About Us

The Retreat has a fascinating history as it was formerly a well known resaurant and hotel called The Jester, and something of a landmark in the beautiful market town of Leek.

The Barlow family brought The Jester in 1978 from the previous owner who had by then renovated The Old Kings Arms pub, which stood on that site for many, many years. He had, by that time, incorporated the adjoining cottages from both sides of the old building. The Barlows, however, introduced the bedrooms, dining room and dance floor in the early 1980’s and successfully ran the hotel and restaurant until 1991. The Jester had an excellent reputation for good food and its friendly atmosphere.

Yvonne Barlow and her daughter Vicki opened Simply Beautiful in December 1995. This was sited above Snip’s hairdressing salon, in business since the 1970’s on Buxton road.

Yvonne then purchased the Snips’ business in 1996 and refurbished the whole building. The story doesnt stop there! Yvonne purchased 42 Brunswick street, the adjacent terraced house, four years later and expanded Snip and Simply Beautiful, a florishing hair and beauty business, into the much needed space.

An opportunity to purchase The Jester arose in 2003 and one which Yvonne and Vicki took with both hands in order to realise their dream of opening a warm and friendly day spa. The extra space would allow them not only to incorporate the growing business of Snips and Simply Beautiful, but also to enable them to offer many, many more professional treatments in a comfortable and friendly enviroment whilst at the same time offering a very personal service.

The Retreat incorporates many facilities , including Spa, Beauty and Hair treatments, Colonic Hydrotherapy and The Jester Bistro!

The atmosphere of The Retreat has been carefully created so that the ground floor areas, housing The Hair Studio, manicure and pedicure areas, will be welcoming and uplifting. However once you enter the themed first floor treatment rooms, relaxation areas and Spa, the mood will gently change to one of harmony and peace enabling you to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Yvonne, Vicki and all their well trained staff will take care of you from the minute you enter The Retreat – remember…

The Retreat – Where a moment has never lasted so long.