It is no secret that Coworth Park, part of the Dorchester Collection, is one of the most popular places in England for a little luxurious getaway. It is luxurious in many senses. A late 18th-century country house hotel on the borders of Windsor Great Park is high-end style without the stuffiness, with a picturesque 240-acre private estate that offers you moments of peace and tranquillity. Being part of the Dorchester Collection implies the level of quality is higher than you can imagine. The friendliness of the staff, their helpfulness, the service, attention to detail, and everything in the park is just impeccable.

Once the home of many aristocrats, including Countess of Derby, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Alexandra,  the estate now has few distinct areas: The Mansion House- the main hotel with 3 restaurants, hotel rooms, function rooms and concierge. The Stables and Cottages- the other side of the park with a more countryside touch. The Dower House- the most luxurious home. Then we have the Spa and the Equestrian Center.

Mansion House

Only about 45 mins away from Central London, you have the option to go for Georgian style with an eccentric decorative flair and stay in the Mansion House or opt for the self-contained converted Stables and Cottages if you prefer a little more seclusion. Or if you want to come here with a group of friends or family, consider the Dower House- one of the most breath-taking self-contained house in the estate. This historic Grade II listed building was once the home of a mother when her son got married, and she could stay nearby yet giving the newly-wed couples all the privacy at the main house.

The Dower House

One of the main living rooms in the Dower House

The lobby of the Dower House

The Stable and Cottages

There are many things you can do ( or not do) at Coworth Park. If you prefer to just chill and do absolutely nothing, by all means just chill and enjoy the fresh air and the scenery. If you are up for something more, you have the option to go for Spa treatments, using their facilities, have afternoon tea, have a drink or two while enjoying the pianist performance, go for a picnic, take a bike and tour around the estate, go for a walk, or even taking polo classes, play golf and go riding. The scale of activities you can choose to do goes from mild to active. There is something for everyone.

 

Being in Ascot, Coworth Park is the only UK hotel to feature its own polo fields and practice facilities, managed by Guards Polo Club, with teaching providing by Guards Polo Academy. Guards Polo Club brings almost 60 years of hosting world-class sport and polo events to Coworth Park, during the summer seasons you can watch the Polo matches there. The Equestrian Centre there offers hacking, riding and even polo classes. I took the opportunity to hack around the estate and saw it from a different point of view.

If you are worried about food options in the countryside, this is the last thing you have to worry about. The Barn, the Restaurant and the Reading Room serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. On top of that, there is still the Bar and the Spatisserie if you prefer something lighter.

Isn’t it the best start of the day enjoying breakfast with such a beautiful view through the French doors across the rose terrace and croquet lawn?


A little stroll away from the Mansion House is the Barn. Recently awarded two AA Rosettes at the prestigious AA Awards, it offers a delicious brasserie-style menu with sharing plates served from an open kitchen. Housed in the original barn frame, with rustic features such as a working stone fireplace, the restaurant has a full wall of windows with far-reaching views across Coworth Park’s polo fields. 

The warm and mellow autumnal design of one Michelin-starred Restaurant Coworth Park includes acorn and oak leaf plaster reliefs and a large sculpted copper chandelier. Executive chef Adam Smith showcases a modern presentation of classic British flavour combinations and a commitment to quality ingredients and depth of flavour.





The quintessentially English setting you cannot miss is the Drawing Room. Every evening there is a pianist live performance, and during the afternoon you can enjoy a classic afternoon tea or light meals with the view of the Berkshire countryside. Be sure to take your time when choosing from the list of 20 varieties of teas on the menu.

In between the reception and the Restaurant Coworth Park is the Bar. What I love most about the bar is the grey-green granite and nickel-polished steel tables, a LOVE chandelier, and quirky design touches that pay homage to horses and their long association with Coworth Park and Berkshire.

Don’t forget about the Spa (and the Spatisserie) a little stroll away from the Mansion House. Located on the upper floor of The Spa at Coworth Park, its airy atmosphere is filled with natural daylight. Serving light and healthy menu as well as great coffee, in the Summer it is one of the best places to chill and sunbath.

If you are up for staying over a night or two, regardless what room you chose to stay, the bathtub in the rooms is not to be missed.


I mean, imagine the beautiful moment waking up to the warm sunlight in the historic countryside…How can you resist?


This is no doubt one of the most relaxing getaways closest to London. Not only I would love to revisit, I also highly recommend to anyone who is travelling to the UK, give it a try you will not be disappointed.

 

Coworth Park hotel in Ascot
Blacknest Road Ascot Berkshire, SL5 7SE UK