Our weekend at Lucknam Park, a stone throw away from Bath, was dreamy and oh so rejuvenating. The country getaway was just what we needed to relax, enjoy delicious food whilst taking in the wonders of mother nature. The entrance to the country house is through a mile long avenue of majestic lime and beech trees planted in 1827. This drive amongst the leafy trees was truly breathtaking and the most enchanting pathway to this sanctuary. We could not wait to discover the treasures that this Palladian mansion had to offer.
Country House and Rooms
Stepping into the country house, I felt transported to another era with the antique furniture, elegant wall paper and beautiful portrait paintings adorning the walls. The country mansion boasts a number of stylish and refined rooms, suites and cottages. Our suite was spacious and tastefully decorated. We had beautiful views of the grounds including the impressive trees as a backdrop to our room. We were provided with all the attentive little luxuries – coffee machine, freshly delivered milk on request (even non dairy for me), newspaper of choice, complimentary water, bathrobes and slippers… Delicious smelling ESPA products were provided in the bathrooms as well as fluffy warm towels. 24 hour room service is also available to ensure that you are comfortable and have everything you need whenever you need it. Needless to say we had a restful night’s sleep in the comfortable four poster bed which was made up for us with high thread count sheets as part of the turn down service.
Food and drinks
Light snack, casual lunch or afternoon tea can be had in the beautiful drawing room overlooking the expanse of green fields. It is also the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks. The staff are happy to please and there is a lot of attention to detail as each sofa cushion is fluffed up for comfort after every guest moves.
The brasserie which is located next to the spa also has a bar and is perfect for casual dining in a modern setting. It overlooks manicured lawns and gorgeous trees and plants. There is a variety of food on the menu catering to different tastes. The crispy squid, pizzas and steaks were delicious and cooked to perfection. There is also a nice selection of wines.
The foodies will be delighted to know that Lucknam Park houses Hywel Jones, the Michelin starred restaurant since 2006. The Executive Chef has created innovative delectable dishes using the freshest ingredients to indulge your taste buds.
The library is cosy and is the perfect place to end the night with a cocktail or a board game or both if this tickles your fancy.
Lucknam Park has a number of leisure activities available to keep the whole family busy. You can go on long walks discovering the various gardens that have been so meticulously created with sweet scented flowers and colourful plants and trees. Enjoy the outdoors by riding bikes, playing croquet or tennis. There is even an outdoor adventure children play area. There is an equestrian centre catering for beginners and experienced riders and a cookery school offering courses for adults and children. You can learn everything from cooking canapés, baking bread and pastries, tackling steaks or seafood and even Michelin star cooking at home. Or you can relax in your room with the chosen dvd of your choice.
The spa at Lucknam Park is not to be missed for many, many reasons. You can work off some calories in their well equipped gym or go for a long swim in the 20 meter indoor pool. If you are seeking some quiet time, you can simply lounge by the pool with one of the magazines on offer. There is also the tempting indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool where you can relax and enjoy the tranquil outdoor garden whilst soaking in the summer sun. The facilities have been designed for luxuriant pampering and head to toe wellbeing with its 5 thermal cabins, salt water plunge pool, experience showers, ice bar, post-treatment relaxation room and social lounge with a skincare mixology bar.
Experienced therapists offer a range of personalised treatments including facials, massages and nail services. One of the residents satisfyingly said that they had the best pedicure ever.
We left Lucknam Park feeling absolutely rested and content. We had a delightful stay, made even more special by the caring and attentive staff. It has something for everyone and is therefore the best getaway whether you want to put your feet up and do nothing or get outdoors and learn new skills.
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