Alexandra Hunter takes a trip to Keeper's Cottage at Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
Words Alexandra Hunter
Lucknam Park is a five-star country house hotel offering luxury hospitality from a bygone era. Nestled in 500 acres of exquisite parkland complete with an award-winning spa, Michelin-starred dining, equestrian centre and cookery school, your first glimpse of the estate comes via the long driveway leading up to the house – a fine prompt to leave the real world at the gates.
A short walk from the hotel is the delightful Keeper’s Cottage. Champagne and a delicious hamper of treats (including some for our four-legged companion) awaited us on arrival, and the cottage itself proved perfect for a family stay: all the charm and indulgence of the main house but with additional privacy and space for the tinies to do their thing. Food can be delivered from the restaurant (breakfast is brought to your door) or you can cook your own.
The Spa at Lucknam Park is exceptional; a tranquil, elegant spa that offers every comfort in a beautiful setting. After a much-needed manicure, we enjoyed an afternoon in the hydrotherapy pool, starting inside before venturing out to sit in the warm waters while gazing out over tranquil parkland. With five thermal cabins, a saltwater plunge pool, a relaxation room offering classes and a fully equipped gym, hours can happily be lost here. The hotel can also arrange babysitting, so you can really relax.
Lucknam Park is home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Hywel Jones, housed in a former ballroom that’s almost as fantastic as the food itself. For those seeking a less formal affair, there’s also The Brasserie, which is connected to the spa and offers delicious dishes throughout the day. We opted for breakfast and a lunch here and weren’t disappointed.
Despite its grandeur and the obvious appeal it holds for adults, Lucknam Park is one of the most family-friendly hotels we’ve visited. Next to Keeper’s Cottage is The Hideaway, a brilliantly thought-out indoor play centre with wonderful toys and activities for all ages – from dressing up and ping pong to sensory play – plus a children’s library, dozens of wooden toys and even computer games. Pony rides can be arranged, and there’s a wonderful adventure playground behind the spa. Children are also welcome to use the pool if they have energy left at the end of