A 50-minute drive from us, the Bowood estate is home to one of the finest luxury four-star hotel, golf and spa resorts in the Bath and Wiltshire area.
The estate’s centrepiece is Bowood House, a beautifully proportioned Georgian house, which is the family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. The house has many rooms, and a rich history, to explore, including the room where Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774, and exhibition rooms where 300 years of artefacts and antiques are on display.
The house lies in the centre of a beautiful rolling landscape park, featuring a large lake. Created in the 1760s, the park is one of the best, and most unspoilt, examples of the work of the English landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Visitors can explore, at their leisure, 100 acres of pleasure grounds, including an arboretum, a Doric temple and a hermit’s cave.
Some exciting additions have been made to the 2,000-acre Bowood estate since the 1970s, when an adventure playground was added. In the 1990s, a championship golf course was created, and a boutique hotel featuring a luxury spa became a new feature in 2009. Why not visit the house and gardens during the opening season from April to November, and treat yourself to a spa session, or a round of golf, while you’re at it.