Are you completely tired of the modern-day pressures of never ending emails, phone calls, meetings, traffic, crowds, noise, crowded commuter transport, polluted city air, - the continuous noise and stress of urban life and ‘to do’ lists that never get finished?
It’s time for a break! It’s time to regress back in time to the quintessential British countryside where – in one place at least – traditional English estate living continues as it has throughout time, when life was – shall we say, a bit more refined.
Step back in time with Cavago as we discover the peaceful haven of the Lucknam Park Estate and Equestrian Centre. Located in Wiltshire not far from the historical town of Bath, the Estate offers some of the finest saddle and spa breaks imaginable enhanced with fine dining and manor living featuring hotel rooms and suites full of stunning English antiques. Suddenly, the City of London seems a world away!
A stay at Lucknam Park is all about history. The hotel is an 18th century Palladian mansion set amidst 500 acres of manicured gardens and unspoilt parkland. Local historians suggest that the area was a Saxton settlement dating from before the Norman invasion in 1066. From as far back as 1199 to 1688 there was a farmhouse on the current site, and the land was farmed for five centuries until the site was sold to Lucknam Park Hotels in 1987, and later sold again to a single owner in 1994.
The equestrian centre and fine mounts add special style to this country house setting and echo of bygone days when gentlemen and ladies rode across their estates. The centre caters for all levels of horse riding, from children and beginners on ponies to advanced riders aboard hunter jumpers. A full size all weather riding arena allows for instruction in dressage, show jumping, and a lunge area for individual lessons. More advanced horse riders can enjoy escorted hacks around the estate or longer rides through the beautiful English countryside. For the keen eventer or cross country enthusiast, the Lucknam Equestrian Centre has a cross country course; the jumps wind their way round the estate offering both challenging jumps and smaller ones for novices.
After a full day out riding, we especially recommend Lucknam Park’s Saddle and Spa package! After a full day in the saddle, relax in ESPA. Surrounded by walled gardens, the spa features avenues of beautiful trees and manicured lawns – the perfect setting for a full range of luxurious and rejuvenating spa treatments.
For the gastronomic enthusiast, dining at the Michelin star Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park transports guests to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication and offers a la carte and seasonal tasting menus. In his quest for perfection, Executive Chef Hywel Jones uses only the finest locally sourced fresh ingredients to ensure the fullest flavours comes through in his cuisine. And his Afternoon Tea is not to be missed! Served either within the restaurant or in nice weather on the outdoor terrace, no English country escape is complete without High Tea.
We are hard pressed to offer a more authentic English county experience. A stay at Lucknam Park Estate makes guests recall the days long gone where ladies and gentleman travelled by horse and carriage, ladies trotted side saddle through country lanes, and di rigour attire for everyone including hats and gloves.
“Ill take tea for two, please – for my horse and I!”