This bucolic Surrey sanctuary is conveniently located within an hour's drive of London.
For travelers seeking an easy escape from London, Pennyhill Park is a perfect choice. The storied property dates back to the early 1600s, and has functioned as a mill and a private residence throughout the years. Updates and upgrades have steadily taken place since the 1980s, shaping the 123-acre estate into what it is today: a bespoke country house hotel that features landscaped gardens, a 9-hole golf course, rugby facilities and a movie theater. Each of the 17 guest rooms and suites is decorated in its own distinctive style and theme, but in all of them, guests are indulged with hand-made mattresses, under-floor heating and Italian marble bathrooms.
An expansive, 45,000-square-foot spa is one of the hotel's main draws, featuring eight indoor/outdoor pools, a sauna, and a full menu of facials, massages, scrubs, body wraps and skin care therapies. House dining pampers, as well, with the upscale Latymer restaurant serving a garden fresh menu from head chef Matt Worswick. In addition, the country-chic Brasserie offers more casual fare, while Themis provides healthy spa cuisine and The Ascot Bar draws guests for afternoon tea, light meals and cocktails. Numerous meeting venues merge practicality and style.