Lazing beneath a parasol on the lawn of Lucknam Park Hotel, a Palladian mansion near Bath, while sipping a Lucknam French Martini and gazing over a landscape straight out of an Austen novel, is a truly special experience.
From the moment guests arrive (and make their way along a mile-long driveway that clips the 500 acres of manicured grounds), they’re enchanted by their beguiling surroundings. Yet, while the setting is alluring, it’s the food that’s secured Lucknam’s reputation as one of the UK’s best country house hotels.
Restaurant Hywel Jones is the Michelin‑adorned star around which the Lucknam Park Hotel experience orbits. Executive chef Hywel’s 18‑year streak in the prestigious guide has made his eponymous restaurant a bucket‑list destination for discerning foodies. Discover the chef’s prowess in seasonal and signature tasting menus, and plump for the wine pairings to elevate the experience to euphoric heights.
For a casual lunch or laid‑back supper, the contemporary Brasserie offers wood‑fired delights like gilt-head bream with roasted garlic prawns, broad bean and wild garlic linguini with verjus butter. When the weather’s good, huge bi-fold doors open to create an alfresco dining vibe befitting the garden setting.
Elegant rather than pretentious, contemporary experiences such as the luxury spa and a relaxed brasserie provide an alternative to decadent dining.
Make the most of the hotel’s profusion of facilities – including a spa, gym and cookery school – and activities such as horse riding, cycling, tennis, clay pigeon shooting and croquet.