24 HOURS IN Hale & Hale Barns

Cheshire Life - - Wild About Harry - WORDS: Janet Reeder PHO­TOS: John Cocks

They’re amongst the most so­phis­ti­cated and sought-af­ter post­codes in Cheshire, yet de­spite their cosmopolit­an pull, the ap­peal of Hale and Hale Barns is ar­guably the vil­lage at­mos­phere. Ad­mit­tedly, that’d be a vil­lage with a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of su­per­cars, celebrity in­hab­i­tants, aes­thetic doc­tors and sub­ur­ban man­sions, but still - their collective wealth of in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses, in­clud­ing a host of on-trend bou­tiques, bars and cafes, makes them one of the most vi­brant all-day des­ti­na­tions out­side of city life. And all in one nice, com­pact area code where the lo­cals ac­tu­ally know each other.

So if pot­ter­ing, Prosecco-sip­ping and peo­ple-spot­ting are your thing may we sug­gest you mark a date in your diary for some well-de­served you-time. Just make sure your credit card is pre­pared for what’s about to hap­pen...

If your morn­ing was all about pound­ing the pave­ments of Hale (not to mention the con­tents of your purse) then con­sider the afternoon your well-de­served downtime. The area does quite the line in lux­ury sa­lons. In Hale Barns you have Opium, owned by orig­i­nal Housewife of Cheshire Ampika Pick­ston, where in sump­tu­ous sur­round­ings you can in­dulge in one of their spe­cial treat­ment pack­ages (we’d per­son­ally opt for the £150 VIP pack­age with lux­ury fa­cial, hot stone mas­sage and man­i­cure). Or a short drive away is Hale Country Club & Spa where you can by­pass the lo­cal mem­bers sweat­ing it out in the gym and head straight to the sauna – handy half-day spa pack­ages cost £120 for non-mem­bers and in­clude a 60-minute treat­ment as well as a light lunch.

If you’re af­ter more of an ex­press pam­per­ing ex­pe­ri­ence then get ready for the evening ahead with a blowdry - our salon picks in­clude Frisor on Broom­field Lane and Hob on Ash­ley Road. Given the state of zen you’ll be en­ter­ing af­ter all of that, let’s dis­cuss a bed for the night; up in Hale Barns The Bull’s Head and Lodge on Wicker Lane has stylish, spa­cious rooms and su­per friendly ser­vice. Both of which will do us just fine.

Em­brac­ing the cafe cul­ture on Ash­ley Road, Hale

Stop by Opium in Hale Barns for an in­dul­gent beauty treat­ment

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