Meet Michelle, Garage Spa Therapist

Michelle Laverick started work at The Garage Spa earlier this year. In just a few months she’s become one of our most popular therapists. We spoke to Michelle to find out what she likes about The Garage Spa and why she enjoys working there.

Michelle, what’s the best thing about working at The Garage Spa?

“I love working with such a great team of friendly people. This spa is a really special place and I enjoy coming here every day.”

What’s your favourite treatment at The Garage Spa?

“I like all of the massages. We do a wonderful Hot Stone massage using cooling and warming volcanic stones that is great for easing stress and getting rid of tension.

“Our Candle Comfort massage is also very special. We light a special candle that slowly melts warm massage oil all over your body. And at the end of the massage you can take the candle home with you to enjoy. “

Which of the facilities do you enjoy?

“The Hammam! It’s not included with the other facilities but it is definitely worth booking as an extra treat. It’s the best bathing experience ever.”

Which Garage Spa product do you like the most?

“The large scented massage candle with Cacao Flower is gorgeous – just light it and let the warm oil melt over your skin for a wonderfully relaxing massage. The scent is amazing and it’s a beautiful moisturizer.”

Michelle Laverick

Spa therapist Michelle Laverick enjoys working at The Garage

Do you like the sound of working at The Garage Spa with Michelle and the team? We currently have vacancies for full and part time spa therapists.

You should be able to perform all aspects of beauty including: massage, waxing, facials, wraps, scrubs, tinting, nails, Hot Stone Massage & Reflexology/Indian Head (an advantage but not essential as training can be given.) You must have Level 3 in Beauty or equivalent and the ideal candidates will have at least 2-3 years’ experience.

To apply contact operations@thegaragespa.co.uk.

See other career opportunities at The Morritt Country House Hotel & The Garage Spa.

Competition Time! What do you want for Christmas?

Wouldn’t it be nice to cross something off your Christmas list and not have to worry about your budget? Well now, with a little help from The Garage Spa, you have the chance to win a fabulous Christmas gift every week in the run up to the big day.

Every Thursday from now until Christmas, we’ll post a competition to our Garage Spa Facebook and Twitter pages. Just tell us what you’d like The Garage Spa to give you for Christmas – look at our website for inspiration – and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win your Christmas wish.

To enter by Facebook all you have to do is “comment” on the post to tell us what you want for Christmas from The Garage Spa, “like” The Garage Spa’s Facebook page, and “share” the post with your friends.

To enter by Twitter, simply “reply” to @TheGarageSpa about the gift you want, “re-Tweet” the post and “follow” our Twitter account. Make sure you include @TheGarageSpa in all your Tweets!

Look out for the competitions every Thursday starting on Thursday, November 20 at 1pm.

Terms and conditions apply.

Relieve Christmas Tension with a Festive Spa Package

The days are growing colder and the nights are drawing in. Towns and shops are becoming busier as people scour the shelves for perfect gifts for their loved ones. That’s right – Christmas is just around the corner!

Christmas can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, so what better time to book a day at The Garage Spa to relax and take it easy? Our half day Festive Package is designed to ease your worries, rejuvenate your tired body and get you through the season unscathed.

Are your muscles aching after carrying all that Christmas shopping? Our Back, Neck and Shoulder massage repairs tense muscle and relieves pain, leaving you feeling relaxed and stress free.

The cold weather can leave your skin feeling tired and dehydrated but our Germaine de Capuccini Prescriptive facial will help your skin retain moisture and increase elasticity.

Also including four hours facility usage and a delicious cream tea, you’ll leave The Garage with your festive stress relieved, ready to tackle the New Year head on.

To take advantage of the Festive Package (from £85) and give your body and soul a treat, book early by calling 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragespa.co.uk.

Stunning High Force Image is Spirit Of Teesdale Winning Photograph

Our 20th anniversary celebrations drew to a close on Sunday, November 9th when we announced the winners of our Spirit of Teesdale photography contest.

The hotel was buzzing with activity all day with guests for Sunday lunch, Afternoon TeaTraditional Ale Week, the photography exhibition, and a performance by local youth folk group, Cream Tees.

Thirteen shortlisted pictures were displayed in the Ballroom for visitors to view, and they could even bid to own them in a silent auction, with all proceeds donated to St Teresa’s Hospice.

At 2.30pm, TV antique expert David Harper presented the prizes to the top three winners, and each photograph was critiqued by professional photographer, Richard Jemison.

Gary Richardson from Darlington won first prize of an overnight stay at the hotel, with dinner and spa use, for his stunning photograph of High Force.

Second prize of a day at The Garage Spa for two people went to Richard Laidler from Richmond, for his picture, Fetching Them Down.

And third prize was awarded to Chris Morse from Barnard Castle, who sent us a photograph of Bowes Museum. Chris won dinner for two in Gilroy’s Dining Room.

Spirit of Teesdale Photography Contest Group Photo

Barbara Johnson, Richard Laidler, David Harper, Gary Richardson, Chris Morse and Peter Phillips

Twelve of the shortlisted photographs have been made into a 2015 charity desktop calendar for St Teresa’s Hospice. The calendars are available for £7.50 from hotel reception, by calling 01833 627 232 or emailing relax@themorritt.co.uk. Please note that there will be a postage and package charge for calendars sent out for delivery.

You can see all 12 photographs included in the calendar below.

Photography Exhibition, Music, Food and Drink on November 9th

One of the things we love about The Morritt is that it is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country – stunning Teesdale. The countryside in this area is home to many wonderful sights and natural beauty, so we wanted to do something to celebrate this and show it off to visitors.

As 2014 is our 20th anniversary year, we held the Spirit of Teesdale photography contest and will soon share the shortlisted pictures with everyone at an exhibition on Sunday, November 9th.

We were truly staggered at the quality of entries we received, showing that Teesdale not only has amazing sights, but also extremely talented amateur photographers.

We invite you to come to the exhibition on Sunday, November 9th and see for yourself the quality of entries.

A number of activities are planned so you can spend the whole day at The Morritt as part of this celebration.

Photography Exhibition (11am – 6pm). View the shortlisted photographs in the Ballroom.

Silent Auction (11am – 6pm). Bid to own the photograph prints in the exhibition. Proceeds donated to St Teresa’s Hospice.

Charity Calendars on sale (11am – 6pm). Buy one of our Spirit of Teesdale calendars (£7.50) showing 12 wonderful images. Proceeds donated to St Teresa’s Hospice.

Prize Giving. (2.30pm – 3pm) Find out who won the first, second and third prizes.

Music from Cream Tees. (3pm – 4pm). The local youth folk group will play in the Ballroom, where you can also book Afternoon Tea to enjoy while you listen.

 

To make a day of it you can book for Sunday Lunch, available from 12pm to 2pm, or Afternoon Tea, from 3pm to 5pm. It’s also the third day of our Traditional Ale Week so there is plenty of refreshment to enjoy in The Dickens Bar.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday Lunches and Afternoon Teas are very popular so should be booked in advance. Please call 01833 627 232 or email relax@themorritt.co.uk.

Our Fabulous Girls’ Night In is Now Double The Fun!

Our fabulous girls only evening at The Garage Spa is now so popular that we’re extending it to two Thursdays each month. This means that you can have double the fun and twice the relaxation!

Previously held on the last Thursday monthly, Girls’ Night In is now held on both the second and last Thursday each month, starting in November 2014. This means that in November you can enjoy the even on Thursday, November 13th and Thursday, November 27th.

What better way to ease into the festive season than with a relaxing 25-minute treatment, freshly prepared nibbles and glass of fizz, and use of The Garage’s indulgent facilities from 5pm?

But make sure you book early to secure your place– we doubled the chance for you to come along because it really is one of our most popular events.

Even more girly fun this December! In December 2014 Girls’ Night In will be held on December 4th, 11th and 18th. Why not organise a festive treat for you and your girlfriends?

To make a booking or for more information call 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragespa.co.uk.

Girls Night In takes place on the second and last Thursday each month.

Beer at 1994 Prices During Morritt’s Traditional Ale Week

Everyone loves a bargain and anyone coming to the Tuesday night of this year’s Morritt Traditional Ale Week on November 11th will get just that!

To continue our 20th anniversary celebrations, we’re offering Landlord at 1994 prices during this special evening (while stocks last). Landlord was the first beer we offered in the Dickens Bar and we’ve continued to stock it for the last 20 years. It’s a firm favourite with regulars and visitors alike.

Our Traditional Ale Week runs from November 7th to 14th.

Over the course of the week we’ll offer a range of real ales and beers to thirsty visitors.  To make it extra-special this year we have a couple of additions to the festival.

Each day we’ll prepare a number of homemade traditional bar snacks that you can wash down with your beer.

On November 9th, we’re announcing the winners of our Spirit of Teesdale photography contest so you’ll be able to come along and see the 12 best pictures that capture the essence of one of County Durham’s most picturesque dales. After the prize giving, local youth folk group, Cream Tees, will play for us while guests enjoy afternoon tea.

There’s loads going on – whether you come for a delicious Sunday lunch, a bar meal, afternoon tea, or just the beer! Or all of it!

What better way to while away a chilly November afternoon as the nights draw in?

Perfect Christmas Gifts from The Garage Spa

It’s fast approaching the time of year when thoughts turn to Christmas and what gifts you’ll buy for your loved ones. Do you wait until the last minute or are you ultra-organised, arranging everything well in advance?

To help take some of the stress and strain out of this year’s Christmas shopping, we’re holding a special Christmas Shopping day at The Garage Spa, nice and early on Friday, October 31st.

Spa days and products make ideal presents for the special person in your life. What could be nicer than giving someone the gift of relaxation or products that make them look and feel fabulous? If you don’t know what type of spa day your friend or partner would enjoy most, you can buy gift vouchers for certain values so they can decide for themselves.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or ready to buy, the girls at The Garage will help make things easy for you this year. During our shopping event they’ll be on hand to answer questions about the products we sell, and recommend spa days for you. We’ll even give you a complimentary glass of mulled wine to enjoy while you choose your gifts.

Although you can drop in at any time to this event, if you book to spend some time using our wonderful facilities, we’ll give you a 10% discount on any products you buy as gifts.

Space is limited so book early by calling The Garage Spa on 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragespa.co.uk.

Wear It Pink for Breast Cancer at The Garage

The girls at The Garage are really excited at the moment as they plan our annual Pink Pamper charity evening on Friday, October 24th in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Last year’s event was a great success and this year the girls hope to raise even more money for this worthy cause.

Tickets for the Pink Pamper charity evening are only £15 and for this guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and canapés. There’s a grand charity raffle with amazing prizes of spa treatments, and there’s a prize for the person with the best pink outfit. There’ll also be time to try out some mini spa treatments.

So get planning your pink outfit now! We want to see you dressed from head to toe in your finest pink glad rags next month.

Space is limited so book early. For tickets please call The Garage Spa on 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragespa.co.uk.

A Pink Pamper charity evening in aid of breast cancer awareness will be held at The Garage Spa on Friday, October 24th.

A Pink Pamper charity evening in aid of breast cancer awareness will be held at The Garage Spa on Friday, October 24th.

What does the Spirit of Teesdale mean to you?

Perhaps it’s the stunning countryside, the high moorland or the rich meadows. Maybe it’s dramatic features like High Force or one of the iconic landmarks such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle or the Market Cross in Barnard Castle. Is it the people? Traditional sheep farmers, shopkeepers or entrepreneurs?

Whatever the Spirit of Teesdale means to you, we think you can take a great photograph that captures this theme and enter our photography contest.

Today (Friday, September 19th) is the closing date to send your photographs and judging will take place early next week.

If you’ve been thinking about entering but haven’t quite got around to it, now’s the time to send your best picture to relax@themorritt.co.uk.

We’ve received some great entries so far that really demonstrate the huge amount of talent in our region. The photographs also show off our beautiful area and make us quite proud!

Enter today! What have you got to lose?

If you’re lucky you could win one of our fabulous prizes including a relaxing overnight spa break with dinner, an indulgent day at The Garage Spa, or dinner in our 2 AA Rosette-awarded Gilroy’s Dining Room.

You’ll also be doing your bit for charity as the best 12 photographs will be made into a calendar to raise money for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.