So here I am, staring out of the window at the rooftops, the bustling traffic and people rushing along London’s busy streets and I realize… I need to escape! But where to?
Only one place comes to mind…Coworth Park.
Although just a 45 minute commute from Central London, when you reach Coworth Park you easily forget you are so close to the city being surrounded by 240 acres of English countryside.
Pick a room
Dorchester Collection took over the property in 2001 and since then the estate has been completely restored, reopening just last September 2010. Before you arrive, the reservations team will help you choose where to stay – which may be hard to choose since the options are all so unique! There is the Mansion House, originally built in 1776 by William Shepheard with 30 rooms and suites, The Stables, where the polo ponies used to sleep, and The Cottages which are perfect for families.
Once you have checked in, it’s time to explore. Coworth Park is a dream come true for horse lovers – they have an extensive equestrian center, where Laura Richardson (a regular rider for Team GB at both the European Championships and World Equestrian Games) and her team will help you learn the basics, dressage and jumping. Also, from April through to September they have regular polo matches. In fact, Coworth is the only hotel in the UK to have its own polo fields!
After a few hours on the saddle, go get spoiled at the eco-luxury Spa. One of the products they use is an organic line by Dr. Alkatis whose tag line is, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”. Sounds good to me.
Michelin Star Dining
2 Michelin star Chef John Campbell is Coworth’s Director of Cuisine & Food and Beverage. He is responsible for the three restaurants: the gastronomic restaurant within The Mansion House, the converted Barn restaurant and the Spatisserie within The Spa.
Each of the three restaurants have very different menus, from nouvelle cuisine in the Mansion House, to more simple dishes in The Barn, or healthy bites in The Spatisserie. In addition to a great variety in foods, they also have their own distinctive interior styles – for example, the main restaurant has a very unique copper ceiling adornment creating a warm autumn glow throughout the whole room. The Barn has lovely scrubbed natural wood tables and overlooks the polo fields, so in the summer you can enjoy your steak and chips on the outdoor terrace watching a chukka or two.
If you take your children with you, I cannot promise you will see much of them as the estate has many activities on-site. Also, the Coworth Park Kids Club team will take care of children aged 4 and up,
Unfortunately I cannot promise that the gray rooftops, bustling traffic and crowds in London will be any better when you leave Coworth Park, but I can promise you that Zoe Jenkins (GM) and her team work will work hard to help you forget them – even if only for a short while!