Conveniently located just 35 minutes to the west of London, Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel is positioned within peaceful and tranquil Buckinghamshire countryside. England’s vibrant, cosmopolitan capital is within touching distance, where history and culture combine to guarantee excitement at one of the world’s most visited cities.
The five-star Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel Stoke Park boasts 49 bedrooms and suites, 21 in The Mansion and 28 in The Pavilion. The Mansion rooms are all individually designed and furnished, most have open fires and some enjoy terraces where sweeping views across the parkland to Windsor Castle can be savoured. The recently opened Pavilion bedrooms and suites have a luxurious contemporary feel and also offer magnificent vistas across the estate.
Three restaurants provide fine dining in contrasting, yet delightful environments. Humphry’s (named after the famous landscape designer) overlooks Repton Bridge and it’s the "3 AA Rosettes" jewel in Stoke Park’s culinary crown, where Chris Wheeler’s innovative British cuisine provides the perfect accompaniment to Stoke Park’s heritage. San Marco offers a relaxed Italian brasserie theme and alfresco dining in good weather, while the Orangery serves an array of tasty meals and quintessentially British afternoon teas overlooking some of the finest views in England.
Apart from London’s abundance of attractions, the Royal residence of Windsor Castle – the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world – is within easy reach of Stoke Park. For those seeking lighter amusement, Legoland Windsor is set in 150 acres of parkland where a multitude of rides and shows provide fun for all the family. Nearby Thorpe Park is one of England premier theme parks, which offers many exhilarating rides for the thrill-seeker. Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre in Burnham Beeches caters for riders of all ages and levels of experience. Award-winning Clay Pigeon Shooting is an option nearby at the E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe. And those who want to monkey around in the treetops should head to Go Ape in the Black Park near Pinewood Studios where high wires, crossings and zip wires will make the adrenalin pump.
The award-winning spa boasts eleven treatment rooms, an enchanting private atrium and tropical aquarium, deep relaxation room, Italian Marble steam rooms, an indoor pool and stunning Spa Gardens that feature an outdoor Scandinavian Sauna and Hot Tub, which all combine to create the utmost in spa luxury. A large state-of-the-art gym with the latest in fitness technology is also available. There’s also a studio where daily classes (complimentary for hotel guests) range from yoga and pilates to body combat. The 13-court tennis facilities are excellent, where three indoor courts, six Wimbledon-standard grass courts and four floodlit courts are available for guests. There’s also a leading crèche service offering a choice of activities, outdoor playground, games room and much more to keep the kids entertained.
Stoke Park has been the most important landholding in the village of Stoke Poges for more than a millennia. The Penn family – founders of Pennsylvania – built the Palladian mansion as a private home. The build finished in 1795 and was designed by James Wyatt, architect to King George III. The Capitol Building, home of the US Congress, bears more than a passing resemblance to Stoke Park’s mansion house.
Situated approximately twenty miles to the west of central London, Stoke Park remained in private ownership until 1908 when Nick "Pa" Lane Jackson purchased the estate, commissioned Harry Colt to design a 27-hole golf course, and then turned the property into Britain’s first “country club”. Two years later, Bernard Darwin, the doyen of golf writing, described the mansion as: “a gorgeous palace, a dazzling vision of white stone, of steps and terraces and cupolas, with a lake in front and imposing trees in every direction.”
No other golf property has played a bigger starring role in movie history than Stoke Park. Located just four miles away from Pinewood Studios, amid parkland landscaped in the 18th century by Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, the course was the stage for the golf scenes in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, in which 007 won his match against Auric Goldfinger – Tomorrow Never Dies, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Layer Cake were also filmed here.
Stoke Park, Europe’s leading 5 AA Red Star Country Club, Spa and Hotel, is way more than a must-visit for movie fans. The golf courses are complemented by an award-winning spa (located in the Pavillion), a state-of-the art gym, 13 tennis courts and even a leading crèche service enabling parents to enjoy precious adult time.
Twenty-seven challenging and recently renovated golf holes are thoughtfully routed around the 300-acre Buckinghamshire estate in three returning nine-hole loops. The original 18-hole Harry Colt-designed layout (now called Colt and Alison) has staged a number of important events down the years, including the PGA Matchplay Championship, which Hugh Baiocchi won most recently at Stoke Poges in 1977. The third 9-hole loop named Lane Jackson (owner of Stoke Park from 1908 to 1928) opened for play in 1999.
Stoke Park is one of England’s finest parkland courses where the main lines of defence are the stately trees, strategically placed bunkers and super fast greens. Fairways are generous allowing all-important options through width, but line is still key otherwise approach shots will be much more challenging.
There are a number of fine holes at Stoke Park, but a feature one is undoubtedly the par three 7th, played from an elevated tee to a diagonally angled green that slopes markedly at the front towards a babbling brook and lake. This outstanding golf hole was the inspiration for “Redbud”, Augusta National’s par three 16th.
Here are a few review comments from golfers who’ve played the highly acclaimed Stoke Park course:
“The course is a visually very pleasurable and caters to all skills levels.”
“Bunkers [now] much more challenging, giving the holes a fantastic optical impression and making the course a joy to play.”
“A classy place where you are made to feel very welcome… if you appreciate Harry Colt and golf architecture you will enjoy the challenges that each shot presents.”
“This is a truly wonderful course presented in fantastic condition. Very welcoming staff and the service is top class. The courses and facilities are fastidiously maintained.”