A four star hotel in a pristine white fronted house that dates back to the 1600s, Farnham Estate combines historic charm as well as natural beauty. There’s a sense of grandeur, but rooms and suites have been redesigned with contemporary style, and as a result it makes for a beautifully romantic escape.
Wellbeing here is not just about the spa – although it’s an idyllic place to start. Go walking, cycling and hiking in these beautiful grounds, and then head to the adult only spa where there’s an infinity pool, water mint thermal suite, an aroma steam bath, snail showers, a Kneipp walk a Finnish sauna, ice fountain and a reflexology foot basin.
Farnham’s own plant life is reflected in the theme of the dining experiences. The Botanica Restaurant and Bar is a sophisticated restaurant where they make a real point of using local, seasonal produce – it’s beautifully romantic. For those quieter moments either before or after dinner the atmospheric Wine Goose Cellar Bar in the basement. The name rather charmingly references the history of Ireland, ‘winegeese’ being the emigrant Irish families who, from the 17th century onwards, engaged in the wine trade in the various countries that they adopted.
The estate is really incredibly beautiful and as you wander around the grounds, be mindful of its history which precedes 1664 when the estate was called Dromellan Castle, and when it was bought by Bishop Robert Maxwell, thus beginning the Maxwell family connection that was to continue for more than 330 years (the family motto is Je suis prêt – I am ready’).
Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort is peaceful, tranquil and perfect for a romantic holiday. Everything is done to impeccably high standards, and the fact that there’s a story to almost every facet of the resort makes for a really charming and interesting stay.
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