Review: Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire

This was the first weekend away that I had fully organised on my own, so I did tons of research and found this adorable 17th century country house turned hotel, set just far enough out of London that it was the perfect escape.

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My boyfriend had just gotten back to London from a few months away and we were celebrating his birthday/Christmas/our first anniversary all at once so I wanted something as relaxing and exciting as possible while not breaking the bank. Luckily I came across Stoke Place on Secret Escapes, and because they’re pretty empty between Christmas and New Year, we got a really good deal.

When we arrived, I was honestly a little nervous – it was really the middle of nowhere, and the part of Slough that we drove down looked a little run down. But the second we got onto the property, we were both blown away. The house was absolutely beautiful and the estate is huge!

Only disappointment – the Christmas tree was not very happy… (it stayed that was for the whole visit)

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We were put in one of the newly refurbished cottages just by the front gate, and although it had less of a hotel feel, it was actually really nice being away from hustle and bustle.

Our room was great, and the bath was amazing (I think I took about 4 baths in 3 days..)

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PS: I was of course using Lush bath bombs, my favourite is Avobath but in this photo I was using their Christmas Present bomb which is a lot more fun 🙂

We were ridiculously excited when we noticed the bed in breakfast cards!! So there was no question about where we were going to spend our mornings…

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They even dropped off Love Actually on DVD so that we could watch it that evening!

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We didn’t try the hotel’s restaurant because it was pretty expensive and didn’t have the best reviews, so we went straight for burgers at the bar. Still pretty expensive but it was a nice burger! And we loved the atmosphere so went back the next morning for coffees and scrabble 🙂

IMG_6980Tip: great pub down the street called The Red Lion which was perfect for the cold winter night, great food and open fire! Sorry I didn’t take any photos!

On our last day we went into Windsor and spent a great time walking around the castle and the town.

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Overall, it was an amazing weekend (although I was maybe a little biased by the lovely company). The service was very kind and helpful, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a weekend away from the city.

Tip: Don’t forget the Llamas in the garden!!! (I’m not kidding.)

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RebeccaSophie

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