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"Glorious place - perfect for a special occasion/ treat…"
We went on my sister's recommendation for my m-in-law's 80th and had the most wonderful time. It's only about 20 mins from the M4/M25 junction but you immediately feel as if you're in another world. The welcome was warm and genuine, the main house spectacular particularly as we went on Jan 5th so all the xmas decorations were still up and the whole experience completely relaxing.
We had afternoon tea as a treat for m in law's birthday - and as we hadn't booked all the tea tables were booked up (top tip book tables early!) but they went out of their way to find us a suitable place in the main dining room and to make it special. The tea was enormous - but they boxed up all the cakes we couldn't manage and we were eating them well into the next week!
We had to try and make some space for the birthday dinner so headed over to the purpose built spa - which had a deliciously warm pool with underwater music, steam room and sauna and special experience shower (lots of jets and changes of colours). The pool was lovely and warm and the surroundings even warmer and I managed to fall asleep in my big fluffy hooded bathrobe on the super comfy poolside loungers post swim and steam - not something I usually manage at 5pm on a Saturday.
The rooms were very special, ours had a copper bath with reading tray, four poster with a TV that emerged from the end of the bed and the comfiest mattress any of us had ever slept on. The children were given child- sized bathrobes and grandma got a special present, including even more cake (which came to be a theme of the weekend).
Dinner was a v grand affair - and we had been warned that it would be - but heck you're not 80 every day. There were children's menus and the staff couldn't have been more attentive both to us and the kids, but it's not an experience I'd want to have with v young children (my youngest is 6) as it's definitely a leisurely dining experience - noone seems to be in a hurry which is both good and bad depending on how much of a hurry you are in, but service is attentive just not speedy and the evening ended with - you guessed it - another cake.
After the best night's sleep most of us had had for ages breakfast was another leisurely affair - no helping yourself at the buffet here, it's all a la carte, as my m in law pointed out - they even put the milk in your coffee for you - and all delicious
It took us all our time to work up enough appetite for lunch in the other hotel restaurant - the Barn, but we managed somehow after another swim and a walk/ cycle (the hotel has bikes you can borrow) to the polo field and horses.
Again lovely food but leisurely service - you get the impression most of the folks visiting Coworth aren't in a hurry.
We didn't get chance to sample the kids' club but my sister who has three year old twins gave it a full 5 stars and I imagine it would be immaculately staffed and equipped if the rest of the hotel is anything to go by.
M in law sampled the spa treatments and gave the massage another 5 stars. My eldest daughter wanted to live there forever and I could understand why - there was only one slight problem - the cost. As the Dorchester's sister hotel in the country service and style on this level does not come cheap. But there was free coffee in your room if you wanted it, and no pressure to eat in if you didn't want to (my sis has been a few times and there are lots of pubs locally). The spa had some great day deals on and for what you got the rooms were not exactly reasonable but you could definitely see where the money had been spent!
Overall we had a perfect birthday weekend and would go back in a heartbeat just as soon as we've saved up. Highly recommended.Read moreLess
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