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Reviewing the spa at Coworth Park hotel in Ascot

PUBLISHED: 15:46 28 January 2019

The Spa at Coworth Park

The Spa at Coworth Park

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Nothing quite prepares you for the unabashed elegance of Coworth Park

Forget Downton Abbey, Coworth Park is the modern 21st century country house where we’d all like to live. Unashamedly luxurious, it boasts not only the dazzling white-pillared main house but also some very cool stable rooms and cottages on the private estate. Add to that a five-star spa and pool housed in a building straight out of James Bond, and you can see why since opening in 2010 it’s been a huge success.

Run by the Dorchester Collection, Coworth Park offers both day and overnight guests the quality and excellence you’ll find in their landmark hotel in Park Lane. However, the vibe at Coworth Park is more relaxed, reflecting the hotel’s beautifully manicured 240-acre country estate.

Arriving on a chilly Sunday afternoon, our bags were magically whisked away from us while a doorman valet parked the car. Our beautiful suite on the first floor overlooked the stunning woods outside the main door. Decorated in muted shades of taupe with a show-stopping modern four-poster bed and twinkly mirrors everywhere, it made me want to update my bedroom as soon as I got home. And then I saw the bathroom. It was marble-clad with two sinks and a separate shower, plus there was a large copper bathtub in the middle of the room that took pride of place. Thoughtfully, The Book of Idle Pleasures sat on the bath rack – a message if we needed it that this is the place to slow down, relax and enjoy 24 hours of uninterrupted downtime.

It would be easy just to hole up in your room but the private grounds surrounding the hotel are not to be missed so, kitted out for the cold weather, we strolled leisurely around the estate, admiring its manicured beauty and dreaming that we owned a country house like Coworth Park.

Back at base, I left my boyfriend happily watching a football match he couldn’t get at home, while I strolled over to the spa for a 65-minute Aromatherapy Associates rose facial. The spa is magnificent, with gorgeous relaxation rooms that overlook the countryside and as night falls, the glittering lights on the estate.

Guests are encouraged to use the large heated indoor pool but if you’ve got the time, I can highly recommend booking in for a treatment. I was treated to one of the best facials I have ever had with Louise, my highly knowledgeable therapist who understood my skin’s needs. The room itself was pretty impressive too, with a bespoke modern chandelier lighting up the space. After over an hour of relaxing me-time, I left with plumped up rosy skin and a great sense of well-being.

Restaurant Coworth Park boasts a Michelin star, but on a Sunday night, we were looking for something a little bit more laidback. Dinner at The Barn was the perfect destination. Nestled amongst the stable rooms, it serves five-star comfort food to guests looking for a relaxed supper. You’ll find something for everyone on the varied menu and carnivores shouldn’t miss the exemplary steaks here.

We took a short trip back to the main house by golf buggy, wrapped up in a blanket handed to us by our lovely driver. It’s these little touches that together with a knockout hotel and grounds, make Coworth Park so deserving of its five-star status.

Coworth Park is the ideal place for a celebration or a special anniversary − even Prince Harry slept here the night before his nuptials to Meghan Markle.

And the best thing? It’s right here on our doorstep in Berkshire.

An overnight stay for two with breakfast in a superior king room starts at £415. For more information, call 01344 876 600 or visit dorchestercollection.com

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