Set in over 500 acres of grounds Lucknam Park has all the ingredients for a very special experience. Just a few miles from the delightful city of Bath the main house is approached down a mile long avenue of beech trees.
With comfort, amazing food and luxury I am sure that you will not be disappointed. Positioned very much at the top end of the market, the hotel oozes charm and quality. The public areas including the library and drawing room are immaculately decorated and are opulent in their design. Log fires were burning when I arrived which really set the scene.
First impressions always count and the fact that someone came out of the hotel to greet me as I drove up was impressive. The luggage was quickly taken and the car parked by a member of staff.
Rooms vary in price from just over £300 per night to over £1000 for the top suites. I spent the night in the Cornflower suite which had a superb view down the drive and came with champagne and chocolates. Ideal for that special occasion the peaceful location of the hotel and wonderful grounds are quite perfect. My suite was equipped with all the latest technology and had a wonderful bathroom.
There is an extensive equestrian centre on site should you want to ride and the spa and brasserie are quite charming.
For me one of Lucknam’s greatest attributes, apart from the wonderful food and location was the quality of the staff. Friendly yet extremely courteous they dealt very professionally with any questions or queries. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone I spoke to was quite charming.
The Spa, which has been open since 2008 has won a number of recent awards and it has both a gym and pool. I was fortunate to experience one of their treatments, a herbal back rub which took place in one of the comfortable treatment rooms. The spa uses Anne Semonin and Carita products which both have international reputations. Spa days can be booked offering a range of different treatments.
Meals can be taken at the Michelin star Park restaurant in the main building or in the Brasserie. The menu has been cleverly put together to give a selected range of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The staff were extremely knowledgeable about the food and were able to provide a detailed background to the dishes. The wine list was also very imaginative and contained several unusual additions. I was most impressed with the veal and also a starter prepared using Burford Browns eggs.
Breakfast can be taken in the main building or the Brasserie. They are also very willing to adapt menus where ever possible to suit your requirements.
The hotel is child friendly and whilst I was there I came across a number of family groups. Packages are available and they have recently opened up a new children’s play area.
The hotel is privately owned for around 13 years.
Luxury does come at a price but the high rate of occupancy proves that people just keep coming back again and again.
The hotel can also be booked exclusively for weddings and it would be fantastic for a honeymoon.
Plans for the future include a new Wellness Centre and Cookery School.
If you are looking to spoil yourself for a few days then I am sure Lucknam Park will fit the bill.
For further details of rates and facilities go to www.lucknampark.co.uk.