From the moment I pull into the driveway of the home of Orchid Beauty in the New Forest, a wave of relaxation washes over me.

The business is based at the beautiful, rural home of beauty therapist Lynn Talbot, who set up Orchid Beauty following several years’ training in the industry, and a yearning to offer a relaxing retreat for clients.

I am welcomed into the warm, country kitchen and immediately feel at home, being offered a drink, while two fluffy cats snooze in baskets at my feet. Going through into Lynn’s treatment room is like walking out of the real world and into a calming bubble. I take a seat on a squishy sofa and admire views of fields and forests while filling out the forms required for treatment.

After hopping up onto the treatment table, I look up at the dark wooden beams across the ceiling, while Lynn covers me with three cosy layers of towels and soft blankets before we begin.

Lynn offers a wide range of treatments, including manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials, eye treatments and makeup, using premium products such as CND Shellac, Vinylux, Perron Rigot and Outback Organics Wax.

I tried the 60-minute Luxury Aromatic Facial (£36), using Neal’s Yard Remedies organic skincare. The wonderfully relaxing treatment includes a cleanse, exfoliate, face, neck and shoulder massage, mask, tone, moisturise and eye and neck hydration. Following a skin consultation, Lynn chooses the beautifully scented rose products for me, and, while the mask is working its magic, I also enjoy a hand and arm massage.

Not having used Neal’s Yard products before, I was struck by how light yet moisturising they felt, leaving my skin silky smooth and lightly scented. Having drifted off slightly during the treatment, I was brought round gently, and given another drink before going back out to face the real world.

Orchid Beauty is a beautiful retreat, the perfect place to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. 

Orchid Beauty is based in Ringwood. To arrange an appointment, call 07967 004768 or email To find out more, visit or New clients will receive a ten per cent discount on first treatment