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  • Hotel visit proved to be a memorable stay in more ways than one!

    Frank Martin

    Set alongside Lancaster University, the four-star Lancaster House Hotel is situated just a short distance from the student campus and boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

    A girls’ weekend (just me and my mum) was on the curriculum - no study books for us, at least not this time, although it did give me the chance to reminisce about my much-loved student days spent at Lancaster Uni.

    On approach to the hotel, passing the university buildings, all those wonderful memories came flooding back.

    Following check-in we made our way to a luxurious twin-bed suite complete with a rainforest shower, free-standing bath and thick towelling robes - a far cry from my humble student accommodation. There was even a separate lounge area with a sofa, coffee table and tea-making facilities.

    The hotel restaurant, the Foodworks, looked appealing and so it proved when we ventured there for our evening meal. A varied menu was on offer with lots of local produce and perfectly cooked especially our delicious steak dishes. Student food this was not!

    The hotel boasts a stunning spa and what better way to spend a girlie day than relaxing with a ‘Body Booster’ which included a back massage, all-over body scrub and unlimited use of their many varied facilities including two saunas, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, pool, sunbeds and gym - simply perfect!

    We even managed to squeeze in a water fitness class in the pool - much-needed after our hearty and wholesome tummy-bulging breakfast!

    Lunch was taken in the hotel’s Sandeman Bar which had a relaxed vibe and fitted perfectly with our spa day... a glass of Prosecco, tasty halloumi salads and divine desserts - what more could two girls ask for!

    Late afternoon we went for a stroll around the university campus - I graduated in 2009 and parts of the campus have been invested in so heavily they are nigh-on unrecognisable from when I was there.

    With Lancaster city centre just a 10 minute drive away, we decided to spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the shops, bars, restaurants and cafes as well as one of my favourite places, the stunning Ashton Memorial at Williamson Park.

    Our mini-break was a perfect way to unwind and enjoy some ‘us’ time in a place that brought back so many happy times.

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