At the hotel
240 acres of grounds, tennis courts, equestrian centre, Guards Polo Academy, eco-friendly spa with eight treatment rooms, gym and a mani/pedi suite, library with books, music and film, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Vi-Spring beds, flatscreen Bang + Olufsen TV, BluRay, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso machine, free bottled water. All bathrooms have underfloor heating, heated towel rails, bathrobes and slippers for adults and children, Mitchell and Peach bath products and a sound system.
We were swept away by the grand garden views from the Derby Suite (room 34), a regally decorated four-postered lovenest located smack in the centre of the main mansion house building. A short walk from the mansion, rooms in the renovated stable block are clean, contemporary, and gently equestrian, with oak floors, the odd horseshoe dotted about, and riding motifs embroidered in the linens. Coworth Park’s crowning glory is the Dower House, a three-bedroom, grade II-listed Georgian residence with its own kitchen, living rooms, and a stream-sliced garden where the estate’s swans hold court.
Downstairs in the spa, the indoor pool has sliding glass doors that open out onto the sun terrace.
Wellies, walking boots, golfing gear and riding kit – whatever country pursuits you have in mind, pack the essentials (although this is the kind of place that can fix you up if you forget anything).
All public areas are accessible for wheelchairs and some rooms in the Mansion House and Stables are adapted for the mobility-impaired. Large-print menus and induction loops available.
Exceedingly welcome. Cots can be added to parents' rooms free of charge; or children can stay in extra beds (£50 per night, including a full English breakfast). Nannies are on hand to babysit from £50 for four hours, as long as they get 72 hours’ notice.
There’s solar glazing and a willow-burning biomass boiler to produce carbon-neutral energy. Surface water is channelled into the lake and used for irrigation, and a comprehensive recycling scheme is in place.