It was quite bizarre that one of my “goals” for this year was to have more spa days as it’s not something I ever do so it was pretty amazing to find out that I’d won a competition for a gourmet spa break at Moddershall Oaks. To say that my friend Pip and I were excited was such an understatement. You would have thought we were off to the Caribbean for 2 weeks!
Moddershall Oaks is nestled away in the middle of nowhere. We arrived just before 3pm on Wednesday afternoon and were greeted and shown to our executive suite. There are only 10 rooms so it’s quite exclusive and you certainly get that feeling. The suite was lovely, everything we could have wished for and was only about 10 footsteps away from a hot tub which was for the overnight guests! We thought we were in heaven! We were left to freshen up, and don our very fluffy robes and were then give a guided tour so we could plan our relaxation time accordingly. There is a gym for those wishing to have a more strenuous experience.
There’s something really quite “wrong but oh so right” about wandering around in your dressing gown and flip-flops in the middle of the day and we found a corner of the relaxation lounge that wasn’t occupied and started our afternoon of relaxation with a coffee and a slice of cake. The roaring log fire, long settees which were made for lazing about on, each with it’s own reading light (very impressive for an avid reader like me!) and calming interior design of the room made you just feel amazing!
It was a little strange to see snow on the ground yet we thought it rather a shame not to partake in a glass of wine in the 25metre outdoor spa vitality pool which was deliciously hot. I think by this stage, I had already melted into a jelly state of relaxation.
We made sure we tried every facility we could. The hydrotherapy pool was incredible and probably my most favourite part of the experience because of the effect it had! The powerful jets that I aimed at my shoulders as I had been experiencing some tension and aching, made me feel more flexible in that area of my body than I had for months.
This hydrotherapy area looked so pretty with the overhead lights twinkling away and the heated loungers were really soothing. We also tried out the steam room and the aromatherapy foot spa and the jets within the pool that you lay on or sat with them directed onto your upper body were equally fabulous!
After all the very strenuous relaxing, we were ready for dinner and were shown to our table in the restaurant which overlooked the lake which was completely frozen over while we were there and really was a special setting.
The restaurant can be used even if you don’t go to the spa, and it was lovely to see a lady dining alone, and the staff had seated her overlooking the lake not into the restaurant. I’ve dined alone before and felt really self-conscious but I would have been completely happy dining alone in this particular setting.
We had quite a job deciding what we wanted from the extensive dinner menu and below is what we chose.
The restaurant was a really relaxed setting and atmosphere. We didn’t realise just how quickly the time passed.
Oh my, did we make the right choices.
I still think it was one of the most amazing meals I have EVER had. Very, very special.
And there was a sorbet between each course.
- Forest mushroom fricassee, Staffordshire smoked cheddar fondue, toasted brioche, balsamic reduction
- Crispy shredded Gressingham duck, Staffordshire oatcake, hoi sin sauce, spring onion, cucumber
- Char grilled dry aged sirloin, slow cooked steak & ale pie, béarnaise sauce, watercress, gratin potato, braised onion, roast shallot sauce
- Chocolate Rebab; soft chocolate fudge cake, fresh vanilla custard, white chocolate panna cotta, fresh berries, Belgian chocolate ice cream, raspberry fluid gel
- Winter warmer; hot sticky toffee pudding, clotted cream, salted caramel donut, fudge ice cream
We had another quick dip in the vitality pool before heading off to our room and both feel asleep within minutes of our head hitting the pillows, sleeping extremely soundly. It must have been all the hard work!
Breakfast was delicious! Full English for those who wanted it – rude not to so we did before we headed off for another busy day of chilling out!
We were booked in for a Frankincense and Berry Back Massage at lunchtime and again this worked wonders on my shoulder issue. I struggled to get off the couch when my therapist had finished with me and would have been quite happy to spend another hour there!
For the rest of our stay, we just kind of hung out. It was lovely to catch up with Pip as it’s rare these days that we are able to sync our busy diaries and just spend time chatting and putting the world to rights. It was busier by this stage as there were day guests at the spa and at times the lounge was full but we still found things to do. There is lots of seating around the vitality pool but as we went in February it was a little too chilly to sit out there but the sauna was quite fabulous so we hung out in there.
It was a wonderful two days. Well needed for both of us and I think we were in such a state of relaxation when we came away, we were really quiet in the car on the way home because we couldn’t really be bothered to talk!
A truly fabulous experience in a gorgeous setting. Highly recommended.
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Moddershall, Near Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8TG
Sat nav post code: ST15 8WF
T: 01782 399000 F: 01782 399662
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