The Spa at Coworth Park
Describing itself as ‘The Dorchester’s country sister’ Coworth Park sits at the edge of Windsor Great Park, a short cab ride from Ascot, Sunningdale and Virginia Water train stations and around twenty minutes from Heathrow. It’s one of a cluster of luxury spa hotels in the area, with the new Fairmont Windsor Park hotel across the park and both Cliveden and Pennyhill Park less than half an hour’s drive away.
Coworth Park is part of the exclusive Dorchester Collection and is one of those places where every aspect of the hotel and spa experience has been considered and honed to perfection. From the delicious food to the super-slick service, the picture-perfect summer meadow to the luxurious spa treatments and fabulous floral displays. It’s a great all-round place to relax, recuperate, or just have some fun – funds permitting.
Outside is rather special too – especially in summer when the meadow’s in full bloom and you can just sit and enjoy it from the seclusion of one of the hidden benches.
For more active types there’s plenty on offer, from riding – Coworth Park has its own equestrian centre – to croquet. Or why not combine the two and head for the estate’s own polo field. And, if golf’s more your bag, you can take advantage of the hotel’s partnership with nearby and wonderful Wentworth Golf Club.
And the fun’s not just for the adults. There’s plenty on offer for younger guests too, who are positively welcomed at the hotel, making it a great choice for anyone unwilling to compromise their lifestyle just because they have kids. There’s lots of room to roam within the extensive grounds, and plenty of indoor play space including a ‘messy room’ for making and baking, with gaming and films for older children.
Luxury lovers, families, romantics, horsey types, polo players, decadent detoxers, anyone looking to be properly pampered and Londoners looking for a not-too-far country escape.
The spa’s an oasis of calm, housed in a curved modern building a short walk, or golf buggy ride, from the main hotel. Partially submerged in the hillside, the two-storey spa has been sympathetically designed, with an eco-friendly living roof. The wet spa area’s not the largest – Coworth Park’s not a ‘destination spa’ where you can spend a day flitting from pool to hot tub, but what it does, it does very well.
There’s an 18m indoor swimming pool, complete with ambient blue lighting and underwater music, an aromatic steam room, experience showers and 8 cleanly-designed treatment rooms, including two dual treatment rooms. The changing rooms are stocked with luxurious products by Ishga Organic, a Hebridean brand with seaweed minerals which is used in some of Coworth Park’s most popular spa treatments too.
The carefully created treatment list has something for everyone, without being overwhelming. The focus is on bespoke, results-driven treatments which can be adapted for people with specific health requirements, including those who are receiving cancer therapies.
For gym lovers there’s a small but well-equipped gym next to the pool.
For anyone looking for a relaxing treatment, the Mediterranean Candle Massage by Spanish brand favourite Germaine de Capuccini, is hard to beat, along with their Vitamin C Face and Body Signature Therapy. Or you could try the Elements Inspired Massage which is based on traditional Chinese wellbeing principles and matches guests to one of five aromatherapy blends.
A new and popular addition to the ever-evolving spa menu is ishga’s Hebridean Sound treatment which combines a purpose-recorded soundtrack with a soothing massage treatment to take spa guests on a multi-sensory journey to a super-relaxed state. The treatment, which incorporates sounds of the seas and singing bowls, creates a very calming, almost meditative, effect so is a perfect choice for anyone who’s experiencing stress or burnout. For facial fans, Swiss brand Valmont offers a variety of results-driven facials, including the guest favourite Firmness of the Hills, with vitamin C serum.
Take your pick from 30 individually designed rooms and suites in the main mansion house and another 40 throughout Coworth Park’s grounds, with 22 suites in total.
Sizes range from pretty compact bedrooms to vast suites. All rooms are super-smart, furnished in neutral tones with equestrian motifs dotted throughout. Stand-out features include four poster beds, roll-top copper bathtubs, marble bathrooms with natural products by Mitchell and Peach and underfloor heating. Beds are supremely comfortable thanks to Vi Spring sleep-inducing mattresses.
If you’re feeling like really pushing the boat out, there’s also a 3-bedroom private cottage, The Dower House, which comes with its own slice of river running through its well-tended grounds. Rumoured to be where Prince Harry stayed on the eve of his wedding, to give you an idea of calibre. Or North Lodge, a newly available three-bed gatehouse, again with its own private garden.
wining & dining
The spa has its own restaurant, The Spatisserie, which serves healthy lunches, and afternoon tea for you to enjoy in your robe if you choose. During the summer months the large windows are flung open to let the outside in, making it an even more relaxing place to chill out.
Woven by Adam Smith, is Coworth Park’s new fine dining option, offering Michelin starred cuisine in an elegant, unstuffy environment. Décor is warm, seating is comfortable, tables are well-spaced and the food is simply delicious. Woven offers modern European creations with surprise elements and a great line in snacks and amuse-bouches. Children are welcome to dine in the restaurant at lunchtime, but the evening Woven is a child-free space.
The Barn, a short distance from the mansion house, offers a less-formal dining experience, serving gastrobarn brasserie classics from homemade soup with rustic bread, to hand-dived scallops and burgers. Chefs seamlessly adapt food to cater for specific dietary requirements.
Room Service is also an option, and, according to one woman we met in the spa, their Club Sandwich is in a league of its own.
There’s also a stylish bar which serves cocktails beneath its eminently Instagrammable “LOVE’ chandelier.
As you’d expect, Coworth Park also serves a mean afternoon tea, which you can savour in the conservatory along with great views of the grounds and polo field beyond.
why so spavellous?
Coworth Park’s a great all-rounder, offering a luxurious spa, delicious food, comfortable, stylish rooms and beautiful grounds. Guests of all ages are welcomed and made to feel special, with the staff getting it just right and looking after you in the most beautiful, friendly and attentive way
If you’re looking for a spa day, the Personalised Spa Day’s a great choice, including a 90-minute treatment, use of the spa facilities and a healthy 2 course lunch at the Spatisserie.
Check family swim times if you’re after peace in the pool.
We particularly rate the rooms in the Manor House for their great views and suggest visiting in summer when the gorgeous meadow gardens come to life and the lakes sparkle.
Make sure you have time to enjoy a drink or under that LOVE chandelier in the bar – if only for your Insta.
‘All the treatments I’ve tried have been spot on – you come out glowing inside and out’
‘The fabulous, friendly service makes you feel like royalty’
‘Spa treatments are very pricey, but you get what you pay for’