Lancashire Life Women in Business lunch - Crow Wood Leisure Centre, Burnley

PUBLISHED: 14:05 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 February 2013

Natalie Peters, Neil Boothby and Gail Peterson.

Natalie Peters, Neil Boothby and Gail Peterson.

A multi-million pound complex taking the spa experience to a new level hosts the Lancashire Life Women in Business lunch

The doors of one of the UKs biggest and most luxurious spas had no sooner opened than Lancashire Life arrived to stage our latest Women in Business lunch.

Owner Andrew Brown and his team were understandably proud to showcase this opulent, 4.5 million development at the Crow Wood Leisure Centre, barely a mile from the centre of Burnley.

The ambitious project, providing jobs and a real shot in the arm for the local economy, was the brainchild of Andrew, who sold his office equipment business F.H. Brown in the 1990s and bought Crow Wood, then a farm with stunning views across to Pendle Hill.

The views are still outstanding but the farm has been transformed into a temple to fitness and fun with all the facilities you would need for leisure, exercise and relaxation.

The private member leisure centre is set in 100 acres of glorious greenbelt and offers an equestrian centre, tennis facilities, swimming pool and cutting edge gymnasium space.

Now, this has been enhanced by 23,500 square feet of spa facilities that would not look out of place at a six star establishment in somewhere like Dubai. However, the fact its in Lancashire means it remains down-to-earth and welcoming. It seems no expense has been spared from the walnut lined changing rooms to the infinity pool which allows you to float from the indoors to the outdoors, where you can take in those superb views.

The hub of the spa is the hydrotherapy pool with massage jets that work the whole body. It is surrounded by sculpted loungers inlaid with beautiful mosaics. Meanwhile, nearby is the serenity pool in a warm, quiet, low-lit relaxation room.

Woodland doesnt just have a sauna, theres also a saunarium, where the heat is a little less intense, a steam room with almost 100 per cent humidity, a salt steam room, Roman foot baths, an ice fountain and a rasul mud chamber. The experience showers allow you to try anything from tropical rain to a bucket of ice cold water.

The eleven treatment rooms are equally luxurious and provide guests with Carita and Decleor treatments involving massage, hands and feet, nails, lashes and brows, hair removal and tanning. There are also spa treatments for men. Woodland also has its own restaurant, Bertrams, the venue for our Lancashire Life lunch. It is open to the public and serves dinner as well as lunches, teas and snacks. It has already received some rave reviews.

We spent a considerable amount of time travelling far and wide to look at different spa facilities, says Andrew. And then we picked the best of everything.

Thats certainly no exaggeration.

The Woodland Spa, Crow Wood Leisure, Royle Lane, Burnley, BB12 ORT. 01282 471913.

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