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 The Horderns lived here until 1960, when it was bought by King Ranch of Texas. In 1984 Milton Park became
a hotel and in 1993 a member of the Relais et Chateaux group, at one time recognised as one of the top 50 guesthouses in the world.
Music to my ears! I am ready to relax, and Milton Park does understated luxury expertly. Fittings and furnishings are effortlessly sumptuous and top end. Artwork is original and spaces are expansive yet welcoming.
I am deftly checked in and ushered to my lavish Forest Suite, one of four with spa, fireplace and private terrace. It is tastefully decorated with French influenced furniture and plantation shutters. I am on the second floor, with a terrace that looks out onto Milton’s Park’s woodlands. I can almost hear the laughter of the Horderns’ stylish house party guests of years gone by. An evening stroll around the gardens is a further delight.
A favourite venue for weddings, Milton Park also does a mean High Tea and since 1948 has opened its gardens to the public. Look out for details and dates on the hotel’s website.
Back to the room where my fire has been lit, I relax in the massive spa in my marble bathroom and then slip into a fluffy white robe to enjoy excellent in room dinner service. I sleep like an heiress in my four poster bed with fine cotton bedding, and awake to sounds of birdlife.
Breakfast in the morning is a delight too. Served with charming attention in the Orangerie, it is a complete smorgasbord of anything you’d want. I watch over coffee as a soon to be bride and her maids, decked out in active wear P.E Nation (beloved by Hollywood celebs) make their way to Milton Park’s beautiful Wellness Spa for treatments before a wedding on the lawns later in the day. Lucky girl. I get the feeling AnthonyHordernandhisdashingbrotherswoulddefinitelyapprove. E
SUIT: On-trend brides; garden lovers; anyone looking to relax and indulge; frazzled marrieds looking to reconnect.
DON’T MISS: A swim in the indoor pool; a walk in the gardens; a spa treatment; a champagne cocktail in the Polo Bar. DETAILS: Keep an eye on Milton Park’s website for Escape packages, retreats and garden open days.

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