Wedding ceremony Concepts pample the highlife as our on-line editor escapes to Stoke Park to search out out if the luxurious lodge and spa is worthy of its A Listing popularity.
With a wholesome CV of starring roles and cameos in various our favourite Hollywood hits, Stoke Park certainly deserves its personal IMDB web page. Noting 2004 as a second de bonheur, the pristine lawns, jaw-dropping grounds and spectacular interiors steal the present in movies comparable to Wimbledon, Bride & Prejudice and Matthew Vaughn’s Layer cake.
Nonetheless, the lodge and nation membership is probably most-famed for its 27 gap golf course, which performs host to the impossibly suave 007 in not one, however two James Bond movies (Goldfinger in 1964 and 1997’s Tomorrow By no means Dies). It's secure to say Stoke Park’s popularity most positively precedes it.
The Mansion at Stoke Park
For me, the star high quality was clear the second I arrived on the The Mansion. The spectacular Grade I listed, Georgian-era palace instructions consideration as you method from the understated driveway, set again from the Stoke Poges nation lanes.
It was onerous to not really feel like a Hollywood starlet, searching for solace from unforgiving paparazzi, as I clambered up the vast entrance steps and turned again, tipping my appropriately darkish sun shades to admire the superbly inexperienced, sprawling lawns. Eagle-eyed friends will be aware the stone-stepped entrance because the backdrop to Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller’s dramatic change within the ultimate scenes of Layer cake.
As soon as inside, The Mansion assumes a brand new function. In a reverse-Tardis impact, the interiors are cozy and homely, however definitely not missing in grandeur. After a tour of the plush bar, lounges, personal rooms and Humphrey’s – the fine-dining restaurant holding three AA Rosettes – it was straight up the spectacular sweeping staircase to my room. Noting the Instagram alternatives on my approach, after all.
The Pennsylvania Suite
With a bout of imposter syndrome already kicking in, I used to be positive there had been a critical case of mistaken identification as I used to be proven to The Pennsylvania Suite.
Seemingly bigger than my pokey London flat, the Pennsylvania Suite is, in my humble opinion, one of the best in the home. Conventional in type, the room boasts a seating space, open fire-place and ginormous marble lavatory full with a sunken tub and separate bathe walk-in bathe. Doubtless my favourite half, nevertheless, is the massive south-facing balcony overlooking the property.
It was right here, channeling Woman of the Manor, that I resigned myself to the very fact I'm going to must embark on a brand new, illustrious movie profession to maintain up with my new suite behavior.
And it appears I’d be in good firm, too. The Pennsylvania Suite as soon as welcomed rom-com royalty, Hugh Grant and Renée Zellweger, as Stoke Park performed host to Bridget Jones and Daniel Cleaver’s romantic (learn: calamitous) weekend getaway in Bridget Jones ’ Diary. If solely oak timbered four-poster beds might speak …
The Spa at Stoke Park
Following a heavenly nights sleep and a morning espresso al fresco on my balcony, it was time to hit the spa. All within the title of journalism, after all.
Housed throughout the drive in The Pavilion and its personal surrounding gardens, the spa at Stoke Park is a haven of indulgence and serenity.
Amenities embody an indoor heated swimming pool, Italian marble steam rooms, a deep rest room, a personal atrium with a shocking 5 meter tropical aquarium, and an outside Scandinavian Sauna, scorching tub and tranquil spa backyard (which actually comes into it's personal in the summertime months).
The Pavilion additionally holds a fully-functioning fitness center and well being membership with an array of kit and train lessons on provide to lodge friends and membership members.
Weddings at Stoke Park
After a therapy on the spa, I completed my keep at Stoke Park with a stroll across the grounds. I didn't fairly make it spherical all 300 acres, no quantity of R&R would prepared me for that, however a brief stroll within the luscious gardens behind The Mansion sufficed.
It was right here I understood why Stoke Park is so extremely in demand as a marriage venue. The beautiful backdrop of The Mansion within the marriage ceremony images can be sufficient to sway even probably the most specific brides.
With a devoted crew readily available to cater to your each want, Stoke Park provides up enviable marriage ceremony choices, together with:
- Eating services that may cater for as much as 146 friends
- 11 spa therapy rooms within the award-winning spa for pre and post-wedding pampering
- 49 luxurious 5 AA Pink Star bedrooms (together with the Pennsylvania Suite)
- eight beautiful rooms and the Fountain Terrace through which to carry a civil bridal ceremony, every with its personal character and wonder
- Devoted marriage ceremony planner to information you thru all of your necessities on the day, from coiffure to leisure type
To high off the expertise, I’d suggest inquiring in regards to the Pennsylvania Suite to your marriage ceremony night time. Let's simply hope you find yourself luckier in love than poor previous Bridget.
Costs for a Deluxe Mansion Room begin at £ 199 an evening.
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