This majestic, centuries-old estate—once owned by William Waldorf Astor—has just undergone a major two-year revamp and is now, more than ever, totally transporting and perfect for an overnight splurge (it’s really close to London). Everything from the long gravel driveway into the property, to the dark wood paneled interiors hung with distinguished guests’ portraits, feels cinematic and grand, though the easygoing service makes guests feel right at home. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, rooms are tastefully turned out in period furnishings, with all the amenities you’d expect of a Relais & Chateaux property. Weather permitting, don’t miss drinks on the terrace overlooking the manicured English gardens below and the woodlands that stretch all the way to the Thames. You don’t need to stray far to find things to do: The hotel has a great day spa with indoor and outdoor pools, healthy food, and excellent treatments. Otherwise, get lost on the property, which is owned and operated by English Heritage.
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