Coworth Park, Berkshire
‘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 sits 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.
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Four Seasons Hampshire
Barely an hour’s drive from London, yet a hundred miles away in your mind, you are greeted by an imposing manor house with the countryside very much at its feet.
The Four Seasons Hampshire provides everything you might want from a countryside hotel – open fields stretching into the distance with a warm fire to return to, and somewhere to relax, eat and drink like a lord of the manor.
And what a manor to call your own for the night.
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Lime Wood Hotel
A former 13th-century hunting lodge is now home to Lime Wood, one of the UK’s chicest boutique country house hotels, a mere 2 hours from London, in the New Forest Park.
The interiors, from celebrated designer David Collins, involve a modern take on the traditional country house style: effortlessly luxurious, striking a perfect balance between being cool, modern, classic and sophisticated.
For a chic, glamorous yet utterly relaxing weekend country break from London, Lime Wood really hits the spot – click to read our full review with additional images of Lime Wood Hotel.
The Pig, Hampshire
The younger sister to Lime Wood, with a similar feeling of effortless luxury, with more of a rustic-chic look, The Pig is a country house hotel that places food at its core, from the meticulous cultivating of ingredients to rearing the livestock to the dishes that arrive at your table.
The 26 rooms at The Pig Hotel are divided between the main mansion house and converted stables, centred around the prized walled garden where most of your food is sourced.
The Pig is a rather wonderful country house hotel that is suitable for all seasons and will leave you positively snorting with joy.
Stoke Park is a large, private sporting and leisure estate in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, less than an hour’s drive from London.
The stately mansion is located in the middle of an impressive 300 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens.
The facilities are impressive and include a 27-hole championship golf course, golf academy and indoor swing studio, spa with indoor pool and steam room, an outdoor hot tub and outdoor sauna and13 indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
To make the most of your stay, ask for a room with a view of the grounds and if you are looking for rooms with a more contemporary décor, ask to stay in the newest rooms in the Pavilion building.
This article was originally published in January 2013.