A Luxury Countryside Break at Coworth Park

A Luxury Countryside Break at Coworth Park

by Wan Zainal Abidin

A lavish 5-star country house set amid picturesque surroundings, the regal Coworth Park is a converted Georgian building that was once the stately residence of the 17th Earl of Lord Derby, who purchased the property in 1899 and lived there until his death in 1948. The property was re-opened in 2010 as The Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Country House Hotel & Spa.

This picturesque parkland is only a 45-minute drive away from London, making it the perfect respite from the bustling metropolis. Today Coworth Park is one of the most sought after addresses for those wishing to experience the British country lifestyle and quintessentially English activities such as croquet, tennis, lawn bowling and polo. Its location in the beautiful Berkshire countryside close to Windsor Great Park and Ascot make it the accommodation of choice for royals who attend the races at Ascot. During my visit to Coworth Park, I just missed the Audi Polo Challenge where Princes William and Harry were among the notable royals who participated at the annual star-studded polo event hosted by Coworth Park.

During my stay here at the Mansion House, with its distinguished Georgian architecture enhanced by touches of contemporary design, it was clear to me that the building represented the height of sophisticated country living. My suite, which was at the top corner of the Mansion House, comes in the form of a two-room unit with a bedroom and a separate living and dining area that is ideal for entertaining guests in the privacy of my own suite. The original dormer windows offer scenic views of the lime grove, polo fields and meadows of the estate.

For a more secluded stay, the converted Cottages and Stables is located just a short stroll away from the Mansion House and offers the same warmth and comfort of a country house but in a more sophisticated surrounding. Indeed the classy décor is evident everywhere in the hotel – meticulously blending its unique heritage with contemporary designs and furnishings.

Dining options are aplenty at Coworth Park, with in-house restaurants that offered me some of the best dining experiences during my stay. The estate’s budget-mindful restaurant The Barn and the elegant Restaurant Coworth Park are talking points for the excellent food created in their kitchens, all of which I would gladly vouch for. I was also lucky enough to enjoy a sunny alfresco lunch on the terrace on a perfect summer’s day, where I had the hotel’s version of croquet-monsieur filled with sumptuous summer truffles – much to the envy of my friends on Instagram!

The spa at Coworth Park is a star attraction in its own right. Located in a modern building cleverly designed to blend in with the landscape, the building houses an indoor heated swimming pool complete with piped-in music. After spending an hour indulging in an aromatherapy massage, I experienced one of the most deliciously healthy lunches I have ever had at The Spatisserie. While I dined on this nourishing meal and looked out at the vast green of peaceful haven that surrounded me, I plotted my return to this wonderful country house the next time I visit London.

Coworth Park
Blacknest Rd, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7SE
Tel: (44) 1344 876 600
www.dorchestercollection.com

Images by The Dorchester Collection

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