Bowood Hotel, Wiltshire The Marquis of Lansdowne opened Bowood House to the public in 1975. Since then, four million visitors have enjoyed its grounds, first laid out by Capability Brown. They feature 700 types of tree and a 30ft waterfall. Within the estate, Bowood Hotel offers contemporary rooms, a spa and golf course. Bowood Hotel, Calne, Wiltshire (01249 812102; bowood-hotel.co.uk). Doubles start at £150, room only.