There are 43 spacious, contemporary bedrooms in this fine estate hotel, but it’s the stunning reception rooms, designed by the Marchioness of Lansdowne, that make the place: the soft grey hall, book-lined library and the sweeping Shelburne bar and restaurant, perfect for elegant but contemporary dining. Stay here – in 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland – and enjoy one of the finest all-weather PGA Championship golf courses in the South West. Alternatively, take over the four-bedroom Queenwood Lodge, made for special occasions. Alongside the hotel, enjoy a spell in the beautiful award-winning spa with infinity pool or sit down for a delicious afternoon tea in the library. Bowood House, located on the estate just a mile from the hotel, has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754. Tour the house and grounds and, in spring, don’t miss the spectacular Woodland Gardens. For families, the adventure playground is a must, with aerial walkways among the trees, rope bridges and a swashbuckling pirate ship where little ones can let off steam. So much to do, in such a lovely place.
Doubles from £250
+44 (0)1249 822228; bowood.org