Once home to Percy Shelley’s mother, this Regency mansion in parkland has been reimagined as a contemporary country-house hotel, infused with a blithe spirit. Formerly a garish Mercure, it is now part of Hector Ross’s Signet Collection (see The Mitre, Hampton Court, The Barnsdale, Oakham). ‘It looks like a posh country-house hotel with croquet, tennis and a helipad, but it comes with a frission of fun and at a fraction of the price,’ write our inspectors. ‘Complimentary wine at check in, pantries to raid and family swim times in the pool make this a relaxed retreat.’ It’s also a stylish one, with a ‘modern English feel, bright fabrics and William Morris wallpaper’. Surprisingly affordable bedrooms range from ‘classics’ with a walk-in or over-bath shower, to suites with a mini bar of treats, maybe an in-room copper bathtub. Some are dog friendly; you can eat with your pooch in the Atlas Room lounge, or in the Orangery, part of the 1772 Brasserie, where a short menu includes dishes such as tempura-battered hake. The Pan-Asian Yu serves the ‘freshest sushi and sashimi’. Breakfast includes an ‘excellent buffet’ plus cooked dishes; there is a spa and hair salon on site.
Newbury Berkshire RG20 8NJ England
55. 5 with wheelchair access.
all year. Brasserie daily, Yu lunch Thurs–Sat, dinner Wed–Sat.
THE RETREAT, CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR: THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. It’s the season to be jolly, and Christmas will be magical at The Retreat, as the hotel’s famous packages and parties return for 2023. There’s no better place for a magical Christmas than The Retreat – cosy and welcoming, full of rural charm and perfectly located for a crisp, Boxing Day ramble. Immerse yourself in festive traditions at a beautiful location…the drinks will flow, the food will be sensational and a magical time will be had by all. Come for the most wonderful time of the year – an idyllic escape at a quintessentially Christmassy home-from-home. MINIBREAKS. CHRISTMAS ESCAPE. THREE FESTIVE NIGHTS: An indulgent, traditional break, with lots included: Christmas Eve: Settle in at The Retreat, enjoy the sumptuous spa, soak up the festive atmosphere in the Atlas Room, or explore the local countryside. Supper in the 1772 Brasserie is included. Christmas Day:
Start your day with Breakfast & Bubbles, maybe go for a ramble around the Kennet Valley or stay at this cosy home-from-home hotel to open your presents, before a traditional Christmas lunch. For supper, the hotel will give you a hamper full of delicious goodies, to enjoy wherever you like in the hotel. Boxing Day: Extend your stay and relax at the hotel, chill in the spa or explore the local countryside. Brunch and dinner is included followed by breakfast the next morning. From £1080(single occupancy) and £1400 (double occupancy). Click herefor more information and to book.
3 nights for the price of 2. With endless local adventures you will want to take an extra day to enjoy everything The Retreat Elcot Park has to offer; breathtaking Berkshire countryside, two stunning restaurants, an indulgent spa and so much more. Arrive from Sunday to Tuesday, for a unique midweek minibreak in the country. See here to book: https://retreatelcotpark.onejourney.travel/rates/GHG342