Need to know
49, including 14 suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $180.73 (£150), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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.
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.
There's an indoor heated pool.
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 £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.
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 £25 and a booking fee.
Any of the Pavilion rooms.
The crèche is open between 10am and 12 noon, at a cost of £8 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.
There's no shallow end or life guard, but kids can swim supervised in the indoor pool.
The restaurants welcome children all day, and there's a special menu for tiny tastebuds.
A local babysitter can be arranged with five days’ notice for £8–£10 an hour plus £25 and a booking fee. It costs double on bank holidays.
Cots for babies are free; extra beds cost £35.