At the hotel
Restaurants, bar, spa, swimming pool, gym, 500 acres of parkland, cookery school, equestrian centre, tennis courts, croquet, bicycles, walking trails, five-a-side football pitch, adventure playground, library of books and DVD/CDs and free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, robes, slippers, free bottled water and Anne Sémonin products.
Our favourite rooms
Grand Suites in the main house live up to their name, with exquisite period furnishings, and either a four-poster bed, open fireplace or separate sitting room: request the latter if you need extra beds. Park Suites, in the courtyard or cottages, are spacious rooms with seating areas and usually a four-poster or sleigh bed – they’re ideal if it’s a cot you want to accommodate. The two stunning Grand Master Suites each occupy a bay window at the front of the property and interconnect with an adjoining double or twin bedroom – a decadent option for keeping older children nearby.
Take your pick: there’s a 20-metre indoor heated pool, an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool and an outdoor saltwater plunge pool. Under-16s are allowed in the indoor pool from 7am to 11am and 3pm to 10pm (9pm on weekends); and little Smiths will need to be at least 12 to use the hydrotherapy pool.
The award-winning spa is housed in the grounds in its own contemporary building of glass, wood and marble. It has nine luxurious treatment rooms, including two suites and a dedicated space for couples’ treatments. The menu has a French flavour, with treatments by Carita and Anne Sémonin. Under-16s are welcome to try Little Miss Treatments, accompanied by an adult. Thermal cabins, sauna and steam rooms are dotted around site; a fitness suite and hairdressing salon complete the complex. To use the gym and thermal cabins, your children will need to be at least 15.
There’s no minibar in your room, but if you need to keep baby food or milk cool, request a fridge when you make your reservation (no extra charge). Four-legged friends are treated very well here; they'll be pampered with a dedicated post-walk grooming area, special doggy menu from Lily's Kitchen and à la carte cooked treats. Bedding, crates, fleeces, towels and bowls are provided, and the in-room ‘canine compendium’ lists local routes for walkies, dog-friendly attractions and pet shops.
Reserve tables at the Park restaurant, spa treatments and equestrian pursuits before arrival, as they can book up fast. Lucknam Park also requests a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for babysitting reservations.
For £25 a night each, up to two dogs can stay in some rooms. Dogs must be on leads at all times and can frolic on the lawns. Beds, bowls and Lily's Kitchen food is provided. Just let the hotel know when booking.
Food is organic and locally sourced; waste is recycled; the majority of staff are local; the hotel is a member of the Carbon Trust.