Heythrop Park Stay & Play in Oxfordshire
Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Heythrop Park is a unique and luxurious venue set in 400 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire Countryside. Whether you’re looking for an exceptional golfing break or a venue for a fairytale wedding, then this 18th century English county estate should be at the top of your list.
The resort combines elegance and style and boasts two individual hotels in the attractive Heythrop Park Hotel and the stylish Crowne Plaza Hotel. No matter which you decide to stay in, you will definitely have a comfortable nights sleep in their luxurious, chic rooms.
Heythrop Park is just 12 miles from central Oxford and is easily accessible from both Birmingham and London, with trains regularly servicing Charlbury station from London Paddington. From there it is just a five-minute taxi journey to your perfect weekend getaway. Heythrop Park also plays host to the Bridgestone Challenge Tour event from the 25 - 28th August with free entry for all golf fans.
Why play at Heythrop Park?
Heythrop Park is no ordinary resort course. A lot of resort courses tend to suit the golfer that plays just a few times a year and although easy on the eye, they do not usually offer a real golfing challenge. At Heythrop Park, you get almost everything from short par-4s to long par-3s and even one of the toughest stretches of holes in Oxfordshire.
Renowned designer Tom MacKenzie provided the perfect challenge for a resort course after Heythrop turned to him in 2009. The 7,088-yard par 72 course meanders its way around the estate using natural contours to form the course & layout. The ancient woodland, fishing lakes and natural streams all come into play as hazards, with the huge mansion behind the 18th green visible from quite a few holes around the course.
The championship course at Heythrop Park will be hosting the Bridgestone Challenge Tour event from the 25th – 28th of August, with entry being free for all spectators. This is the first time that the European Challenge Tour has come to UK since 2012 and shows just how good the championship course at Heythrop Park is to have been asked to host this event.
The Challenge Tour is a feeder tour to the European Tour and has been used as a stepping-stone for the likes of major champions such as Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer. This years field consists of 156 players, of which 100 are from the top 100 Challenge Tour players and a further 56 invites and top amateurs, with the prize fund standing at €180,000.
Read our full course review of Heythrop Park here.
Why stay at Heythrop Park?
The Crowne Plaza, one of the two hotels on site, offers guests a contemporary stay in one of their 197 stylish en-suite rooms. Rooms include air conditioning, large comfy beds and even the Crowne Plaza’s Sleep Advantage programme, which includes a relaxing aromatherapy kit to help aid a good night’s sleep.
In the Crowne Plaza hotel you have the choice of a standard double room, twin executive room and a king executive room, as well as junior and senior suites. Executive rooms and suits offer king size beds and private access to a balcony or terrace and a separate living area.
The Heythrop Park hotel offers 17 traditional rooms, all with high ceilings, roll top baths and beautiful views over the estate. The adjoining Archer wing offers 63 stylish, modern and contemporary bedrooms following its refurbishment in 2013. All rooms are finished to an extremely high standard and feature mist-free mirrors, dinner plate showerheads and brand new televisions with built in FreeView.
On top of the luxurious accommodation and outstanding golf course, there are also several places to wine and dine during your stay. You can enjoy afternoon teas on the sunlit terraces and patios overlooking the south lawns or in the Wedgwood Lounge.
If you’re looking for elegant dining you can find it in the contemporary and stylish black & white Brassey restaurant or alternatively, if you’re just looking for a light bite you can take advantage of The Mezz and The Charlbury Bar, which offer the choice of good, honest, home cooked favourites.
Finally, when you aren’t on the golf course, you may find yourself in The Spa at Heythrop Park. Here they offer a great choice of packages to take you away from the stresses of everyday life with their ESPA treatment range. Male and female treatments are available and are perfect if you fancy treating someone special. The bar nearby, that also doubles as the golf clubhouse, is perfect for an after treatment tipple and if it is sunny outside, there is seating available to continue the perfect relaxing day.
There is also a 20m-heated indoor pool that will help shake off those morning cobwebs, as well as a steam room and sauna to relax those aching golf muscles. The state-of-the-art gym is also on hand if you need to shake off a hangover or want to keep up your fitness routine.
Heythrop Park really does deliver in terms of service, quality of rooms, the spa and the golf, and you can find it all in an excellent location that will make you want to come back time and time again.
Read our full stay and play feature of Heythrop Park here.
For more information and to book a stay visit: www.heythropparkgolf.co.uk
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