The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Spas

Aquarius Spa at Whatley Manor

23 Apr 2017

Why do The Cotwolds have so many amazing spa hotels? (Answers on a postcard if you can be bothered to write to me between your massage and poolside jacussi). I have great designs on doing a kind of spa crawl one of these days but for now my lucky ducky Muddy Gloucestershire editor Sarah has reviewed Whatley Manor spa, one of the best pamper parlours in the whole country. Here’s her verdict.

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A beauty first with BIOEFFECT at Hartwell House Spa

17 Mar 2017

I’m as keen on a facial as the next wrinkly middle-aged woman (no botox ever having perked up the Muddy visage). Even keener when it’s a new brand. And now I’m adding mustard (metaphorically, becuase that’s how keen I am) because rather than trudging into London or off to the sticks to try it, it can be found mere miles from Muddy HQ at Hartwell House Spa, near Aylesbury.

I’ve written about Hartwell House in the past, the gorgeous National Trust heritage hotel where I held an extraordinarily boozy 40th birthday (btw, the Octagon Room is one of the most stunnning private spaces you’ll ever come across for a dinner if you’re on the search).

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Red House Spa – cool, modern and in Amersham!

14 Sep 2016

I’m really excited to write about Red House Spa because I know you’re going to love it. This brand spinky spanky new beauty spa soft launched over the summer  and oh-my-G, it’s really impressive – I’ve been to enough beauty salons and read enough Orwell to know that, some beauty salons really are more equal than others.

Red House Spa has something unheard of in most regional beauty salons and that is a very cool style aesthetic.

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Win a luxury £1000 Spa Escape!

9 Mar 2016

In I float, a vision of loveliness, wearing my flounciest, bouffiest sparkly fairy dress, waving my magic wand – brrrrrrriiing! –  giving you the chance to win the kind of prize I’d sell Prince Charming for.

Stoke Park is the hotel where Bridget Jones romped on the four poster with Daniel Carver (and where I later snored my way through  in replica big pants); where Daniel Craig acted his ears off in Layercake; where James Bond played golf in Goldfinger.

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Stoke Park – the best spa in Buckinghamshire?

7 Nov 2014

While I was being Bridget Jones at Stoke Park hotel the other week (at least Bridget Jones before she went and changed her face forever – Renee, what have you done?!), I spent several deliriously happy hours in the Stoke Park spa.

There was just too much to write about Stoke Park generally to do the spa justice in my last post, so this missive is really to let spa-lovers have a sneaky peek into what’s on offer, because let me tell you, it’s gorrrrrrgeous.

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