Editorial Feature for Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country Online
Best Boutique Beauty in the Cotswolds.
Simon Smith, Chipping Norton
Situated on the edge of a bustling market town, you could be forgiven for mistaking Simon Smith for a traditional Cotswolds town house. With its moss green façade, warm lighting and rustic window display, it exudes an atmosphere unlike a traditional hair salon, instead taking inspiration from boutique hotels and spas. Opening its doors just over a year ago, Simon Smith has fast become the go-to destination for discerning clients in the area. Heading up the team is Simon, who most recently cut his teeth at Trevor Sorbie in Hampstead before making the move to the Cotswolds. The focus is on an entirely personalised service, choosing to steer away from trend led styles and instead offering a bespoke look that works for the individual. Known for their seamless balayage colour techniques and effortlessly tousled blow dries, you can also treat your locks to a Philip Kingsley Hair Spa treatment, which increases hair elasticity and deeply conditions. Offering the talent and knowledge of a London salon, with the intimacy of a rural setting, Simon Smith’s waiting list speaks for itself.
Niche Face & Body, Woodstock
While all skin needs a dose of pampering once in a while, the most successful results can be achieved with bespoke and specialist care. As the name suggests, Niche Face & Body are dedicated to offering treatments tailored to individual skin types. Whether your concern is aging or oil control, you require a detox or radiance boost, Niche’s selection of REN face and body treatments use natural ingredients to bring out the best in your skin. When city life has taken it’s toll on your skin, book in for the REN Ultimate Radiance facial, a brightening treatment designed to resurface and re-energise tired and dull skin. Situated just a stone’s throw from the historic Blenheim Palace, Niche has gained a cult following for their extensive knowledge and passionate approach to skincare, a reputation that is highly deserved and best told by the glowing faces that walk out the door.
The Nail Parlour at Dormy House, Broadway
Sipping on a chilled glass of champagne with your manicure is an offer one surely can’t refuse. Sitting in lush surroundings at the heart of the 17th century farmhouse hotel, The Nail Parlour has recently partnered with Veuve Cliquot and London nail brand Ciate, offering catwalk inspired manicures alongside the Spa’s signature hand and pedicure treatments. Marine sea salts, cream of Mango Peach and warming masks come together to moisturise and nourish the skin, the ultimate pamper treatment for tired hands. For those in need of a quick fix, the Express Manicure and Pedicure offers a classic polish with no need for soaking, or for a real treat opt for the Gelish nail system; a chip proof polish that naturally sticks to the nail keratin without any damage on removal. Boasting uninterrupted views of the countryside from the Spa terrace, the interior vision is one that embraces the natural tones and textures of its surroundings married with hints of Veuve Cliquot gold; a match made in Spa heaven.
Bamford Haybarn, Daylesford
The Bamford philosophy is one that unites mind, body and soul, with natural and organic ingredients at its core. The Bamford Haybarn, located next to the original Daylesford Organic Farm, is a haven of relaxation, working with the purest elements of nature and highly skilled technicians to offer a range of luxurious body, face and manicure treatments. Using Bamford’s range of pure, botanical products and REN skincare, services range from an express manicure to a Bamford Body Signature Treatment (incorporating Reflexology and shiatsu massage) and Hot and Cold Stone Treatment. For mum’s to be, try the Bamford Pregnancy Massage, a unique treatment tailored entirely to the needs of the individual. Using gentle and unscented oils, the massage has been designed by a pregnancy yoga expert and will leave you feeling restored and renewed. From the immaculate earthy decor, to the heavenly aroma that circulates, Bamford have stayed true to their philosophy throughout, offering a slice of authentic luxury in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Calcot Spa, Gloucestershire
Tucked inside the traditional Cotswolds courtyard garden of Calcot Manor, the Calcot Spa has gained an enviable reputation of it’s very own. Opened in 2003, it’s lengthy list of innovative treatments, along with outdoor hot tub complete with blazing log fire, has cemented Calcot Spa as a highly desirable beauty experience. Working with brands including Aromatherapy Associates and CACI, treatments include; massage, reflexology, facials and microdermabrasion. The Spa has recently introduced Endermologie, a unique non-invasive technology scientifically proven to reduce stubborn cellulite and resculpt the body shape. Mirroring the hotel’s airy and contemporary décor on Calcot’s 220 acre estate, the Spa is a haven of calm and expert knowledge, with seven intimate therapy rooms. There is also an onsite crèche available, with a range of activities for kids, ensuring you can enjoy some indulgent ‘me-time’.