect for a Saturday morning. If you’re really keen, he can take you on a full day out with a wild food cook-up over a camp-fire in the woods. For more information see Adrian's web site www.walkthemendips.com





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Ashcroft House, Ellick Road, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7TU. Tel: 01761 463356 Email: Adrian Boots