What We Love
- A country pile with championship golf and spa - includes spa access, optional dinner and morePartaking in country pursuits, with clay-pigeon shooting and even falconry lessons
- All of the bedrooms are individually designed
- Slipping into the luxurious spa in the old stables, for divinely relaxing face and body treatments
- The estate's immaculate grounds were designed by Capability Brown, the legendary English landscape gardener
What To Know
- Enjoy fresh flowers, homemade cookies, daily newspapers, and a lending library throughout your stay
- The hotel has 55 guestrooms, each laid out by a different designer
- Looking for something dramatic? Go for the David Hicks room with its barrel-shaped ceiling and stone walls
- Dine onsite at the Old Kitchen, the Harborough Room, or the Billiard Room
More country than Country Life, historic Stapleford Park is one of the finest stately houses around. Many hotels can lay claim to an air of aristocratic grandeur or creaking olde-worlde charm, but few could match the character of this sprawling Leicestershire pile. With maze-like gardens, a resident falconer, croquet, pentanque and even a few woolly sheep grazing in the grounds, this landmark property is the perfect English escape.
In addition to its high-ceilinged rooms, open fires and antique furnishings, Stapleford Park boasts a championship 18-hole golf course and an award-winning spa located in the old Victorian stable block, just a short stroll from the hotel’s heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. A destination for dining too, the hotel features a genteel restaurant awarded two AA Rosettes, where guests might dine on aged beef and British cheeses.
How to Get There
We visited Stapleford Park for Afternoon Tea. Myself, my Mum, Nan, Sister and Niece. We all had a lovely time. The sandwich fillings were different compared to your usual sandwich fillings you would normally expect. The scone with jam and cream were the best I’ve ever had. And the cakes were divine. We also had a glass of Prosecco each. The service was very friendly and attentive We would definitely go again.
We stayed overnight at Stapleford Park on a dinner, bed and breakfast deal and were impressed with both the location and environment.
Only about 5 miles off the Melton Mowbray to Oakham road, the location of the hotel is very rural with far reaching views over unspoilt countryside. We had a 'Grand' room at the front of the house, overlooking parkland and lake, with only the cars parked at the front as a reminder of everyday life.
With some country house or stately home type properties, it is difficult to imagine them ever having been cosy or comfortable family homes, since everything is just a little too grand and formal, but Stapleford Park seems to have found a balance between baronial ceilings, walls and decor, yet comfortable furniture and atmosphere.
A member of staff came out to meet us and help us with our luggage when we arrived. Check in takes place in the entrance hall with huge fireplace and large print wallpaper with silk birds and flowers and, from where you sit at the desks to sign in, you can look through to the impressive staircase and other sitting rooms off.
We were then given a quick guided tour of the downstairs of the hotel, information about our dinner reservation and instructions as to breakfast.
Our room was spacious with very high ceilings. Little in the way of decoration, although a plethora of scatter cushions and a bolster on the large bed. Heavy curtains with tie backs, although you could also just pull across the original shutters. The radiators had been located within what would have made a lovely window seat, with latticed vents, and kept the room warm - rather too warm at times and we were unable to open the original sash windows. I think I am correct in remembering that there was a fan in the wardrobe, but we didn't use it in the middle of the night.
A large walk in wardrobe had plenty of good quality wooden hangers, which they trusted us not to walk away with (I do have a bee in my bonnet about hotels who attach their hangers to the rail!) and an ironing board and iron.
There was an amenity tray with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and biscuits. Cartons of milk were provided, and we were told that we could have fresh milk just by ringing down to Reception. Glasses on our bedside tables and in the bathroom and, a nice touch, a small decanter of Sloe Gin with two shot glasses on the mantelpiece.
A large cupboard housed a TV and drawers below, in which was stored a hair dryer. A dressing table and stool and easy chair completed the furniture. There were ample sockets for charging tech, wifi was free and of an adequate speed.
Robes and slippers were provided and the bathroom was huge, with double sinks, bath with shower over and a very efficient heated towel radiator. Toiletries were provided.
Two small niggles - as this is the kind of hotel where one is likely to be making an effort when dressing for dinner, it would have been good to have had a full length mirror somewhere in the room. As this is also the kind of break where relaxation is high on the agenda, a second armchair or perhaps a small sofa so that we could both have relaxed, rather than one of us having to sit / rest on the bed would also have been appreciated; there was certainly adequate spare space within the room to accommodate this.
That said, there are a number of spaces downstairs where guests can sit and relax, read or play board games, including a room with full size snooker table for those who are interested.
We enjoyed a pre-dinner drink - good selection of gins, both well known and more local - and canapés before dinner. Our order was taken in the bar and we didn't go to our table until the starters were ready.
It is possible to eat from a less extensive menu in the bar and room service is also provided. The hotel does provide pet friendly rooms and dogs were allowed in the bar; I find this rather off-putting but it is clearly an advantage for some.
Our dinner was beautifully presented. The dining room was quite quiet in terms of patronage and the lights had been slightly dimmed and background music played. Service was good, very discreet but efficient.
Our dishes were comprised of excellent quality ingredients, imaginatively put together and were delicious. The dishes do veer in favour of fish, game and meat, although each course has at least one vegetarian option.
We both slept very well, so well that we lifted the bedlinen to check the make of the bed and found it to be a Hynos bed with mattress topper, a brand heavily advertised as being the best quality sleep provider by a well known chain of hotels. We certainly have to agree in this instance.
When we woke in the morning, it was clear from the large number of extra cars in front of the house that some kind of corporate event was taking place that day. We went down for breakfast around 8.45am, to find no staff either in the dining room or hall, where the serve yourself part of breakfast was laid out, and about 4 -5 couples sitting in the dining room, looking rather lost.
After about 5 minutes, we decided to help ourselves to fruit juice and cereal. Whilst doing so, a couple of staff walked through the hall, showing men in suits to a room at the back.
After about 10 - 15 minutes the duty manager looked into the dining room, saw all of us sitting there and disappeared. Staff suddenly appeared to take our order for coffee and cooked breakfast. My husband commented that it would have rescued the abandonment experience if the manager had just walked to each table and apologised for the wait. It is clear from the hotel website and other reviews that much of their business is derived from corporate events, which is understandable, but we did rather feel that the day visitors were being looked after at the expense of those of us who were overnight guests.
Cooked breakfast was hot, plentiful and tasty, with a number of options and using locally sourced produce. Coffee was mediocre, as is so often the case in hotels - another bee in my bonnet, how come good coffee is served in the bar and very ordinary served at breakfast when, let's face it, you sometimes most need that 'kick' from the first coffee of the day.
When checking out, we had been charged for our meals (which were included in our deal) but this was quickly sorted.
We enjoyed our stay and would certainly visit again, may be just choosing not to have breakfast so close to 9.00am in future, so as not to clash with day events.
I was lucky enough to be taken here for my birthday last week. Our room was clean and comfortable. We booked into the spa for massages which were so relaxing we both nodded off. In the evening we enjoyed a wonderful three course meal and a great breakfast the following morning.
All members of staff that we came into contact with were very friendly whilst remaining professional at all times.
From the moment we arrived our party of four were made to feel most welcome. We were escorted to our table by a gentleman who was very pleasent and entertaining. The waiterees explained various options to us before delivering the tea which consisted of a choice of sandwiches, cakes and scones, and our tea of choice. We were seated by a large window overlooking the grounds with a view of the lake and golf course,which with the overall ambiance of this beautiful house made for a most pleasurable afternoon. For that special occasion I highly recommend a visit to Stapleford Park.
Despite the nice views the staff are rude and arrogant. Especially some housekeeping I have bumped into. Some waitress’s are useless have no idea what there doing and would rather speak to people behind the bar. Shame about the staff. Lovely place though.