The Lapstone Spa beauty rooms
I know, it sounds like a planet on Blake’s 7, but nope, it’s a rather lovely Swiss-created skincare regime, based on the 5 elements of traditional Chinese medicine – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – and designed to restore and maintain the body’s holistic balance of nature.
I am, as you know, a cynic (though not an atheist) of beauty brands. I’m a likely to use Oil of Olay as Environ. I have just bought a two pound mascara. I’m still not knuckling down to the apparently essential cleanse-tone-moisturise. However, even I have to admit that a facial using Swiss brand PHYTO5 did an excellent job on my battleaxe skin.
I came across it for the first time a few months back at Lapstone, a fab emporium on the outskirts of Chipping Campden that I wrote about here. It’s a great concept with shopping sections for men and women, garden furniture, a cafe, hair dressers and a new beauty salon that I didn’t even know existed all under one roof. I ended up having a facial at the salon, which was still having its finishing touches when I was there, but must be just about complete by now.
There are a couple of generously sized and attractively furnished beauty rooms, a large entrance area for manicures and lots of natural light (which I loved)…
… all of which can be found straight up the stairs from the women’s fashion area, so ideal for an impulse dash!
Don’t go to the Spa thinking it’s going to be an actual spa though – there’s no sauna, bubbly water, or that malarkey. These are essentially beauty rooms, so think nails, massage, facials, tanning and hen/wedding/group parties. I had the signature Ageless La Cure anti-ageing facial, with all manner of exfoliations, masks, serums, creams, toners. Of the 5 natural elements on which Phyto is based – Wood, Fire, Earth Metal and Water – my skin needed Metal due to it looking like a prune on a bad day.
I have no shortage of facials – I know, you feel my pain – but I’d particularly recommend this treatment. My young therapist Rachael was excellent and it was all incredibly relaxing. Here I am afterwards. Forgive the crazy post-treatment hair, I’m yet to master a glamorous post-facial shot. Trust me, I looked about 85 years old an hour before this picture was taken.
Lapstone is just outside Chipping Campden so if you’re planning a trip to the Cotswolds and fancy dropping in, you could also add into your itinerary Bourton House Garden in nearby Bourton on the Hill (the Horse & Groom pub is there, a fab eating option), The Chef’s Dozen in Chippy C for lovely intimate restaurant dining, the Batsford Estate and Arboretum and Snowshill Manor, one-time owned by Henry VIII who gave it to Katherine Parr as a wedding gift. That’s just for starters, everywhere you turn in the Cotswolds there’s something worth seeing.
As ever let me know if you make it over there. Knowledge is power my friends, let’s use it!
lapstone.net. Lapstone, Westington Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6EG. Tel: 01386 841611.