As you may remember, we launched our new state-of-the-art spa – H Spa – in November last year – an idyllic place to relax and unwind with a 15-metre heated swimming pool, tranquillity heated beds, a detoxifying sauna and cleansing steam room. Alongside these wonderful facilities, we partnered with French skincare brand, Caudalie, to offer a plethora of luxurious spa treatments for everyone to enjoy. We wanted to dive a little deeper into Caudalie, and exactly why we chose to work with them.

Caudalie began with Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, or more specifically, with Mathilde’s parents’ estate in Bordeaux – Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte – where the two met Professor Joseph Vercauteren, laboratory director of the Pharmacy University of Bordeaux, during the estate’s harvest in 1993. It was Processor Vercauteren that taught them that grape seeds contain the most powerful antioxidants in the world, and it was the desire to harness this potential from which Caudalie was born. In 1995, the pair travelled across France to show pharmacists three products they had created, and the brand’s success has only grown from there.

At the heart of Caudalie is the grapevine, sourced from the French regions of Bordeaux, Chardonnay and Burgundy. The brand uses four natural products from the vine to target specific skincare concerns. The first is grape-seed polyphenols, which defend the skin against attacks such as pollution, stress and diet, acting as an antioxidant shield. The second and third core ingredients are viniferine, (grapevine sap extract – a hugely effective dark spot treatment) and vine resveratrol (grapevine stalk extract – a protein stimulant proven to have firming and anti-wrinkle effects). Finally, grape water moisturises and replenishes all skin cells, soothes sensitive skin and reduces redness.

Renowned for their commitment to the environment with a refusal to use animal products and harmful ingredients such as parabens and mineral oils, Caudalie’s products are celebrated for combining the four core grape ingredients with other natural properties such as Fairtrade shea butter, plant oils, camomile, balm mint and sage – the epitome of clean beauty, a core skincare trend. When creating our spa, our key vision was to partner with a company that not only gave the best results for skin, but a forward-thinking brand that only uses natural ingredients in its products.

At H Spa, we provide several specialist Caudalie treatments with specific skincare focuses, such as the Vinosource Hydrating & Nourishing Facial, Vinoperfect Radiance Complexion Correcting Anti-Dark Spot Facial and Resveratrol Lift Firming, Lifting & Anti-Wrinkle Facial. Don’t worry, it’s not just facials here; our therapists are also trained to give Caudalie’s signature full body massage, the cranial massage which is very popular and the balancing and detoxifying Contouring & Invigorating Wrap.

If you’re looking for a full pamper stay, Horwood House and H Spa offer the perfect break with our Rural Retreat Spa Break as well as a selection of special offers available on our website. For those who need a quick but indulgent treat, we do offer 25-minute treatments and half day packages – perfect for fitting in around the school run!

Check out our full list of spa treatments on the H Spa website.

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