At a Glance
Coworth Park is set within 240 acres of parkland only 45-minutes from London
18th century Georgian country house turned into a luxury hotel retreat
Wonderful eco-spa with eight treatment rooms
World-class Equestrian Center with options to ride in the countryside, or one-on-one tuition
Ideal for families with a superb kids club
Perfect base for a few nights before departing from Heathrow (20-minutes) or as a first stop to get over jet-lag
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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Coworth Park is a luxury 18th century country house hotel set idyllically within 240 acres of manicured parkland, only 45-minutes from central London. Coworth Park is simply the definitive countryside getaway – ideal for couples and families alike.
Located in Ascot, Coworth Park has a perfect rural setting – acres of parkland drifting off into the distance from a classical Georgian country house – yet it is amazing how close it is to central London, being 45-minutes or so away and only 20-minutes from Heathrow. You really don’t realise your proximity to civilization, yet you feel totally away from it all and can sit back; don your Wellington boots and hop-off exploring.
There are only 70 rooms, with 30 in the main building (Mansion House) and the rest a collection of 40 cottages set within the grounds, offering a great deal of privacy. The interior of Coworth Park was totally redesigned when the hotel was opened in 2011, and as such the rooms offer a contemporary twist, perfectly complimenting its classical Georgian roots. The rooms are all light and airy, using lots of neutral colors, with a dash of wheat and dusky tones. Little details come to the fore, with the use of smoky English oak floorboards, and four-poster beds that reflect the wooded parkland all around. There are many playful nods to the Coworth Park's historical love affair everything horsey (it has polo fields and an equestrian school). Some rooms feature free-standing copper roll-top baths, so after a walk through the countryside there is a perfect welcome waiting for you - throw off your wellies and dive in. There are a range of rooms and suites to suit families, or couples who want a little privacy, and the top suite is a spell-binding private three-bedroom cottage in the grounds.
As you are in the country, it is absolutely worth exploring. Coworth’s equestrian center is second to none, and whether your preference is a lazy horse-ride through the grounds or a one-on-one lesson learning the art of dressage or jumps – Coworth Park will provide it. Coworth has also been known for its polo – and a range of fixtures are on offer from April to September. If you want to do more than watch, you can of course learn from one of the best, Andrew Hine, who has captained and managed the English Polo Team and runs the Polo Academy at Coworth.
If you prefer to stay on two-legs, Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water are around the corner and you can explore either on foot or by bicycle. A walk around this little patch of rural Berkshire will reward you with the chance to see that picture-perfect, quintessential English countryside – maybe stop off for lunch at the local pub, the Belvedere Arms for instance. Windsor Castle is nearby, and you can even visit London for the day and return to the peace and quiet of Coworth Park at night. Other activities can include archery, laser clays, falconry and tennis. If you like your golf, then Wentworth and Sunningdale are both only 5 minutes away - both considered some of England's best courses.
Hopefully delighted from your day in the country, why not retreat to Coworth Park’s eco-spa, with eight treatment rooms and a massive swimming pool which even offers underwater music. There is also a gym, salon, relaxation room and the Spattisserie offering light meals, tea and champagne.
The food at Coworth is second to none. The Restaurant Coworth Park showcases a modern outlook on classic British fare, whilst the Barn has a relaxed atmosphere and features plain wooden tables and stone flooring (so you can even walk in with muddy boots from your walk). We love the outdoor terrace where you can sip the odd cocktail or two before tucking into your evening meal. Naturally Afternoon Tea is available (do try the Eccles Cake) and they offer superb country breakfasts.
The staff are wonderful at Coworth Park, with a great ‘can do’ attitude and seem to pre-empt your every wish and desire. Kitted out in country tweed – they seem helplessly English, but we really rather like that in many ways.
If you are traveling as a family, then your children are in for a treat. With the equestrian center – young, budding riders will simply thank you forever. With the great range of other activities on offer, there can never be a dull moment from mountain biking, treasure hunts, basketball, tennis and croquet. There is a kids club for children aged 2-8 and also a teen den filled with the latest Wii or Xbox games. There are a whole range of activities on offer from air-hockey competitions to face-painting.
Coworth Park has 70 rooms all coming with Mitchell and Peach bath amenities, tea and Nespresso coffee making machines, Bang and Olufsen television with Blu Ray DVD player, a connectivity panel with USB, laptop, iPod, UK, US & EU plug sockets & powered safes.
Coworth Park's ample grounds make it an ideal retreat for children. There is a kids' club for the children aged 2-8, and a teen den exclusively for children 8 years old and above, complete films, computer games and it also offers outdoor activities like treasure hunts, mountain biking, horse riding, football, basketball, tennis and croquet, while supervised children can also enjoy the indoor pool. There are specific child-friendly menu options like pizza or burgers.
Coworth Park will do their best to make you and your infant feel at home. Housekeeping can arrange a variety of infant items in your room upon request, including bottle steriliser, crib, cot, highchair, baby bath, microwave and bottle warmer. We can also arrange further items upon request if necessary.
Easter Babysitting Rates - Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Vacation Monday
For 1-2 children - minimum booking of 4 hours at £90 then £20 per hour thereafter
If the babysitting goes past midnight then the hourly rate is £25 per hour .
For 3-4 children - minimum booking of 4 hours charged at £110 then £25 per hour thereafter
If the babysitting goes past midnight then the hourly rate is £30 per hour.
General Babysitting Rates
For 1-2 children - minimum booking of 4 hours at £50 then £10 per hour thereafter
If the babysitting goes past midnight then the hourly rate is £15 per hour .
For 3-4 children - minimum booking of 4 hours charged at £70 then £15 per hour thereafter
If the babysitting goes past midnight then the hourly rate is £20 per hour.
1-2 children - minimum booking of 4 hours charged at £90 then £20 per hour thereafter.
If the babysitting goes past midnight then the hourly rate is £25 per hour
3-4 children- minimum booking of 4 hours charged at £110 then £25 per hour thereafter.
If the babysitting goes past midnight then the hourly rate is £30 per hour
We will endeavour to fulfil all babysitter requests however please try to provide 72 hours notice for your requests to avoid disappointment.
Should you cancel your babysitting request with less than 48 hours notice prior to the booking then 50% of the minimum fee and booking charge shall be applicable.
(Babysitters must remain in the room with the child at all times to ensure they can attend to the child when necessary)
There hotel has two main restaurants; the Restaurant Coworth Park and the Barn. There is also the Spatisserie in the spa and the main hotel bar. There are tennis courts, a spa, gym, library and equestrian center.
This is the first country-house hotel from the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group well known for its glittering urban properties in London, LA and Paris. And Coworth Park, set in 240 acres of leafy Berkshire countryside, is a great success. The 1776 building provides all the heritage details and lofty proportions Dorchester regulars will expect. But a dose of healthy restraint is also evident in the muted decor of the 30 bedrooms in the main house and 40 others in outlying buildings. Decorative flair comes in the form of deep copper baths and wrought-iron four-posters inspired by trees. The spa is just the right side of clinical, with a soporific relaxation/reading room and a caf with a zing-inducing menu, all in a building that's so sustainable it even grows herbs on the roof. John Campbell heads up the restaurant (his eight-course tasting menu is quite a blow-out; he clearly has Michelin aspirations) and the more relaxed Barn, where wellies are welcome. Outdoor activities are a big draw; the gardens are a horticultural triumph and horses from the stables and polo center are available for exploring further afield. The staff are refreshingly friendly and the kids' club (little ones get their own concierge) means offspring can be safely and happily dispatched for the optimum enjoyment of those with children, and those without.
Not long ago I likened the arrival of glamorous Lime Wood in the New Forest to a champagne-fuelled spaceship that had descended among puzzled inhabitants unused to such alien luxury.
Six months or so after Lime Wood opened, the plutocratic Martians sent another, larger, craft, and this time they were spot on with their navigation, landing it in a place between Ascot and Wentworth where there was less of the puzzlement, more a communal sigh of relief. The local ladies who lunch donned their furs, summoned their drivers and made a beeline for the spacecraft, parked in 240 picturesque acres, with two polo grounds, equestrian center and spa.
Where on earth did they hold their book clubs before? How could Cheryl Cole have picked the finalists for The X-factor anywhere else she stayed during filming in the three-bedroom, Grade II listed Dower House with her retinue?
But now I'm sounding chippy. It may be helpful to be a member of a boy band or the owner of a small Arab state to stay here, but the look of it, I can assure you, should appeal to all, for it is calming, sophisticated and in perfectly good taste, with hardly a whiff of glitz for the sake of glitz.
Coworth Park is also very green, its innovative environment-friendly credentials hidden behind a smoothly stylish yet welcoming interior and heralded by a vast and spectacular wild flower meadow. The country outpost of the Dorchester, it has been created from the shell of a Georgian mansion on an equestrian estate founded by the Earl of Derby a century ago.
I'm not partial to the work of interior designers Fox Linton in The Grove and the Athenaeum, but at Coworth both public rooms and bedrooms, whether in the mansion itself or in the converted stables and cottages, work in harmony with the architecture and the oasis-like surroundings (manicured polo fields, thick woods, lime tree grove, rose garden, towering Wellingtonias).
The food is a match: the cooking of John Campbell manages to be both feather light and complex. A dessert of "liquorice, carrot, coriander" sounded unpromising but tasted quite wonderful.
Campbell oversees all the food breakfasts are peerless including that served in The Barn, where a more down-to-earth breed of Berkshire lunching lady can be found tucking into the best fish and chips or cottage pie. The commitment of Campbell, as grounded and cerebral a chef as you will find, is key to the Coworth enterprise.
So: Coworth may be filled with (very rich) Martians but it's pretty heavenly nonetheless. Mike, the doorman, a "real" local who has lived for years down the road, sets a witty, informal tone, much more so than the coy, aren't-we-a-laugh notices ("counting sheep: do not disturb").
The curving, half-hidden spa has to be the most sybaritic outside the Seychelles; children are welcome and royally entertained; and you can watch or learn to play polo or take riding and dressage lessons with a champion. It's all beautifully done, down to the charmingly furnished corridors, and very spoiling. All you need, in order to stay is to marry a sheikh, win the lottery or get on to The X-factor.
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Location & directions
Coworth Park is located in Ascot to the west of London. It has Great Windsor Park to the north, Wentworth to the east, Sunningdale to the east and Chobham to the south.
How to get there
It takes around 45-minutes to get to Coworth Park from central London (although traffic can dramatically affect this), and only 20-minutes from London Heathrow Airport. It is about 50-minutes from London Gatwick.