Coworth Park

ASCOT, ENGLAND

“There is nothing I like better come the weekend than escaping the city and popping off on a country jaunt... and luckily I have been able to visit a fair few spectacular hotels in my time. However, few – if any – top Coworth Park. My plus one & I were wowed by the gorgeous setting (think water gardens, hacking track, woodland walks & wildflower meadow) and the slick service. The perfect combo of country idyll and contemporary style. Lazy days were spent cycling around nearby Virginia Water or riding one of the resident horses through the estate, followed by delicious dinners and cosy cocktails in the Drawing Room. The worst thing? Having to leave... We're already planning our next trip!”
- Lauren Steventon
(Date Experienced: April 2011)

Great for
A wholesome yet incredibly stylish country weekend, where rustic pursuits meet polished service and contemporary styled nature-inspired interiors.

With whom
A romantic partner or the family – there is plenty to keep both couples and kids entertained without either affecting the other’s stay. For parents who want to experience all elements of the property, there is a well-equipped kids’ club which caters for all ages from toddlers to teens.

Memorable moment
Walking along the path to the spa as eight baby bunnies hopped out of the undergrowth to feed on fallen magnolia petals. The atmosphere was so serene. We sat and watched for 15 minutes.

Best time to go
We visited on an unseasonably warm April weekend, which was perfect for enjoying all of the outdoor activities. Sunshine + Coworth Park = a perfectly English country weekend.

Be aware
Book into restaurants in advance as they’re very popular and can fill up ahead of time... High speed Wi-Fi is charged for, but the complimentary 1GB is plenty if you’re not using it all that much.

Room options
Either in the Mansion House or in the Stables, about a five minute (or 30 second golf buggy ride) from the main house, but with their own casual country restaurant, The Barn. All are contemporary without being overly modern: think pretty equine and nature-themed sketches and paintings, lots of copper and cream tones, heavy, embroidered fabrics and metal, ‘tree’ four posters. We stayed in Room 10 in the Mansion House, a gloriously large corner room with views over the gardens and the meadow, a spectacular free-standing copper bath and a very, very comfortable four poster bed with thick decorative drapes.

Service & vibe
Part of the Dorchester Collection, so service was relaxed and friendly yet perfectly on point, particularly in the John Campbell restaurant.

Food
Fine dining in the John Campbell Restaurant, where simple, seasonal ingredients are given a gourmet twist (try the scallops with artichoke puree, or the Egg: slow cooked egg – an hour and a half at 62 degrees – served with wheat risotto, celeriac foam and wilted gem lettuce – yum!); casual country fare in The Barn, and classic, all-day dining inspired by all of the Dorchester Collection Properties in the Drawing Room. Afternoon Tea in the conservatory is a must. (See Lauren’s review at: A Proper Tea)

Price per night
From £235 inclusive of Full English Breakfast and VAT

To Do & See
You are just a few miles from Ascot and its famous racecourse... Alternatively, steep yourself in the hotel’s own equestrian credentials, with riding lessons and hacks at the stables, and international fixtures on the two polo fields. Virginia Water just across the road is lovely for walking and seeing the water birds, or for taking a picnic provided by the hotel.

Sport & Activity
Borrow a Pashley bike from the hotel, fill the basket with goodies and set off either around the estate (like something from a Famous Five novel, with rolling fields, horses, lakes and woodland walks) or Virginia Water. Hack with the hotel horses (say hello to Buzby for Lauren!), or pop into the gym and pool. Or just simply walk – it’s very quiet and relaxing and there are plenty of country lanes to choose from.

Spa & Grooming
The impressive spa offers all sorts of treatments from the 100% organic Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food Facial, to Mineral Body exfoliation, Lavender sleep therapies or traditional massages. It has been built to sensitively integrate with the environment, with a grass roof, predominantly timber structure and lime hemp walls.

To Eat
With three restaurants on site, you won't get bored, but if you fancy a foray into the countryside, try The Thatch Tavern, recommended to us by our equestrian tutor, a five-minute drive away and one of the first gastropubs in Britain. It remains true to its roots with delicious British dishes and lovely beamed ceilings (01344 620 874; www.thethatchedtavern.co.uk)

Where
Coworth Park
Blacknest Road
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7SE

Getting there
About 40 minutes drive from London, or 40 minutes train from Waterloo to Sunningdale and a 5 minute taxi to the hotel.

Contacts
www.coworthpark.com
info.coworth@dorchestercollection.com
+44 (0)1344 876 600

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