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Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Muddy says: Snooze, spa, fine dine and positively chillax in one of the finest luxury hotels in Wiltshire. It’s a huge Muddy tick from us!

A playground for the well-heeled of Wilts (and beyond), Bowood Hotel rocks a boutique-style hotel with gorgeously smart bedrooms, idyllic spa, 18-hole golf course and high-end dining extraordinaire, all wrapped prettily in the most stunning grounds. Nestled in the Bowood Estate, the hotel and resort is the perfect weekend retreat for couples or families, or just bunk off for the day and go and hang out!
Rooms are contemporary yet traditionally elegant, designed by the Marchioness of Lansdowne and all with picture perfect views and ridiculously comfy beds. Or for that special occasion, stay in Queenwood Lodge, a private 4-bedroom Georgian house situated within its own grounds on the estate. I’m thinking that special birthday, pre-wedding night stay, family gathering – any excuse really.
And now, to the The Spa for some serious me-time. Take a dip in the infinity swimming pool, detox in the rock sauna or crystal steam room, or pamper yourself with a treatment – even if you just stand under the aromatherapy showers for hours, it’s all a recipe for pure tranquility. We love the views from the Jacuzzi – huge vistas across the parkland with the woodlands beyond.
For the foodies amongst us, Bowood offers the best of Wiltshire on a plate. The Shelburne Restaurant has a smart yet laid back vibe – think long, lazy lunches, cocktails and steaks – and their afternoon tea is a must. They also have a private dining room available.
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Oh, and don’t forget the Mudlets. There is loads to do here to keep little ones happy, with all hotel guests receiving complimentary access to Bowood House & Gardens, plus that all-important adventure playground during open season. They have great family breaks coming up this October half term.

Bowood often have great deals on offer – check out their Spa Day Packages (I’ve got my eye on the Rejuvenation Spa Day after a very long summer with the kids), Spa Break Packages (think the highest level of pampering and indulgence with a night or two’s stay in the hotel) and even Spa and Golf Breaks. I’ve just had a snoop and there are some fab special offers at Bowood coming up – Lazy Sunday Break in September with a three course dinner and use of the spa for me, please!

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