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Hotel Highlights

  • Luxury country hotel featured in numerous films
  • Glorious sprawling parkland and 27-hole golf course
  • Spa, health and racquet pavilion, state-of-the-art gym

Overview

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.

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A bottle of wine on arrival

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

49, including 14 suites.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $197.37 (£150), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£25).

Also

Stoke Park runs its own acclaimed Golf Academy, with expert tuition, a swing-analysis video suite, swing studio and driving range.

Hotel closed

24–26 December annually.

At the hotel

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.

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.

Poolside

There's an indoor heated pool.

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.

Children

Children are welcome. Cribs 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.

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Food and drink

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Local Guide

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Stoke Park Hotel - Buckinghamshire - United Kingdom
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Book in for a golf lesson on the hotel's championship course. Riding lessons and outings can be arranged at the local equestrian centre. Hit Windsor for everything royal and, of course, the polo.

Local restaurants

Places to pop out for dinner nearby include the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn at Bray (+44 (0)1628 620691) and the Fat Duck (+44 (0)1628 580333). Family-run, traditional pub the Hand & Flowers (+44 (0)1628 482277) has Anglo-French food is on the menu. The head chef at the Vyse Room at Stoke Place (01753 534 790) has been in cahoots with the team behind East London favourite, Hawksmoor. As well as expert boozy concoctions, there are are inspired surprises such as 'salmagundi' – basically posh crudité - and no-nonsense roasts among the hearty main courses.

Local bars

The Royal Oak at Farnham Common (+44 (0)1753 642032) is about ten minutes away and does good pub grub.

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Top-hole Bucks golf course

Stoke Park

Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PG, United Kingdom

Planes

Heathrow Airport is around seven miles away and served by most major international airlines.

Trains

The nearest train station is in Slough, a two-mile drive from Stoke Park Club. The hotel can organise taxis.

Automobiles

The drive from London will take 45 minutes on a good day. There's free parking when you arrive.

Reviews

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Stoke Park
Stoke Park Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire SL2 4PG Buckinghamshire United Kingdom

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by , Globetrotting adventuress

Rating: 10/10 stars
A bath butler, hey? We consider enlisting his services but fear that the presence of a jolly fellow in tails, spats and whiskers might kill our renewed sense of romance. Mr Smith steps in, popping peeled grapes into my mouth and fanning the knee-deep fragranced water he has prepared in the sunken marble bathtub. My honorary Jeeves always provides excellent service – however I question whethe…
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Stoke Park

Anonymous review by Victoria Gill, Globetrotting adventuress

A bath butler, hey? We consider enlisting his services but fear that the presence of a jolly fellow in tails, spats and whiskers might kill our renewed sense of romance. Mr Smith steps in, popping peeled grapes into my mouth and fanning the knee-deep fragranced water he has prepared in the sunken marble bathtub. My honorary Jeeves always provides excellent service – however I question whether it is frightfully familiar for my bath butler to disrobe and get into the tub too.

Only a couple of hours earlier we turned down a thoroughfare in the pitch-black hinterland of the M25 and spotted, across the yawning 350-acre terrain, the gleaming white mansion and fairylit trees of Stoke Park Club. Passing through the porticoed entryway top the estate and we marvelled at the majestic drop of the a mighty chandelier. Suspended from the iconic dome above the sweeping staircase, the crystalled light casts a hallowed glow over the grand piano, Doric columns, towering portraits and princely antiques of the stupendous anteroom.

Me, I’m a sucker for a king-size bed, endless cotton counts and those kind people who invisibly bring you things, pretending not to notice one’s state of undress. Mr Smith is considerably less brattish. A gigantic, ornately plastered fireplace effortlessly sustains the glory sparked by the aforementioned chandelier. Floor-to-double height-ceiling drapes stand sentinel-like before bespoke wooden shutters and French windows leading out to the roomy terrace, which presides over the Capability Brown landscaped grounds and Harry Shapland Colt-designed golf course, immortalised in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Like Paul on the road to Damascus, Mr Smith is instantly converted.

You are in good company at Stoke Park Club – the site was recorded in the Doomsday Book, Queen Elizabeth I owned the Manor House and John Penn, scion of the family that founded Pennsylvania, invested a considerable proportion of the sum he received for their US land to create the wonder you see today. And, to throw another literary reference into the mix, Thomas Gray famously conceived his poetic masterpiece ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ in the cemetery on the grounds of Stoke Park. (This seems ironic as our relationship has been approaching its own day of reckoning for a while, although our spell here seems to be working as a temporary quick-fix.)

Over breakfast in the Orangery, overlooking the epic landscape (undisturbed except for the occasional caddie and strutting bird), we obsess over the spa menu. I make my selection from classic signature treatments alongside more alternative rituals, and a golf buggy whisks me past the four-by-fours and sports cars between the main building and the Pavilion, where the 13-court racquet club and multi-accolade winning spa await.

Mr Smith takes a leisurely dip in the pool, where floor-to-ceiling windows give onto the grounds. I am, meanwhile, cocooned away behind the five-metre tropical aquarium of the private atrium for my therapeutic massage. After my pampering treatment combining lymphatic drainage with Swedish strokes, I languorously sink into a semi-comatose state in the massage chair of the womblike Deep Relaxation Room.

Fortunately for me, as I am slopping about in a zombie-like state, Mr Smith is enthusiastically taking it upon himself to study the history of our retreat. As we explore the grounds, he reveals that we are in good company – ‘Did you know that William and Mary stayed here, and that King Charles I was incarcerated in the Manor House?’ We lose ourselves in the labyrinthine enclaves of the Memorial Gardens, finding a bench in one of the topiary-lined secret alcoves among the rose gardens and trickling streams.

We eventually leave our sweet nothings in the Japanese Garden, venturing past the Manor House and into the churchyard, recorded in the Doomsday Book. Gazing in idle wonder at the curious Saxon remnants, aged beams and impossibly low doorways of this still church, we pass through the threshold of the lychgate, past hopping bunnies to the obelisk bearing Gray’s words, and drink in the magic reclaimed.

That evening we dine at Stoke Park Club’s phenomenal restaurant, drowning in sensational wines and one another. Like the hotel (purpose-built in the Eighties – who knew?) and its setting, dishes come brim-filled with surprises. There’s a mini shepherd’s pie accompanying my oh-so-succulent loin of local lamb; Mr Smith’s multiple-layered Dorset crab, king prawn and avocado tian that is so artfully presented that it seems a shame to eat it. The service approach is less ‘hotel employee’ and more akin to personal staff.

Characters are the signature stalwarts of any fine country club hotel, and there are some outstandingly eccentric examples here, including the theatrical maitre d’, who recites dishes from the multi-faceted fine British menu and the kitchen’s recommendations at such breakneck speed ‘assietteofchocolatewhitechocolateandcaramelicecreammilkchocolateand-andmacadamiadelicemaltedchocolatesoupbittercocoachocolatetart’ that one is left wondering quite how long it takes him to rehearse.

Daybreak grants us a parting wish – frost has painted an ethereal white coat over the sweeping grounds, receding as the sun casts a honeyed glow over the land. Surveying this splendour, we share an unforgettable breakfast. We can’t put it better than Thomas Gray: ‘The curfew tolls the knell of parting day. Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight. And all the air a solemn stillness holds.’ We leave Stoke Park Club reluctantly, but reborn.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about Stoke Park in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

choice of activities in the health centre and the facilities.

Don’t expect

Much room in our bedroom. We were disappointed by the room we were allocated during our stay.

Rating: 6/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We travelled with children and they were well taken care of. 

Don’t expect

The rooms in Pavilion are modern but in my opinion not that great. I don't think the hotel is on par with Chewton Glen. 

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The bed! It was large and very comfy, with great linen that you could sink into! We had a great nights sleep!

Don’t expect

We stayed in the Mansion house and the room was draughty and a little old fashioned.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 12 month old

We loved

The setting, the service, the atmosphere. The hotel was very child tolerant, which helped with our active one-year-old, and had facilities for young and old, without compromising the peace and quiet adults look for. The fantastic details throughout exceeded our expectations.

Don’t expect

Multiple dining options. The Pavillion restaurant is very casual, diner style. Great for a quick breakfast or bite. The main house restaurants sit side by side.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on N/A

We loved

We were treated very professionally on arrival and shown to our room by the receptionist who processed our booking, which was a nice touch. Our room was very well presented with little gifts left for my wife, who was celebrating her 50th birthday (these continued when we had dinner in the restaurant). Also loved the grounds and the proximity to London. Will definitely book again.

Don’t expect

A lively bar atmosphere.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The grounds - Despite mostly consisting of a 27 hole golf course, nothing beat our Sunday morning stroll around the outstandingly well kept parkland.... even if we did have to dodge the odd golf ball! The food at Humphrys was fantastic also, and the staff could not have been more superb throughout. Pro tip - The Lychee Martini in the President's Bar is out of this world

Don’t expect

To slob out - With so many healthy activities to choose from its hard not to get into the sporty spirit. Loads of tennis courts (grass, clay and indoor), a mini football pitch, a brilliant pool... oh and a 27 hole championship golf course. Remember to bring your gym kit.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about this hotel. The staff were so friendly and even came to find me to ask if I would like a separate bed for my grandson. When we went back to the room, there it was a "Minion" bed complete with puzzle books and a childs bathrobe. Games room was fantastic, swimming great. Nothing not to like about this hotel. My 8 year old grandson wanted to stay another night, he loved it so much.

Don’t expect

Anything less than excellent service - 100 5 star hotel and will be back!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Service was outstanding and the treatments were the best I have ever had.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Tudor room with it own balcony

Don’t expect

The interface with the Hotel and the Spa could be better, as a guest of the hotel you only have access to the pool and the gym. My wife had a treatment booked and could 'access all areas', I alas was left in the cheap seats without even so much as a fluffy robe to wear.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Ambiance and staff superb.

Don’t expect

anything less than luxury.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This place has everything for being active or just taking it easy. Superb spa and swimming pool and lovely walks. You can walk to the Elegy church easily but get a map from reception to avoid being hit by fast, flying objects (golf balls these days rather than steel-rimmed hats). San Marco restaurant is a must for those who want authentic Italian food, with varied menus offering much more than just pizza and pasta.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Wonderful service, fantastic spa treatments, a delightful valentine's dinner, pretty grounds to amble round and only 40 minutes outside London if you're not into golf, don't let that put you off...there's something quite compelling in watching the action on the green whilst enjoying a champagne afternoon tea.

Don’t expect

Refreshments by the pool.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were lovely - well kept, quiet and with very comfy beds. Service was very good too.

Don’t expect

I was a little disappointed with the spa.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Stoke Park was exactly the country hotel we had been dreaming of. beautiful views overlooking the golf course from our bedroom. The food in Humphry's was just divine, we had invited family to join us and wanted something special, it excelled all our expectations. Capability Brown Landscape, fountains, what's not to love. The service by all members of staff was exemplary,and nothing was too much trouble. I am one fussy woman and I can highly recommend Stoke Park as a beautiful getaway.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on No children.

We loved

Perfect service; majesty without ever being pretentious; space indoors and outdoors.

Don’t expect

As this is very much a country club, there are a lot of golfers. This adds to the charm, and is clearly part of the important history of the club. There is a great deal of beautiful outdoor space to enjoy without disturbing golfers, but the hotel could make guests more aware of where to go and how to get there without concern of disturbing golfers or being hit by stray balls.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Humprey's as the food was excellent, exactly what we wanted for our night away together. The staff in Humprey's were friendly and helpful in making foodwine choices. As well as the food we enjoyed the spa, the feeling of space and being in the countryside even though it isn't far from London. The staff were excellent too.

Don’t expect

I thought the personality of the modern rooms could've been better; they were a little generic.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the extraordinarily friendly and helpful staff; the wonderful, spacious and luxurious room; the considerate extra touches (anniversary cupcakes and cards); the truly exquisite food in Humphry's and the surprisingly good food in San Marco, too; the relaxing terrace overlooking the golf course; and the sumptuous and supremely comfortable bed.

Don’t expect

The bar is really a golf club bar, rather than a hotel bar (and so is almost exclusively populated by golfers, which somewhat put my wife off), and the building is very traditionally styled, but neither were a surprise. I couldn't really pick holes in anything (which is quite unusual for me…

Rating: 8/10 stars