Style Grand, glamorous country seat
Setting Pukka polo parkland
Luxurious country manors within easy access of London don’t come more glamorous than Coworth Park hotel and spa, just outside Ascot. The 17th-century mansion and polo estate has been treated to an intelligent and eco-friendly modern makeover that’s given it three restaurants, a spectacular spa, and an air of quietly confident grandeur.
Need to know
- Rooms 70 – 30 in the mansion house, 40 in assorted stables and cottages in the grounds – including 16 suites.
Double rooms from $386.51 (£255), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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- More details Rates exclude breakfast (£25 each).
- Facilities 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.
- Poolside Downstairs in the spa, the indoor pool has sliding glass doors that open out onto the sun terrace.
- Check-out 11am, but possibly extended to 4pm, subject to availability and half a day’s charge.
- Children 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. More...
- Also 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.
Food and drink at Coworth Park
There are three. At the fine-dining end, Restaurant Coworth Park showcases the chef’s inventive British fare using Cumbrian beef, Middlewhite pork and Cornish bass. The Barn is a more low-key, oak-and-stone affair, where guests can settle by the fire with a pint and plate of pubby comfort food. For breakfast, lunch and snacks, airy café Spatisserie hosts a harmonious meeting of nutritionally balanced spa cuisine and chocolate cake. Afternoon tea is served twice a day in the Drawing Room (and also at the Spatisserie). All restaurants are in demand, so make reservations as soon as you can.
- Dress code Channel Downton Abbey: equestrian get-up by day, debonair eveningwear by night. Go casual in the Barn – no need to kick off those muddy boots.
- Top table We’d head straight for the cosy table for two by the small window on the entrance side of the restaurant. In the Barn, you can eat outdoors when the sun’s shining.
- Last orders Restaurant Coworth Park serves dinner until 9.30pm; the Barn until 9.30pm during the week, and 10pm at weekends. The bar’s open to guests until 1am (non-residents are kicked out at 11.30pm).
- Room service Salads, soup, sandwiches, paninis, chips and more can be ordered to your room, 24 hours a day.
Between the restaurant and the Drawing Room, Coworth Park’s bar has modern-minded kitsch decor (an artsy alternative chandelier spelling out ‘love’, and Julian Wolkenstein horse-with-hair-extension photos), and a colossal cocktail list.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Coworth Park Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7SE
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Our favourite rooms
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.
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).
The hotel’s eco-savvy spa is architecturally wowsome: a half-buried sweep of glass and timber with a herb-garden rooftop. The wide-ranging therapies (including treatments for men and pregnant women) incorporate products from Aromatherapy Associates, Kerstin Florian, Dr Alkaitis and Carol Joy London. Be sure to book in advance.