Not decided what to do for Easter with your family yet? You’d better get cracking! (I know, but seasonal themes just lend themselves to awful punnery. You’ve been warned). So, to make sure your Easter is eggsellent (rather than rotten), we’ve brought you a last-minute child-friendly boutique stay that will make everyone – big or small – feel thoroughly spoiled over the long weekend.
Style Epicurean country pile
Setting Woodland, hedges and herbs
Why this week? Thanks to the work of Mother Nature, the pagans, and Jesus, this is the time that we celebrate the glory of Easter by, um, decorating blossom twigs and hiding foil-covered chocolate bunnies. Lucknam Park has a special Easter offer that includes a three-course dinner in the Park restaurant on each night of your stay. On Easter Sunday, there’s an Easter egg hunt and a painting competition for the little ones, as well as a harpist playing in the restaurant in the evening. From £495 a room a night (under 12s sharing Deluxe rooms and above with parents pay £45 B&B).
Our favourite bits This is the hotel that has it all: award-winning spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, 500-acre estate and even an equestrian centre, home to 35 glossy-flanked horses. Lucky fillies and stallions – their Chippenham stomping ground is peaceful and private, the gardens gorgeous. Tennis courts, croquet lawn, football pitch and a home cinema are further feathers in this handsome hotel’s hat.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘A restorative break is in order, and while a sun-drenched drive through rolling English countryside is a tonic, it’s not until Lucknam Park Hotel’s gates open to reveal a mile-long double avenue of 400 lime and beech trees that I feel fully restored. The avenue – so capacious that the RAF hid planes along it during the war – leads to an elegant, honey-coloured country house set in 500 acres of glorious parkland. Harry the managing director is there to meet us, and charms us instantly by greeting infant Master Smith by name. That’s pretty classy. And so is our room, located in the former stables across a picture-perfect courtyard of Oxbridge college-grade lawn and spectacular flowers. If you crave modernist minimalism in your interiors, keep walking – but only as far as the stunning new spa building behind – because the bedrooms at Lucknam Park are studies in comfort and restrained luxury. Patterned fabrics, wallpapers and hand-woven carpets cohabit in sumptuously good taste.’ Read the full Lucknam Park review…
You say… ‘Mr Smith and I visited for a long winter weekend, fully intending to explore the famous Christmas market in nearby Bath. Despite our best efforts, we simply could not tear ourselves away from the sheer loveliness that is Lucknam Park. Sitting in the outdoor part of the gorgeously warm and bubbly hydrotherapy pool with December raindrops falling from above and clouds of steam billowing all around was as fine a way to spend a few hours developing an enormous appetite as we could imagine. And we really did need that enormous appetite – every morsel that passed our lips for the whole weekend was to die for but the truffled honey served with the cheeseboard in the Park was truly a revelation I am already thinking of an excuse to go back’ Anneke, BlackSmith member