- Style His ’n’ hers luxury leisure
- Setting Top-hole Bucks golf course
A massive stately home sitting on an enormous plot of well-maintained grounds in Buckinghamshire, Stoke Park hotel was designed by ‘Mad’ King George III’s architect. This luxury leisure resort offers a lot to its well-heeled guests – gorgeous gardens, an incredible spa, tennis courts, and a 27-hole championship golf course. You won't be the first to be impressed: Stoke Park itself is a bit of a movie star, having made appearances in Goldfinger and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Need to know
- Rooms 49, including 14 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $294.85 (£179), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (£25).
- Facilities 27-hole championship golf course, golf academy and indoor swing studio, 350 acres of parkland, free WiFi in all rooms and communal areas, spa with indoor pool and steam room, 13 indoor and outdoor tennis courts (one with PlaySight's Smart Court System), gym, dance studio and treatment centre. In rooms: iPod dock, flatscreen TV, DVD player and SPC bath products.
- Poolside There's an indoor heated pool.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Children are welcome. Cots are free and extra beds are £35 a night. A local babysitter can be arranged with five days’ notice for £8–£10 an hour plus a £24–£36 booking fee (depending on the time of day). There's a crèche, games room and playground.
- Hotel closed 24–26 December annually.
- Also Stoke Park runs its own acclaimed Golf Academy, with expert tuition, a swing-analysis video suite, swing studio and driving range.
- Please note The swimming pool will be closed for maintenance from Monday 25 November to Monday 16 December 2013 inclusive.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms If the budget will stretch, ask for the four-poster suite that Hugh and Renée shared in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Otherwise, ask for a room with a view. The hotel's newest rooms are the 28 in the Pavilion building where the spa is situated; they're more contemporary in style, and dotted with far Eastern antiques. If you're into your gadgetry, book one of the two 'Bling' suites, which boast state-of-the-art sound systems and LED mood lighting – as well as plush four-posters.
- Packing tips Swimwear, tennis kit (but leave the racquets behind – you can use the hotel's), golf club, 'Goldfinger', 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and 'Layer Cake' DVDs.
- Also Clear your credit card: golf is not a cheap hobby, and the shop sells everything you may have forgotten or never knew you needed. If your backhand needs brushing up, the hotel's indoor tennis court 3 has PlaySight's Smart Court System, which records ball speeds, player mileage and the calories you've burned – even providing you with a personal tennis-playing profile at the end of the game – ace, in every sense of the word.
Food and drink at Stoke Park
- Hotel restaurant Award-winning Humphry's restaurant serves Modern British cuisine courtesy of chef Chris Wheeler, and the best Sunday lunch in the area. Look out for Dorset crab, local lamb and whole arrays of chocolatey, pudding-shaped treats. The Orangery offers all-day dining, from morning to evening, as does the Italian restaurant, San Marco, in the Pavilion.
- Dress code Keep up appearances: no trainers, only smart denim, and maybe collared shirts for the boys.
- Top table By the window for the view.
- Last orders Breakfast is 7am–10am; lunch is 12pm–2.30pm; dinner is 7pm–9.45pm. The bar’s open until around 11pm.
- Room service Selected hot dishes and snacks are available all day and night.
- Hotel bar The President's Bar is open all day from 7am. Settle in for a cosy Saturday afternoon, when the bar's at its busiest.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details