With the demands of the digital world forever forcing their way in to our lives, we are all craving time away from our devices more than ever. Where better to get away from the noise of online than a night at Hoar Cross Hall. Nestled within thousands of acres of Staffordshire countryside, our Editor in Chief Laura Bartlett explored…

Nothing says ‘perfect girls day out’ more than a visit to the spa. Especially if the spa on your hit list is Hoar Cross Hall. This puts most spas in the UK to shame, think of a spa you have visited that has the most facilities and then times that by ten and you won’t even come close to what Hoar Cross Hall has to offer. 

The minute I drove in to their driveway, which is glistening with fairy lights, I knew we were in for a treat. I was visiting with our Interiors Editor Siobhan Murphy and there’s always one guarantee when we are together and that is lots of giggles. They don’t call us the cackling fish wives for nothing! 

We arrived late afternoon and we headed straight to our room to get ready for dinner. I say room, it was so big I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had its own postcode. Think two floors, landing area, chandelier, two beds and an entire rooftop area with a hot tub. That’s before you even step foot in to the bathroom. Sign me up! 

After snapping a few photos in our not so humble abode, we headed down to The Ballroom for dinner. Now we could have easily been mistaken for being on board the Titanic because this room was so grand, it definitely felt like something out of a movie scene. Fortunately, it was less sink and more swim when it came to this dining experience though. The AA Rosette-awarded restaurant has well and truly earned their stripes. The treacle cured ham with yuzu curd is a winner all day long and you’ll not get food envy if you follow that up with the breast of Staffordshire chicken because the chorizo crumb with charred corn, tender stem and gnocchi will have you wanting seconds. 

We skipped out on dessert because you know, self control and all that. Instead, we headed back to our suite and laughed our heads off with a private hot tub party for two. There was a robotic owl perched on the ledge which added an element of surprise slash fear so don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

After laughing our way in to the night we were well and truly tucked up and in bed by 11pm like the adults that we are, the earlier to bed then the earlier to rise and enjoy the facilities, that’s my motto. I was up bright eyed and bushy tailed (quite like the owl from the night before) and in the gym by 7am. I’ve seen a lot of hotel gyms in my time but very few that offer what Hoar Cross Hall does. It has every machine you can imagine and I was very quickly reminded that the devil is real and he’s called the StairMaster. 

Workout complete, Siobhan came to join me and we headed for breakfast before spending the rest of the day like a pair of sloths moving through the spa at the slowest possible pace so that we could savour every moment. 

This is a spa on steroids, it’s an adults playground and the ultimate destination to disappear from the world and cater to all of your senses. From the sights of the tranquil Sanctum, to the smells of the spa shop selling Elemis products, the touch of the water in the saltwater pools and the taste of the food across their different restaurants. I am not exaggerating when I say that you could spend an entire week here and still discover something new. After having our treatments (one word, divine), we hung out in the Snooze Room before whiling away the entire afternoon in a constant state of zen. 

The entire 24 hour experience was truly faultless. The staff were all super pleasant and helpful, the facilities were endless, the food was delectable and I guess the company wasn’t bad either! 

When it comes to spa hotels, Hoar Cross Hall is the GOAT! The only problem is, if you stay here, one night just isn’t enough.

Hoar Cross Hall is an award-winning Hotel and Spa located in rural Staffordshire. Set within 43 acres of beautiful English countryside, the hotel boasts one of the largest state-of-the-art spas in Europe, 104 stylish suites and bedrooms, spectacular grounds, and decadent dining at its AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, The Ballroom. 

From £139 per person, bookings for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast can be made here.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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