This 18th Century mansion, set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside has been transformed from its rather dilapidated state just 6 years ago, into a stylish and super comfortable rural retreat.
Eye catching modern art features throughout the house and grounds, often with an equestrian theme and it quickly becomes evident that there has been an extremely thorough interior and exterior design plan that has been expertly executed, and at great expense. The Arbuthnot suite combines original period features with contemporary artwork and furniture, and the bathroom, lined with beautifully thick marble and authentic wood panelling with its stylish freestanding copper bath is how you’d want your bathroom to look if you could afford it. It’s the kind of intensive design and decoration that can be seen throughout the Dorchester Collection of Hotels, and it’s partly what attracts their super rich, global clientele who are loyal to the brand whether they’re in Berkshire or Beverly Hills. Wherever they are on their travels, they expect the best of the best, and with the DC, they get it. It is of course also reassuringly expensive.
We sat on the veranda, next to the croquet lawn feeding a friendly Robin with shortbread crumbs and sipping jasmine green tea as birds chirped and bees buzzed. In the distance, beyond the beautifully maintained gardens and sea of wild flowers, the faint sound of horses hooves rumbled and the familiar knock of stick against ball completed this very British scene.
Nestled into the undulating and verdant grounds, the futuristic Spa and gym facility is the kind of place you’d imagine a James bond baddie to be hiding out in. The gym is small but perfectly formed and spotlessly clean, and the neon blue swimming pool with its calming underwater music system, framed by space aged amethyst statues provides a tranquil haven. If you can’t quite bring yourself to walk, a kindly golf buggy driver will be happy to transport you. This is the life.
Having dressed for dinner, we reluctantly left our suite and went downstairs for a glass of champagne in the Piano Bar. As the sun set, golden light flooded in through the french windows, dappling the stunning fresh flowers that adorned every table, and as we listened to the dulcet tones of Greg Canestrari play and sing Billy Joel and Elton John classics, there was nowhere that I would have rather been.
When we eventually found ‘The Barn’ restaurant, which is hidden within the grounds, (we got very lost ), the setting was so idyllic that we wondered whether we might have stepped into a fairytale. We crossed the quaint stone bridge and found the rustic but well and truly converted barn with its open fire flanked by old metal milk churns. We shared a platter of prosciutto, figs, tiger prawns and duck liver parfait with the most delicious and tasty heritage tomatoes I’ve ever eaten, and went on to devour a summery Sea Bream with Green Beans, herby crushed potatoes and sauce vierge. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the substantial apple and rosemary crumble with clotted cream ice cream arrived , accompanied by a glass of Moscato Passito which may well have been the best wine and dessert pairing of my young life. To put it simply, The Barn was truly, madly and deeply impressive.
Just 45 minutes from London, an escape to Coworth Park is a real treat. Don’t miss out. Life’s too short to deprive yourself of this kind of hotel experience.
To Book, visit https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park/ or call +44 (0)1344 876 600.