Arriving at Lucknam Park is an experience itself. The long driveway is lined with beech and lime trees and as the 17th century Palladian mansion appears you can’t help but feel you have been transported into a Jane Austen novel or an episode of Downton.
I have been lucky enough to have visited Lucknam Park many times over the years since my family moved to a nearby village and my mum became a member of the spa. Every time I come here I leave feeling completely refreshed and ready to face the stresses of London life once again.
This Christmas break I experienced a luxurious Spa Day; a perfect detox post-Christmas and good way to banish the January blues.
We arrived fairly early to make the most of the day and donned the obligatory white fluffy robes and slippers before shuffling into the spa. It took a lot of will power to not dose off as soon as my head hit the comfy sun lounger, overlooking the 20-metre indoor pool.
When I eventually managed to drag myself away I did the rounds of the sauna, steam room, Japanese Salt Room and finally the slightly bizarre heated ‘Amethyst Room’. Not to mention the Holy Grail of the spa – the outdoor hydrotherapy pool. I could quite easily spend hours soaking in the warm waters, made even more magical by the cool rain falling on my face, whilst overlooking the estate’s 500 acres of parkland. However, as soon as the inevitable of fingers washer woman’s finger appeared on my fingers and toes my treatment beckoned me back inside.
I was led by a lovely therapist into one of the eight state-of-the-art treatment rooms for my 60 minute Made to Measure Aromatic facial. Sinking down into the heated massage bed, my face experienced an hour of pure bliss through a thorough cleansing and detoxifying process. Lucknam Park use Anne Sémonin skincare products which contain a potent blend of active plant and marine extracts with essential oils. Whilst the face mask was on and working its magic, I was given a stimulating face, back and head massage for ultimate relaxation.
Feeling ten years younger and rather sleepy, I was led in to the spa’s separate relaxation room to relax with a herbal tea before spending the rest of the day flitting between the spa’s facilities with an interlude of a light lunch and glass of wine in the Brassiere restaurant.
Lucknam Park is one of the most strikingly beautiful hotels I have ever visited in the UK. It oozes charm and every time I go I fall a little bit more in love with the spa.
Top five things to do in the surrounding area –
- A trip in to Bath is a necessity. I know I’m slightly biased because I grew up there but I believe it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The Roman Baths, Bath Spa, Jane Austen Museum and a trip to The Raven pub for a pie and a pint are all not to be missed.
- Lunch in the White Hart. A nice local pub just five-minutes drive away serves good pub grub. It has a beer garden for the summer months and roaring fires to warm up next to during the winter.
- Have you ever seen the old Dr Doolittle with Rex Harrison, Stardust, or Warhorse? All of these movies were shot in the neighbouring village Castle Combe, and for good reason. Castle Combe is the ultimate quaint English village with nice pubs, a babbling brook and pretty houses, straight out of an 18th century painting. There are also more walks than I can count in the surrounding area.
- Corsham is hardly the Cotswolds’ jewel but the recent Poldark series which was filmed in the little town has certainly put it on the map. It is worth visiting just to have a wander around Corsham Court. Beautiful grounds surround the mansion and you can also catch a glimpse of roaming peacocks.
- Bowood is one of my favourite places to go for the day. As well as having yet more beautiful grounds and a stunning house to look around there is an amazing kids play area.
How to get to Lucknam Park –
By car, it’s a two hour drive from London. The closest train station is Chippenham and it is only ten minutes in a taxi from there. There are also National Express buses that go to Chippenham.
Staying at Lucknam Park –
Doubles start from £325 per night, including breakfast. (01225 742777; lucknampark.co.uk)
A one hour aromatic facial costs £96