85% of Bowes-Lyon Partnership members are successfully matched within their annual membership, so the team are often asked for advice by members on where to go for a romantic weekend out of the city with their new partner. Working with our favourite London concierge, Bon Vivant, we bring to you some of the fabulous venues we recommend the most:
Coworth Park, Berkshire
The Dorchester Collection is synonymous with grand, iconic hotels in some of the world’s most desirable destinations, with each hotel as stylish and sophisticated as the next.
Coworth Park, the group’s first standalone launch, opened in the autumn of 2010 on a 240 acre estate of rolling meadows and polo fields in Berkshire near Ascot, less than an hour by car from London and a mere 20 minutes from Heathrow airport.
In a clear contrast to its other UK properties (The Dorchester and the recently opened 45 Park Lane), Coworth Park is the epitome of a true country house estate and an ideal weekend getaway from London.
Most of the action occurs in the main Georgian manor house, the Mansion House, with views of immaculate grounds from every corner. There are 70 rooms and suites in total, spread between the Mansion House and the converted stable block and renovated cottages, which adds to the charm of the property.
The rooms are of a contemporary classic style, exuding a sense of understated luxury, with warm, neutral tones and splashes of autumnal colours creating a calming and relaxing mood. The stables, which feature a combination of lateral and vertical suites, some with their own staircases, are of a similar design aesthetic, interspersed with witty equestrian references. Spacious bathrooms feature large rainfall showers, dual sinks and freestanding copper baths.
One of the highlights of a visit will be dinner at ‘Restaurant Coworth Park’, the hotel’s main restaurant. The dining room exudes sophistication with a beautiful and dramatic light feature dominating the room.
The Barn offers a casual yet refined dining alternative, with a ‘rustic chic’ design of stone floors and reclaimed wood dining tables. The menu features classic, hearty dishes such as fish pie, sirloin steak and roast chicken, which is ideal for lunch after a long walk through the impeccably groomed grounds.
For the more active guest, there is an array of activities available, including tennis and horse riding at the equestrian centre and the spa. The spa is a modern, eco-building, over two floors, half of which is underground with plants growing on the roof.
The spa has eight treatment rooms, a relaxation room, an 18m heated pool, a steam room and a ‘Spatisserie’ if you want a light snack and a glass of champagne in between treatments.
With its understated glamour and contemporary classic style, Coworth Park is a beautifully modern take on the traditional country house hotel, which makes a perfect weekend retreat from London.
The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire
This 5-red star hotel and spa, located between Newbury and Hungerford in Berkshire, just one hour away from London takes its name and inspiration from owner, Sir Peter Michael’s world class winery in the mountainous landscape of Northern California.
The stunning space that contains the restaurant has a contemporary design, with a focus on bold soft furnishings and intimate lighting. It houses a collection of art unrivalled in a British restaurant.
Add to this, the highly rated Vineyard Spa offers pampering and relaxation in a world of calm, allowing you to lose yourself in the beautiful surroundings.
Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
While keeping it close to home why not indulge in Stoke Park’s winter treat of roaring fires, English heritage walks, breathtaking views, world class accommodation and cuisine.
At Bowes-Lyon Partnership we offer a very personal and individually-tailored approach to our membership, meeting with each and every member. If you would like to find out if we could help you find your ideal match, contact us for your complimentary consultation.