Heading off into the countryside, we were looking forward to staying at the Dorchester Collection’s country hotel. Just 45 minutes from central London, we found Coworth Park near to Ascot, bordering on the famous, and royal favourite, Windsor Great Park.
An impressive arrival
We chose to travel by car, but with its own helipad, guests are welcome to arrive by air in style. However, we got the benefit of taking in the gorgeous 240 acres of land as we rolled along the winding driveway. With its own polo fields, equestrian centre, luxury spa and three restaurants spread over the estate, we were so excited to see what was on offer as we arrived at the beautiful white building to check in.
The building itself dates back to 1776, but the hotel opened in 2010 and is bright, modern and beautiful. There’s so many natural tones, lines and influences in the décor, from the iron tree in the lobby to the four seasons being displayed through different areas of the hotel and gorgeous floral displays.
Our suite continued the natural theme, with views of the garden streaming in through beautiful big windows, bringing the outside in and making the simply amazing bed feel at home. With little birds sitting in its branches, each of the four posts of the bed was a tree trunk, with branches intertwining and creating the frame so prettily, it was the most beautiful bedframe I think I’ve seen! Touches of nature flowed through the bed linen and cushions, with leaf motifs and natural colours creating an oasis of calm.
We visited on such a cold day that the underfloor heating in the bathroom was a welcome treat! With white marble and bright copper baths bespoke to Coworth Park, the bathroom was a delight. It almost beckoned you to relax, with a cute rubber duck and a book to read all ready for some quiet time.
More treats were laid out for us in our suite, with champagne on ice and a personalised chocolate sweet treat for our daughter, ready to be enjoyed.
A golf buggy ride to the spa
With the sprawling nature of the Coworth Park estate, golf buggies are a must for travelling around, and I hopped on one to visit the spa. Tucked into the trees this little getaway is as peaceful as it gets. Sparkling geodes surround the calm swimming pool which has underwater speakers for all-round immersive peace. I was there for a wonderfully therapeutic foot massage and took the opportunity to enjoy a peppermint tea and some almonds before the treatment started. With a lavender mask for my eyes and tranquil music in my ears I could not have been more relaxed; this would be an ideal way to just stop and take a breath before your wedding, or even the day afterwards, to prepare for honeymoon and take a moment to reflect on your beautiful day.
The best fish and chips
Dragging myself away from the spa to dinner, another golf buggy ride was in order as we drove to The Barn restaurant. The most informal of the three restaurants, The Barn serves rustic and delicious food and we enjoyed a signature fish and chip dinner by a log fire, followed by a gorgeous chocolate pudding. The Barn has an open kitchen, and we always love watching the busyness of the chefs as they prepare our dinner.
Restaurant Coworth Park holds a Michelin star, and although we didn’t eat there during our stay, we couldn’t help having a peek at the menu and it certainly looks worthy of a return trip!
A sublime night’s sleep
Turn down was lovely – lavender and chamomile spray to help us sleep and ‘wake up beautiful’ – always a good promise – and water and slippers left out for us. A divine night’s sleep in a sublime bed led to breakfast in the fine dining restaurant. Avocado on sourdough and poached egg were enjoyed as we gazed out over the gardens. You can’t help but look up to the ceiling in this restaurant, with its coppery leafy installation reinforcing the natural theme along with the tiny acorns that adorned the silver teapot.
Weddings at Coworth Park
Time for a tour of Coworth Park, which has something for every taste and passion when it comes to hosting a wedding. I fell in love with the idea of a wedding under the gazebo in a wildflower meadow – you’d never know quite what colours you’d get, but you could guarantee that it would be gorgeous.
There’s also a more rustic room with exposed brick, perfect for a vintage or boho themed wedding, as well as more traditional, elegant spaces with natural light and access to the terrace which can be transformed to accommodate your theme or colour palette, perfect for stamping your own personality on.
Coworth Park’s events manager told me about some of the weddings they’d had there, and they sounded simply delightful. From staging the National Ballet to providing really good burgers and fries so the couple and their guests could dance all night, Coworth Park is truly accommodating and excited by the individuality in people’s weddings. The whole events team gets involved in planning the day, which makes sure nothing is forgotten and everything is done to the highest standard.
We love Coworth Park! It’s got everything you need and more; from a relaxing spa weekend (think mini-moon or hen party) to a full wedding celebration (bespoke, of course), you’ll find friendly staff, good food, tranquillity and relaxation all set in beautiful acres of countryside. We had an amazing stay and we’d love to go back – thanks for having us!