Sad to relate, neither John nor I have recent first hand experience of being pampered (professionally) – John almost certainly never, I’d say with confidence.
So, we need some up to the minute feedback, please, of local pampering possibilities.
We used to recommend on the basis of reliable information that ‘Hurley’s Boutique Salon‘ in Ashbourne was good for spa treatments. It has now been taken over by Sally Montague and the spa treatment section of the new website is ‘under construction’ so that is no good at present. Nearer to us than Ashbourne is the Brackendale Spa near Carsington about which we have had mixed reports, some good, some lukewarm. It is in a potentially busy holiday complex, so perhaps one needs to choose timings and dates carefully.
The third possibility I have experienced first hand and found it excellent; this was a couple of years ago but we haven’t heard anything to suggest it no longer is. The Devonshire Spa is run by the students of Derby University (Buxton) in the wonderful old building with a dome in Buxton that used to house the Dukes of Devonshires’ horses (in some impressive style).
Because it is students it is cheaper than it otherwise would be, and the beauticians may be younger than some but they are well supervised and obviously at a fairly advanced stage of their course. I went with a friend and we both rated it highly – I can’t imagine why we haven’t been back, except we both lead busy lives, not prone to too much self-indulgence!
Due to a late cancellation Douglas’s Barn has become available from 23 to 30 October 2017. Full week, Monday to Monday or part week Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday. Late deal rates, 7 day break £495, 3 night weekend, Friday to Monday or 4 day Monday to Friday break £345.
Why not treat yourself to a few days away in the Peak District in Douglas’s or Tom’s Barns. The prices have been reduced from 17 November to 7 December 2016. The days may be shorter but it is great to get out for a few hours for a walk or drive in the lovely countryside. […]
Decided it was time to give the outside of the barns a bit of a face lift. We have replaced all the barn doors, all the exterior has been repainted, new furniture outside and new parasols t shade that lovely sun that we are still getting. A big thank you to all the skilled trade […]