Feeling like a movie starBy Natalie Slater
December 16, 2008
Standing on the steps of the grand entrance to Stoke Park Club, one can be excused for stepping in to the fantasy of being Sienna Miller in Layer Cake.
The steps are where your hero, Daniel Craig, or Mr X in the film, was shot dramatically in the final sequence of the British cult film to the despair of his love, you, Miss Miller (Tammy).
More realistically, however, I have the style and bottom size of our other female film role, the oh-so-tragic Bridget Jones who also met her hero here at the Buckinghamshire hotel.
To boast about other film credits, the more famous and acclaimed Bond film Goldfinger was also filmed at this wonderful hotel on the equally famous golf course, just 30 minutes from Reading and London.
The reason this hotel is so popular with cinematic locations is purely its absolute and unquestionable beauty. Sat in the heart of the countryside, Stoke Park Club really is a world away from reality and offers every element of escapism you could possibly dream of.
Alongside the 16th Century stone façade of the main house with its sumptuous décor and decadent furnishing is the new spa pavilion that houses an extra 21 bedrooms – completed only in May this year.
While they are equally as luxurious as the main rooms in the hotel, they do not try to relive the traditional style that was born at Stoke Park Club, instead they offer a modern, art-deco but still wonderfully comfortable and utterly extravagant style.
The hotel now offers a theme to suit any taste and staff will talk through the options with guests to ensure they offer a suite to meet the requirements of any stay at this five star gem.
But this hotel is more than just fantastic accommodation, the food and facilities at Stoke Park Club meet the same standards and add to what is a relaxing and indulgent break.
Dinner at Stoke Park Club is a treat and one that we savoured every mouthful of. We enjoyed fresh scallops to start, I had a beef steak while my friend sampled the venison and we topped it all off with the sweet sensation of a banoffee desert.
Taking away the stresses of working life, the spa at SPC is just fantastic and offers a range of treatments that leave you feeling like you are walking on air.
Alongside the treatment rooms there is a relaxing lounge area, a swimming pool and steam rooms that can offer an afternoon to pass the time in these state-of-the-art facilities.
If you are feeling that the Christmas over-indulgence is already a cert, you might want to book in to the luxury detox weekend at SPC on January 24 and 25.
Detox guru Jane Scrivner, author of Detox Yourself, will be on hand to run the programme with a range of delicious healthy food, including a five-course gourmet dinner, cookery demonstrations, lifestyle consultations, yoga classes and SPC relaxing and pampering treatments.
Let’s face it, we are probably all going to need it...