The Scented Garden Retreat

In the heart of the historical City of Chester

A Warm Haven Of Tranquility

Established in 1995 The Scented Garden Holistic Retreat specialises in treating the body and mind naturally. Our salon and shop is based in the heart of the historical City of Chester nestled in the Rows. Being situated in a prominent position above Hotel Chocolat on Northgate Street Row we provide a welcome retreat from the daily hustle of life.

We are all dedicated and great believers to the many advantages Holistic Therapies can bring to restore and rebalance the body’s energies. All our Therapists are fully qualified and have a number of years experience in health spa’s and salons.

We have no illusion otherwise that our clients are the single most important factor within our business. Our main policy is to tailor our treatments to our client’s individual needs and to treat them as we ourselves would like to be treated. We pride ourselves in setting very high standards in customer care and ensuring that your visit to our clinic meets your every expectation. Our treatment rooms are a warm haven of tranquillity, with mood enhancing aromatherapy candles and peaceful music. We will ensure your stay with us will be memorable and will make you feel refreshed, revived and restored.

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The Scented Garden Retreat first opened its doors in November 1995 by Laura Heywood, who started the business with a
small loan of £3000 from The Princes Youth Business Trust.

Laura’s success enabled her to export her products to Japan, Italy and Finland. The popularity of the bespoke treatments offered by The Scented Garden grew quickly and the business moved into larger premises to accommodate the growing trend. The business has won several awards and received letters of congratulations from His Majesty King Charles III, who is a keen advocate of natural therapies. Laura has been fortunate to meet him on a number of occasions & present him with a range of products.

The first shop started in humble beginnings in Godstall Lane with a retail area and just one treatment room, selling a wide range of natural products which Laura made herself, such as: bath and body preparations, hand lotions, essential oils, candles and soaps.

With a growing family of three, Laura still maintains a hands on approach to her work. Her children can be sometimes found learning the trade and playing shopkeepers!

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