The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa Leek: Review

Last month Ash and I were sent off to the Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa in Leek by Red Letter Days, as part of their #LiveaLittle #BucketListThursday campaign, which sees them sending one person (or couple) off on a bucket list item each month.

Where is The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa?

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa is located in Blackshaw Moor, near Leek; it boasts amazing views of the nearby National Park and Peaks of The Roaches.

Now I'm not going to deny that getting there was a bit of an experience, after all, we were booked in for one of the only times we have seen snow this year and while on the main roads and lowlands, it didn't make much difference, once we reached the peaks the fog closed in, snow started to settle and we were even stopped by another driving saying you won't make it up the hill, the snows at least 6 inches deep. Thankfully we turned off before said hill and made it to the spa in one piece.

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

What is at The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa?

There has been an inn on this site since the early 1800s, with the current owners having been in place since 1981. During the time the Kirk's have been in ownership they have made some wonderful additions to the location, which now includes; a number of different room options, from rooms above the pub and bar for those with a smaller budget to garden rooms which feature their own outside hot tubs. A restaurant that serves everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to afternoon teas, as well as of course the spa, which offers a range of treatments and facilities that can be enjoyed by people booked in for a spa stay.

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

How were we treated at The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa?

Everyone we came across was so warm, welcoming and went out of their way to help me. You might notice I have quite a few pictures of the spa itself, without any other guests, this is as they actually offered to open up the area for me out of hours so I could take some images and they could give Ash and I a quick tour. Which I found not only really kind but also put my mind at ease for the following day as I knew what to expect when it came to the spa.

What was our room like at The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa?

We were placed in a superior room, which was on the first floor of the inn and was easily accessible by both lift and stairs. The room was really nicely decorated and included a king sized bed, TV with free view, tea and coffee making facilities, mineral water and mints. While the bathroom featured a shower and whirlpool bath.

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa bedroom

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

We both found the room lovely and comfortable, however, we did find that it was next to a boiler room or similar and until around 1:30-2am we were plagued with banging noises, which started up again around 5 am, so a restful night sadly wasn't to be had.

The Three horseshoes country inn and sp

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

What was the food like at The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa?

The restaurant is situated on the first floor of the inn and you do need to climb a couple of stairs into it. The menu offered a wide choice of food and took you through starts, mains and dessert and I have to say we enjoyed the meal we had there.

I personally went for a starter of soup (tomato, which, if it happens to be the soup of the day and you visit you most definitely have to try), while Ash went for some grilled flat bread with garlic butter. For mains, Ash had the longhorn burger and was then defeated by it (but apparently it was absolutely delicious, if a little hard to eat), while went all traditional with a delicious helping of fish and chips. We rounded off the meal with one of their famous syrup sponges and left the dinner hall feeling absolutely full.

As well as dinner, our package also included breakfast, for which there was a selection of cereals, pastries and toasts to help yourself to, while a menu allowed you to order anything from a full English to Staffordshire oak cakes.

After breakfast, we had a choice of what to do. We could go to our spa day anytime from 10 am, or we could relax for a bit longer in the room till our 11 am check out. As I was booked in for a facial at 11, we headed down a little early, got our luggage into the car and then changed to spend a few hours in the spa.

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa spa sign

Heaven Mini Facial

My first call of the spa day was a Heaven Mini Facial, I wrote before about having had my first facial in many years only a couple of weeks before and so I was really looking forward to this one. The treatment room is lovely, above the treatment bed is a wonderful arrangement of soothing colouring changing lights.

The mini facial takes around 30 minutes and uses products from Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, which is all-natural and organic.Β As the treatment took place, I was told everything that was going on and the products used and at the end I really could see a difference in my skin, which for me makes for a pretty successful facial I would say and for anyone who is new to facials this is a great one to start with.

What is the spa like at The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa?

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

The spa area of the Three Horseshoe Inn and spa takes a lot of its inspiration from the local area, working mills and alongside offering those treatments you expect from a spa, it has developed some really interesting ones that are unique to the Mill Wheel Spa.

The Mill Wheel

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa Mill Wheel

The first thing you notice when you walk into the main spa area is the mill wheel, this is not only a big nod to the local area (in particular James Brindley Water Mill in Leek & Cheddleton Flint Mill) but also a spa treatment.

Adjacent to the Mill Wheel you will find a pull cord when you pull this from the wheel will pour out 2 hot and 2 cold buckets of water, straight onto your head. However which one will come first is a complete surprise.

The Cedar Plunge Pool

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa Plunge Pool

Behind the mill wheel lies the Cedar Plunge Pool. This pool is just 9 degrees in temperature and you are meant to quickly plunge yourself under the water after a heat experience, With a 30-second dip being said to help stimulate circulation, as well as help alleviate joint pain and muscle stress.

Now I have to admit I didn't manage to get in further than the bottom of my legs and while Ash managed to get into up to his chest, the slightly rickety steps in meant he was unable to do it quick enough to completely plunge in.

The Farmers Sauna and The Peak District Stonebath

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa Steam Room

The two heat rooms are of course accessible off this area, with the farmer's sauna offering a herbal steam room and the peak district stonebath a more dry heat. Both of these we found a little too hot to stay in for long, so a quick peek around the door was all we did.


The Three horseshoes country inn and spa Rasul

Lastly in this area is the Rasul, this is a private spa treatment, which is only accessible to people who have booked in to take part. Open to single users or couples, the Rasul is a mud treatment that you do yourself, making it perfect for spa treatment newbies.

Both Ash and I tried the Rasul and we had a bit of fun in there, you start by applying 1 of 3 mineral rich muds to your skin (the colour of the mud dictates where you apply it and don't worry it's all explained before you go in), for the next 20 minutes you then sit back and let the steam open your pores, while gentle relaxing music plays and if you are anything like Ash and I occasionally fling mud at each other.

As the treatment comes to an end, a shower rains down on you washing away the mud and hopefully leaving behind wonderful nourished and healthy skin.

The Relaxation Suite

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

Next door to the mill wheel room you will find the relaxation suite, a room filled with seats, tables, magazines and water, allowing you a space to relax and unwind between activities. From this room, you can also order food and drinks at the push of a button.

This room also looks out towards the spa gardens and vitality pool. The vitality pool is set toΒ 36.c and allows users to turn on hydrotherapy jets as they please while relaxing. The day we were there it was absolutely freezing out, but once in the pool, it was wonderful and warm, though running from the pool to inside was a bit brisk.

The Beach Hut

The Three horseshoes country inn and spa

As you walk into the relaxation suite you are greeted to one side by a beach hut, this is home to the completely unique beach hut experience. A treatment that I was really looking forward to as I know my body lacks in vitamin D and I do suffer from SAD over the winter months as well.

The Beach Hut replicates a day at the beach from sunrise to sunset, relaxing music is piped into the room, while essential oils help you really feel by the side of the sea.

This treatment sees you laying on a warm bed of sand (which I have been told a number of the people who regularly visit the spa say is good for their fibromyalgia and I can well believe it having experienced it). Once laying down the treatment is set in action and all you need to do it lay back and put your hands and feet in the sand if you want.

For me, this is a treatment I really think could make a big difference when used long term.

What was our overall opinion?

We both enjoyed our time at the Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa, we would both definitely be happy to go back, though we would try and make sure we were placed in a different room to avoid any late night banging.

We found all the staff we came across extremely helpful and friendly, the hotel had lifts making it disability friendly, while the spa was all on the ground level and offered disabled changing facilities which were kindly opened for me. The only issue within the spa itself, was the movement of the steps going into the vitality pool and the plunge pool, I personally would have felt more at ease, if they didn't wobble quite so much.

I would most definitely recommend the Mill Wheel Spa to anyone who is looking for a spa day around Leek, the fact they offer some treatments that are so different is amazing and the Three Horseshoes Inn really offers a friendly atmosphere towards all its guests.

You can, of course, find out more about the Three Horseshoe Inn & Spa on their website as well as book vouchers from Red Letter DaysΒ and read a bit more about #BucketListThursday on the Red Letter Days Blog.

What do you think about the sound of the Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa, would you fancy a spa day there?Β 

*We were offered an overnight spa break in return for helping Red Letter Days out with the #BucketListThursday post (linked above), I was not asked to blog about it, I offered to, as I had such a good time.

This article has 91 comments

  1. robin Rue

    That sounds like a lovely way to spend a day! I am in serious need of a spa day!

  2. Alli Smith

    This is unlike any spa I’ve ever been to and I would love to spend the weekend there. I would hope the hot water would come first when I pulled the cord of the Mill Wheel.

  3. Kate Sarsfield

    I’m seriously green with envy (well, it’s Paddy’s Day over here!), you lucky thing. The thought of a hot tub and that mud treatment – mmm! Definitely need something to warm me up after being chilled to the bone at the local Parade!

  4. candy

    The mill wheel would certainly get your attention upon arrival. From your photos looks like a very luxury place to stay. All the room look big and comfortable. I love a classy bathroom and that tub looks wonderful.

  5. Jeanette

    This place looks AMAZING!! I am totally jealous! I would love to go to that Spa and get spoiled! I might have to pack myself in your bag next time!

  6. Ladies Pass It On

    Wish I was heading there this weekend ha!! Looks fantastic I have to say! Love the SPA lights – my fav!

  7. Margaret gallagher

    An amazing experience
    Might get someone to spoil me too

  8. Rhian Westbury

    That’s such a shame that you didn’t have a peaceful nights sleep but the spa looks good x

  9. Vrithi Pushkar

    The spa looks and sounds amazing. I am jealous !! The Mud spa sounded very interesting. Would love to try it.

  10. Becca

    This place looks gorgeous, so serene and peaceful! x

  11. Melanie

    This looks amazing, so relaxing and tranquil. Pictures are fab πŸ™‚

  12. Ashleigh

    Wow, it looks great here. Love the look of that wooden bath, how lovely!

  13. Lianne

    Ohhh I could do with something like this right now! It’s a shame the room was a bit noisy at night, but I’m glad you enjoyed the overall experience.

  14. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

    Wow, this place sounds amazing! πŸ™‚ I would love to visit soon! I need some R&R.

  15. tara pittman

    What a nice place. I would have a hard time doing the plunge pool.

  16. Lisa prince

    this looks really nice i really want to go here and try that sauna out

  17. Nayna Kanabar

    This seriously looks like an amazing place , you must have had a great time.

  18. Whatlauraloves

    Oh wow the Three Horseshoes Inn looks like such a cosy venue. I love the sound of the spa xxx

  19. brittany niewinski

    This place looks so relaxing! I would love to go some day! Very cute decorations!

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Definitely a relaxing place to be. I haven’t been to a spa for quite some time now and I think I should do so soon. The Three Horsehoes Inn looks so inviting!

  21. Natasha Mairs

    This spa sounds really great. I would love to try out the rasul and also the beach hut, as I too suffer from SAD. Leek is actually not too far from where I live, so I may have to visit.

  22. Anna nuttall

    It look really beautiful. So peaceful and cosy. xx

  23. stephanie

    It looks amazing, shame you didn’t get a night’s sleep but that beach house looks fab! x

  24. Azlin Bloor

    Wow, this looks like a really wonderful place for a getaway! Love that massive wheel, it sure makes a statement!

  25. Vishal Vashisht

    This place looks amazing. I am trying to figure out where exactly this place is located at? Which state, Blackshaw Moor near leek is? I would love to visit there some day.

  26. rachel

    Wow it looks like an incredible place, so homely with the decor and I love the sound of the plunge pool x

  27. Danielle

    I need to book a few days here by myself. It looks like the perfect place serene relaxation and I could use a lot of that right now. Suppose I would consider bringing the boyfriend too, but only if we can get grandma to take the kids. But a little me time sounds pretty good!

  28. Bonnie G

    What an awesome looking place! I have never been to spa before, hoping to someday.

  29. Dawn McAlexander

    The place looks nice. Sorry to hear that you couldn’t get a good night’ sleep. Maybe they should have thought about the placement of that room when they built the hotel.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Yeah I think it is a shame, I do wonder if it was a room not often used because of it perhaps, and as I was in for a review they popped me in it so all the normal rooms were free who knows.

  30. Ana John

    This surely is a nice place to have a great weekend. It looks like you definitely had a memorable experience.

  31. lorena

    Ti looks you had an amazing time, I wish I can have something similar soon. Thanks to share your experience because this place looks amazing

  32. Shoshana Sue

    It sounds exciting that the shower rains down at the end. Beautiful way to end the mud treatment. I’m so glad your experience was a delight

  33. Mihaela Dragan

    The spa looks wonderful, so creatively designed. Sorry for your room though, maybe they could have changed it? Now I want a facial haha

  34. chei

    I think i will feel very comfortable staying in Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa Leek. The treatment and its cozy room. One of a kind.

  35. Deborah Mackenzie

    Looks and sounds amazing. I would love to have a couple of days with access to Spa and treatments; we need to relax a bit more.

  36. Baby Isabella

    What an amazing place! We love the sound of the garden rooms with the outdoor hot tubs x


    It looks really lovely there. It would be great to spend some time at the spa. Not sure about the plunge pool I’m not so good with the cold lol. You were brave even trying to go in x

  38. francesca

    Wow this place is stunning!! I love the uniqueness of it and the really rustic feel it has!!! You lucky thing I could do with a little break here!!!

  39. Rachel

    Oooh this place looks lovely, what a relaxing break for you! xo

  40. Angelic Sinova

    The Three Horseshoes Inn & Spa Leek looks like such a relaxing place. That bathtub looks so big and amazing! I could really go for a stay in a place like that right about now.

  41. Elizabeth O.

    I love how the place looks! Each room is designed for comfort. It’s really nice to spend some time here just to relax.

  42. Dana Vento

    I totally love the look of this room, these decors are unique and vibrant and also looks comfortable place.

  43. chloe griffiths

    this looks like such a nice little spa break, very home-ey aswell! xo

  44. Yaya

    I’ve already started planning trips and weekends away around the UK for this year and this is definitely one that I’d like to go on! The room looks great, especially the tub! Shame about the banging noise at night though. I loved your review and I really felt as though I were there. I really want to check it out now as we are desperate for a spa day! xx

  45. Maria han

    Looks so relaxing. Very interesting! I want to travel there. I’m sure I will enjoy.

  46. Wendy

    Waooooo! What a wonderful spa! I wish I could be there right now. It seems that place has everything. I’m all for combating stress and being relax.

  47. Jay Simms

    That place looks gorgeous and fabulous!! Any day there is fantastic! Hope you had fun!

  48. Stephanie Pass

    This looks so nice! The room looks amazing, and I bet the spa is wonderful.

  49. Jacqui Paterson

    What a lovely mini-break – shame about the noisy night’s sleep, but at least you got to chill out the next day. Was your drive home just as precarious, or had the snow calmed down?! x

  50. Jazmin Williams

    This looks stunning! I hate noisy nights, but when my dad lived in Cardiff, he lived by the central train station and between the trains moving at night and the noisy drunks, I grew immune to it.

  51. Ayesha Farhad

    OH WOW! everything looks so good! Makes me want to pack my bags and go there in an instant!
    the plunge pool is my fav!

  52. Wildish Jess

    I’ve never been to an actual spa before. Looks like you had a great time though!

  53. Mardene R Carr

    Okay now you have me day dreaming. I can’t wait for summer to get away for a few days…Yummy

  54. Anosa

    Looks like you had an awesome experience. I also would like to try this.

  55. Louise Smith

    This looks amazing, I may have to leave this page open as a hint to hubby

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