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Return to Peak condition with a pampering break in Staffordshire

Written by Wendy Gomersall
The trouble with going abroad on holiday is that the whole process of getting there and back can be utterly exhausting. So much so, you might want to book a perkyou- up minibreak to stop yourself from wilting; something to sort out thirsty, sun-dried skin or to recharge your batteries.

Set in beautiful lakeside grounds, Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat, near Stone in Staffordshire, offers spa days, spa breaks and treatments. There’s a new outdoor spa including relaxation lounge, heated vitality spa pool and a Finnish Kelo sauna. It even has a deli should you get peckish.

The indoor spa area houses a swimming pool, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, heated-tiled loungers, experience shower and reflexology footbaths. Full use of the spa facilities is included when you visit Moddershall Oaks for a spa day or break, booked in advance.

Then there’s The Snug, a treatment suite for all those little beauty and grooming treatments such as manicures, pedicures and tanning. The retreat has 10 bedrooms all with an en-suite bathroom (Elemis products included for in-room luxury), state-of-theart TV, DVD player, iPod docking station and a private deck area. Those on a spa break have the use of an outdoor hot tub, too.

The award-winning Lakeside Restaurant features modern English dishes and old favourites made with locally-sourced produce.

How about crispy shredded Gressingham duck with Staffordshire pancake and hoisin sauce, or Nori and sesame-crusted salmon fillet, with Cornish crab and ginger spring roll? Or for something more down to earth, Tuesday night is burger night.

You can even walk off the calories later with a long stroll or hike in the spectacular Staffordshire Peak District – – or visit the award-winning Trentham Gardens and Shopping Village, with shops, cafes, restaurants and vast garden centre:

The retreat also has complimentary bicycle hire for keen cyclists to take out and explore the surrounding areas. Local cycling routes can be found and downloaded on Staffordshire Council’s website at  

Do pop along to the Emma Bridgewater factory in the heart of the historic Stoke Potteries region too, and pick up something special for the kitchen or indeed, a piece of pottery you have always wanted –  

Of course, don’t forget to leave yourself plenty of time to relax in Moddershall Oaks’ spa, which is currently offering a 10 per cent discount on some breaks.

The Summer Spa Break for two people, from £323.10, comes with two-course evening meal, overnight stay and cooked breakfast. It also includes a 25-minute Limited Edition summer treatment and use of the spa until 5pm on the day of departure. It is available Sunday to Thursday until September, subject to availability.

Limited Edition summer treatments include the Rosehip & Peppermint Back Massage and Lime & Lemongrass Body Scrub. And for that extra something, the Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual, £110, combines a 55-minute Elemis Advanced Customised or Advanced Anti- Ageing Facial with a 55-minute deep tissue muscle full body massage: 01782-399000,

Contact Wendy at
Prices were correct at the time of going to press.

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