Need To Know
49, including 14 suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £180.00, including tax at 20 per cent.
Breakfast is free for under-6s, otherwise normal rates apply (£19.50 for a Continental breakfast and £25 for a full English). Children Cots free (for under-3s) and extra beds (£45 a night) for under-14s can be added to the Executive Mansion rooms, Executive Pavilion rooms, the Mansion Junior Suites, Pavilion Junior Suites, Pavilion Executive Suites and Mansion Executive Suites.
Most communal spaces and many bedrooms in both hotel buildings are suitable for wheelchair access, with enough space for walking-frames and pushchairs. Prams and buggies must be carried up the stairs to the Mansion Building, although hotel staff will happily take on any heavy lifting. Access to the Pavilion Building is on one level and disabled-access bedrooms are located close to the spacious lifts. The Pavilion also has disabled toilets with emergency alarms.
24–26 December annually.
At the hotel
Restaurants; bars; crèche; spa with indoor pool and steam room; an outdoor hot tub and outdoor sauna; 300 acres of parkland including a golf course, swing studio and academy; gym; dance studio; tennis courts with PlaySight's Smart Court System; adventure playground; games room, on-demand movies and free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, standalone DVD player, radio, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobes (and mini robes and slippers for little Smiths), slippers, rubber ducks, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities and blackout curtains. A Nintendo Wii can be set up in-room on request.
Our favourite rooms
Parents may prefer the more modern style of the abodes in the Pavilion, which opened in 2008: not only are these chic and sizable – with gold- and cream-hued furnishings and bold art prints – but the building has ramp access, lifts to every floor, doorways and corridors wide enough for pushchairs and prams and easy access to the spa and crèche. Deluxe Rooms interconnect and cribs and extra beds can be added to the Executive Rooms and the elegant Junior Suite. Staff will happily help you get your tykes into the Mansion building, where the lavish Junior and Executive suites with fairy-tale four-poster beds, bright fabrics and prints and baroque-style fittings, will delight your little ones.
With an aquarium to one side and floor-to-ceiling arched windows overlooking landscaped grounds on the other, Stoke Park’s indoor, heated pool, in the Pavilion building’s spa complex, is uncommonly regal. Under-16s can take a dip during ‘Splash Times’ (from 10am–noon and 3pm–5:30pm most days) and parents can relax and revive in the spa’s hydro-seat. The heated pool has no shallow end or lifeguard, so keep an eye on your little Smiths. Swimming lessons can also be arranged.
Stoke Park Spa is a sleek, modern surprise in the classic Pavilion building, with mood-lit areas, a chrome- and glass-trimmed gym and a wide range of Thalgo, CACI and Terraké treatments. As well as facials and massages there are cellulite-busting specialities, Hopi ear candles, reflexology, microdermabrasion, extra-manly treatments for dads, manicures and pedicures and pre-natal treatments for mamas-to-be. Spa treatments are also available for over-16s.
Book spa treatments a week in advance. Babysitters and the crèche both need to be booked at least two weeks in advance, but we recommend getting a head start to ensure a stress-free stay. Tennis court sessions are available in 90-minute time slots, which must be booked two weeks in advance. Golf and tennis camps run during half-term and the summer holidays with a maximum of eight children in each class, ring the Pro Shop for details in advance of your stay.