The Retreat at Elcot Park is The Times and The Sunday Times best place to stay in the UK 2023 and the best place to stay for the Southeast region! As the second hotel from visionary British hospitality brand The Signet Collection, The Retreat opened in May 2022, following the successful launch of The Mitre in Hampton Court. The Mitre was also winner of The Times and The Sunday Times best place to stay in London 2021!
The Times and The Sunday Times best places to stay guide focuses on the things that really matter, hotels with the essentials of comfort, great service and value, as well as personality and warmth.
Hector Ross, Founder of The Signet Collection, comments: “I am astonished and totally delighted that The Retreat at Elcot Park has been honoured as the Best Place to Stay in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times. Since opening The Retreat in June, we have enjoyed fantastic support from both our local community, those visiting from across the England and all over the world. The Signet Collection is all about creating memorable experiences in time honoured places, with exquisite food, unparalleled service and informality of design. This award is a wonderful recognition of our vision coming to life. We are all about our people and so this is a real testament to our Retreat team’s incredible efforts.”
Claire Irvin, Head of Travel at The Times and The Sunday Times, comments: ‘Best Places to Stay 2023 is a celebration of the incredible properties we have here on home soil and, most importantly, the hard-working teams that have made each one of them such a singular success. Our recommendations are not easily won and all 100 hotels in this year’s list – particularly The Retreat at Elcot, our deserving overall winner – should be extremely proud of the guest experience they’ve created.’
In 2023, The Signet Collection will relaunch Barnsdale Lodge Hotel a historic hunting lodge tucked away in sleepy Rutland (a county tipped to become as sought after as The Cotswolds), can Hector and his team secure a hat-trick?! Watch this space…
The Signet Collection offers rooms at The Retreat at Elcot Park (www.retreatelcotpark.com) from £150 per night based on two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis.
ABOUT THE RETREAT AT ELCOT PARK The Retreat at Elcot Park is the second hotel from The Signet Collection. Set in West Berkshire, near the charming market town of Hungerford, the Grade II-listed 18th-century building was once the home of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s mother. The 55-bedroom hotel has a Pan-Asian restaurant (Yü), Brasserie (1772), an Orangery, a Whisky Library, complimentary pantries on each floor, meeting rooms and private dining areas. The Retreat has a Health Club (‘The Signet Spa’) and wellness area as well as a mixed-use retail space with a Lay & Wheeler wine shop, bakery, coffee house, and hair and nail salon. Within the hotel grounds, there is a walled kitchen garden, tennis courts, an outdoor infinity pool, croquet lawns and a children’s zone. With excellent transport links to the M4, M3 and A34, the countryside retreat is readily accessible from many central hubs and reachable by train from London in 45 minutes. For more information about The Retreat, visit www.retreatelcotpark.com
ABOUT THE SIGNET COLLECTION The Signet Collection is a vibrant new hotel company created by seasoned hotelier and restaurateur Hector Ross and his team, whose vision is to create meaningful stays in time-honoured places throughout the UK. Founded with a mission to create extraordinary boutique hotels in curated destinations for the most discerning travellers, The Signet Collection launched in September 2020 alongside the first hotel in the portfolio, The Mitre Hampton Court. The Signet Collection is a homegrown and hands-on brand, resolute in its dedication to crafting stunning designs in historically significant properties, preserving authenticity, and delivering unparalleled F&B, service and experiences. The Signet Collection will be made up of several destination-defining properties which will launch over the next few years in the UK. For more information about The Signet Collection, visit www.signet.ltd
ABOUT TAYLOR & TURNER Taylor & Turner is a London-based, luxury residential design practice established in 2017 by dynamic duo Anneke Gilkes and Harriette Cayzer. For more information about Taylor & Turner, visit https://taylorandturner.com
ABOUT BEST PLACES TO STAY: Every year The Times and The Sunday Times reveal their definitive list of the 100 Best Places to Stay in the UK. The guide will be available Friday in the form of an online interactive guide and as a supplement within the newspaper this Sunday. The guide is split into eight regions: London, Southeast, Southwest, Central, East, North, Wales and Scotland. With writers from The Sunday Times travelling from the Scottish Highlands to the coasts of Cornwall, and bustling boroughs to spas hidden away in the deep countryside, there’s something for every taste, budget and location. There are also winners in 11 different categories; Bargain, Positive Impact, Sense of Place, Seaside, Pub, City, Bolthole, Spa, Romantic, Foodie and Family, the guide focuses on the things that really matter; hotels with the essentials of comfort, great service and value, as well as personality and warmth. Visit thetimes.co.uk/bestplacestostay