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Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa is made for romance.

The ivy-clad 19th-century hotel was built in 1849 and was once home to James Hodges, a civil engineer.

It’s set in 123 acres of grounds making it ideal for walkers and boasts picturesque buildings, four-poster beds and beautiful views.

The 5-star hotel has been heavily popularised by its Instagram-worthy bedrooms and spa, not forgetting its celebrity visitors and the fact it’s home to the England rugby team’s training ground.

Location

Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa is only a 45 minute journey from central London and is situated just outside Ascot. With nearby attractions including Thorpe Park, Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park.

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Rooms

There are 26 beautifully decorated bedrooms located in the original mansion house offering top quality bedding and furnishings, with a further 98 rooms located in the outbuildings.

The elegant decor and plush fittings create sensual spaces that offer rest, relaxation and romance. Plus some bathrooms have huge circular freestanding baths with TV screens integrated into the walls, so you can bathe amid the bubbles and watch your favourite shows.

Notably toiletries are Exclusive hotels own brand and of course, all are equipped with fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers.

And not forgetting, take the opportunity to place an order of complimentary homemade cookies and fresh milk from the hotel room tablet. They’ll be delivered in minutes and you’ll be left wanting more.

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Dining

For dining there are two award-winning restaurants on site: The Brasserie for casual dining, that serves chargrilled steak, fish and taglierini and Michelin-starred restaurant, The Latymer that specialises in seasonal tasting menus.

Post dinner we recommend sitting back and taking a seat in The Ascot Bar, that comes complete with wood paneling, low-key lighting, and a piano. You’ll be treated to the most romantic piano tracks, that will set the right tone as you enjoy a night-time tipple.

Breakfast in contrast is less formal with a buffet rather than a cook to order service. But it’s far from underwhelming with self-serving stations brimming with pastries, juices, fruits, cereals and smoked salmon, to traditional full English trimmings including locally sourced sausages.

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Spa

As well as the impressive bedrooms there’s the spa, which is undoubtedly the star of the show.

There’s no fewer than eight indoor and outdoor pools – one even has underwater music, yes really. And there are 21 treatment rooms in total, exclusively for spa members and hotel guests, though non-hotel guests can book spa day packages.

You’ll even be offered and served champagne among other drinks from a select menu in and around the pools.

Opt for a massage, manicure, or full body treatment – we recommend the ‘rasul experience for two’ for the ultimate self-care treat.

Make sure you also try out the Themis restaurant, tepidarium, dry heat sauna and foot spas too.

Value for money

If you live or work in the fast-paced city, it’s a great retreat as you’ll feel a million miles away from bustling London.

Our only gripe is the pricing at The Brasserie is steep considering the menu consists of gastropub classics that were so-so, unlike the refined dishes served in The Latymer.

But there is no faulting the rooms on comfort and quality, plus the spa is exemplary. Overall, as a package, it’s an attractive destination to visit with a loved one.

Doubles from £295 per night for bed and breakfast, visit exclusive.co.uk, or booking.com

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