Country hotels for long weekends

Country hotels for long weekends

Our guide to some of the UK’s best country hotels with outdoor activities

With the weather on the up, it’s time to get outdoors and there are few better ways to spend a weekend in the sunshine than at one of the UK’s top country house hotels. Our Travel team takes a look at our members’ most booked boltholes – as a lifestyle concierge member you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in*, late check-out* and more at all of the country escapes below.

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Coworth Park - EquestrianHorse around at Coworth Park

Ascot, Berkshire

As you pass through the gates and cut through a meadow carpeted with wild spring flowers you’ll quickly forget about life beyond this 240-acre estate. The main house itself is grand and opulent, but it’s all about the outdoor spaces, which are best explored on horseback. The stable and equestrian centre is unparalleled and you might even catch a polo match or two – Princes William and Harry are regulars here, after all. The wonderful spa will soothe any saddle sores, and be sure to take a dip in the heated pool with underwater music.

Contact us to receive the above benefits plus £85 dining or spa credit.

Chewton Glen treehouseSleep in the treetops at Chewton Glen

New Milton, Hampshire

It seems fitting that this hotel on the edge of the New Forest National Park offers the opportunity to sleep in the treetops. Hidden in a glade just two minutes’ walk from the main building are 12 treehouses perched on stilts and surrounded by glass-fronted balconies meaning you can accompany your morning coffee with birdsong. You don’t have to sacrifice luxury either, with king-size beds, log burners, standalone baths and private hot tubs for the long evenings – room service will provide the champagne.

Contact us to receive the above benefits plus £85 resort credit.

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire - barge and picnicMess about on the water at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Dogmersfield, Hampshire

As you glide down the picturesque Basingstoke canal on board the hotel’s 56-foot barge it’s hard to believe you’re just one hour from central London. Full day hire of the boat can include lunch and a candlelit dinner for up to eight people and you’re free to stop where you please for picnics and ambles along the riverbank. Back on dry land the estate offers 500 acres of rolling grounds with clay pigeon shooting facilities and a high-wire assault course in the woods.

Contact us to receive the above benefits plus £85 dining credit.

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Stoke ParkStay out of the bunkers at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel

Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

The 27-hole golf course that meanders through the hotel’s grounds has changed very little since it opened in 1908. Many famous guests have taken on the challenging course – including James Bond and Goldfinger – and the 7th hole inspired Augusta National’s legendary 16th. Located on the edge of the Chiltern Hundreds, it is among the finest parkland courses in the south of England and players must work their shots around ancient trees which prove to be tough green defences.

Contact us to receive the above benefits plus a complimentary cream tea in the Orangery and fruit and chocolates on arrival.

Ellenborough ParkLace up your walking boots at Ellenborough Park

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

For many, the Cotswolds epitomise the typical English countryside retreat with grand hotels, historic sites and plenty of outdoor activities. Built in the 14th century, this property is situated on the former racecourse estate, where the Cheltenham championships were first held in 1818. With over 3,000 miles of footpaths winding off into the surrounding hills, you’d be wise to pack your walking boots. Staff will pack you off with a picnic and an Ordnance Survey map to ensure you’re home in time for dinner at the excellent Beaufort Dining Room.

Contact us to receive the above benefits plus £85 dining credit and a complimentary cream tea.

Gleneagles golfGet snap happy at Gleneagles

Auchterarder, Perthshire

Built in the French chateau style in 1924, Gleneagles has a long history of sporting pursuits. Of course, golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course should play a big part in any stay, but there’s also cycling, fishing, horse riding, tennis, falconry and shooting. However, once you get ensconced in the spa, it’ll be hard to peel yourself away from the pool, huge glass-fronted steam room and sauna. Nature lovers should try the wildlife photography excursion, tracking down deer, birds of prey, red squirrels and more.

Contact us to receive the above benefits plus a complimentary round of golf and a traditional afternoon tea.

.*Subject to availability

Last updated on 8 May 2017

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