I was invited to Lucknam Park and our stay, food and drink and my spa treatment was complimentary. I was not paid to visit and was not under contractual obligation to write this blog post or create content on any platform.
What does a travel blogger do when she can no longer fly? Go on a staycation, of course! Technically I can still fly for another six weeks but to be honest the thought of flying at 30 weeks pregnant doesn’t hold much appeal for me whereas an easy hour and fifteen minute train journey seemed much more palatable.
18th century English country manor house, Lucknam Park is the perfect place for a UK babymoon, with a gorgeous spa, tranquil gardens and a choice of restaurants you can’t go wrong. And for me it was that very easy train journey from London (an hour and fifteen to Chippenham or an hour and a half to Bath followed by a short drive to the hotel) plus a chance to spend some time with a good friend who lives nearby. Theresa has been my travel buddy for the last few years and with my baby due in two months, I knew our trips would be put on hold for a bit and we needed one last girls getaway before that. A girly babymoon!
Arrival at the hotel is via a mile long avenue of four hundred lime and beech trees and the hotel itself is set in 500 acres of parkland. A grand columned facade is the first thing you’ll see, setting the tone for a rather majestic interior.
The reception is brightly lit and flower-filled and we were given such a warm welcome. Elsewhere a cosy lounge boasts stunning traditional decor and the dining room is gorgeously grand with swathed curtains, chandeliers and gilded mirrors.
The Restaurant by Hywel Jones has a Michelin star and is a jewel in the crown of the hotel, we didn’t actually try the food here but it’ll definitely be on my list for next time!
With only 42 rooms, Lucknam Park definitely falls into the intimate and boutique category of hotels. Our Park Room had a gorgeous princess bed topped with a crown and beautifully soft sheets.
A lounge and desk area completed our deluxe room with fruit and rock awaiting us on arrival and the view from the window overlooked the courtyard. There was a flat screen TV, digital radio and coffee machine though I was a little surprised not to find a mini bar / fridge in the room.
The bathroom was also gorgeous, lined with marble and with a traditional roll top bath.
The hotel’s grounds are simply gorgeous…
The Walled Garden dates back to the 1830’s and features box hedging with herbaceous borders while the Rose Garden dates back to 1996 and is inspired by a French courtyard. There are pretty fruit trees surrounding the converted stable and a formal pool at the centre. Elsewhere is the Arboretum filled with 200 trees and an The Equestrian Centre, home to 35 horses.
It’s no surprise that the hotel’s spa has won several awards… ESPA at Lucknam Park has been designed to blend beautifully into the hotel’s natural surroundings there are eight therapy rooms, five thermal cabins, a salt water pool, experiential showers and relaxation room with skincare mixology bar.
My favourite part was the 20 metre pool leading to further outdoor pools surrounded by the beauty of the arboretum. There is a luxurious collection of face and body treatments by ESPA.
Part of the reason for my visit was to try out the Mother-to-be treatments at ESPA at Lucknam Park. I was booked in for a sixty minute Nourish and Nurture massage in order to ease any tension from my pregnancy. Now I’m in the third trimester, my back pain is worsening so the spa therapist focused on that using oils to nourish my skin as I lay in various positions that allowed for my baby bump. She also used some lovely nourishing creams, ideal for tight skin and other concerns during pregnancy.
Adjacent to the spa is The Brasserie, the hotel’s more casual restaurant with a view out to the garden. The food is local and seasonal and features British favourites as well as vegan food and dishes with an Indian twist.
We had some starters and nibbles to share including chicken wings, butternut squash and feta balls and Kerala spiced sprouting broccoli fritters with a
mango, cucumber and mint and coriander dip.
My wood roast Creedy carver chicken was served with fondant potato, confit leg, buttered savoy and roscoff onion and Theresa enjoyed slow cooked belly of Roundway Hill pork
sand carrot puree, sauerkraut and roasted heritage carrots. Both foodies, we really enjoyed the seasonal dishes at the Brasserie.
We had a such a wonderful time at Lucknam Park, the perfect place for a girls escape before the arrival of Baby Silver. Two months to go now and the countdown is on!
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