Tortworth Court dates back to the 11th century. Even the recent refurbishments to rooms and suites have been sympathetic to the quintessentially British heritage of the building. Then again, it is also blessed with a number of exceptional architectural features, including the 60-foot high atrium that houses one of the hotel’s restaurants.
The ancestral seat of the Dulcie family for more than 350 years, the Grade II listed property featured in the Domesday Book. It has welcomed the likes of King Edward VII and Winston Churchill over the years. It also has a real sense of ceremony – the kind you would expect in an impressive family home of the nobility. But it is warm and welcoming, with staff greeting you with a smile at every turn.
The grounds and gardens are a big part of the experience at De Vere Tortworth Court. Set in 30 acres,it is home to an impressive 300 plant and tree specimens. So it is perfect for walking around and simply taking in the scenery. The grounds also frame the dining experience. The restaurant serves local fare in a historic room and looks out onto the roaming wildlife.
While the hotel is a mere 40 minutes from Bristol Airport, the location has the added benefit of making you feel as though you’re a million miles away from anywhere. Nonetheless it’s easy to get to for a last minute escape where relaxation can start as soon as it’s the weekend.
While the hotel has a historic reputation, it is this year’s multi-million pound renovation that has really taken the experience a step further. No mere coat of paint, this refurbishment has seen all bedrooms in the original mansion refurbished to reflect modern hospitality standards. Contemporary style abounds, but it remains sympathetic to the history of the hotel.
As part of the updates, the spa and gym have been refreshed, and the hotel’s bars and restaurants refurbished. Event spaces have been updated, so weddings as well as corporate events can now benefit from decidedly unique details. For example, those in The Orangery can enjoy the impressive Victorian space complete with an ornamental glass ceiling. Bleisure has really taken on a new meaning in a space like this.
Of course, we can’t talk about the updates at Tortworth Court without discussing the spa. The Leaf Spa has always been a comprehensive leisure experience, but now it has cutting edge style as well. All the fitness facilities you could ask for are in situ. There’s a gym, sauna, steam room, swimming pool and six fully renovated treatment rooms.
The spa uses Decléor products in its therapies which are tailored to the venue. Particular favourites include the Exotic Orange Blossom Ritual – a two-hour face and body treatment. We like to think the hotel’s Victorian predecessors would have revelled in its exotic credentials.
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