Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Stoke Park

Rates from (ex tax)$258.25

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP230.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


His ’n’ hers luxury leisure


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.

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Need to know


49, including 14 suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $259.31 (£192), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP230.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£25).


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.

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, an outdoor hot tub and outdoor sauna, 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.


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.


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


Children are welcome. Cots are free and extra beds are £45 a night. A local babysitter can be arranged with 2 weeks’ notice for £9–£10 an hour plus a £24–£36 booking fee (depending on the time of day). There's a crèche, games room and playground.


Children are welcome. Cots are free and extra beds are £45 a night. A local babysitter can be arranged with two weeks’ notice for £9–£10 an hour plus a £24-£36 booking fee.

Best for

Any age.

Recommended rooms

Any of the Pavilion rooms.


The crèche is open between 10am and 12 noon, at a cost of £8.50 an hour. There's a ball pit, games and toys.


The grounds are packed with a pool, playground, tennis courts and a golf course. The Games Room, situated in the Pavilion, is open all day (7am–9.30pm) and has a Plasma TV, X-Box, snooker table, table football and an air hockey table.

Swimming pool

There's no shallow end or life guard, but kids can swim supervised in the indoor pool at certain Splash Times: a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon.


The Orangery and San Marco welcome children all day, and over-12s are welcome in Humphrey's; there's a special menu for tiny tastebuds. 


A local babysitter can be arranged with two weeks’ notice for £9–£10 an hour plus a £24-£36 a booking fee. It costs double on bank holidays.


Cots for babies are free; extra beds cost £45.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

By the window for the view.

Dress Code

Keep up appearances: no trainers, only smart denim, and maybe collared shirts for the boys.

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–10.30am; 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.


Photos Stoke Park  location
Stoke Park
Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom


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


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


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

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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Victoria Gill

Anonymous review

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 had to say in Stoke Park ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel was wonderful, the staff couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming to the children and the personalised cookies at bedtime were a lovely touch, which was very well received by the children. The room looked so cosy with the children's beds all made up and the duvet covers were fun. The children loved their welcome packs and small dressing gowns and slippers and the facilities at the hotel were fantastic. All in all, a fabulous stay.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

Golf course, walking the grounds, relaxation. Ideal spot for a wedding.

Don’t expect

Up to date interiors


Stayed on 31 Jul 2016

We loved

The grand opulence of the Mansion building and the beautiful green views from the terrace gardens and rooms. The incredible gym and pool and inparticularly the lazy spa garden with jacuzzi and sauna, hanging cocoon beds and double daybeds. Perfect for flopping and reading. And all just 40 minutes drive from central London

Don’t expect

No rustic aspirations here. This is all glam! Spot the Ferarri!


Stayed on 16 Jul 2016

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.


Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

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. 


Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

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.


Stayed on 19 Feb 2016

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.


Stayed on 5 Feb 2016

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.


Stayed on 12 Dec 2015

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