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Last weekend was another dream stay away in beautiful surroundings to celebrate, relax, and indulge in some time with my husband, Lloyd.
It's actually Lloyd's birthday today (Happy Birthday Lloyd!), and for one of his gifts I decided to treat him to two nights at Stapleford Park where he could try his hand at a golf lesson, enjoy another cream tea after the love we had for our last one shared together, sample local ales and ciders, and leave with a full stomach of Sunday roast!
Stapleford Park Country House Hotel & Sporting Estate sits in the heart of England near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire within the East Midlands. Hotel guests and members are invited to enjoy all the comforts and luxury of this historic country house with a variety of things to do such as country pursuits and activities on offer for the whole family.
Surrounded by 500 acres of Capability Brown landscape in the heart of Leicestershire, this Grade I listed mansion bears the imprint of architectural styles, from Tudor to Victorian and where tradition meets the best of the 21st century. Get up close and personal with Bernard the owl or aim for perfect marksmanship at archery and clay pigeon shooting. A round of golf on our championship golf course, or for those in search of pure bliss, head for the Grade II Victorian stable block, now a
luxury Spa. At Stapleford Park, you can do as much or as little as you like.
Enjoy luxury country house life and let the comfortable surroundings and history that is in the very fabric of the house weave their magic.
Over the weeks prior to the planned week away, I was in close conversations with the reservation team who helped MASSIVELY with my little ideas for Lloyd, prior to arrival.
As I mentioned, I originally requested a card and general itinerary to be popped in the room for Lloyd with all the things I had planned, and I honestly cannot thank Sarah Hickenbottom and the team enough for what they did for me with this.
The lengths that she and her colleague Andrew went to to make the personalised, letter headed itinerary, the room arrangement, and any updates I needed were just unending! Responses to emails and queries came immediately, and the general feel of hospitality and sense of excitement as much as my own was such a joy to share! What a team!!!
More name dropping, but other favourites include Rory and Louise at front of house, and Bridget...well...Bridget was everywhere!
Rory was actually the first member of the Stapleford team that we met in person. At the car actually, when he came out to greet us on arrival! He helped with out bags, and took us on a really lovely tour of the place once we'd checked in, so we were familiar with our whereabouts during our stay.
Louise was also such a bright, sunbeam character to update on the days events as we passed through the foyer from time to time. She always had time to hear about our adventures so far, and humored me endlessly as I talked to her about everything I'd eaten so far...
Bridget...I wish I knew her role in the house, because not only did she drive us with such fun to the Golfing Pavilion on the golf buggy, she also made sure that everyone was happy throughout all corners of the house, and then some! I loved seeing her appear for chats every now and again, and then disappear as if by magic, to attend to things behind the scenes again. Lovely woman!
Table staff in all aspects of our dining experiences were all utterly brilliant too, so should not at all go without mention. So willing, friendly, and expressive.
The "Lady Gretton"
The "Lady Gretton" is one of the Estate Rooms of Stapleford, known for its understated elegance.
Stapleford Park was designed for entertaining on a grand scale, and with that comes comfortable, luxurious hotel rooms, suites and cottages for you to retire to. With original features, unique design and all of the 21st century accoutrements you would expect, there is a perfect space for everyone at Stapleford Park.
Experience sheer luxury in the Osborne & Little Suite, country whimsical in the Harebell Room, understated elegance in the Lady Gretton Room, or playful imagination in the Campion Bell Room.
I'm yet to sleep in a softer, more plump bed than that in 'Lady Gretton'. It's like sleeping on a marshmallow, and floating on a cloud.
The open plan design of the room was such luxury, with high ceilings, beautiful lighting arrangements come sundown, and a sofa at the foot of the bed for relaxing with tea from the facilities at the side dresser, and watching television if desired.
The en suite was home to, according to Lloyd, the best shower he's yet to personally grade, and a lovely window view of the side of the house. So roomy too, with a generous sized sink vanity, and our now favourite shower gel and moisturiser brand, Noble Isle.
Many of the State Rooms, like that of the "Lady Gretton" belonged to the lords and ladies of the house, and are large, luxurious, and well...stately!
High ceilings, window seats, perfection.
"Hailed as the most famous woodworker of all time, Dutch master Grinling Gibbons completed intricate carvings in some of Britain's most famous buildings including Hampton Court Palace, Blenheim Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. The beautiful woodwork above the mantelpiece in our dining room is attributed to Gibbons and is a true feast for the eyes. As are the dishes created by our culinary team who take inspiration from locally sourced ingredients, in a county rich in its food tradition, to create delicious seasonal dishes for even the most discerning palette."
To read more, and for all menu information, head to this [LINK]
"Roast hand dived scallop, cucumber ketchup, bergamot, rock samphire & borage" - Delicious! The scallops were butter soft, and had were so flavoursome!
"Confit stone bass, caramelized cauliflower, mussels, sea lettuce & salted berries" - The bass was cooked to perfection with its mild translucency, and teamed beautifully with the berries! A combination I'll most definitely use at home!
"Clotted cream, strawberry essence, rocket & pistachio" - Such a refreshing dessert! All sorbets and creams featured across the evening menus are such a cleansing end to the dishes. There's literally always room for one, so don't regret it and go without!
In contrast with our previous experience at Dandelyan , afternoon tea at Stapleford was served wholly traditional, with finger sandwiches, warm scone, clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve. For the sweet treat accompaniments came deliciously adorable French pastries.
Full Afternoon Tea Menu can be found HERE
Breakfast was served between 7:30-10:30, and was host to a simple but delicious buffet selection of English breakfast favourites, like egg, bacon, sausages, and black pudding. In addition, you may serve yourself up cereals (I love Weetabix at the best of times...), with generous helpings of delicious greek yoghurt, fruit coulis, and jams. Speaking of preserves, you also had the option of serving up marmalade and jams on a variety of breads, as well as local honey and sample pots on your table for rounds of toast delivered by waiting staff.
Salmon and cold meats are also available.
On our second and last morning, we took full advantage of the a la carte breakfast menu, and ordered up a stack of cinnamon and maple pancakes for a supplement charge. Oh boy, you do not want to miss out on these if you have a sweet tooth. The pancake texture is light as air, and buttery rich to boot. Luckily Lloyd and I decided to share them, and they may have been the end of me after having then had a Sunday roast planned only a couple of hours after!
Again, as mentioned, I had arranged for Lloyd to have an hour of golf tuition with resident golf tutor, Simon Pashley.
Such a likeable man, and very easy to chat freely with, Lloyd went from complete, bare bones beginner, to truly showing potential at the end of it all! Simon was so encouraging, and an EXCELLENT way of breaking down instruction and informing technique. Lloyd had a blast!
And of course, it wouldn't be possible to simply gloss over how gorgeous the grounds are at Stapleford, so here's a collection of photographs we took on our exploration.
"Enveloped within Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's calming landscape of the 1770s, there are many paths to take at Stapleford Park, from the formal and picturesque to the natural and informal, but all equally enchanting.
Take a walk through the walled garden, perhaps stilling for a moment to take in the arresting composition: the manicured parterres of the foreground, the 19th century ha-ha of the mid ground providing both a protective barrier and an unbroken view, and the pull, as Capability Brown surely intended, to the tranquil landscape beyond."
For more information on the Stapleford Grounds, head over here [LINK]
RED COAT INSPIRATION
After two glorious nights at Stapleford, it was time for Lloyd and I to go home. Check out was simple, and just as warm and friendly as check in. Louise and Rory were around to wave us off (so glad about that! Those two are golden!), and we also thankfully got chance to say goodbye to Bridget, who is also an absolute treasure.
I can't tell you enough how perfect our stay was. For Lloyd, it was so lovely to see how much he enjoyed his spoils and birthday treats - several of which I hadn't even personally arranged, and were completely complimentary (the mug!). We were both made to feel so welcome by every member of staff encountered, and the true air of elegance and detail in the property and grounds itself tied up the whole package in what feels like a dream like experience now!
Our stay was, by far, an ultimate favourite in my books now for luxury large scale hotel retreats. It will be pretty tough to beat Stapleford Park, moving forward.
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