Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel, Staffordshire, England
I first visited Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel for my 16th birthday with my Mum. I remember that I’d been looking forward to it for over a year, ever since I’d heard that she’d been there with some friends. So that was it, my ‘sweet sixteen’ treat was my first ever spa retreat. I didn’t make it back there for my second visit until this April, when I visited with some friends for more birthday celebrations. Even though nearly a decade had passed, it was still as much of a dream as I remembered from the first time around!
Unwind in a 19th Century stately home
One of the great things about spa retreats in the UK is that you often find them located in stunning historical buildings. Hoar Cross Hall is no exception; the hall itself was completed in 1871 and has over 30 acres of woodland located on the estate in Staffordshire. Although it’s definitely key to make the most of the indoor facilities, I enjoyed getting up early to have a wander around the gardens and woodland in the Spring sunshine before heading back in for breakfast and a day of indulgence.
Saltwater pool, aqua detox or Nordic Suite?
There are so many different parts of the spa at Hoar Cross Hall that I felt like I ran out of time even though I had managed to try out most rooms and pools. Maybe I’d just rather do a spa week than a weekend! The facilities have definitely been upgraded since my first visit back in the day. There are two main pools (one saltwater and one normal), as well as numerous saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy areas. There’s also an amazing relaxation area next to the pools where you can chill out in your robe and dry/doze off. For the more actively-inclined (not me), Hoar Cross Hall also offers fitness classes and a gym.
A delightful dining experience
If you’re going to indulge your body and mind on a spa retreat, then you should definitely indulge your stomach too. There’s a cafe serving cocktails for lunch and afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast all served in the ballroom. I loved the setting of the ballroom for dinner and breakfast, and our group managed to snag a window table with incredible views over the gardens. Mid-way through our evening meal, we also realised we were sat on the table next to the owners of Hoar Cross Hall, who we recognised from the portraits on the wall! The food itself was beautifully done and the breakfast buffet was one of the best I’ve had in any hotel, complete with a full-English selection and a great variety of pastries, which are my favourite.
Girls’ Night In package
My friends and I had booked the Girls’ Night In package for our stay, which was excellent. In addition to the standard spa access and evening meal, it also included a lunch, prosecco, DVDs, snacks, onesies and a treatment (either a massage or a facial). We had two rooms between five, and each room had a balcony which was perfect for getting together for pre-dinner drinks. This package is available from £199 per person.
Hoar Cross Hall is located in the village of Hoar Cross in Staffordshire. It really is in the middle of nowhere and has plenty of free parking, so I’d recommend driving there. They offer lots of different packages for either a day spa or for a spa retreat, which you can find on their website here. If you want any additional treatments not included in your package, I’d recommend calling ahead and booking; I wanted to get a manicure but they didn’t have any availability when I asked during my stay. As this really is a rural retreat, be prepared for some hit-or-miss internet; it’s definitely worth it though!
If you’re interested in visiting more stately homes in England, take a look at Stowe House and Gardens in Buckinghamshire.