A luxury country house hotel and sporting estate set in a picture perfect Grade I listed house surrounded by around 500 acres of Capability Brown designed landscapes – sounds pretty good right? Well that’s the location for the next stop on our summer of Great British Golf – Stapleford Park! It’s got a fascinating history, dating back to the 14th century; however it wasn’t until 1988 that it was converted into a hotel by the American fast-food restaurateur and hotelier Bob Payton.
The estate is easy to access from all corners of the UK as it sits right in the very heart of England, in Leicestershire close to Melton Mowbray and just 20 minutes from Rutland Water.
Stapleford Park has long been a favourite among Your Golf Travel customers and it’s easy to see why when you consider the comfort and luxury this historic country house offers, as well as the brilliant championship golf course, exceptional spa and 2 AA Rosette Restaurant!
First on the agenda at Stapleford Park is the golf course – laid out over a glorious landscape characterised by mature woodland, streams and ponds, together making a remarkable backdrop for both the course and the house itself.
Donald Steel is the brains behind the golf course at Stapleford Park, which opened in the autumn of 2000, and when you consider his other creations (which include many links courses including four in St Andrews and the Kintyre Course at Turnberry) there’s is little surprise that there is a distinct Scottish accent to it. These accents include seaside influences; the bunkers are revetted, long fescue grass is plentiful, and there are few holes that run in the same direction, he’s also made it possible to run the ball onto the green through the front – making it a playable course for golfers of all abilities.
Stretching to 6,944 yards from the back tees and playing to a par of 73, Stapleford Park Golf Club offers a tough test of golfer for players of all handicaps and is always in impeccable condition.
One of the toughest holes on the course is the par-5 11th, with out of bounds all down the left, water on the right and a trio of bunkers within driving distance in the middle of the fairway, you’ll be doing well to walk of this green with a par.
Stapleford Park’s Championship Golf Course became the East Midlands first European Senior Tour venue when it hosted the Handa Senior Masters in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – testimony to the quality of the course which is always held in high esteem by a number of top professionals in the country.
“It’s the whole set up here that attracted me to Stapleford Park. I can’t think of anywhere more relaxing to come, to get away from the pressures of everyday life on the tour” Justin Rose
“I love to play Donald Steel’s courses and believe Stapleford to be one of England’s greatest Jewels” Sam Torrance
Accommodation at Stableford Park comes in the form of just 48 uniquely designed guestrooms and suites, in addition to two estate country cottages, each has their own characteristics, with one-of-a-kind feel and atmosphere, offering the top option for golf break accommodation in the East Midlands.
The rooms have been individually designed and furnished in a style reflective of their creators, with world-renowned names such as Mulberry, David Hicks and Crabtree all having their own particular room within the hotel. The two cottages are hidden within the grounds of the resort, and each comes with their own lounge and kitchen area. Whichever room you decide to choose, you’re guaranteed to get a peaceful night’s sleep and have a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
This particular room was designed by Crabtree & Evelyn.
Just as you would expect from a luxury hotel, each of the accommodations come properly equipped with complementary Wi-Fi access, TV with Sky channels, Egyptian cotton linen, bath, shower and designer toiletries. Many of the rooms also boast glorious views of the surrounding estate, including the Championship Golf Course.
Stapleford Park is also a delight for food lovers, as there are three excellent dining options for you to choose from, whether it’s just a sandwich on the terrace or a romantic three-course sit-down meal, Stapleford Park has it covered.
The pick of the bunch is the elegant Grinling Gibbons Restaurant. The 2AA Rosette awarded dining room provides a delicious array of food coupled with friendly service in uniquely stylish surroundings. The Head Chef is committed to serving top-quality gourmet food using only locally sourced produce and ingredients. So you’ll really get a taste for the Midlands during your stay at Stapleford Park.
Dining doesn’t get much better than a meal at 2AA Rosette awarded Grinling Gibbons Restaurant.
If you’re looking to wind down, head to the Victorian stable block. Here you will find the Stapleford Park Spa. Comprised of seven treatment rooms, a relaxing lounge area, fitness studio and full equipped Technogym, the Spa offers the perfect place to relax and unwind after a round of golf. Or if you’d prefer a swim, a five minute walk will take you to the House where the pool complex, with heated 22m pool, steam room and Jacuzzi can be found.
The hotel also has a long history of traditional British field sports such as falconry and shooting. As well as these activities you might also wish to have a game of tennis, practice your target shooting, play croquet, experience a horse ride or even try your hand at a bit of archery.
Golf breaks to Stapleford Park start from just £99! This includes 1 Night, 2 Rounds, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast – so it also provides excellent value for money.