MY SISTER has a toddler, so we don’t get to spend a lot of time together without a small person impatiently flinging things on the floor and screeching.
And, as my sibling is expecting another nipper, it’s going to be at least a decade before we get to shoot the distraction-free breeze.
The solution – a babymoon, and what better venue than Stobo?
After the ankle-biter had been dispatched to a babysitter, we set off for one of their bespoke day packages, which involved two treatments each, lunch and time to use the facilities.
The latter includes access to their programme of fitness classes. So, while my exercise-averse sister lolled on a sun lounger in her robe, I took part in aqua-aerobics, which consisted of thrashing about to Rihanna, while wearing webbed gloves that increase water resistance. How she laughed.
Unfortunately, as pregnant people are advised not to use the two Jacuzzis at Stobo, one of which is indoors, I was also solo when it came to trying out their al-fresco torch-lit hot tub.
At least junior – who spent most of her time at this spa doing sedate laps of the pool, reading, or basking in the gentle, soothing heat of the tiled laconium – was once again entertained by yours truly making the wobbly dash in the freezing cold to the Nordic-style tub.
Our scheduled treatments – a Mother To Be Full Body Massage and Darphin’s 8 Flower Lifting Facial for my sister, and a Darphin Chamomile and Honey Facial, and Haute Couture Body Treatment for me, were suitably blissful. The latter is exclusive to Stobo, and is their signature therapy.
I entered the treatment room feeling craggy and came out peachy soft, thanks to a thorough body scrub, an application of Darphin’s Shea Butter and Honey Body Mask (which was rinsed off in the shower) before a massage with jojoba oil.
After all this individual primping, it wasn’t until lunch that we really got to catch up. If you’re eating at Stobo, don’t bother looking at the menu, as the buffet trumps all other foodie options. There ain’t no mini sausage rolls or cheese and onion hedgehogs here. We loaded our plates high with cold lamb cutlets, Parma ham, crayfish, potato salad, cheese and other delectables, with a touch of salad on the side (well, this IS a health spa). Puddings were white chocolate and ginger cups.
What better way to round off a babymoon? Consider our sisterly love rekindled.
• A spa day at Stobo includes lunch, a 25-minute back massage, a 25-minute facial massage and use of the spa, Stobo Castle Health Spa, Peebleshire (01721 760344, www.stobocastle.co.uk)