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Hotel Highlights

  • Top-notch facilities: spa, restaurant and equestrian centre
  • Bath is just 15 minutes away by car
  • Lush parkland setting, with wild flowers and formal gardens

Overview

With a Michelin-rated restaurant, acclaimed spa and 500-acres of picturesque gardens and woodland in Wiltshire, Lucknam Park hotel is a grande country pile that has it all. Did we mention the on-site equestrian centre that houses 35 well-groomed horses? Well, they have one of those, too. Luxurious rooms and suites, tennis courts, two pools, a football pitch, a cookery school and a croquet lawn can all be checked off, as well. It’s as wonderful a place for families with children in search of an activity-filled holiday as it is for couples in search of a quiet and relaxing weekend in the country.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

42, including 13 suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible (subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $342.09 (£217), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (from £20).

Also

Noticed some split ends? Sharpen up with a trim in the spa’s hair salon.

Please note

The Park Restaurant will be closed from 8–23 January 2015 (inclusive). During this time, executive head chef Hywel Jones will be holding a themed chef's table each night in the cookery school. Events include, Welsh family favourites (8 January), a local seafood menu (9, 16 and 23 January), gourmet menu (10 and 17 January), local flavours (13 and 20 January), and celebration of game (14 and 21 January). Meals start from 6.30pm, for up to 12 guests. Three courses are £90 (£110 with matched wines), and the seven-course gourmet menu – including canapés and surprise extras – is £105 a guest (£155 with matched wines).

The swimming pool in the hotel's spa will be closed from 4–9 January 2015.

At the hotel

Spa, wellness centre, gym, personal trainers, fitness classes, 500 acres, 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.

Poolside

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.

Packing tips

Jodhpurs, riding boots, Barbour jacket, cashmere and pearls.

Also

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.

Children

This hotel goes out of its way to keep children entertained, with croquet, riding lessons, football, games and much more besides. Extra beds (£25) and cribs (£15) can be provided in some rooms and suites, on request.

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Eco‐friendly

Food is organic and locally sourced; waste is recycled; the majority of staff are local; the hotel is a member of the Carbon Trust.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chef Hywel Jones earned the Park its Michelin star; he’s stayed put for six years, turning out elegant culinary creations such as loin of lamb with crushed peas, wild garlic, pancetta and morels and passion fruit cream with lemongrass, palm sugar sorbet and a mango shot. Tear your eyes away from your plate to admire the high ceiling, ornamented with a fresco of the sky and studded with opulent crystal chandeliers (the dining room was once the ballroom). Then there’s the Brasserie, which shares the same building as the spa. This is a much more relaxed affair: open kitchen with a wood-burning stove, comfy cream armchairs, wooden tables and views of the garden.

Hotel Bar

The Drawing Room is an elegant affair, perfect for postprandials. Stick with English tradition and have a G&T or Pimm’s in summer, and a whisky in winter.

Last orders

Drinks are served in the Drawing Room as late as you’d like. The Park is open all week for breakfast (7.30am–10.30am) and Tuesday–Saturday for dinner (6.30pm–10pm); drop in to the Brasserie for breakfast, lunch or dinner, 7.30am–10pm.

Room service

The 24-hour room service mirrors the restaurant menus.

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Dress code

Jackets, ties, elegant frocks and jewels; turn up to the Park in a t-shirt and trainers and you may find they can't fit you in (smart denim is OK). Casual threads are fine for the Brasserie.

Top table

Sit by the windows and eye-up the lush grounds.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

You could easily while away a week here without leaving the hotel; with the hotel’s flotilla of facilities (pools, state of the art football pitch, clay tennis courts, croquet lawn, bicycles, nature trails and home cinema) mean boredom isn’t just unlikely, it’s downright impossible. The spa really is stunning – treat yourselves to a hot stone massage, a salt exfoliation or a deep marine purifying facial – and there's a wellness centre offering yoga and pilates classes as well as personal trainers to ensure you come back from your stay in tip-top condition. Classes in the hotel's own cookery school (overseen by chef Hrishikesh Desai and Michelin-starred executive chef Hywel Jones) start at £175.00 per person. If you’ve always dreamed of having your own Black Beauty or Desert Orchid, head down to the equestrian centre. The 35 resident horses are used to both beginners and pros, there’s an all-weather arena, a training pen and even the chance to attend specialist classes with top riders from around the world. After a riding lesson or two, up the horsepower at Castle Combe’s racing circuit, where you can take a selection of seriously fast cars for a spin – or keep it simple and try a spot of go-karting (www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk). Bath is only six miles away; it would be a shame not to acquaint yourself with the scenic city’s Regency architecture, chic boutiques, bustling bars and colour-rich countryside.

Local restaurants

The beautiful Castle Inn (+44 (0)1249 782206) in Castle Combe is a great place for a pint and some classic pub fare. Dress up for the Bybrook Restaurant (+44 (0)1249 782206) at the Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe, which sources many ingredients from its own orchard and kitchen garden and boasts an idyllic setting. The White Hart (+44 (0)01249 782213) – a restaurant and pub in nearby Ford – is just a five-minute drive from the hotel; Hendrick's gin-cured salmon, Gloucester Old Spot sausages and crispy confit duck leg with pak choi sit alongside slabs of perfectly prepared Yorkshire steak on their mouthwatering menu. 

Local bars

One of the two pubs in the centre of Castle Combe, the White Hart (+44 (0)1249 782295) is informal and popular with the locals for an ale or three. Have a drink at the Smith-approved Kings Arms in Monkton Farleigh (+44 (0)1225 858705).

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Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ, United Kingdom

Planes

Bristol airport is 40km away; flights land here from other parts of the UK and across Europe.

Trains

It’s only seven miles from Lucknam Park to Chippenham train station, or nine miles to Bath Spa, both on the mainline from London Paddington and both served by First Great Western (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk).

Automobiles

If you’re planning more than a two-night stay, wheels will be handy for exploring the Cotswolds, nearby Chippenham and Bath. Park for free on site at the hotel, which also has valet parking.

Other

There is a helipad within the extensive grounds at Lucknam Park for guests arriving by chopper; please notify staff at the time of booking.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Jonny Aris , Speaker-in-tongues

There comes a time in every youngish man’s life when the one-bedroom flat he calls home starts to feel a bit poky. For me, that moment came when Mrs Smith moved in… and started unpacking her clothes. Five years on, she’s still unpacking. Then a certain Master Smith arrived bringing his own spatial requirements and suddenly [deep sigh] we’re househunting. Problem is, estate…
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Anonymous review by Jonny Aris, Speaker-in-tongues

There comes a time in every youngish man’s life when the one-bedroom flat he calls home starts to feel a bit poky. For me, that moment came when Mrs Smith moved in… and started unpacking her clothes. Five years on, she’s still unpacking. Then a certain Master Smith arrived bringing his own spatial requirements and suddenly [deep sigh] we’re househunting. Problem is, estate agents will only show us places I can afford, not places I think would suit me. It’s a dispiriting tour of crushed dreams and views over railways.

A restorative break is in order, and while a sun-drenched drive through rolling English countryside is a tonic, it’s not until Lucknam Park Hotel’s gates open to reveal a mile-long double avenue of 400 lime and beech trees that I feel fully restored. The avenue – so capacious that the RAF hid planes along it during the war – leads to an elegant, honey-coloured country house set in 500 acres of glorious parkland. Harry the managing director is there to meet us, and charms us instantly by greeting infant Master Smith by name. That’s pretty classy. And so is our room, located in the former stables across a picture-perfect courtyard of Oxbridge college-grade lawn and spectacular flowers. If you crave modernist minimalism in your interiors, keep walking – but only as far as the stunning new spa building behind – because the bedrooms at Lucknam Park are studies in comfort and restrained luxury. Patterned fabrics, wallpapers and hand-woven carpets cohabit in sumptuously good taste.

My eye settles on a welcome plate of strawberries, chocolates and a half-bottle of iced champagne which I’m about to pop when Mrs Smith drops the bombshell that she has booked us a session at the hotel’s Equestrian Centre. Fine for her, she’s a proper horsewoman; I can only stop by falling off. Nevertheless, after half an hour’s expert tuition in the ‘lunge arena’ my hands-free rising trot is looking sharp, and my charming instructor and I set off on a hack round the estate. By the end I’m cantering through stunning woodland, ducking to avoid low branches, euphorically channelling my inner Errol Flynn. (Memo to estate agents: in future only show me properties with stables.)

Afterwards, I take a creaky-thighed stroll through the hotel’s exquisite gardens. Each corner reveals a new delight, from a traditional English walled garden with broad floral borders, to a modish Oriental style sub-tropical garden, all linked by a pathway of pleached trees. The wide lawns beyond gently slope away to far horizons of perfect Wiltshire countryside. It’s heavenly.

For our first evening we opt for a quiet night in with room service and a DVD, so next morning we are up bright, early and ravenous. An exemplary full English Breakfast is a hearty start, but happily I find room for some pastries, and oh wow: the orange and chocolate muffin is the lightest, most ethereal mouthful of sweet loveliness I’ve ever eaten.

Next stop, the spa, where I’ve bravely plumped for the 90-minute Deep Clean Detox Facial. I say bravely because the last facial I had was in a Taiwanese salon in New York where the pore ‘extraction’ was so fierce that the therapist practically knelt on my throat to get purchase. Today’s experience is something else entirely. Wonderful, fragrant Anne Semonin potions dabbed on and massaged in, an ice-cold mask slathered over then peeled off (I retrieve it from the bin afterwards and use it to spook Mrs Smith for the rest of our stay) and an extraction as light-touched and pleasurable as can be. Better yet, I look about 14 afterwards.

During Mrs Smith’s treatments I explore the other facilities at this world-class spa. The pool is perfect for notching up lengths, or for idlers like me just to laze on the shallow steps. But I’m spoiled for choice for lazing locations: there are loungers everywhere, heated ceramic beds in the Tepidarium, an open-air saltwater plunge pool in the terraced gardens that melt seamlessly into the surrounding grounds, an indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool with jets and nozzles a-go-go, and thermal cabins that run the gamut from steam to sauna via Japanese salt and amethyst rooms. (There’s also a state-of-the-art gym. Apparently.)

The afternoon teas at Lucknam Park are legendary, but we have grand plans for supper so instead we drive off to the Georgian glory of Bath, 15 minutes away, and the biscuit-tin Cotswold villages of Castle Combe (so quaint it hurts) and Lacock, filming location for everything from Cranford to Harry Potter.

Back to Lucknam Park for an eagerly awaited supper at their Michelin-starred restaurant. The hotel arranges a delightful babysitter, allowing us to dress up and repair to the library for pre-prandial champagne cocktails. Evening sunlight streams in, bathing the whole place in the golden hue it deserves. We choose the Gourmet Menu, and it’s a fabulous meal. Seven courses begin with mini ice-cream cones of salmon, take in superb loin of local Wiltshire lamb with white asparagus and morels, and end with a show-stopping pudding of banana tart, salted caramel ice-cream and popcorn foam. The waiters have something in common with everyone working at Lucknam Park: that indefinable essence that epitomises exceptional service. Nothing is too much trouble, every request is met with ease, and most wondrous of all you just really like them. That’s rare in individuals, but to find it in an entire staff must be almost unique.

Leaving Lucknam Park is a genuine wrench, and on checkout day we cling on in the spa as long as we decently can. A delicious, healthy lunch in the brasserie keeps the dream alive a little longer but we are only delaying the inevitable. Back to London, and back to the drawing board with the estate agents. If I can’t have a mile-long drive, a dovecote, a croquet lawn and an arboretum, I’m not moving at all.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa 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

We loved

The Spa and afternoon tea was lovely.

Don’t expect

Our room in the main house was tired for the money we had paid. The room we stayed in in the courtyard last year was much nicer in my opinion.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel has great facilities and the service is fantastic. We were given a really nice welcome.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved the care taken to cater to our challenging dietary requirements. And the fact it felt like a Country House, rather than a hotel. There is, honestly nothing I would change! 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved absolutely everything! All the staff, without exception, were kind, extremely helpful, friendly and welcoming. Thank you! We didn't leave the hotel grounds for three days! It was that good!

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff at Lucknam Park has the happy ability to make you feel worry and pressure free as soon as you arrive at the hotel. It's an extremely nice place to stay and anything you ask for will be there for you very quickly. We have stayed at the hotel about six times over the past few years and it never fails to make you feel happy and cossetted.

Don’t expect

We thought of one or two things that might be better in the room, but when we came to filling out the guest form we couldn't remember them, so obviously they were unimportant.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the spa!

Don’t expect

Including breakfast in the basic price of the stay would be better.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the excellent surroundings and outstanding staff.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is an absolutely gorgeous property that is tranquil and peaceful. Rooms were great, the spa was simply amazing and the food was scrumptious. The staff were attentive and saw to all our needs promptly. Can't wait to return!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Service was impeccable: the right side of friendly and not stuffy. We had the Peacock room which was fabulous and really spacious. Cream tea, which was free with Smith membership, is highly recommended!

Don’t expect

In the Park restaurant, it would be nice to have a choice of only two courses instead of the obligatory three, since you are really quite full by the time dessert arrives! On hot sunny days, they could do with some more available sunloungers.

Rating: 8/10 stars