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Minimoon Review: The Retreat at Elcot Park

Characterful rooms, delicious food & drink and a refreshing spa… Callum Topazio checks in to The Retreat at Elcot Park in Berkshire for the dream minimoon trip.


As we rode up the winding driveway, our eyes were treated to a delight of a sight as The Retreat at Elcot Park peeked out from behind monkey puzzle trees and manicured lawns, inviting us in for a rejuvenating stay. Part of The Signet Collection of hotels, our drive was to Newbury, West Berkshire and was extremely convenient to locate thanks to the efficient travel links with the motorways. Housed in a Grade II listed 18th-century building, we couldn’t wait to explore the wonders that beckoned us beyond the honey-coloured pillars and dainty flower arch adorning the entranceway.

The Sutton Suite

With a warm welcome from the team and a taste of Whispering Angel Rosé, we were whisked up to our room for the evening: the gorgeous Sutton Suite. Our breathtakingly grand suite was filled with a fluffy super king-sized bed, stylish en-suite and eclectic styling with charming nods to the history of the property. The highlight of the room had to be the copper roll-top bath in the bay window of the bedroom, sipping on some bubbly with glorious views over the Wessex Downs sounds like pretty much the perfect wedding morning to me.

1772 Brasserie

Our next port of call was The Signet Spa, so we donned our robes and headed down to the hydrotherapy pools, steam and sauna rooms, and refreshing outdoor infinity pool to unwind. I was so completely relaxed after my head, neck and shoulder massage that it felt as if I floated down to the 1772 brasserie for our evening meal. We dined on fresh gazpacho, chargrilled steak and dark chocolate mousse, an indulgent treat with impeccable service and all washed down with expertly paired wine and cocktails. The whole evening flowed like a magical fairytale, the perfect addition to your romantic stay with your true love.

After a peaceful sleep with a belly full of exquisite food and freshly pampered with a hot bubble bath in the room, breakfast was served in The Orangery, a bright space flooded with natural light that struck me as the perfect location for your celebratory wedding dinner. We helped ourselves to fresh, warm pastries and delectable meats and enjoyed fresh eggs on crisp sourdough toast with juicy tomatoes and mushrooms, a delightful send-off to a hotel we had been wholeheartedly charmed by.

With so much to offer for your nuptials, including 16 acres of grounds and stunning walled gardens for photo backdrops, 55 individually-styled bedrooms for your guests and an exclusive-use wedding package, they will not disappoint. So, if you’re searching for a friendly team, delicious food and drink and a magical venue, The Retreat at Elcot Park is the romantic dream you have been waiting for.

Rooms start from £180 based on two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis, visit for more information.


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