Be the lady of the manor at this country pile, says Lifestyle Editor Catherine Bennion-Pedley.
Nestled within a 4,000-acre estate in Berkshire, Wasing Park has hosted luxury weddings for the past decade but never been open to private guests
Nestled within a 4,000-acre estate in Berkshire, Wasing Park has hosted luxury weddings for the past decade.
But it has never been open to private guests – until now.
And with unique mezzanine suites in Grade II-listed buildings – like the cylindrical Dovecote and stunning Granary, which sits on stone stilts – there are some special places to lay your head.
We kipped in the gorgeous Smithy, complete with mammoth bed, roll-top bath and rain shower.
Keep your eyes peeled for historic photos of this former blacksmith’s workshop in the bar area, too.
What we loved
Wedding or no wedding, this place oozes romance with its cute 15th-century church, a stone’s throw from the bedrooms, and the pretty walled garden to explore.
It also quickly feels like home.
The cylindrical Dovecote is an all-round fave
Snuggle down on velvet sofas by the log burner in the Stables Bar and tuck into complimentary tea and cake, before feasting on the ultimate comfort food by candlelight at dinner in the restaurant.
Think treats like scallops with curry oil, £10, and the estate’s own venison shank with mash and braised red cabbage, £20, on Friday evenings, then roast chicken and beef bourguignon, £17 each, come Sunday.
Book a DIY lunch with exec chef Stuart to cook pizzas or fire-pit burgers in the ancient woodland, from £15 per person.
Or try socially distanced yoga in the pavilion, £14 per person.
We also met a couple of the gamekeeper’s golden eagles on the lawn!
What we didn’t love
We stayed just a couple of weeks after Wasing Park opened as a hotel, so the wine list was limited and cocktail menu non-existent.
Don’t expect Smart TVs and Bluetooth speakers, either.
Relax in a roll-top bath of dreams
OUT & ABOUT
Take your bikes to explore the estate’s huge parkland, many lakes and the pretty Kennet & Avon canal.
Then hop in the car to Highclere Castle, 20 minutes away and the setting for Downton Abbey.
Step on to a film set at Highclere Castle — the setting for Downton Abbey
Only guided tours are available currently due to Covid restrictions, but fingers crossed it opens again next year (Highclerecastle.co.uk).
From here, you’re 15 minutes from boutique-filled Newbury and fab interiors gifts at B The Lifestyle Shop (Bthelifestyleshop.com).
Fancy some pub grub after exploring?
The Bull Inn at Stanford Dingly serves curries, steaks and pasta from £15 (Thebullinnpub.com).
The place oozes romance with its cute 15th-century church, a stone’s throw from the bedrooms, and the pretty walled garden to explore
Meat your match at dinner
At Wasing Park, you’re likely to meet former brides and grooms reminiscing, but kids are welcome and the restaurant’s children’s menu is no after-thought, £12 for two courses.
They are currently only open for weekend breaks and on Saturdays, prepare for a six-course tasting menu, £55 per person.
B&B costs from £195 per room per night (Wasing.co.uk).
But Fabulous readers can get an exclusive 15% discount!*
- Email Bookings@wasing.co.uk or call Wasing Park on 0118 971 3634 quoting FAB15 to receive a 15% discount off your stay from now until January 31, 2021
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