Luxurious hotels for the perfect country weekend break from London

By Sarah Moyles,

There’s nothing like escaping to the country for a weekend break of relaxation and recuperation. Whisk  you and your love away to be Lord and Lady of the manor, charging about the country on foot or horseback, sleeping in a four-poster bed and stopping in at cosy pubs  for a Sunday road.

Whether she’s looking to play a round of golf, relax at the spa or simply take advantage of the peace and quiet, we’ve put together a list of our favourite luxury country retreats near London.

Stoke Park

Stoke Poges

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This private estate is one of the grandest in Europe – surrounded by 300 acres of glorious parkland, Stoke Park has to be seen to be believed.

The mansion’s striking white façade ensures it stands out from the lush green fields. No attention-to-detail is spared and Stoke Park’s magnificent interior compliments the hotel’s traditional character.

Each room boasts a king-size bed, bespoke furniture and an exquisite marble bathroom. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course, 13 tennis courts and health pavilion, as well as taking advantage of the state-of-the-art gym and fitness studios.


Great Fosters

Egham

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This luxury country retreat lies between Heathrow Airport and Windsor and is ideally suited for a romantic weekend-break or even a convenient staycation.

If you really want to treat yourself why not reserve the Tapestry Room? Complete with 17th century tapestries adorning the walls and a magnificent carved stone fireplace.Spending a night at the Great Fosters hotel is truly a decadent experience – with Flemish tapestries, original wooden-panelling and sumptuous décor, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time.

After you’ve checked-in, take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool or rediscover your athletic prowess on the outdoor tennis courts.


The Spa Hotel

Tunbridge Wells

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Situated on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells, this luxurious spa hotel is surrounded by 14 acres of picturesque grounds and features 70 well-appointed individually-decorated rooms.

Downstairs you’ll find the 10 metre indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and private treatment rooms. Select from a range of treatments and beauty therapies including an age-defying facial, deep muscle massage and an assortment of manicure and pedicure options.

Outside, the grounds host a floodlit tennis court for year-round recreation, plus plenty of walking paths snaking their way through the grounds and gardens. There’s also an orangery and comfortable lounge where you can enjoy a comfy afternoon tea or morning coffee before spending the day in the spa.


Pennyhill Park

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Set amongst 123 acres of rolling Surrey parkland with a five star luxury spa resort and superb restaurant, Pennyhill Park is the ideal luxury country retreat for those looking to escape the pandemonium of London life.

Beautifully-designed bedrooms, fine dining and impeccable service are all things Pennyhill Park Hotel prides itself on, but it might surprise you to know that the hotel is just as proud of their opulent bathrooms.

Many of the hotel’s suites feature eclectic showers and bathtubs, so why not try the YingYang bath? With two separate areas, it’s perfect for couples who wish to bath together but still enjoy their personal space. Or even the invigorating Horizontal Shower – recline on a raised-tiled-bed and let the water gently flow from above.


Hintlesham Hall

Hintlesham

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The Hintlesham Hall is ideal for those looking for all-out luxury: not only does it have a private helipad, but also an 18-hole-golf-course designed by the renowned Hawtree & Co.

Boasting an impressive selection of luxurious rooms that would capture any guest’s imagination, the brightly decorated rooms and comfortable queen-size beds are sure to make you feel at home. Why not book a room with a four-poster bed or soak your cares away in a stand-alone bath?

And if that wasn’t enough, guests can also pamper themselves at Hintlesham Hall’s decadent spa – indulge in an aromatherapy facial, a detoxifying algae body-wrap or even a relaxing back massage.


Down Hall Country House

Bishop’s Stortford

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A short 45 minute drive from London, Down Hall Country House is set amongst 110 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion boasts a lavish interior complete with ornate ceilings, crystal chandeliers and luxurious period furniture.

The newly refurbished Executive Rooms are an oasis of calm and allow guests to relax in the mansion’s historical setting whilst enjoying the hotel’s outstanding restaurant and spa.

After a stroll through the estates beautifully landscaped gardens, experience Down Hall’s traditional Afternoon Tea, where you can sample the home-made scones, delicious cakes and finger sandwiches.