Moddershall Oaks has a wealth of spa delights in a surprisingly plain exterior. The facilities include a lovely reception and deli area as well as a cosy relaxation lounge with open fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. These overlook the outdoor space with a vitality pool equipped with water jets and a hydro back bench, as well as an outdoor Kelo pinewood Sauna. It’s worth staying overnight as there’s more to try with the gym and indoor pool, thermal facilities, Elemis and Neom spa treatments, The Snug grooming sanctuary, a tennis court and over 70 acres of woodland and parkland grounds to explore.
Cosy log fire relaxation lounge
Hair and nail salon
Reception and spa shop
Outdoor hot tub (residents only)
Outdoor kelo sauna
Outdoor swimming pool
Indoor swimming pool
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Drive through pretty Staffordshire villages and down winding lanes, and you'll find Moddershall Oaks at the top of a hill. The setting is very green and peaceful. The building is red brick with a black-tiled roof; it matches the incline of the hill with the entrance and car park at the top and a stunning lake at the bottom.
The outside of the building is relatively plain and a little at odds with how special this spa is. The wow factor starts in the modern reception area, which brings outside in with sky blue, soft green, natural brown, and stone hues. There are leaf prints on the chairs and exposed wooden beams high above.
What's on offer?
Moddershall Oaks is almost a destination spa with just eight rooms and two suites; each share access to a four-person hot tub. The rooms have fresh white walls and wooden carvings. Bathrooms are stocked with Elemis toiletries and a Neom reed diffuser.
We checked in early one evening, and spent the twilight hours by the outside hydro-pool, soaking up the sun and enjoying the chilled-out vibe. The pool is huge and would seat at least a dozen people; buttons run around the outside so you can select your air jet and feel the heat pummel your tired muscles. Spa butlers take drink orders so all you need to do is sit back and relax while sipping a mojito. There are lots of loungers around the pool and a large glass fronted sauna, which was perfectly hot on our visit.
The relaxation room, just next to the pool, has large windows so the room is filled with daylight. The comfortable chairs and sofas in shimmering nude colours combine with the log fire to make a cosy space to relax.
Down a couple of flights of stairs and along a corridor from reception are the changing rooms. This is the older part of the spa; the décor is noticeably different but it is still well kept. The changing room has three showers stocked with Elemis products, two loos, two vanity areas with hairdryers, and lockers that line the walls. Towels aren't freely available, so ask at reception for a couple to take down with you.
The indoor pool and thermal area are just next to the changing rooms. Enjoy a leisurely swim in the 10-metre pool, drift away in the bubbly hydro-pool which would seat six people, or kick back on one of the heated tepidarium beds. The black and beige tiled steam room has a fresh eucalyptus scent, alongside an experience shower.
Book in for a beauty treat in The Snug, where you can have your hands, feet or brows beautified. You can hire out this space for exclusive use, too.
If you want to keep fit while you spa, try the small gym with treadmills and weights. We chose to walk around the grounds instead; the 70 acres surrounding the spa are lovely.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Elemis Biotech Super Charge Facial (55 minutes, £75).
My therapist, Francesca, met me in the pre-treatment waiting area and took me through to a cosy treatment room. After looking at my skin, Francesca decided the radiance facial was right for me. She started with a cream cleanser to remove my make-up, wiping the product away with cotton pads. She followed with a toner which left my skin feeling fresh and tingly. My first introduction to the machine was an exfoliation: a vibrating, smooth metal head sloughed off dead skin. Francesca followed this with a toner on cotton pads, and a soothing massage to my neck and shoulders. Next, she applied gel pads under my eyes and painted on a cool mask. Francesca massaged my hands and forearms while the mask set.
In one movement, Francesca peeled the mask off, leaving my face and eyes feeling very fresh. The last machine use was colour therapy; Francesca rolled the end of the machine over my face and a bright blue light shone; she explained that this light stimulated collagen production. To finish, Francesca applied Elemis's cult Pro Collagen Marine Cream. My skin looked and felt amazing; the facial gave instant results but was also wonderfully relaxing.
Moddershall Oaks offers a range of Elemis face and body treatments including wraps, scrubs, massages and facials. If you're feeling indulgent, try a Neom Wellbeing Ritual which is personalised to your mood; choose from sleep, de-stress, happiness, or energise. The spa menu has options for mums-to-be, too.
The lunch menu in the restaurant is quite diverse, offering hearty meat dishes, fishcakes and salads; we loved our goat's cheese salad. With views out over the lake, the restaurant is a lovely spot for lunch, and you can simply rock up in your robe.
By night, the restaurant has a vibrant feel. Dinner is a more formal affair so you will need to dress. We started with an asparagus and pea salad, followed by chicken with a beetroot and wild mushroom risotto. All of the food was very tasty and beautifully presented. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, too.
If you're looking for a daytime treat, head to the deli which has tempting cakes, savoury snacks and drinks to take back to your lounger.
We loved / we didn't love
The outdoor hydro-pool: We visited on one of the hottest days of the year, but even on a colder day, this space would be blissful.
The warm and friendly service: All of the staff we encountered were naturally warm and helpful; the atmosphere at Moddershall Oaks is very friendly.
The décor and fresh look to the reception, relaxation room and deli is wonderful : it made us want to go home and redecorate.
We didn't love
The changing rooms are quite small for the size of the spa, and the décor looks dated.
We would also have liked a dark relaxation room to snooze after our treatment. The light relaxation room is a comfortable space but is busy with people coming and going.
Who do you think would like it?
Locals should love having Moddershall Oaks on their doorstep. Whether you pop down for a treatment, a twilight evening spa experience, or to enjoy dinner, this spa is an incredibly relaxing space.
Solo spa goers: Moddershall Oaks is a great place to get away from it all and spend some time enjoying your own company.
Foodies: The food is locally sourced, thoughtfully put together, and beautifully presented. As delicious as it was, we could never finish the very generous portions.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We gave Moddershall Oaks a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles for its wonderfully unusual spa, warm and friendly service, helpful staff, and amazing treatments.