Found less than an hour’s drive from central London, Stoke Place offers a perfect escape from city life. Located in the picturesque village of Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, this 18th-century country house hotel is surrounded by 26 acres of parkland, offering peace and tranquillity year-round.
Needless to say, the hotel exudes romance. There are six types of room available, all of which feature luxurious amenities and a surprisingly modern décor that manages to enhance rather than clash with the historic surroundings. All mod cons are included, from flat-screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi to iPod docking stations; unbelievably comfortable double beds and en-suite bathrooms come as standard. To experience the utmost luxury – ideal when celebrating a special occasion – check into one of the hotel’s three deluxe suites: the Alexandra, the Queen Anne and the Gloucester. Each expansive suite boasts panoramic views across the lake and gardens, free-standing Edwardian-style roll-top baths, rainforest showers and giant beds that were made for lazy lie-ins.
If you can tear yourself away from your room, be sure to visit the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Seasons. Head Chef Jonathan Stephens has created a menu of seasonal contemporary British food, most of which features ingredients grown in the hotel gardens. Indulge yourself with the seven-course tasting menu or choose from the à la carte, which includes options such as heritage beef fillet with triple-cooked chips and béarnaise sauce; Orkney scallop with Mylor shrimps and Gentleman’s Relish; and a cauliflower and Wigmore cheese suet pudding with onion gravy.
Work up an appetite by taking an invigorating stroll around the lake and parkland, and reward your efforts with a visit to the cosy basement bar – the classic espresso Martini comes highly recommended. Breakfast, also served in the bright modern surroundings of Seasons, is well worth getting up for; an extensive continental breakfast buffet offers everything from pastries to fresh fruit, while cooked options range from eggs Benedict to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
With its picturesque setting and exceptional restaurant, this luxurious hotel is perfectly placed for a weekend getaway and offers a taste of English country life less than an hour from London.
Stoke Place, Stoke Green, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire SL2 4HT, +44 (0)1753 534790, stokeplace.co.uk