Dorchester Collection is opening Coworth Park, a hotly anticipated new 70 room country house hotel and spa, on 27 September 2010. Located next to Ascot and bordering on Windsor Great Park, the hotel stands in 240 acres of Royal Berkshire parkland, offering three restaurants headed up by Michelin-starred Chef John Campbell, two polo fields and an equestrian centre, and an eco-luxury Spa with an indoor swimming pool. The restaurants include a fine-dining restaurant in the Mansion House, a more informal restaurant in the converted barn and own outdoor terrace, and The Spatisserie. Guests can also enjoy special access to neighbouring Wentworth Club’s champion golf courses.
Just 45 minutes from Central London, Coworth Park is a valuable addition to Dorchester Collection’s UK portfolio. Dorchester Collection’s vision was to create the finest country house hotel in the UK with a design and décor that recognised Coworth Park’s Georgian origins yet avoided the predictable country house clichés. Overall, the design approach by Fox Linton Associates is one of informal comfort and simple beauty, designed to evoke the feeling of staying in a private English country estate. The Coworth Park buildings form an elegant and understated backdrop to the sunken gardens, lime grove, surrounding meadows and polo fields on the estate. The jewel in the crown of Coworth Park’s 16 suites is The Dower House. This picturesque private house built in 1775 has its own dining room, lounge, kitchen, snug and a secluded garden with its own stream running through it; home to Coworth Park’s family of swans.
The hotel breaks new ground by combining a wealth of eco-credentials in both its structure and its daily operating procedures. For example, to reduce energy consumption there is a bio mass boiler within an underground Energy Centre. This is fuelled by burning willow which is grown on the estate, a first for a UK hotel. Additionally, cooling for the hotel is provided by a ground source water circulation system of underground pipes known as ‘slinkys’ within the hotel grounds.
The eco-luxury Spa at Coworth Park will be the world’s first hotel spa to offer treatments by Dr. Alkaitis. Renowned for his 100% organic, paraben free ingredients and simple yet effective approach, Dr Alkaitis’s products are rich in anti-oxidants and healing enzymes. In addition, the three ranges currently offered to guests at The Dorchester Spa – Carol Joy London, glamorous skin and hair care specialising in anti-ageing treatments; Kerstin Florian, luxurious products infused with the earth’s rich, natural ingredients; and Aromatherapy Associates, the leading natural aromatherapy oils and treatment products - will also be available at The Spa at Coworth Park.