Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
This purpose built 43 bedroom hotel, spa and golf resort is ideally situated, just off the A4 between Calne and Chippenham, yet hidden in 2000 acres of rolling ‘Capability’ Brown parkland considered to be one of Wiltshire’s hidden treasures.
The hotel, adjacent to the existing Golf and Country Club, and set back from the 18 hole championship golf course; offers six luxury suites among its bedroom inventory, including a bridal four poster.
Each of the bedrooms have been personally decorated by the Marchioness of Lansdowne, to the highest standards, providing an English Country house flavour, translated in a contemporary style with modern details. Lansdowne family portraits and cartoons are exhibited in the public rooms and all bedrooms incorporate ensuite bathrooms, plasma screen televisions, internet access and Wi-Fi.
The spa, with its own separate entrance boasts a 15 x 6 metre infinity swimming pool, gym, rock sauna, crystal steam room and aromatherapy showers. A range of beauty and health treatments are available to hotel suite guests in their own rooms. Introductory rates for non resident spa membership are offered on a first come first serve basis.
For those wanting a light lunch, delicious and healthy food is available in the spa bar, or on sunny days outside in the spa courtyard. Alternatively the club house Brasserie boasts an extensive menu for all day dining.
The Shelburne bar and restaurant provides an extensive range of fine wines and culinary delights in a setting guaranteed to impress, and tea is served in either the morning room or library in front of wood burning fires.
Bowood is increasingly set to become one of the finest destination resorts in the south west of England, while encompassing exclusive conferencing, corporate days, wedding celebrations, weekend breaks and rural escapes steeped in fascinating history and surrounded by breathtaking views.
For over two hundred and fifty years The Bowood Estate has been in the Lansdowne family, and since 1975 from April to November, the house and gardens have been open to the public. Concealed within 100 acres of pleasure grounds is one of the country’s most exciting adventure playground, some of the tallest trees in England, and in the house, among many fascinating antiquities and stunning artworks, is the laboratory, where Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen gas in 1774.
During the flowering season, usually late April to early June, a separate woodland garden is open to visitors, known as the Rhododendron Gardens. Encompassing 60 acres of exceptional flora and fauna, this cultural Eden dates back to 1854 and contains species of Rhododendron that until their discovery in 2007, had been considered extinct.
All these attractions are very much part of what is on offer to hotel guests.