Saturday, 26 July 2014

Moddershall Oaks Spa Escape and My First Blog Giveaway!

Hello all! So this is going to be a long but very exciting post with the chance to win some amazing Moddershall Oaks spa and Elemis products! Keep reading for your chance to win :)

The first time I went to Moddershall Oaks was the summer between my second and third year of uni. It had been an action-packed year with lots of changes both in my academic and personal life and my mum and I felt like we needed a couple of days to be selfishly indulgent and escape from daily life. After having a quick Google on short breaks in the UK we came across Moddershall Oaks - a country spa retreat in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside. And the rest is history. I've been twice with my mum as well as recommended it to my friends who have also visited for a girly weekend. This time, however, I took the boyf along for the ride.

We were recommended the Spa Escape package which Moddershall Oaks describes as follows:
Arrive at 3pm for a tour of the spa facilities and check into your suite, enjoy a two course evening meal served in our lakeside restaurant, stay overnight in a 5* suite with cooked breakfast, relax with a 25 minute back, neck & shoulder massage or 25 minute Elemis Customised facial and take full advantage of our spa facilities with complimentary use of robes & towels as long as you can.

From the moment we arrived, the staff were extremely friendly and attentive, making sure that our stay went as smoothly as possible. On arrival we were shown to our room, given a tour of the facilities and handed our itineraries which told us what time our table was booked in the restaurant and what time our massages were booked in for the following day. It was great to know that that was all we had to think about for the next 24 hours.

The first afternoon we spent in the indoor spa which includes a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, reflexology pool, experience shower and steam room. As well as all these wonderfully relaxing water features, we were particularly fond of the stone heated loungers on the poolside and definitely fell asleep a couple of times.

Next was dinner. I opted for the Catch of the Day (which was hake) and the 'Oops I dropped the Strawberry Sunday' which included macerated and fresh strawberry jelly, strawberry mousse, crushed meringue, lemon cheesecake quenelle and Madagascan vanilla ice cream. Needless to say, it was pretty damn good.

 After a good night's sleep and a hearty cooked breakfast, we had a walk around the grounds. MO owns a large area of land around the spa site which boasts a beautiful lake and a short woodland walk. While my mother would've insisted on the walk, we spent more time looking at the fish by the lake.

While waiting eagerly for our massages, we tried out the outdoor spa. This only opened in mid-June so it was my first experience of it too. The setting was absolutely gorgeous; a wooden cabin complete with jet pool and sauna overlooking endless green fields. It was at this point that we decided we didn't want to leave but were all too aware that the working world was approaching the next day *shudder*.

(We weren't actually there at dusk but I felt a bit uncomfortable about taking pictures of other people trying to relax so MO kindly provided the photo for me!)

After our massages (which used Elemis oils and were amazingly relaxing), we spent our last few hours chilling out and reading in the dedicated relaxation room. You can stay in your robes and slippers and cuddle up in the huge sofas and have drinks and deli food brought to you. It truly was the perfect end to the most blissful 24 hours. We felt refreshed, happy and ready for anything (which was a good job because it turned out that I'd booked us on the wrong train journey back so we had to re-buy our tickets - may bad).


As a massive fan of Moddershall Oaks having been three times, I was super excited when they agreed to help me set up a giveaway to give my readers the chance to win some spa goodies.

It's a lovely selection of gifts including an Elemis spa gift set, a Moddershall Oaks teddy and rose massage candle and a SpaRitual nail polish (worth approx £55 altogether). All you need to do to enter is follow myself and MO on Twitter and tweet a ready-made message about the giveaway. And that's it I promise! 

Please also note that this giveaway is open to UK RESIDENTS ONLY

The giveaway opens on 27 June 2014 at 12am and closes on 10 August 2014 at 12am. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: Moddershall Oaks did give me a media rate for my latest visit. However, I have been a full-paying guest twice previously for a spa break so please have absolute confidence that this review is 100% truthful and I would recommend this spa to anyone!

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  1. Ah how amazing does your spa escape sound?! I could so do with some of this right now haha.. how cute is that teddy?! xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  2. It was so lovely, really needed it as well. I'd been moving house beforehand so everything was up in the air - it was great to chill out x

  3. Wow, looks and sounds like bliss. So pleased you had a lovely time x

    1. Thanks Debbie! Good luck if you entered the giveaway :) x