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Lucknam Park is the hotel that has it all: Michelin-starred restaurant, 500-acre estate and even stables home to 35 glossy-flanked horses. Lucky fillies and stallions – their Chippenham stomping ground is peaceful and private, the gardens gorgeous. Tennis courts, croquet lawn and a football pitch are further feathers in this handsome hotel’s hat.
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne Wiltshire, SN14 8AZUnited Kingdom
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At the Hotel
CHECK-OUT: 11am (unless you're staying in one of the cottages, in which case it's 10am). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates exclude breakfast (from £22 a person).
Spa, gym, personal trainers, fitness classes, 500 acres, children's playhouse, library of books and DVD/CDs, equestrian centre, tennis courts, croquet, bicycles, walking trails, football pitch and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, Ruark DAB Bluetooth Digital Radio, tea- and coffee-making kit, free bottled water and ESPA products.
Jodhpurs, riding boots, Barbour jacket, cashmere and pearls.
Food is organic and locally sourced; waste is recycled; the majority of staff are local; the hotel is a member of the Carbon Trust
The award-winning spa (open 8am to 9pm daily) has eight luxurious treatment rooms, thermal cabins, sauna and steam rooms and a fitness suite.
Take your pick: there’s an indoor heated pool, an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool and an outdoor saltwater plunge pool.
Lucknam Park offers valet parking and a concierge service. Try to book restaurant meals, spa treatments and equestrian pursuits before arrival, as they can book up fast. Get on your horse at the hotel's equestrian centre.
Up to two small dogs or one larger dog may stay in some rooms for £25 a night per dog. However, only four rooms in the entire hotel can accommodate dogs – two Country rooms, each with room for one dog, and one Manor Room and one Junior Suite, which can both accommodate two small dogs, or one larger dog. The self-catering cottages can accommodate two dogs each. If you wish to bring a dog, please check availability of these rooms first before booking. Dogs are not allowed in public areas inside the hotel, except for the Brasserie lounge area, and must be kept on leads at all times. Please note: the check out time is 10am for all cottages. A 50 per cent deposit will be taken for New Year Package; otherwise only credit card details are required upon booking. For bookings for 5 rooms or more, a minimum 50% deposit of the estimated expenditure on accommodation and food as detailed on the reservation form is payable within fourteen days of the client receiving the confirmation of the reservation from the hotel. Full prepayment of the estimated expenditure is required 4 weeks prior to arrival date. Cancellation policy for those bookings is 16 weeks. Cash cannot be accepted for bookings at this time.
The Coral Suite is the Grand Master, both in name and in appearance. Striped yellow wallpaper, a four-poster bed with a pleated canopy and tapestry cushions, ornate chandelier, fireplace and postcard-worthy views of the grounds make this our hands-down favourite. The romantic and feminine Juliet Suite (a Grand Suite) is more wallet-friendly. The four-poster bed is swathed in blue and cream silk, trimmed with beads, and windows are hung with chinoiserie silk curtains in a matching blue.
Park Room bathroom
Food & Drink
Keeper's Cottage kitchen
The Brasserie restaurant
Restaurant Hywel Jones
Chef Hywel Jones earned the restaurant its Michelin star (and the restaurant's named after him); he’s stayed put for thirteen years, turning out elegant culinary creations such as loin of lamb with crushed peas, wild garlic, pancetta and morels and passion fruit cream with lemongrass, palm sugar sorbet and a mango shot. Tear your eyes away from your plate to admire the high ceiling, studded with opulent crystal chandeliers (the dining room was once the ballroom). Under-fives can enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and Sunday lunches in Restaurant Hywel Jones, but at all other times, only kids over five can dine here. Then there’s the Brasserie, which shares the same building as the spa. This is a much more relaxed affair: open kitchen with a wood-burning stove, comfy cream armchairs, wooden tables and views of the garden. Sunday lunch here is a lavish affair with spot-hitting roast chicken, thick Aberdeen Angus steaks and desserts that will send you into a food coma for the remainder of the day.
The Drawing Room is an elegant affair, perfect for postprandials. Stick with English tradition and have a G&T or Pimm’s in summer, and a whisky in winter.
Experience the Extraordinary
You could easily while away a week here without leaving the hotel; with the hotel’s flotilla of facilities (pools, five-a-side football pitch, tennis courts, croquet lawn, bicycles and nature trails) mean boredom isn’t just unlikely, it’s downright impossible. The spa really is stunning – treat yourselves to a hot-stone massage, a salt exfoliation or a deep marine purifying facial – and there are yoga and pilates classes alongside a gym with personal trainers, ensuring you come back from your stay in tip-top condition. If you’ve always dreamed of having your own Black Beauty or Desert Orchid, head down to the equestrian centre. The 35 resident horses are used to both beginners and pros, there’s a training pen and even the chance to attend specialist classes with top riders from around the world. After a riding lesson or two, up the horsepower at Castle Combe’s racing circuit, where you can take a selection of seriously fast cars for a spin – or keep it simple and try a spot of go-karting. Bath is only six miles away; it would be a shame not to acquaint yourself with the scenic city’s Regency architecture, chic boutiques, bustling bars and colour-rich countryside.
Bristol airport is 40km away; flights land here from other parts of the UK and across Europe.
It’s only seven miles from Lucknam Park to Chippenham train station, or nine miles to Bath Spa, both on the mainline from London Paddington and both served by First Great Western (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk).
If you’re planning more than a two-night stay, wheels will be handy for exploring the Cotswolds, Bath and Castle Combe (where Spielberg's War Horse was filmed). Park for free on site at the hotel, which also has valet parking.
There is a helipad within the extensive grounds at Lucknam Park for guests arriving by chopper; please notify staff at the time of booking.
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne Wiltshire, SN14 8AZUnited Kingdom
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