The Retreat at Elcot Park

Newbury, RG20 8NJ

From £50.00 per person

Our customer rating: 5/5

About

Haven’t heard about The Retreat at Elcot Park yet? Where have you been hiding? This blissful Berkshire bolthole’s been making waves in the press since it opened in June 2022. It already has a mantlepiece groaning with awards and bagged the top spot on The Times and Sunday Times list of the top 100 places to stay in the UK - seriously impressive for a hotel that’s been open less than a year.

Step inside and you’ll instantly see what all the fuss is about. With more unique touches than you can shake a manicured finger at, the red-brick Regency pile oozes luxury, heritage and history. The former home of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s mum is immaculately maintained both inside and out, from its elegant grand entrance hall to the croquet lawns and tennis courts. 

With a warm and whimsical decor (think bright colours, squishy sofas and carefully selected antiques) you’ll feel like you’re in another, altogether more stylish, world. Sweep up the staircase to 55 quirky-yet-comfy bedrooms and suites, all complete with plush furnishings and in-room perks, like a bottle of ginger liqueur and a help-yourself pantry.

Blissfully unstuffy, this is a place with a real buzz about it. Grab a pair of boots from the 'welly wall' for a tramp around the 16 acres of grounds, then head to the bustling courtyard with its bakery, coffee shop, nail salon and monthly farmers’ market. There’s a year-round calendar of events and activities keeping things lively, from live music to cocktail making.

But it's the Signet spa that is The Retreat at Elcot Park’s jewel in the crown. Soak up the sunshine at the heated outdoor pool, then head inside for the hydrotherapy pool, Himalayan salt sauna and aroma steam room. Drift away in the ultimate relaxation of the salt flotation pod, or unwind with a ritual in one of four sumptuous treatment rooms.

Despite its secluded setting, The Retreat at Elcot Park is conveniently located about an hour from London. The proximity allows for quick day trips to the city's urban delights, but with so much to do on the hotel’s doorstep there’s no need to stray far. 

Not-to-be-missed Highclere Castle (made famous in Downton Abbey) is just down the road, and there are some fabulous walks in the North Wessex Downs that start and finish at the hotel’s front door. Prefer to shop til you drop? A short drive takes you to the Designer Outlet in Swindon, one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe.

Yet you might find it difficult to pull away from The Retreat at Elcot Park. Take your palate on a culinary adventure in the atmospheric brasserie 1772, or try the tasting menu of sushi and sashimi at Yu Pan-Asian Restaurant. The Retreat at Elcot Park doesn't just offer a stay. This swish hotel elevates the very concept of authentically luxurious retreats. 

Popular Facilities

  • Outdoor infinity pool (open in daylight hours)
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Himalayan salt sauna
  • Aromatherapy steam room
  • Relaxation room
  • Gym
  • 1772 Brasserie
  • Yu Pan-Asian Restaurant

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Afternoon Tea and Spa Experience

  • 1 treatment, 60 minutes
  • Delicious afternoon tea
  • Two hours use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
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  • Three hours use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robes and slippers
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  • Champagne afternoon tea
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Details

Towel and robes providedYes
Length of pool11m
Spa Accessible accessNo
No. of treatment rooms4
Dual treatment roomsNo
Max no. in groupcall to enquire
Lockers availableYes, pin code entry
Product houseGaia
Dress for lunchYes
Minimum age18
Local attractionsWelford Park, Shaw House, Donnington Castle, The Living Rainforest, Newbury Racecourse, Newbury Wharf and Victoria Park
No. of bedrooms55
Check-in time16:00
Use facilities before check in timeYes, from 14:00
Hotel Accessible accessAccessible rooms are available
Electric car charging pointYes, chargeable
Car parkingComplimentary
Pets welcomeYes, £40 per dog, per night

Facilities

  • Outdoor infinity pool (open in daylight hours)
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Himalayan salt sauna
  • Aromatherapy steam room
  • Relaxation room
  • Gym
  • 1772 Brasserie
  • Yu Pan-Asian Restaurant

The Spa & Wellness at The Retreat at Elcot Park

Sink into serenity at the Signet spa at The Retreat at Elcot Park in Berkshire, a place where only the best will do. 

Ready to escape the world? Your journey into self-care and holistic wellness begins at the luxurious outdoor infinity pool. Gloriously heated, it’s long enough for laps, or just take a leisurely dip as you catch up with friends. There’s even a poolside bar for drinks and snacks you can enjoy from the comfort of your chic lounger.

Encased in your snuggly robe and slippers, pad inside for a journey of the thermal kind. This sumptuous sanctuary includes a hydrotherapy pool, Himalayan salt sauna and aroma steam room to relax, revive and restore you.

When it’s time for your treatment, there’s a menu of rituals designed to spoil you, whether you’re seeking beautiful skin or inner calm. Pure and natural, and with a holistic philosophy, they’re deeply nurturing for your whole wellbeing.

The Gym & Fitness at The Retreat at Elcot Park

Arrive frazzled, leave feeling the best version of yourself, thanks to all the fitness-fostering activities on offer at The Retreat at Elcot Park. It’s a true wellness haven, featuring a sleek and stylish gym, along with a fitness studio dedicated to strengthening, stretching and challenging you from top to toe.

Hotel guests can work up a sweat in style in the Matrix gym, where high performance equipment from treadmills to bikes keep you entertained and track your workouts. Or hit the studio where an alphabet of classes from Aqua to Zumba are available for a small fee, subject to availability. 

Having fun in the fresh air is also firmly encouraged here. Stroll, power walk or jog around the grounds, or head further afield for nature walks to a local vineyard. Bring your walking boots because the nearest village, Kintbury, is steeped in heritage and nature. And because it’s just two miles away, the best way to explore it is on foot.

Reconnect with friends over croquet, or have a fun game of doubles on the tennis courts. You can bring your own rackets, or borrow them from the hotel. And if you’re feeling zen, yoga and Pilates classes are held in the studio, outside in the tranquil walled garden or under the age-old oak trees.

Restaurants & Food at The Retreat at Elcot Park

Ultra-indulgent spa breaks need ultra-indulgent eating and drinking options to match. Luckily at The Retreat at Elcot Park you’ll find the food is every bit as fine as the spa treatments. But where should you head first? Here’s a quick rundown.

The Atlas Room

Glam up and head down to the stylish bar and lounge, where you can begin your evening sipping an expertly mixed cocktail along with an early evening snack.

1772 Brasserie

Named for the year the original house was built, 1772 Brasserie has bistro classics that are the stuff of legend. Relaxed yet elegant, people rave about its oysters, ribeye of salt-aged beef and the crispy cauliflower popcorn served as nibbles.

Stretchy waistbands at the ready because the brasserie also incorporates the light-filled Orangery where the breakfast buffet groans with waffle, pancake and bacon-butty stations. 

Yu Pan-Asian Restaurant

Tuck into awesome tasting menus featuring sushi, tempura and curries at the hotel's fine dining ‘occasion’ restaurant, where rust-red walls, mounted woven fans and bamboo mirrors set the scene for sophisticated dining.

The Courtyard

If you need a mid-morning snack, there is a deli/bakery in the courtyard for grab-and-go pastries and coffee.

The Terrace

The Terrace is open during the summer months and offers a variety of light bites and drinks, as well as a barbecue on certain nights.

Spa Location

The Retreat at Elcot Park

The Retreat at Elcot Park

Newbury
RG20 8NJ
01635 800 520

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How to get to the Spa?

By train: There are three railway stations within easy reach of The Retreat at Elcot Park: Newbury (7 miles), Hungerford (4 miles) or Kintbury (2 miles). Book taxis in advance from either Hungerford or Kintbury, but Newbury usually has taxis around the station.

By bus: The 3C from Hungerford has a stop that takes you within a 15-minute walk of The Retreat at Elcot Park.

By car: The Retreat at Elcot Park Hotel is situated between Hungerford and Newbury and is easily accessible from the M4, A34 and A4. The postcode for your satnav is RG20 8NJ.

Parking: There is ample free parking on site along with two (chargeable) electric charging points available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Reviews

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Relaxing
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

This place is so lovely and relaxing. Beautifully decorated. The facilities are excellent and very clean . The staff are lovely and helpful. The treatment was exceptional - body restore . The afternoon tea was very nice although the scones were fresh they were a bit crunchy on the outside for my friend. Personally I like more sandwiches and less cake - but that’s just me ! Totally recommend!

Georgina Milne, Berks

Great place to meet girlfriends
  • 4 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

I met my friend who lives in the opposite direction for a catch up and a treat away from husbands and children. The spa was beautiful. High quality facilities and beautiful surroundings. Particularly loved the warm infinity pool outside. Friendly and attentive staff.

Vicky Madon, Southampton

First experience
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Quality
  • 4 Satisfaction

I greatly enjoyed the Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room and felt the morning was value for money, and helpful as I seek to recover from sciatica.

Frances Lofthouse , Hungerford

Superb in every way
5 / 5

This hotel is exceptional in every way and I can’t understand how anyone could rate it as average. The service was lovely, decor stunning, all the facilities you would want from a spa to heated...... Read more

We stayed for just one night after our wedding weekend but are planning to come back!
5 / 5

We stayed for just one night after our wedding weekend but are planning to come back! Gorgeous interiors, lovely & helpful staff and a beautiful setting. Lots of fab little touches (like a pantry of...... Read more

All insta-style and no substance!
2 / 5

Having seen a lot of this place on social media - including 'influencers' raving about their (no doubt free) time at the hotel - we thought we'd give it a try for a weekend break. What a...... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a swimming pool at The Retreat at Elcot Park?

There sure is. Surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking the rolling hills of Berkshire, the sizable outdoor infinity swimming pool is heated to a perfect temperature year-round. As such, it’s warm enough to use in all weathers, but on sunny days it really comes into its own, thanks to a poolside bar serving drinks and snacks, enjoyed from the comfort of your lounger. 

​​​​​​​​Does The Retreat at Elcot Park do afternoon tea?

Scone lovers? Step right this way, because The Retreat at Elcot Park does a fabulous afternoon tea. And, as you might expect from a hotel named The Times and Sunday Times’ hotel of the year for 2023, it’s something extra special. 

Its ‘Highclere’ afternoon tea (named after the famous estate, just down the road) is served alongside fabulous views on the Terrace if the weather’s playing ball. Otherwise you’ll enjoy three tempting tiers groaning with sandwiches and sweet treats from the sumptuous Orangery. If you’re here at Christmas expect seasonal sandwiches, cranberry scones and festive cakes, like spiced citrus Madeleines, mini mince pies and delicious mulled wine jelly.

Is there accommodation at The Retreat at Elcot Park?

Want to turn your spa day into a spa stay? We don’t blame you. There are 55 vibrant, colourful rooms and suites spread over the original house and its newer extension, and all boast sumptuous sheets, luxurious toiletries and beautiful design by Taylor & Turner.

The hotel has countless ways to make you feel like an extra special guest, too. The little treats start from the minute you check in, from the complimentary glass of wine you’re handed on arrival to the tipple of ginger liqueur you’ll find in your room. You can even raid the help-yourself pantry for homemade cookies and brownies!

What time is check-in and check-out at The Retreat at Elcot Park?

Check-in time is from 4pm and check-out time is 11am. For spa packages, arrival times vary, so please check your booking confirmation.

Is The Retreat at Elcot Park accessible?

Although the spa isn’t fully wheelchair accessible as yet, the hotel has a number of features that make it easier for guests with disabilities to move around and enjoy the facilities. There are five ground-floor bedrooms that are wheelchair accessible with wet-room style bathrooms. Access is being improved to include the spa and upper floor.

Is there a dress code at The Retreat at Elcot Park?

No, there’s no strict dress code at The Retreat at Elcot Park so there’s no need to pack your most glamorous formal wear (unless you want to!). Saying that, many guests do decide to dress up a bit when dining in the brasserie 1772 or Yu Pan-Asian Restaurant, but it’s totally up to you.

Where is The Retreat at Elcot Park?

You’ll find The Retreat at Elcot Park in Berkshire about an hour from London. It’s near the tranquil village of Kintbury, between Newbury and Hungerford in the Kennet Valley. With the North Wessex Downs close by it’s great for long walks, or head to Highclere Castle, the location for Downton Abbey.

Is The Retreat at Elcot Park family-friendly?

The Retreat at Elcot Park is fabulously family-friendly and offers a number of facilities for little ones. While the thermal facilities are adults-only, younger guests can use the heated outdoor pool between 9am and 10am and 3pm to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 12am and 3pm to 5pm at weekends. In the afternoon sessions they even get the inflatables out!

With activities laid on during the school holidays, you’ll also find a large outdoor play area, games room and a TV salon. Picky eaters will love the kid-friendly dishes on the children’s menus. Cots and highchairs are available on-request, and the hotel has a number of family rooms, which can accommodate up to two adults and two children.

Is The Retreat at Elcot Park pet-friendly?

It is! Well-behaved dogs over the age of one are given a warm and waggy-tailed welcome here, with several dog-friendly rooms on the ground floor providing outside terrace access. There is a £40 per night charge per dog and they’ll be given their own dog welcome pack on arrival. 

No dogs can be left in the room unattended or set a paw in 1772 or Yu Pan-Asian Restaurant. But that’s not a problem, as you can dine with your pal in the Atlas Room or Orangery, as well as on the outside terrace when the weather is fine. 

Does The Retreat at Elcot Park have a golf course?

If time on a golf course helps you swing into relaxation, you’re in luck. While there isn’t a golf course right on-site, here are two very close by. Nearest to The Retreat at just three miles away, the nine-hole Deanwood Park Golf Club features rolling downs and tranquil rivers. Slightly further away at six miles, Newbury & Crookham Golf Club is one of the oldest and prettiest 18-hole courses in England.