Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey
So the end of lockdown is on the horizon and high on your wish list of things to do is to treat yourself to an unabashed few days of self-indulgence, a little luxury and escapism. Beautiful surroundings, a spa with a roll call of treatments and the absolute necessity of not having to cook are what is required. Look no further than Pennyhill Park, a quintessentially British luxury hotel set in 123 acres of Surrey countryside.
The sprawling main house exudes 18th-century splendour with chandelier adorned-rooms, sumptuous floor-to-ceiling curtains and elegant furniture that is contemporary yet reflects the period. There are 124 rooms, with 26 in the main house. All offer a blend of contemporary and period touches including vintage furniture and glassware, heavily-patterned wallpapers and throws, and winged armchairs.
You can work up an appetite by pulling on your walking boots and exploring the extensive grounds; head to the hotel’s tennis court, or its three-hole golf course, or you can simply curl up fireside with a good book and your favourite tipple.
Pennyhill’s spa, which is in a contemporary building opposite the main house, is impressive: with no less than 8 pools, both indoor and outdoor, it has hot tubs, herbal steam rooms, laconiums and jacuzzis along with experience showers, relaxation rooms and a plethora of treatments to choose from. Tailor your spa stay to achieve your desired results, whether it is to detox and unwind or invigorate and rejuvenate.
After all that hard work, it’s time to try one of the two award-winning restaurants at Pennyhill Park. If it’s a gastronomical adventure you require, then the Michelin starred Latymer fine dining restaurant is where you can sample an exquisite tasting menu made up of either seven or five courses. Situated in one of the oldest parts of the hotel, the Latymer is luxurious yet intimate and is comprised of oak wood panelling, a beamed ceiling, and chairs and banquettes covered in rich fabrics. Enjoy the freshest ingredients of the highest quality prepared by Head Chef Steve Smith.
If it’s something a little less formal – and a little livelier – that you are after, then the no less decorated two AA-Rosette Brasserie is a solid dining alternative. With a breakfast that touches all the bases, you can choose from an extensive buffet of fresh fruits, cold meats, smoked salmon and dishes such as sausages and poached eggs. Honey from the hotel’s hives are a given!
For the latest booking information, visit exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park or call 01276 486 159
Location: On the A30 London Road between Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth, it’s close to junction three of the M3 motorway and 45 minutes from central London.
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