Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK
An escape to the countryside can be all one needs when stress from work or life prevails. Nevertheless, you don’t want to venture out and feel more stressed than when you left and so you must ensure you pick the perfect place to rest your head at night.
Retreating to Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa will allow you to feel more royal than Her Highness, with each member of staff spoiling you with five-star treatment. Wine and dine with style at the Michelin starred Park restaurant, have afternoon tea or enjoy Sunday lunch; the magnificent experience begins at the mile-long drive entrance, lined by beech trees before you enter through their charming library for evening cocktails and canapés. You are then escorted to the elegant restaurant to commence your evening of fine dining from the a la carte menu or the gourmet menu.
Executive Chef, Hywel Jones has held a Michelin star at the restaurant since 2006 and since then has received many accolades including Hotel Chef of the Year in November 2007. In his quest for perfection, Hywel uses the finest organic ingredients to ensure the fullest flavours and where possible sources from local suppliers. Herbs are picked fresh from the extensive kitchen garden at the Hotel which helps enhance the subtle flavours of the cooking.
Heritage and Luxury effortlessly combine to create a quintessential home away from home. Retreat to Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, which offers unspoilt country house living at its very best. Their elegant and distinguished hotel boasts 42 individually styled rooms and suites. The rooms are perfected to your needs, with help on hand in case you needed anything else. With no complaints in mind you can feel at full ease to rest well, to simply awake to your favourite read by the door in the morning.
If you were itching for an adventure, Lucknam Park also offers their guests the chance to try something new: from horse-riding to experimenting with spices at their cookery school. You can feel the wind in your hair and explore the 500 acres of parkland on horseback; any level of skill and age is welcome, as the The Equestrian Centre has 35 horses of all sizes and capabilities. More advanced horse riders can enjoy escorted hacks around the 500 acre estate or longer rides through the beautiful Wiltshire and Cotswold country side.
If you just want to unwind and enjoy some peace and quiet, fear not, as of course Lucknam Park caters to every need. Relax with a range of spa and well-being treatments with every aspect being designed to cater to you; from the private gardens to the luxurious surroundings of The Spa itself, there are linked pools indoor and out, allowing you to move effortlessly from hydrotherapy to gentle swim. Treat yourself to an out-of-this-world massage and get lost in heavenly aromas. Their thermal cabins including Japanese salt, aromatic steam, Amethyst room and sauna and the experience showers will revive you after a dip in the outdoor salt water plunge pool.
Lucknam Park is truly one of England’s finest hotels, providing 5-star luxury at every turn. It offers everything you could possibly need for a quick break: exquisite food, luxurious massages and the countryside for a breath of fresh air and adventure. The icing on the cake is that Lucknam Park is in the heart of the English countryside yet just minutes from Bath; the hotel is a tranquil haven, far enough away from the hustle bustle of everyday life but close enough to good transportation links.
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire (T. 01225 742 777, www.lucknampark.co.uk) offers Classic rooms from £245 per night, based on two adults sharing on a room only basis including use of the spa facilities & VAT.