For my birthday I was lucky to be whisked away for a wonderful weekend stay at Coworth Park, a luxury country hotel and spa in Ascot. The hotel is part of the Dorchester collection and is set in 240 acres of beautiful parkland.
For those of you who have not read my Dorchester Hotel afternoon tea have a read here.
More on the wonderful hotel and restaurants to follow in my next post on Monday. This post is paying homage to my afternoon tea and the Spa where my weekend kicked off.
The spa is set in a separate building to the main hotel. The first thing I noticed was the idyllic location of the spa which screams relaxation. Set in beautiful landscaped grounds, with floor to ceiling glass making up a large proportion of the building. The relaxation room and swimming pool look out over well tendered lawns and a beautiful pond.
One thing I personally loved (am I really admitting this?) was the diminishing of the phone signal strength on entering the spa. I am not sure if this is intentional but it was a very welcome and a relaxing relief. There is nothing worse than beginning to feel your shoulders unwind as you hear Mr Smith gabbling away to a client on the phone or getting stressed about a deal.
On entering the spa you are issued with a locker that houses a wonderful comfortable robe, slippers and towel.
The spa houses a beautiful pool, which I am pleased to report has the temperature of the water perfectly set.
Other amenities include a gym to work off some calories, steam room and relaxing treatment rooms to beautify, polish and revive.
The Spa at Coworth Park has an extensive menu of treatments to choose from. Over the course of the weekend I was lucky to have a few treatments, the essential rose facial (£80) which lasted for 50 minutes and was absolute bliss.
The rose and frankincense products used during the massage toned, nourished and moisturised my skin. My skin was noticeably fresher and my dry skin had all disappeared. The smell of rose left on my face was divine.
We did however have a few disappointments with treatments. The other half really fancied having a head and scalp massage (£55) to get rid of some built up stress and knots. Whilst the massage was really lovely and relaxing very little time or focus was given to his head and the majority of the time was spent on his shoulders. This was disappointing given that it was booked especially for the head and scalp element.
For a birthday treat the other half booked me in for a manicure (£55) and pedicure (£65). Now I must say that whilst both were lovely and I now have beautiful red nails, my feet on completion still had dry skin on my toes and heals as they only use a foot file. To top this off on return home my mother noticed that one of my small toe nails was only half painted, which for a price tag this high isn't very impressive.
The spa is far more primed for massages and facials which based on the one I experienced was excellent and probably one of the best I have had.
All good afternoon teas begin with a nice bubbly and this one was no different. A wonderful flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
The Drawing Room has a wide selection of teas, after a perusal I opted for their signature brew; Coworth Park afternoon blend and the other half winter white Earl Grey.
We were presented with a wonderful tier of goodies. Sandwiches come in classic smoked salmon and dill, egg mayonnaise, beef and horseradish and poached chicken with rosemary mayonnaise.
Pastries and scones complemented by seasonal homemade plum and strawberry compotes followed next.
We had a truly wonderful afternoon tea the service was exceptional throughout and for (£42.50) with champagne, (£29.50 without), I think it represents very good value for money.
It is for this reason that Coworth Park definitely rates as one of the best afternoon teas I have had.
What a wonderful first day, I can't wait to share the rest of our stay in the hotel and restaurants with you on Monday.
What is your favourite part of visiting a spa or having an afternoon tea?