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As at Painswick, the pool at Letcombe will be used for aqua classes and physiotherapy sessions, as well as for swimming

interior designers AFBM, the £1.75m wellness spa at Letcombe Regis manages to be luxurious yet unintimidating. At 560sq m (6,000sq ft), it’s larger than the Painswick facility and, unlike Painswick, it has its own front door to cater for external members. Otherwise, says Boyce, there are only minor differences between the two sites. The facilities at Letcombe include

a spacious reception area, male and female changing rooms, and a studio where classes will range from the usual circuits and ‘legs, bums and tums’ to falls prevention training. There will also be seated classes for the less mobile; at Painswick, a seated session called ‘Balls of Energy’ is the most popular class, says Boyce. A gym, equipped by Technogym, includes an upright bike, reclining bike, rower and treadmill, as well as its full range of Easy Line resistance kit. Elsewhere, there’s a 16x4m pool – to be used for aqua classes and

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Facilities seem more in keeping with a top-end hotel than with a retirement home

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