Moddershall Oaks is spa delight behind a surprisingly ordinary 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
- Spa Ritual
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Moddershall Oaks is a sprawling converted farmhouse set 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. There’s a traditional country feel to the interiors, 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. We were welcomed with a glass of strawberry Prosecco and invited 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 and wooden benches, four stone-effect showers with shampoo and conditioner, and a single changing cubicle. There are two vanity mirrors where you can sit and dry your hair, too.
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 staring at the fields on the horizon. 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 a large dual-sided fireplace (the other side 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; there are books, 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 inside thermal facilities are down a flight of stairs. The 10-metre hydro pool has two powerful water jets to massage your shoulders and 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.
Tell us about the treatments
We had an Elemis Couture Technology treatment (115 minutes, £140) and a Luxury Shellac Pedicure (70 minutes, £65).
My therapist, Katherine, met me in spa reception and led me to a cosy treatment room with grey and taupe walls. She invited me to take a seat and explained that the treatment would include a hot stone massage and a machine-led facial.
Katherine began the treatment by placing hot stones down the length of my spine; once they had warmed up my skin, she picked them up and used them for the full body massage. Katherine started at my feet, moving up my legs to my back and shoulders, finally coming down my arms. It wasn’t long before I was reduced to putty.
Katherine asked me to turn over then cleansed and exfoliated my skin in preparation for the machine element. She used a silver, two pronged pulsating device, holding it on the areas where wrinkles tend to form -- it felt tingly but not painful. Katherine then ran a red light over the same areas and finished with a cool blast of oxygen. The facial plumped and moisturised my skin perfectly, and the glow lasted well beyond the spa day.
My pedicure took place in The Snug, a stylish beauty salon with bottles of Champagne lining the walls. My therapist, Melissa, met me in The Snug and invited me to choose a polish from rows and rows of colours. Melissa soaked my feet in a sugar scrub, massaging the soles before moving up to the ankles, buffed my nails smooth and expertly painted on my chosen colour.
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.
Lunch is served in the hotel restaurant with views over the lake; we were comfortable dining in our robes. Spa guests are encouraged to indulge in three courses, we started with bread and oils, then had perfectly cooked fish and chips, with a rich sticky toffee pudding to finish. You can also choose salads, baguettes, burgers, risotto and fish and meat hot dishes.
In the evening, we returned for a grander three-course set menu served with an array of indulgent cocktails. Everything was delicious.
We loved / we didn't love
The staff: Everyone was attentive and friendly -- nothing was too much trouble.
The outdoor hydro pool: Bathing in warm water while looking out at green fields is a real treat.
The spa butlers: We loved not having to climb out of the hydro pool to order drinks.
We didn’t love
The crowds: On our visit, the outdoor hydro pool was full and there were no free loungers in the indoor spa area.
The changing rooms: For a relatively plush spa, the changing rooms are fairly basic.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: The double-sided fireplace, outdoor pool and spa butlers make this a great spa for a romantic getaway.
The rest of the spa was made up of mothers and daughters, and duos of girls all catching up on some quality time.
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.