Cheshire, Lancashire & Staffordshire Spas for the Stressed North West Bride

27 Jul 2015

Along with moving house, planning a wedding is up-there as one of the most stressful live events you'll experience. So if you're feeling the strain, take some time for much-needed rest and respite at one of these inviting spas in the north west - go on, you know you deserve it!

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1. Stanley House Hotel and Spa in Mellor
With under a month until her wedding, Bride editor Amanda Griffiths took some much-needed time for rest and respite at Stanley House Hotel and Spa. She travelled to Lancashire to try the C+C Vitamin Facial at The Spa at Stanley House Hotel – a treatment she was told was just perfect for the bride-to-be. She tells us about the day:

“Booked in for a two-hour Thermal Bathing session, we hurriedly got changed (in our own private changing cubicles with showers, in the main changing room) before being shown into the spa’s thermal suite with Herbal Sauna, Aroma Steam Room, Salt Steam Room, Finnish Sauna, tropical showers, ice experience and Hydrotherapy Pool and Jacuzzi,” says Amanda.


The idea behind thermal bathing is that it improves breathing and cleanses the body while enhancing the benefits of spa treatments. “As I let the heat warm my muscles I could feel all wedding (and work) stress melting away – a brisk rub down from the ice fountain (I’m told this improves circulation) was the break I needed before heading into the next heated paradise,” says Amanda. Next, she tried the Finnish sauna, which offered a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the pond and the Ribble Valley countryside. “While I basked in the heat, I could see the trees and bushes bending in the wind.”


In the couples’ treatment room, Amanda and her companion trialled the Ananda Facial and the C+C Vitamin version. “Curious as to what makes this perfect for brides, my therapist explained it was very nourishing, good for brightening the skin and with the collagen in the products used, perfect for plumping the skin to make it its most radiant. It was divine, I was even given a choice of what I wanted while the mask was on – so no grimacing through a scalp massage (I prefer an arm and neck massage every time).”

The spa retreat can be completed with dinner at The Grill on The Hill (no doubt un-doing any good done in the spa, but indulgently enjoyable none-the-less), enjoying locally-sourced food and reflecting on the events to come.

The end result? A very blissed-out bride to be! “My skin still feels fabulous and I feel ready to tackle the last month of table plans, first dance choices, decorations and more that I have yet to tackle,” concludes Amanda, who stayed in a luxury Woodland bedroom


2. The Mill Wheel Spa at Three Horseshoes Country Inn, Staffordshire
From a Cleopatra Body Treatment to an Evening Primrose Oil Crème Body Treatment you can experience a range of exciting and innovative body treatments from Kurland at the new Mill Wheel Spa at the Three Horseshoes Country Inn in the Staffordshire Peak District.


During the Cleopatra Body Treatment, inspired by the beautiful Egyptian Queen herself, a warmed mixture of goat’s milk combined with aloe vera, macadamia and a blend of essential oils is applied and massaged into the skin to nourish and rehydrate – a truly indulgent treat   - 60 Minutes, £50.  If you suffer with dry skin then the Evening Primrose Oil Crème Body Treatment is perfect. The Evening Primrose Infusion, renowned for its anti-ageing properties, stimulates cell renewal, nourishes and hydrates the skin; this treatment is also helpful for dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis - 60 Minutes, £50.

In addition to the body treatments the Mill Wheel Spa offers a range of Heaven Skin Care treatments such as the Heaven Bee Sting Facial (1 hour, £55). This is a natural and unique treatment which has been created for an instant anti-aging effect. Containing Manuka Honey, renowned for its soothing and healing properties and the magic Bee Venom ingredient that works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming, the treatment also improves frown lines and wrinkles.


Featuring many UK first experiences, The Mill Wheel Spa offers its own beach experience, the Beach Hut which replicates the positive benefits of being on a beach and is perfect for topping up Vitamin D levels and stimulating the metabolism. A Stonebath, Farmers Sauna, Mill Wheel shower, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, plunge pool, beautiful outdoor spa garden and three treatment rooms are also available together with five new Garden Rooms which   each feature a private garden with a personal cedar wood hot tub.

Spa guests can look forward to an award-winning, 2-rosette restaurant, The Brasserie, offering local food from an imaginative menu, to be enjoyed alongside views from the gardens over the Peak District, Tittesworth Reservoir and the rock formations of the Roaches.


3. Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat & Spa Detox in Moddershall, Staffordshire

Wash your worries away with the spa detox treatments at Moddershall Oaks in Staffordshire. On offer are detox days, spa weekends and retreats; something for every bride in need of some relaxation.


The beauty spa is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, reflexology foot baths, showers, steam rooms and heated loungers. In addition to the indoor beauty spa facilities, it provides an outdoor beauty spa area with a heated vitality pool and Kelo sauna. And if you’re so inclined (which the best of us are) a cocktail can be enjoyed in the outdoor beauty spa from the bar, alongside some nibbles from the deli.


The spa detox treatments help to eliminate environmental and dietary toxins from the body in an effort to stimulate better health. Those that detox at spas commonly lose weight, build up energy, and become calmer. But not all spa detox treatments are equal, so the Moddershall Oaks therapists can provide you with all of the information you need to make sure you get the appropriate spa detox treatment that is best suited to you. Overnight spa break from £249 for two people.

In April, Moddershall Oaks unveiled an outdoor space to add to their wedding day offerings that is exclusive to the venue, with views of the lake on the edge of private woodland. This brand new landscaped space is ideal for taking in the fresh air with all of your guests during your arrival or post-ceremony drinks. Making your wedding day an extention of your tranquil pre-wedding spa experience.


4. Hoar Cross Hotel Spa in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

This is luxury spa in stately home surroundings. If you associate spas with rules, regulations and regimes, then the spa at Hoar Cross Hall may provide the antidote for you. The spa is centred on balancing the body and mind, restoring a sense of calm and promoting a general feeling of wellbeing.

With a range of facilities and a dedicated team of health, fitness and beauty professionals, the spa aims to relax, rejuvenate and to leave you ready to embrace life with a smile.

Try the revitalising hydrotherapy and saltwater vitality pools, or release tensions and revive the senses with the detoxifying saunas, steam rooms and saunariums.

Alternatively, get total peace and tranquillity with the classic spa experience; a day of relaxation dedicated entirely to you, including lunch. Ideal for those who simply want to sit back, relax and be pampered, from 8am to 8.30pm. Bliss!


5. The Woodland Spa in Burnley, Lancashire

If you’re looking for a spa day package that delivers everything you’ve dreamed of, and more, you’ve found yourself in day spas utopia at Burnley, Lancashire, in the heart of North West England.

The Woodland Spa provides a sanctuary in which to indulge yourself with spa days which will provide luxury and undivided attention. Complete your sensory journey dining in the spa restaurant – where the food you will eat actually tastes as good as it is good for you.

The Relaxing Mini Spa costs from £98; you can choose between two of the special 20 minute treatments to create your own personalised pamper: a back massage, mini facial, scalp massage and foot massage.

Also on offer is the double treatment room, so your maid of honour or fiance can join you in a day of relaxation.


6. Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa in Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire

Rookery Hall's five-bubble, award-winning spa in the Cheshire countryside offers tranquil and relaxing surroundings with a range of treatments that can be tailored to suit your needs.


The luxury spa is designed to create the perfect space for wellbeing and relaxation. To create the ultimate spa break guests may take full advantage of all the hotel facilities. Facilities include a glass roofed 17 metre swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, crystal steam room, traditional sauna, individual and group treatment rooms, relaxation rooms and extensive health and fitness facilities.

Enjoy the luxurious surroundings before, during and after your treatment sessions; both individual and group treatment rooms offering a sense of privacy and sanctuary to help achieve wellbeing.


If you’d like to continue your relaxation and feel good inside and out, the Spa Café Bar sells a wide range of healthy dishes. So whether it’s a full body and Indian head massage or a full body wrap and a nail treatment and tan applications you’re after – relax at Rookery Hall spa.


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