Project Description

Stanley House Hotel & Spa : Lancashire


Stanley House Hotel & Spa is a stunning, award winning boutique, country hotel, set atop a hill within England’s countryside, with a heritage manor house located at its heart.

The Stanley House Hotel & Spa has received a number of awards and accolades following its opening in 2012:
  • Best New UK Spa [Spa Traveller Awards]
  • Best Boutique Spa [Good Spa Awards]
  • England’s Best Country House Hotel Spa  [World Spa Awards Nominee]

The Spa at Stanley House is one the finest examples of a country house hotel spa in England today.

Project Brief

Due to its reputation & stunning location, Stanley House a leading choice for weddings, businesses and private events. Set within 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside it provides an ideal escape location. However, prior to 2012 Stanley House possessed just 12 bedrooms within its heritage manor house building. Consequently, the owners required to increase ‘keys’ to gain a critical mass of bedroom stock, but crucially, provide a very good reason for the additional guests to visit this beautiful rural location. Howard Spa Consulting identified the absence of a quality ‘spa escape’ location within the NW of England. This coupled with its tranquil location, views & distinct individuality made Stanley House an ideal candidate for a spa addition.

The Result

Building on Stanley House’s individual identity & clear locational asset, Neil Howard created a brief that would form the basis of a Spa with three strong traits:

[1] constant reference to the rural surroundings whilst journeying through the Spa, reinforcing the distinctive escape location

[2] individual guest attention designed in to the concept

[3] provide a comprehensive Day Spa that would make any day trip worth the journey time.

The resultant Spa at Stanley House makes any occasion, very special. The reception, treatment rooms, spa lounge, thermal suite, hydro pool, & beauty salon all benefit form rural views. The Thermal Suite offers a choice of experiences that are different from the norm. Each of the six thermal experiences exudes distinctive interior design, and a fully glazed sauna & vitality pool. The luxurious treatment suite offers couples & girl-fiends a base to enjoy a day of pampering & relaxation within their own space. By day the spa is fresh and full of natural daylight with a close relationship to the surrounding rural landscape….by night the Spa is moody & full of discovery. A sense of luxury is evident throughout the Spa. A spacious light & airy arrival; ‘One on one’ seated check in; Private dressing rooms; A comfortable & spacious spa lounge with various seating styles; A special double aspect single corner suite with the added benefit of a hydro bath; All treatment rooms are luxuriously sized; The interior design is quirky & contemporary with imaginative mood lighting throughout.

What the press said…

It was designed by international spa consultant Neil Howard, ‘the Tom Ford of spas’, and incorporates the very latest treatment facilities including five treatment rooms, a double treatment room with rasul, salt and aroma steam rooms, Finnish sauna, hydrotherapy pool, relaxation lounge, experience showers, gym and Pilates studio.

World Spa Awards
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