Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Wiltshire: stay for two nights and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or a round of golf
Sitting in the vast Bowood Estate, this country house hotel has access to a fantastic array of facilities. There's the impressive Bowood House, surrounded by the most glorious Capability Brown-designed gardens, and the parkland is ideal for country walks. At the hotel there's an 18-hole Championship golf course, a sophisticated restaurant and a relaxing spa, complete with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Our expert, Jessie Hewitson, says: "Bowood Hotel is owned by the Marquess and Marchioness of Lansdowne, and lies within their 2,000-acre Wiltshire estate, with gardens designed by Capability Brown."
Two nights from £169pp*
- Two nights' B&B
- Three-course dinner in the Shelburne Restaurant on one evening (food only)
- One 25-minute spa treatment or round of golf per person during the stay
- Complimentary upgrade to next room type (subject to availability)
An affordable country house hotel, Bowood is owned by the Marquess and Marchioness of Lansdowne, and lies within their 2,000-acre Wiltshire estate, with gardens designed by Capability Brown. The 43-bedroom hotel - traditional-looking from the outside, modern on the inside - comes with a spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, a nod to Henry Charles Keith, the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, who was viceroy of India in the late 19th century.
Bowood Hotel sits within a stunning Wiltshire estate.
By plane: Bristol Airport (40 miles)
By train: Chippenham train station (4.4 miles)
By car: there's plenty of parking available at the hotel
Look & Feel
The centre of the hotel is the open-plan bar and restaurant; the former has dark blue walls with black Chinese-style tables and red cushions, and it's here that golfers, some in tartan-checked trousers, enjoy a post-play drink. Just off the bar, the restaurant, the Shelburne, with its high ceilings, lanterns, arched mirrors and velvet striped chairs, is the most formal part of the hotel. The atmosphere is smart, but relaxed and friendly
No complaints with the friendly and efficient service.
The spa has a health-farm feel to it; there are lots of people in fluffy towelling robes sipping smoothies. The space isn't huge, with most of it reserved for the 15m pool that looks over the rolling countryside. There's a well-equipped gym, a sauna and a crystal steam room, where the ceiling is studded with bright lights. A colourful aromatherapy shower blasts cold and hot water mixed with aromatherapy essence.
For many, the main attraction is the 18-hole championship golf course on the estate.
- Swimming pool
- Golf course
- Room service
- Access for guests with disabilities
Rooms are a sensible fuss-free proposition - there's no danger of not being able to find a light switch here. The standard rooms are a reasonable size and have large bathrooms. The design scheme features dark wood, grey carpets, off-white walls and expensive bed linen. Nice touches include the digital radio with remote control, the filtered water in glass bottles (avoiding plastic waste - gold star), ice and freshly baked cookies. The suites are similar, but bigger, with sofas, balconies and better views; one has a four-poster bed. Lady Lansdowne, an interior designer, decorated the hotel.
Food & Drink
The food was good. Starters included a gratin of scallops and a sesame and ginger pork ravioli with langoustine consommé; mains included Asian-spiced Devonshire beef cheek and a fillet of Brixham bream.
The clubhouse brasserie, found opposite the hotel's main entrance, is less formal and geared towards golfers returning from their game who might be after steak and chips, a burger or sandwich and draught beer.
The Shelburne Restaurant | all-day dining |
casual | £
Clubhouse Brasserie | casual bites | informal | £
This is a relatively affordable country house hotel, especially if you are staying mid-week.
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