Arrival at Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa is impressive. Regal gates front a long, windy driveway which leads to the hotel and its 120 acres of wooded parkland. When we arrived, the cherry blossom trees that bordered the driveway were in full bloom, like pink clouds raining confetti-like petals down on us as we drove up.
In fact the pink confetti was rather appropriate given that this hotel is well known in the area as an excellent venue for weddings. Although you cannot see the extent of the grounds when you arrive, a walk around the main entrance revealed a large and stylish outdoor pool, an extensive, hilly golf course and the prettiest pergola you can imagine, ideal for taking those sacred vows.
The Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa is easy to get to, just moments from the M3. It is also a must for wannabe rugby players and fans, as the official England Rugby training ground can be found to the right of the driveway as you enter the hotel.
Style & Character
The main hotel is in a Victorian building which is surrounded by modern additions. It is a shame you can’t appreciate the vista over the golf course when you arrive, but once you walk around you won’t be disappointed.
Service & Facilities
When we arrived, an enthusiastic and jolly doorman took our bags and we checked in. Beyond the main hall which housed the check-in desk, was a grand bar with windows looking out on the pool. Beyond this was the brasserie. To the far side of the beautiful pool was the Spa area that again looked impressive but we didn’t try.
Our suite was Wentworth and I would highly recommend booking this room. Not only was it large with a separate dining, lounge and sleeping area, but it had the most gorgeous views out onto the golf course. It even came with its own little garden which contained a table and chairs. I cant imagine a nicer place to drink my morning cup of tea. The style of the rooms was traditional and comfortable and the bathroom was modern and large. I would recommend requesting a room with a view as some rooms were set in a hollow and did not enjoy the same views over the picturesque grounds.
Food & Drink
We enjoyed some drinks and great nibbles in the bar, which had dark wooden decor and dark wallpaper on the walls and ceilings along with a massively bar. Although it was not busy during our stay, the sheer size of it meant it would have been ideal for big get togethers and parties. Following our drinks we went through to the Brasserie which offered a lovely menu with fresh local produce, tasty dishes and caring staff.
There was also a two Michelin-starred restaurant at Pennyhill Park Hotel but we did not try this as it was closed on the night we stayed. Judging by the Brasserie food, the “The Latymer” would undoubtedly have been excellent.
This hotel ideal for a weekend break of fine dining, golfing and Spa-ing. The gardens and pool offer the perfect place to laze in the English sunshine.
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