Coworth Park, Ascot
Just 45 mins from London, this royal favourite, has 70 stylish rooms, a sustainable spa, Michelin star restaurant, equine centre and a kids den. It's nirvana for the frazzled.
Coworth Park needs no introduction. Its most recent claim to fame is that Prince Harry spent his last night of singledom here. Before Megxit, Hazza was also a regular on the hotel’s polo field and he’s partial to a pedi in the spa. Set in 240 acres of Ascot parkland, Coworth Park is the ultimate escape to the country and yet avoids all the shabby chic, rural clichés. Elegant and stylish it’s got oodles of luxe finishes that you would expect from a Dorchester Collection crash pad.
It’s the only hotel in the UK to have its own polo field, but for an adrenaline-free equine adventure, guests can go for a ride on the horses they keep in Coworth’s stables. If you’re not keen on the four legged friends, you can also grab bikes and whizz round the estate, walk or run. In fact, fresh air and fun are very much Coworth’s vibe, if you want to venture out. And why wouldn’t you? It’s stunning. In the summer months, the hotel is surrounded by a carpet of wild flowers. So can star in your own Timoté ad.
There’s also a sustainable spa with a pool, gym and menu of treatments as delicious as the food here. Yup, there is a Michelin star over the door, courtesy of Chef Adam Smith, but The Barn and Spatisserie are less formal alternatives and Coworth Park’s award-winning afternoon tea is a must. Away from the estate, you have Ascot Racecourse, Legoland Windsor and Windsor Great Park on your doorstep – and on a clear day, you can see Tittenhurst, the former home of John Lennon, and the place where he wrote Imagine. It’s no wonder Londoners gagging for a bit of green and pleasant land, gallop to this sprawling white Georgian manor house when they’re in need of R&R. It’s just 45 minutes from the Big Smoke and 20 minutes from Heathrow.
Coworth Park’s 30 rooms in the main house are grand and spacious; 40 further rooms are split between the split across cottages and stables. All are different, deliciously high end, and have the same earthy tones and horsey details. For the ultimate hideaway, you can book one of two three-bedroom private residences: the brand new North Lodge or Dower House. You want for nothing. So if you’re looking for an otherworldly, ‘first-class all the way, baby’ night away, this is it.
What else? It’s incredibly child friendly. In fact they have a house of fun– Coworth Park Kids. In here, your brood can play, bake, build and chill out with movies and games. There are seven play rooms including a role play area with giant kitchen and train set, quiet room with books and dolls’ houses, and even a ‘messy’ room. Upstairs, the teen den keeps older kids entertained with movies and games – perfect for rainy days. Babysitting is also available, so you can enjoy a romantic dinner or hang out in the eco spa for a few hours. This is basically nirvana for frazzled parents.
Coworth Park, Blacknest Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 7SE
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