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Lucknam Park

the Antidote to... fast-paced life and hotels that reflect it

Remember what it was like when we used to zoom off to the country on a Friday night leaving your work load, to-do list and your computer behind? You’d eat unpretentious food, play Scrabble and sit by the fire swirling a glass of red, properly away from it all. Well, if you want a wonderful trip down memory lane, go to Lucknam Park.

It’s sloooow, civilised pace, traditional vibe and dapper fellow guests  (lots of septuagenarians in tweed and twinsets). It’s thick carpets and drapes, the lack of iPads and smartphones at the table  (it’s not banned, just not the done thing), the board games scattered on sideboards, the breakfast in bed, the crackling fires – is all so reassuringly, brilliantly boring you’ll find yourself relaxing just like you used to pre the high-tech takeover.

But that’s not to say the spa is just another old spa. It’s committed, with treatments varying from your usual but good facials and massages to the more zany sunlight therapy, where you sit in a warm room in your swimsuit bathed in special lighting to boost your Vitamin D mood, or Dry Floatation where you are lowered into warm water in a special waterproof sling – a little like what they put whales and dolphins in to get them back in the water.

The pool, steam and sauna areas are under whacking great swathes of glass and have a flickering fire alongside. Apart from these modern manoeuvres, there’s nothing wildly exciting about Lucknam Park. And this is what makes it so fabulous, so relaxing, so normal compared to the mad whirl most of us live in most of the time. Quiet and uneventful – now that’s what I call a wonderful weekend away.

Sounding all very Downton to you? Ta da! Downton Time at Lucknam Park costs from £247 per person per night, based on 2 adults sharing a double room.

The driveway you can ride down on horseback
Piggy backs on the lawn
Feeding the horses
Roses that smell of roses
Daily scrabble session
Breakfast in bed spread
Modern spa
The warm plunge pool
Outdoor hot tub
Fire lit evening dip
Making an entrance

Remember what it was like when we used to zoom off to the country on a Friday night leaving your work load, to-do list and your computer behind? You’d eat unpretentious food, play Scrabble and sit by the fire swirling a glass of red, properly away from it all. Well, if you want a wonderful trip down memory lane, go to Lucknam Park.

It’s sloooow, civilised pace, traditional vibe and dapper fellow guests  (lots of septuagenarians in tweed and twinsets). It’s thick carpets and drapes, the lack of iPads and smartphones at the table  (it’s not banned, just not the done thing), the board games scattered on sideboards, the breakfast in bed, the crackling fires – is all so reassuringly, brilliantly boring you’ll find yourself relaxing just like you used to pre the high-tech takeover.

But that’s not to say the spa is just another old spa. It’s committed, with treatments varying from your usual but good facials and massages to the more zany sunlight therapy, where you sit in a warm room in your swimsuit bathed in special lighting to boost your Vitamin D mood, or Dry Floatation where you are lowered into warm water in a special waterproof sling – a little like what they put whales and dolphins in to get them back in the water.

The pool, steam and sauna areas are under whacking great swathes of glass and have a flickering fire alongside. Apart from these modern manoeuvres, there’s nothing wildly exciting about Lucknam Park. And this is what makes it so fabulous, so relaxing, so normal compared to the mad whirl most of us live in most of the time. Quiet and uneventful – now that’s what I call a wonderful weekend away.

Sounding all very Downton to you? Ta da! Downton Time at Lucknam Park costs from £247 per person per night, based on 2 adults sharing a double room.

The driveway you can ride down on horseback
Piggy backs on the lawn
Feeding the horses
Roses that smell of roses
Daily scrabble session
Breakfast in bed spread
Modern spa
The warm plunge pool
Outdoor hot tub
Fire lit evening dip