Love is in the air at this reinvented Georgian manor set on 240 acres of private parkland near Windsor Castle, 45 minutes outside London. In fact, the very sentiment is spelled out in capital letters in the contemporary light fixture over the bar. The Dorchester Collection’s first country-house hotel was designed by British firm Fox Linton, which cleverly balanced the gravitas of a grand estate with whimsical flourishes worthy of a stylish aristocrat. The 70-room property pays homage to genteel rural pursuits with polo ponies on the lawn, a staff suited in mocha tweeds, leather-covered vanity tables, and equestrian-themed artwork. Guests can doff their muddy Wellingtons after a ramble in the woods; linger over smoked salmon finger sandwiches and Silver Needle Yin Zhen tea in the drawing room; and thumb through The Book of Idle Pleasures
while soaking in a deep copper tub. In the main restaurant, chef John Campbell’s roast suckling pig with pork and bacon jus is a sumptuous pleasure all its own.
Room to Book:
The lofty Georgian windows in the Mansion House Suites offer the best view of the surrounding 240 acres of parkland.
The View for Two Massage takes place in the spa's airy double suite, which overlooks a classic English meadow and the spa's roof garden.