Tucked at the end of a tree-lined drive in Bagshot Surrey is Pennyhill Park, a glorious spa hotel that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of London town but is just a quick 30 min train ride away from the city.
The fabulously dog friendly Pennyhill Park, part of the Exclusive Collection, is Surrey’s most luxurious spa retreat so our intrepid doggy reporter TeamCocopup Charlie and doting dog mum Hannah Tan-Gillies went to check it out for a cosy winter stay.
The sprawling hotel looks like it could have been lifted off a fairy-tale, complete with plenty of medieval touches throughout
the common areas. A romantic vine-covered gothic path leads up to the main house, while a large lagoon-esque pool dominates the view in. the back of the hotel.
We stayed in one of the dog-friendly Traditional Rooms which are generously sized and fille with plenty of cosy classic touches. These rooms come with dog bowls, a dog bed and a dog treat and enough space for you and your pooch to roam.
For dinner, the hotel’s Michelin-star and 44 AA Rosette restaurant Latymer is the talk of the town and while we sadly missed the chance to dine at Latymer (the restaurant was closed for staff training), we hear that it certainly is worth the hype.
Instead, we dined at the Hillfield restaurant, which boasts a hyperlocal farm to table concept that celebrates the very best of local Surrey ingredients. The restaurant is named after ‘Pennyhillfield’ which is the historic name of the land, and rightly so, as it showcases the best of Surrey’s finest produce. Hillfield is casual and relaxed, while the menu offers a nice variety of classic British fare with a local twist. The monkfish scampi with seaweed tartare sauce is simply divine, as is the sticky short rib ‘eggs benedict’ which really hunkers down on our belief that breakfast for dinner can indeed be a thing.
For mains, the Crown Estate Venison, served with turnip and a delicious pickled blackberries just as well as the Barracks Farm 30 day dry aged steak are wonderfully delicious choices sourced from local producers, while also bringing home the farm to table concept.
Breakfast is also served at Hillfield restaurant, and it is here that we first caught glimpse of the Pennyhill Park Spa – which is one of the hotels main draws. Doggies are understandably not allowed in the spa, and while our stay was too short to fully experience what the spa has to offer, this sprawling palace of wellness sure seems like a treat for those who are looking for the idyllic wellness getaway in Surrey.
Luckily for dog owners, Pennyhill Park sits amongst 120 acres of glorious parkland, perfect for long, indulgent dog walks in the great British countryside.
For more information visit www.exclusive.co.uk.