Moddershall Oaks is spa delight behind a red-brick exterior. The facilities include two swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor), saunas, a steam room, a deli and a cosy relaxation lounge with an open fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. In the summer, the outdoors is delightful: lounge around the pool and order drinks from the spa butlers, before heading to the restaurant for dinner. You can also explore 70 acres of woodland and parkland on foot.
- XXL robes available
- Treatment rooms
- Cosy log fire relaxation lounge
- Heated loungers
- Reflexology footbaths
- Hair and nail salon
- Reception and spa shop
- Deli bar
- Experience shower
- Steam room
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Outdoor hot tub (residents only)
- Outdoor kelo sauna
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Indoor swimming pool
- Outdoor loungers
- Tennis court
- MADE Wellness Centre
- Spa Ritual
Our Spa Spy review
Moddershall Oaks is a converted farmhouse in Staffordshire's leafy countryside. Drive down winding lanes and through quaint villages to the red-bricked spa hotel.
The property is set on a hillside with the entrance and car park at the top and a lake at the bottom. The interiors have a traditional country feel, with plenty of original features including exposed brickwork.
What's on offer?
The spa reception is a bright room with wooden floors; floor-to-ceiling windows; and stone, chocolate and sage furnishings. It's modern yet cosy. Staff welcomed us with a glass of Bellini and invited us to sit at one of the tables overlooking the outdoor pool to complete our consultation forms.
The white and stone-tiled changing rooms feel a little neglected compared to the rest of the spa. There are three banks of wooden lockers; change beside one of the wooden benches or in the single changing cubicle around the corner. You'll find four stone-effect showers with bodywash, shampoo and conditioner, and two vanity mirrors where you can sit and dry your hair.
The highlight of the spa is the large outdoor hydrotherapy pool. Jacuzzi-style seats run along all four sides; press a button and bubble away while taking in the fields on the horizon or gazing into the flames of the pool-side fireplace. You can order drinks from a spa butler, even while you're in the water. There are plenty of loungers and sofas next to the pool, and the large dual-sided fireplace also opens into the relaxation room for cooler days. The glass-fronted sauna offers more countryside views.
The relaxation room, just next to the outdoor pool, feels like a country-estate lounge. Wooden floors, plush sofas and the fireplace make the space warm and inviting; the room contains books, and hot and cold drinks, but nowhere to lie down for a post-treatment snooze.
If you're craving something sweet, try the spa deli which has tempting cakes, snacks and drinks to take back to your lounger.
The thermal facilities are down a flight of stairs. Massage your shoulders under two powerful jets in the 10-metre hydro-pool while looking up at the twinkly lights in the ceiling. The spacious black and beige-tiled steam room is scented with eucalyptus. There are three tepidarium beds and an experience shower, too.
Staying overnight? Make use of the residents' hot tub (by the bedrooms), the small but modern gym, and the tennis courts. The spa even has cute vintage-style bikes you can use at no extra cost, along with a map to wind your way to the best of the nearby countryside.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried an Elemis Couture Touch Technology treatment (115 minutes, £140) which combines a Biotec machine-led facial with a hot stone or deep tissue massage.
My therapist, Lorna, met me in the small spa reception upstairs and led me to one of the grey and taupe-hued treatment rooms. She asked me about my concerns before deciding on the optimum machine-led facial to resurface my skin, along with a deep tissue massage to work on my knotty shoulders.
Lorna began the treatment by placing warm towels on my feet, applying gentle pressure to my soles to balance my body. She moved to the backs of my legs, combining long smooth strokes and gentle taps to ease out tension. Lorna ramped up the pressure a little as she found the pockets of tension in my back and shoulders. She worked expertly, applying enough, but not too much, pressure to ease out stress, making my shoulders feel newly limber.
Lorna gently stretched and massaged my arms before asking me to turn over so that she could work on the front of my legs and shoulders. By the end of the massage, I felt pleasantly light and relaxed.
Lorna began the facial with a deep cleanse to prepare my skin for the Elemis Biotec. She used this in combination with a mask peel which made my skin tingle pleasantly. Lorna ended the facial with a dollop of Elemis Superfood day cream.
Lorna ended the treatment by offering me a glass of lemon-infused ice water; her aftercare advice was to use a heated lounger to prevent my shoulders from aching. My skin looked glowing and refreshed, while my back and shoulders felt much less tense.
The spa at Moddershall Oaks offers everything from relaxing massages and reviving facials, to nourishing wraps and scrubs. Try reflexology, treatments for mums-to-be, manicures, pedicures and beauty finishing touches, too.
Lunch and dinner are both served in the hotel restaurant. Still wearing our robes, we lunched outside overlooking the pretty lawns and lake.
Our waiter had no issue with our request to combine different dishes; our resulting goat's cheese and avocado Mediterranean salad with sweet potato fries was perfectly put together.
For dinner, beautifully crispy smoked salmon and haddock fishcakes with creamed leeks were followed by a gourmet burger and thrice-cooked chips. Two courses were more than enough to skip dessert but old school delights, such as sticky toffee pudding, are on offer alongside more modern dishes.
We loved / we didn't love
The customer service: Everyone we met, from the receptionist to the restaurant staff, went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Make use of the spa butlers, too; great when you fancy a drink without getting out of the pool.
The fireside outdoor hydro-pool: What could be more luxurious than sipping a cold glass of wine in a warm bubbly fireside pool underneath the stars?
We didn't love
The heat of the indoor area: On a warm summer's day, this was too hot.
The changing rooms: These could do with a bit of TLC; some parts looked a bit tired, while a little more space and another private cubicle wouldn't go amiss.
Who do you think would like it?
Family groups: We saw a few families, possibly connected to a wedding party that was taking place during our stay.
Couples: The gourmet restaurant, plush rooms and fireside pool would appeal to anyone's romantic side.
Mothers and daughters: Moddershall Oaks is a great getaway for those wanting some quality mum-daughter time.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded the spa at Moddershall Oaks a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 Bubbles. The spa has an indulgent vibe, with the centrepiece outdoor hydrotherapy pool served by friendly spa butlers. Customer service was exemplary and the good food and lovely views made the experience feel extra special. An update to the changing rooms and a slightly less busy feel would be the icing on the cake.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving light bites and a gourmet à la carte menu.
Luxury suites available, including the larger Deluxe and Master Suites.
A selection of arrival & departure times are available. Subject to availability
Arrival times are 8.30 am, 9.00 am or 9.30 am, please contact the Spa to agree.