Hotel Highlights

  • On-site polo and equestrian centre
  • Eco-friendly spa
  • Less than an hour from London, 15 minutes from Heathrow

Overview

Treated to an eco-friendly, contemporary renovation, Coworth Park hotel and spa btween Ascot and Windsor is as elegant as country manors come. This impressive, 17th century mansion and polo estate has three excellent restaurants, a spectacular spa, 240 acres to wander, and an air of understated, yet confident, grandeur.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

70 – 30 in the mansion house, 40 in assorted stables and cottages in the grounds – including 16 suites.

Check–out

11am, check-in is at 3pm but the hotel can accommodate an earlier check in subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $397.96 (£237), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£25 each).

Also

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.

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.

Poolside

Downstairs in the spa, the indoor pool has sliding glass doors that open out onto the sun terrace.

Packing tips

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).

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.

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.

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Eco‐friendly

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.

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

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.

Hotel Bar

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.

Last orders

Restaurant Coworth Park serves dinner until 9.30pm (closed all day Monday and Sunday evening); the Barn until 9.30pm during the week, and 10pm on 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.

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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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The UK’s foodiest village, Bray, is a 25-minute drive away, and home to Heston Blumenthal’s chart-topping Fat Duck (+44 (0)1628 580333; www.thefatduck.co.uk) and gourmet gastropub twinset: The Hinds Head (+44 (0)1628 626151; www.hindsheadbray.com) and The Crown (01628 621936; www.thecrownatbray.com), as well as the Roux brothers’ Waterside Inn (+44 (0)1628 620691; www.waterside-inn.com).15 minutes from the estate, on Paley Street in Maidenhead, The Royal Oak is Michael Parkinson’s Michelin-starred contribution to the gastropub movement (+44 (0)1628 620541; www.theroyaloakpaleystreet.com). At the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, The Wentworth Grill is the sister of Le Caprice and the Ivy – and predictably upscale (+44 (0)1344 842201; www.wentworthclub.com).

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Coworth Park

Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7SE, United Kingdom

Coworth Park sits on a 240-acre estate in Berkshire between Ascot and Windsor, just outside London and close to the Surrey border.

Planes

London Heathrow (www.heathrowairport.com) couldn’t be closer without spoiling the view – the airport is around 13 miles away, barely 20 minutes by car.

Trains

Sunningdale is the nearest rail station, a five-minute drive from Coworth Park. The station is served by South West Trains, with connections from London Waterloo and Reading (www.southwesttrains.co.uk).

Automobiles

By car from central London, you can reach the estate in around 45 minutes, via the A329 and the M3, and there’s ample free parking on site.

Other

The nearest private airfield is Fairoaks Airport (www.fairoaksairport.com), 15 minutes by car from Coworth Park. The hotel allows private helicopter landings on site, with written notice, at least three days’ ahead and subject to availability. A fee of £225 excluding tax applies.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Ian Curley , Star chef

Ascot in Berkshire is known for the love of all things royalty and horse racing. It is a place in England that you imagine never really changes. More English than Winston Churchill, a Union Jack flies proudly outside the traditional local pub. It is a small town in middle England that is postcard perfect. As we approached Coworth Park, we understood why wars were fought and won to keep the Engl...

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Coworth Park

Anonymous review by Ian Curley, Star chef

Ascot in Berkshire is known for the love of all things royalty and horse racing. It is a place in England that you imagine never really changes. More English than Winston Churchill, a Union Jack flies proudly outside the traditional local pub. It is a small town in middle England that is postcard perfect. As we approached Coworth Park, we understood why wars were fought and won to keep the English traditions of regions like this alive…

There is a saying in my family, that after a long flight the body and mind feels like it’s been ‘folded wet and put away damp’. That’s how we felt arriving at Heathrow from Australia after 27 hours of plane travel. The last thing we were in the mood for was negotiating London traffic. One of the great things about Coworth Park? It is so accessible. 45 mins from central London – 20 minutes from the airport – and you’re taken from one of the world’s busiest cities, to a tranquil country retreat.

Coworth Park is part of the Dorchester Collection, so as well as having the feel of a well-run, intimate hideaway, you also get to experience every possible luxury. The impressive 240-acre grounds are former polo grounds – currently still in use – and they’re as manicured as the famous golf courses of Wentworth and Sunningdale that are a drive away. Accommodation includes the Mansion House, which you would imagine as being a great stately home many years ago, where important decisions were made as ‘Jerusalem’ played in the background.

Recently opened, it already runs like a well-oiled Bentley. The hotel emanates tradition – roses and lilies path the way as we wander around, admiring the rolling fields of England’s green and pleasant land. The staff dress in English country house tweed, and they smile genuinely when you speak to them. They seem to understand that you want to be left alone yet are also discreetly omnipresent should they be needed (and there are a lot of them). The hotel lends itself to the leisure traveller (there is purposefully no business centre to tempt or distract you) and attention to detail is paramount. Luxurious but understated, it’s all very, very English.

The rooms have every amenity that you would expect from a luxury hotel, but it is the additional touches that bring a smile to the face: a bottle of champagne in the room on arrival, traditional English fudge, a sleek coffee machine, a hair band as part of the bathroom provisions, and a ‘Book of Idle Pleasures’ to ponder as you recline in the freestanding, and seriously deep, bath. The selection of picture-postcards, even if you never plan to send them, are so attractive you would keep them as souvenirs, along with the packets of mixed herbs and wildflower seeds to plant when you get home.

A round of polo not so much our scene, we take advantage instead of the award-winning eco-friendly Dayspa carved into the hillside. It has its own Spatisserie where we lounge in heavy fluffy robes enjoying every type of tea we can think of. Mrs Smith even plumps for a ‘health promoting’ snack – with a glass of bubbly – before embarking on a treatment on one of the oversized plush beds. If the mood takes you, have a swim in the indoor pool (it is England after all), where soothing underwater music is piped through and coming up for air seems an inconvenience. There is also a streamlined gymnasium, powerful steam room, and ‘experience shower’.

Post-spa we flop on the balcony for pre-dinner drinks, exhale some more, and soak in the understated grandeur of the property. It feels as though we should be wearing riding jodphurs and shouting ‘tally ho’ – but that would take up too much energy – best left to another day, as we have a serious adventure ahead in the restaurant. Food is treated with reverence here, from the tiny biscuits in the Spatisserie, to the eight-course degustation dinner in the fine-dining restaurant. And it is certainly that, from the ceremony of waiters with cloths over their arms, to the hushed whispering in the dining room, food expertly cooked and plated with great care and love, served on English bone china accompanied by heavy polished silver cutlery and the finest linens.

For a more relaxed dining experience, but by no means an inferior meal, head to the Barn where more familiar British classics are on offer, accompanied by a decent wine list. This is where you head for dinner on your second night when your batteries are recharged. Follow us and just sit there on the first night and let it all come to you as it unfolds – you can always work it off at the spa tomorrow.

As you're across the road from Great Windsor Park, you’re in terrain where the Royals weekend. An ideal pastime is to walk, run or meander through the impressive grounds (take up the hotel’s offer of a map as it is easy to lose yourself), or explore on horseback or bicycle. Tennis or croquet are other ways we pass the time – when we aren’t simply sitting and savouring the regal atmosphere, watching the planes overhead wondering if the passengers feel like crumpled laundry, wishing they could have some Coworth-style luxury when they land.

If what you look for in a hotel is the finest of service, beautiful surroundings and a great bed to sleep in, with the added pampering of a spa treatment or a swim, Coworth Park is where the benchmark is set. A traditional English country retreat which lavished with luxury and ceremony without being pompous or overbearing, it sent me back to my family with a new saying: Coworth Park leaves you feeling as though you’ve been ‘dry-cleaned and polished’. Almost worth 27 hours in the air alone for.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Coworth Park from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 23 Mar 2014

We loved

I liked the style of hotel, really friendly and helpful staff and lovely room!

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 29 Nov 2013

We loved

I liked the spa, the service everywhere, the comfy beds and the incredible breakfasts.

Don’t expect

The menu in the barn could perhaps be improved.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 30 Sep 2013

We loved

The property has been converted to a very high standard and sits within amazing grounds that you can walk, cycle or horse-ride around. In-room facilities were excellent and the staff incredibly attentive. Food in the Barn was very good as well.

Rating: 10/10 stars