Need to know
Forty-two, including 13 suites.
12pm, but flexible (subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $254.90 (£195), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (from £22 a person).
Get on your horse at the hotel's equestrian centre.
At the hotel
Spa, wellness centre, gym, personal trainers, fitness classes, 500 acres, cookery school, children's playhouse, library of books and DVD/CDs, equestrian centre, tennis courts, croquet, bicycles, walking trails, football pitch and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, free bottled water and Anne Sémonin products.
Our favourite rooms
The Coral Suite is the Grand Master, both in name and in appearance. Striped yellow wallpaper, a four-poster bed with a pleated canopy and tapestry cushions, ornate chandelier, fireplace and postcard-worthy views of the grounds make this our hands-down favourite. The romantic and feminine Juliet Suite (a Grand Suite) is more wallet-friendly. The four-poster bed is swathed in blue and cream silk, trimmed with beads, and windows are hung with chinoiserie silk curtains in a matching blue.
Take your pick: there’s an indoor heated pool, an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool and an outdoor saltwater plunge pool. The award-winning spa has nine luxurious treatment rooms, thermal cabins, sauna and steam rooms and a fitness suite.
Jodhpurs, riding boots, Barbour jacket, cashmere and pearls.
Lucknam Park offers valet parking and a concierge service. Try to book restaurant meals, spa treatments and equestrian pursuits before arrival, as they can book up fast.
For £25 a night each, up to two dogs can stay in some rooms. Dogs must be on leads at all times and can frolic on the lawns. Beds, bowls and Lily's Kitchen food is provided. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Wiltshire.
This hotel goes out of its way to keep children entertained, with croquet, riding lessons, cookery classes, football, games and more. Extra beds (£25; suitable for children up to 12) and cots (£25) can be provided in some rooms and suites, on request.
Any age, as long as they’re not scared of horses.
Suites are spacious and there are several interconnecting and adjoining rooms, ideal for families with tots. Extra beds (£25 a night) and cots (£25 a night) can be added to some Park Rooms, Cottage Suites, Grand Suites and the Grand Suite Courtyard.
Horse riding, swimming, tennis and football – there is so much scope within Lucknam Park’s 500 acres for actively staying put. Explore the gardens to find the Hideaway (open 9.30am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–5pm daily), a converted cottage with table tennis, arts and crafts, a dressing up box, board games, jigsaws, a baby playroom with a nature wall… the list goes on. Please note, though, that children must be accompanied by older Smiths. Then there are more relaxing pastimes, such as wandering the walking trails, chalking up rounds of croquet, breaching the boughed beauty of the arboretum, or slinking off to the spa for a treatment or two. Boredom is well and truly off the menu.
Children are allowed in the heated indoor pool from 7am to 11am and 3pm to 10pm (9pm on weekends), but keep an eye on less confident water babies.
Little Smiths are allowed in the Brasserie. There’s a children’s menu, highchairs and packed lunches are available. Staff are happy to heat up baby food and milk. Over-fives can eat in the main restaurant.
Babysitting with a local nanny is available (£40 an hour; book in advance).
No need to pack
Board games, DVDs and CDs are provided.
Food is organic and locally sourced; waste is recycled; the majority of staff are local; the hotel is a member of the Carbon Trust.