Lucknam Park – Colerne, Wiltshire
At the head of a double avenue of lime and beech trees, Lucknam Park is in a league of its own. It occupies a mellow 17th-century mansion, with gracious reception rooms and stylish bedrooms in the house and former stables. It’s impeccably run, with attentive yet discreet service. You’ll find Hywel Jones’ exceptional Michelin-starred cooking in his eponymous formal restaurant and the cool, contemporary brasserie with open kitchen. Then there’s the spa, including sleek indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, salt room, eight treatment rooms and a social lounge with mixology bar. The impressive equestrian centre caters to all standards. For your own slice of the estate, book the new four-bedroom luxury Squire’s Cottage, or the chic, three-bedroom Keeper’s Cottage or Thatcher’s Cottage, and hire a private chef for the night. Excellent facilities for children, including dedicated play areas, make Lucknam as great a choice for families as for romantic couples, friends and celebrations. If you yearn for a bit of grandeur but without a hint of starchiness, then this superb hotel perfectly fits the bill.
Doubles from £260
+44 (0)1225 742777; lucknampark.co.uk
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