Average outdoor spa morning: £260 for 2
Value for money – 3/5 slippers
Facilities – 3/5 slippers
Ambience – 5/5 slippers
Treatments – 4/5 slippers
This spa caught my eye because it was advertised as a pop up spa, something that I have never experienced before and was eager to try. I had heard of the Daylesford Farm shop and café before so the idea of a spa at the same location also excited me. Booking was a bit complicated as online it said it was always sold out. I therefore had to contact the spa directly via email to book, and it turned out they did have availability. The pop up spa is only available from May to September. We visited in July and booked it about a month in advance.
The morning started a bit stressful as we got stuck in traffic and only just made it to the spa in time. But the minute we entered the spa the staff and beautifully scented ambience instantly made us relax. We were welcomed with a carrot juice and ice cold water which was very much needed after a sweaty car journey.
We were escorted to our own relaxation tent in the wild country garden. This little haven was ours for the next three hours. It was full of fresh flowers, candles and high end furnishings to make us relaxed and comfortable. There were two treatments areas to the right of the main chilling area and a shower and toilet to the left. Hanging up were crisp white robes for us to wear and slippers for our feet. Outside we had our own private decking area with table and chairs and sun loungers. The decking was also full of stunning potted roses and lavenders which filled the air with a sweet scent. Burning outside was also a citronella candle which I later bought from the farm shop.
I opted for the 55 minute massage and my sister for the 55 facial. For the massage I was asked by the therapist to smell three different oils. She explained whichever one I chose it would signal to her what my body needed in terms of relaxing, balancing or energising. I selected the lavender and peppermint oil which meant I needed balancing. The full body massage was divine, from head to toe was relaxed. It did make me laugh though that the therapist had to wear sun glasses as the tent was so bright inside.
My sisters facial I quote ‘was one of the best she has ever experienced’. The facial began with burning of a fragrant South American wood to cleanse the air and relax. The treatment itself used a variety of Bamford Spa products, the nicest being a facial oil from strawberry seeds which smelt divine. The therapist also used a mixture of hot and cold stones to massage the face and whilst the brush applied face mask was setting gave a wonderful foot massage.
After our sensual treatments we had a further 2 hours to relax in our own little countryside sanctuary. They brought us rose tea and we ordered fresh pressed juices, read magazines and chilled in the sunshine.
Once our time was up we weren’t rushed or made to leave the staff were super friendly. Since it was 28 degrees we were ready to sit in some air con. Had we wished we could have spent longer relaxing in their indoor “lavender room” which had a bubbling waterfeature and comfy recliners.
We visited the farm shop café for some shade and ate the most morish salmon salad we have ever tasted. After a potter around the shop and bakery (yes we treated ourselves to some pastries) we headed back to the car to make our way home.
This spa was definitely a new experience and different from your conventional spa but as enjoyable none the less. It was private, intimate and high end. There are no hot tubs or swimming pools but lots of areas to unwind and relax. The treatments were high quality and well thought through with lots of attention to detail. The location of the spa next to Daylesford Farm shop (a local haunt for David Beckham apparently) and café is a massive bonus as you could be a bit lost of what to do after your 3 hour experience. At the farm shop they run lots of courses like floristry etc so you could combine a course with a trip to the spa.
Why I like this spa:
Perfect for a summers day
Location proximity to other facilities
You can see all about the spa here:
Do you know of any pop up spas? If so let me know I would love to give another one a go.