Online Editor, Simon Wittenberg, samples undisputed luxury at one of the UK’s most iconic five-star country house hotels.
Coworth Park, located on the outskirts of Berkshire’s Ascot, is not short of royal connections. Prince Harry spent the night there before his wedding to Meghan Markle in Windsor last year, and the polo fields are managed by the Prince Philip-founded Guards Polo Club.
The focal point of the beautifully manicured 240-acre estate is the Georgian-style Mansion House which dates back to 1776. Amongst other uses, it was once home to an all-girls school, and became the Dorchester Collection’s eighth property in September 2010.
On arrival at Coworth Park, it’s evident to the eye that everything has been well-rehearsed to ensure a seamless check-in for new arrivals. The guest relations staff manning the front door will swiftly take your cases (which magically re-appear in your room), they will radio through to the reception that you are indeed present, and when you approach the desk, the paperwork is already emerging from the printer. Permission to enter our room slightly earlier than the allotted check-in time, was only delayed by the mere fact that it was being inspected in order to make sure that everything was immaculate for yours truly and Mrs Wittenberg.
We could certainly live with that, and for the next half an hour, we were entertained with a tour of the main facilities, zipping between the main venues in one the several golf buggies which whizz around the estate at the guests’ beck and call. As we found out, members of the guest relations team are very happy to take you wherever you want, if you don’t fancy the walk or wish to transport luggage between the car and your room. If you like being a bit more active during your stay, there are plenty of activities to keep you fit whilst in the care of Coworth Park, namely horse riding lessons which cost £90 per hour at weekends and £65 per 60 minutes in the week, a tennis court, and bikes to explore the surrounding scenery by pedal power.