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lucknam park

weekends from £650 lucknam park england

This is a refined, romantic hotel set on a 500-acre estate in Wiltshire with its own equestrian centre and a superlative contemporary spa.

Drive slowly up the long driveway framed by beech and lime trees and leave your cares behind. Relax in the Georgian drawing room or wood-panelled library, wander through the little courtyard filled terracotta pots of vibrant flowers and roam the vast grounds sniffing fresh cut grass and lavender. Bedrooms and suites are opulent and traditional without feeling staid, and service is impeccable. Healthy, contemporary meals are served in an uplifting environment at the spa brasserie; for gourmets there’s the Michelin starred Park Restaurant in the main house.

The wonderfully spacious and light-filled spa in the grounds provides an unexpected contrast to the hotel’s plush interiors. There’s a decent-sized pool for lengths, and an inside-outside hydrotherapy pool – sitting outside watching the black and cream tulips wave in the wind is glorious, and jets are perfectly placed for aching sacrums. Saunter between the various heat experiences, which include a Japanese salt room, an amethyst room, a sauna and a steam room. There’s a beautifully put-together treatment list with products by Anne Semonin and Carita Paris, and even a trusty hairdresser who has been cutting guests hair here for 25 years.

We were particularly impressed by the relaxation room, for its floor to ceiling windows which opened easily, large wide adaptable wooden loungers graced with Sage green throws, and properly delicious Tea Pig teas served in beautiful Rhinefeldt pots. Have some sessions in the gym, or get out and about – the hotel’s Equestrian Centre has 35 horses and offers lessons, escorted rides around the estate and longer rides through the nearby countryside. Or just go walking – you’re near both Wiltshire and Cotswold countryside here, so the choice of routes is vast.

Highs

  • The feeling of spaciousness wherever you are
  • The fairy tale grounds with walled garden, rose garden, herb garden & Arboretum
  • The delicious spa with its genuinely cultivated feel

Lows

  • Such luxury doesn’t come cheap
  • You will feel you need to dress up a little here – part of the attraction for some.
  • There are rules – you can’t use your laptop in the Drawing Room, for example – but again, this will be a bonus for some.

Healthy traveller tip

The brasserie offers a ‘Healthy Corner’ menu at lunch, where you can eat delights such as chicken poached as soft as butter with avocado, mango, lettuce and poppy & yoghurt dressing.

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Prices

From £315 per night

Accommodation

Lucknam Park has a selection of bedrooms and suites (see below) and all come with:

  • Complimentary Wifi
  • DVD Player in each room on request
  • Daily newspaper delivered to your room
  • CD Player and Alarm Clock Radio
  • 24 hour room service
  • Hairdryer
  • Luxury bath robe
  • Anne Semouin body products
  • Valet Parking

Rooms and prices

Prices include full use of the spa, leisure facilities and VAT.

Standard Room:  The smallest rooms ideal for shorter stays.  £315
 
Deluxe Room:  Twin or double bedded with cosy sitting area within the room.  £495
 
Park Suites:  Includes comfortable sitting area, DVD player, four poster, sleigh bed or walk in shower.  £690
 
Grand Suites:  Includes separate sitting room, DVD player, open fire or four poster bed.  £810-£895
 
Grand Master Suites (Coral & Tower):  Large sitting areas, stately four poster bed,  wrtiing desk, dining table, DVD and open fire.  Interconnecting with bedrooms that can be twinned for family accomodation.

Restaurants

The Park:  1 Michelin Star restaurant open Sunday lunch and dinner Tuesday - Saturday.  Specific requirements, preferences or wishes can be discussed.

The Brasserie:  AA 1 rosette open all day 7 days a week.  Includes healthier, lighter dishes often with locally sourced ingredients as well as indulgent treats.

Spa

The excellent spa facilities at Lucknam Park include:

  • 20m indoor pool
  • Indoor & Outdoor Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Outdoor saltwater plunge pool
  • 9 state of the art treatment rooms (including 2 deluxe rooms and 1 couples room)
  • Relaxation room
  • Experience showers
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Four Thermal cabins
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounge bar and The Brasserie

Activities and things to do at Lucknam Park

  • Areas for walking, jogging and cycling (hotel mountain bikes are available)
  • Beautiful gardens spread over 5 acres, plus a 1.5 acre arboretum and 500 acres of listed parkland to explore
  • Outdoor tennis courts with synthetic grass
  • State of the art five-a-side football pitch with artificial carpet
  • Archery
  • Clay Pigeon
  • Shooting
  • Hot Air Ballooning can be arranged within the grounds
  • Golf and Fishing can be arranged nearby

Equestrian Centre

If you plan to take advantage of the exceptional equestrian facilities at Lucknam Park, we strongly recommend making your reservations in advance.

  • 35 horses
  • Cross country course for novice and experienced riders
  • Full size all weather arena
  • Rides and lessons for complete beginners to experienced riders from qualified instructors
  • Hacking over 500 acres of parkland and woodland

Family facilities

  • Outdoor children's play area with swings and rocking horse
  • Indoor pool
  • Riding
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Indoor board games
  • DVD's/videos
  • 2 Go carts
  • 2 Scooters
  • Tennis coaching, falconry and clay pigeon shooting can be arranged

Extra beds and cots for children under 12 can be arranged in some rooms.  Some rooms are interconnecting.

Babysitting is available but must be booked in advance.

Location

  • By Car:  Less than 2 hours from London.  For Sat Nav purposes, postcode is SN14 8AZ.  We will send you full directions upon request.
  • By Train:  Bath and Chippenham are 75 minutes and 90 minutes from London, respectively.  We can pre-book taxis for you to meet you off your preferred train.
  • By Air:  Nearest airports are Bristol (32 miles) and Heathrow (90 miles)







 


 
 

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