ESTATE OF GRACE
“Bowood is a unique property,” says Jeff Condliffe, General Manager of Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. “We’re situated on a spectacular, 2,000-acre estate owned by the Lansdowne family which has been passed down through the generations since 1754. This is no ordinary hotel.”
The present Lord Lansdowne opened Bowood House to the public in the 1970s before adding an adventure playground, a championship golf course, and finally – a mile from the house – a boutique-style luxury hotel amid 100 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland.
“It’s that connection which sets us apart,” says Jeff. “Guests receive complimentary access to the house and gardens during open season, and they love walking through the estate. Wellies are available at reception, so that guests may explore these natural surroundings and enjoy the tranquillity at their leisure. The spectacular landscape, designed by Capability Brown, is a wonderful place for relaxation. As visitors enter through the historic golden gates and pass along a verdant driveway which is covered with bluebells in May, they immediately feel the positive effects.”
Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is the jewel in the crown of this pastoral idyll in the heart of Wiltshire, with 43 bedrooms, including six sumptuous suites. The interior – curated by Lady Lansdowne herself – blends contemporary design with notes of the family’s rich ancestral heritage, which includes Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne and one time Viceroy of India.
The elegant Shelburne Restaurant provides the backdrop for mealtimes and spills out onto an open terrace in the summer, where guests can watch deer grazing as they dine. Afternoon tea is popular and, in winter, is served in the impressive library alongside a roaring open fire and wall-to-wall books.
“We also offer Queenwood Lodge, a private four-bedroom Georgian manor house,” says Jeff. “Guests can enjoy a fully hosted experience with a private chef and a champagne and canapé reception, or self-catering if they want to go it alone. All guests may take advantage of our award-winning spa facilities, or play a few rounds on our championship 18-hole golf course designed by Dave Thomas. Whatever the individual desires, we can provide the ultimate experience.”