It’s safe to say we don’t have all that much in common with the Royal Family so when we were offered a taste of the fine life with a visit to Coworth Park in Ascot, the very place that Prince Harry chose to stay the night before his wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018, we coudn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.
Much has changed since 2018, however, and currently, in the midst of a national fuel shortage, imagine our relief to be handed the keys for a weekend to a fully electric BMW iX3 with rapid charging features.
With the fuel crisis on our minds, we made the most of Apple CarPlay and connected to Waze in the hope of navigating the tailbacks at petrol stations en route and tuned into Spotify for what quickly became an enjoyable and comfortable drive to Ascot.
Keen to arrive at Coworth Park for check-in at 3pm on the dot, we allowed plenty of time should we need to stop and find somewhere to charge the iX3 but we needn’t have worried. With a BMW Charging Card, you have access to more than 450,000 public charging points worldwide including the point at Coworth Park but, with 282 miles already on the clock, we didn’t need to recharge at all across the weekend.
Approaching Coworth Park, we gave a pair of guests the fright of their life as they ambled up the driveway, blissfully unaware we were approaching behind them in what we aptly named ‘stealth mode’. No matter, however, as Coworth Park’s driveway is an experience in itself, ebbing and flowing through a meadow of wildflowers littered with bronze statues (part of a brand new art installation).
With two high goal polo pitches, a sunken garden, rose terrace and 234 acres of land to run amuck in, it’s really no wonder Prince Harry chose to spend the night before his wedding at the hotel.
Though rumour has it the Prince stayed in one of the private lodges during his stay at Coworth Park, we were checked into the Shepheard Suite, a lovely personal touch that didn’t go unnoticed. On the top floor of the mansion house with views of the wildflower meadow below and a separate lounge and bedroom, the suite was splendid, elegant and the perfect escape.
During our stay, we headed to The Barn for dinner where we were seated outdoors for dinner under the restaurant’s brand new canopy. Tucking into fresh stone bass and seared steak before no less than three desserts, we were more than happy to be driven back to the mansion house via a golf buggy.
Breakfast the next morning was served in the Michelin star Restaurant Coworth Park with views across the rose terrace and a giant oak leaf chandelier hanging above. The somewhat surprising standout breakfast item? The freshly baked and devilishly flakey pastries and warm, sweet lemon madeleines served by the host from a wicker basket.
Before checking out, we meandered the well-maintained gardens (unfortunately, not on horseback) and said farewell to the staff that had anticipated our every desire over the course of the weekend.