Stoke Place Hotel

Mimi ON Aug 11, 2009 AT 5:38 pm

Stoke Place Hotel

Stoke Place Hotel

By Claire Yates

London folk sometimes need a break, a nice quiet weekend away to recharge the batteries. If you don’t have your own country pile retreat and fancy somewhere not too strenuous to get to, we’ve found just the place – Stoke Place, remarkably only a 15 minute train ride from Marylebone.

The hotel is housed in a stunning three-storey Queen Anne red brick house built in 1690, encircled by 23 acres of beautiful gardens designed by Capability Brown. Think Jane Austen novels, flagstone corridors and huge ornate rooms, yet revamped with sleek and contemporary fixtures and furnishings. With only 17 rooms and 12 suites, it’s not crowded, so feels like a real home from home. In fact, on our visit, we didn’t see a soul for several hours, really giving us the feeling of being lord and lady of the manor.

A Bedroom at Stoke Place Hotel

A Bedroom at Stoke Place Hotel

Individually designed bedrooms are exactly what you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel, and we found them to be good value for money for the location and facilities on offer. Decorated with plum walls, chandeliers, cosy brown leather sofas and the essential technical gadgets, our Queen Anne room was huge with fantastic bay windows and a bathroom to match, with an amazing freestanding bath and gorgeous Aveda products.

For dining options, you have the choice of dining alfresco on the terrace, in one of several cosy drawing rooms, informally in the bar, or formally in the Vyse room. After an amazing roast with all the trimmings for lunch on the terrace, we sampled the Vyse room in the evening. Smoked pheasant, fine beans & dandelion salad made a great starter, followed by the old favourite of beer battered Pollock, hand cut chips & tartare sauce as a main, which didn’t disappoint. A dark chocolate & rum truffle torte with cherry ice cream finished us off – sublime.

The Bar at the Stoke Place Hotel

The Bar at the Stoke Place Hotel

The best thing about the hotel is its size and setting. Bedrooms overlook the beautiful private gardens leading down to the lake. In the morning, it’s a great place to amble and watch the wildlife go by. And the piece de resistance? Hammocks strewn around the garden – perfect for whiling away sunny afternoons with the Sunday papers.

It’s hard to fault this place as a lovely weekend getaway – easily accessible and beautifully maintained. The personalized service is the cherry on top – Michael the hotel manager will do his utmost to ensure you really do feel like Little Lord Fauntleroy

 

 

By Area: Buckinghamshire
Price Guide: £120 – £225 per room per night
Bath Products: Aveda
Most Requested room: The Queen Anne or The Gloucester

Stoke Place Hotel. Rooms from £120 – £225 per room per night. We recommend requesting the Queen Anne or Gloucester rooms.

Stoke Green, Stoke Poges, Nr Gerrard’s Cross, Bucks. SL2 4HT 01753 534790 http://www.stokeplace.co.uk

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