Need to know
Seventy, including 16 suites.
11am, check-in is at 3pm but the hotel can accommodate an earlier check in subject to availability.
Double rooms from $401.14 (£313), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (£20 for Continental and £25 for a hearty cooked breakfast each).
Afternoon tea is served in the Drawing Room (Monday to Thursday 12.30–5.30pm and Friday to Sunday 2.30–4.15pm) and in the Spatisserie 2.30–5.30pm.
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.
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.
Downstairs in the spa, the indoor pool has sliding glass doors that open out onto the sun terrace. Swim along to underwater music and lighting, then lounge on the sheltered hill-view sun terrace.
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. There’s also a steam room, pool and gym. After your pampering session, pad over to the Spatisserie for healthy treats and afternoon tea; it's open for all-day dining 9am–6pm (8am–7pm on Saturdays).
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 (£70 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.
Outdoorsy over-fours, although all ages are welcome.
Set apart from the main Mansion, the Cottage rooms offer a bit more privacy, although most Mansion House and Stables Block rooms easily accommodate free extra beds or cots. Larger families can book the three-bedroom private Dower House.
The Coworth Park Kids’ Club is free for children under two (who must be accompanied by a parent or babysitter) and those aged 12 or over; the cost is £15 a day for children 2–12. The club's open Friday to Sunday during term time and every day in the school holidays (10am–1pm and 2pm–5pm). Staff are all checked, trained and experienced and the club play area is divided into a dedicated zone for four- to seven-year-olds and a ‘Chill Den’ upstairs for older children.
For under-8s, indoors there’s a Wii, a library, TV and DVD selection, plenty of Lego, a dolls’ house and train set, and several play areas, including a crafts room and a kitchen. Outside, there’s a sandpit, basketball and a playhouse (oh, and 240 acres to run around in). The Chill Den has a Wii and Xbox, 3DTV, air hockey, table tennis, pool and football tables. There’s a packed calendar of art classes, nature trails, treasure hunts, tea parties, t-shirt making classes, sports days, dress-up and the ilk. Add to that all the outdoor activities on tap at Coworth (football, croquet, riding, biking, tennis), and it’s unlikely you’ll need to take advantage of the hotel’s proximity to Thorpe Park (www.thorpepark.com) and Legoland (www.legoland.co.uk).
The spa’s indoor pool is unsupervised, but has a shallow end, and inflatables/armbands are available to borrow.
The children’s menu (served at the Barn and at Restaurant Coworth Park) features locally sourced treats, such as home-made chicken nuggets and peas, Coworth Park beefburgers and macaroni cheese. Highchairs are available, packed lunches can be provided, and staff are more than happy to heat baby food or milk. Family dining times are from 6–7:30pm for under-8s at Restaurant Coworth Park and the Spatisserie welcomes little Smiths from 9–11am and 5–6:30pm daily.
Local nannies can be summoned at 72 hours’ notice, from £50 for four hours (£10 for each additional hour; allow 72 hours’ notice). Prices rise, depending on number of children and lateness of the hour.
No need to pack
Anything can be provided if you give enough notice. Children attending the Kids’ Club can buy special T-shirts and bags, so there’s no need to worry about clothes being ravaged in the course of an especially messy activity. Baby monitors are available.
Few hotels boast their own on-site kids’ concierge – Coworth Park is one of them. Parents should note that children over 14 years of age are charged £70 per night for an extra bed (rate includes breakfast).
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.