You know when you experience something so good that you know that nothing else will ever compare? For example, if you eat really good chocolate cake, you know that you will probably never taste chocolate cake as good as this again? Yeah, well that’s how I feel after visiting Moddershall Oaks last week.
So spoiler alert, Moddershall Oaks is the nicest spa I’ve ever visited. Yep I just went there.
Let’s start at the beginning, Moddershall Oaks is located in Stone, Staffordshire, which is about an hour from mine, so not too far at all. It’s based in it’s own lakeside grounds, and is pretty secluded, meaning it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. Me and my Mum were very excited to have the chance to review an overnight stay at Moddershall, and pretty much from the moment we stepped through the door, our stresses started to melt away.
So we checked in, and then were shown to our room, which was a lovely modern room with two beds, private bathroom and you ready for the best bit? A hot tub right outside. Okay so the hot tub wasn’t just for us, it’s a communal one for anyone staying, but still pretty cool right? The rooms were decorated really nice, and had everything you needed, from a big flat screen TV, a safe, Elemis toiletries, a ghd hair dryer, a good selection of hot drinks such as coffee, hot chocolate, herbal tea and of course a kettle. The little grandma inside of me, was so happy to know that I could have a cup of tea when I got into bed later.
There was also air conditioning, and underfloor heating, the suites are perfect for any weather! It was just the little touches, and it seemed like they’d thought of everything you may need. We quickly got changed into our fluffy robes and flip flops, and went out to enjoy the spa facilities.
So there’s an outdoor and indoor spa area for you to enjoy, but we’ll start with the indoor facilities as that’s where we started. So there’s treatment rooms, changing rooms, a big indoor pool, sun loungers, heated marble loungers and a hydro pool.
The indoor pool was pretty quiet, so that’s where we headed. We had a swim, then chilled in the hydro pool for a bit, which was basically a big insane Jacuzzi.
After a good hour or so, we headed to the outdoors spa area. So there’s an outdoor heated spa pool, a courtyard with lots of sun loungers and seating to chill on, a sauna overlooking the pool, a deli which has drinks and nibbles which you can order, a lounge which is so cosy, with sofas, chairs, blankets and a log fire. You could curl up with a book, or even have a nap, so nice! Then there’s a snug which is where you get individual beauty treatment such as manicures, etc…
As well as the spa facilities, there’s also a gym, tennis courts, woodland walks, and bikes to hire if you fancy being a bit more adventurous. We found a couple of sun loungers and sat and enjoyed the last of the afternoon sun and then had a soak in the outdoor pool, which was so nice! We chilled here for a bit, before going back to the room to shower and get ready for dinner.
It was really nice to get dressed up a bit for dinner, you guys know me, I’m a grandma and rarely go out, so it was nice to have an excuse to dress up! We had a 2 course meal at the Lakeside Restaurant as part of our package, and we opted for main course and dessert. The service first of all, was amazing, and as soon as we were seated and ordered, we were then greeted with two cheese scones to keep us going, then out came a champagne sorbet, which omg was one of the nicest things I’ve ever had. I said to Mum ‘I could get used to this!’
Then our meals arrived, we both ordered steaks, and to be honest with you, usually I can give or take steak but this one was something else. I wanna say the best steak I’ve ever had, it was amazing. Alongside it was, a wild mushroom and Parmesan stuffed tomato, and home made chips, so good! By the time, we were finishing our main, the restaurant was starting to get a bit busier. We asked if we could perhaps sit outside on one of the tables there to have pudding, and it was no problem at all. The staff couldn’t do enough for you, and we were taken out and brought dessert menus.
Sitting outside was a lovely way to finish our evening, we sat overlooking the lake and the gardens which were decorated beautifully with fairy lights. I had a chocolate pudding which was basically a rich chocolate mousse, with creme freche ice cream, and caramel sauce, and Mum had a citrus pudding which was basically a citrus cheesecake deconstructed. They were both lovely though. We finished our wine, Mum had a coffee and then we were pretty much ready for bed.
Who knew relaxing would be so tiring?
So we headed back to our room, I watched the Love Island final with a cup of herbal tea and we settled down for the evening.
We were up nice and early the next morning as we wanted to make the most of the facilities. We were in the indoor pool by 7:15am ( i know) and we had a lovely time swimming and making the most of being the only ones in there.
We headed for breakfast at the Lakeside restaurant at about 8:30, there was a continental buffet of yogurt, cereal, fruit, etc.. as well as fresh juice. There was then a menu of cooked items you could order, we opted for the cooked breakfast cause why not eh, and let me just say, it was so good! The standard of food, really was so high, it was so lovely. We had constant refills of coffee (it was so good that Lorelei Gilmore would have definitely approved) and orange juice. Feeling suitably full, we headed to the outdoor pool, as we were excited to see no one else was in it. We spent a good hour chilling in the pool, just taking in the peaceful surroundings.
It seemed everyone else was having breakfast or was just checking in, it was so quiet and relaxing.
We then went back to tidy up and pack up our room before checking out. However you can use the spa facilities till 5pm so you basically get two days worth of enjoying the spa which is really good.
After checking out, we spent the next few hours sitting outside on the sun loungers, as the sun made an appearance which was a really unexpected bonus. We sat here till it was time for our massages. We had both booked in for a deep tissue massage, and we made our way to the treatment rooms. My therapist was lovely and chatted to me before getting started with the treatment, to ask what oils I’d like to have used, if I had any concerns, etc… then it was time to start the massage. Though in some areas, my muscles were a little sore (she did say afterwards that I had a lot of tension in my shoulders) the treatment was very relaxing, and the 55 minutes went by way too quickly.
Afterwards, I felt so relaxed and my muscles felt so tended too, that I felt almost a little floppy. I felt like Harry Potter when Lockhart’s spell to heal his arm, ended with him removing all the bones and he’s left with a floppy arm. That’s how I felt, but in a good way haah.
Then we spent the last few hours of our time at Moddershall, by sitting in the sun, enjoying the outdoor pool, having some lunch in the outside courtyard (we had a sharing platter and it was so good!)
It was then approaching 5pm, so we dragged our feet down to the changing rooms and reluctantly handed over our fluffy robes, before making our way home.
We may have only spent 26 hours at Moddershall Oaks, but they were 26 of the most relaxing hours ever. Our stay from start to finish was heavenly, the staff were all amazing, we had great service from everyone, and nothing was too much for you. Although, Moddershall Oaks isn’t one of the cheapest places to stay/have a spa day, you do get what you pay for. From the immaculate spa facilities, top class food and amazing service, I do feel like the price is justified.
Moddershall Oaks, is perfect for a special treat, whether a special birthday, or hen do, or anniversary. I can’t recommend it enough, I would however say that to really enjoy all of the facilities, that an over night stay is probably the best thing to do. We found the daytime to be quite busy with daytime spa guests, and I’m not sure if you’d get the full advantage of having some quiet time by the pools, like you do when you stay over as in the evenings and mornings, as it’s really quiet then.
That’s the only thing I’d say to be aware of, is that it can get quite busy, but it’s a lovely place and I would go back within a heartbeat. I felt so relaxed and we had such a lovely time. We are already saving up for a trip back!
Have you ever visited Moddershall Oaks? Or what’s your fave thing about a little spa break?
*Disclaimer, my stay was paid for courtesy of Moddershall Oaks, however all my opinions are completely honest, and we had a really lovely time. I couldn’t recommend Moddershall Oaks enough, and the service was amazing for everyone, not just me. Genuinely one of the best spas, I’ve ever been to. To find out more about my disclaimer, you can read that here.