- At a Glance
- Our Review
A complimentary bottle of wine in your room.
Stoke Place is a reinvention of the traditional country house – a home from home environment with all the feel of an aristocratic-owned private house, yet none of the stuffiness.
Set in 26 acres of beautiful parkland designed by the legendary Capability Brown just 40 minutes from central London (and handily close to Heathrow), this grand-looking Queen Anne Manor makes an ideal – and highly affordable – romantic getaway for jaded city dwellers.
Set close to Windsor and the River Thames, Stoke Place dates back to 1690. Geese wander around the lake and wildlife-rich grounds, while inside, original features and quirky charm have been given a distinctly contemporary (and chintz-free) update with handpicked designer pieces and unpretentiously modern decor.
Bedrooms at this luxury hotel are contemporary in style with stylish bathrooms, hand sprung mattresses and a film library so you can play some of the latest movie releases in your room. Most have lovely views of the grounds and top categories boast big Edwardian style freestanding baths. We stayed in the Gloucester room, with its modern four poster bed, dark wood furniture and huge windows.
Dining at Stoke Place is packed with culinary verve. Under the direction of head chef Craig van der Meer, the much-acclaimed Garden Restaurant serves creatively contemporary British cuisine in fresh and light surroundings with beautiful views over the grounds.
Outside, you can say Hi to the woolly alpacas, borrow wellies and bikes or have a summertime game of croquet or boules (as we did) in the lovely walled grounds. There’s a small gym for workouts, therapists on hand for pampering body and beauty treatments and hammocks slung beneath the oak trees in summer – just the place to kick back with a G and T.
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Stoke Place was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mark MacGee