The cottages have either three or four bedrooms and are both pretty and modern with all the conveniences you could ask for. We stayed in a three bedroom cottage and each room has an ensuite bathroom and two sinks which means the hotel vibe continues with a sense of luxury.
On the top floor of our cottage there were two bedrooms, with another bedroom downstairs alongside a lounge area (complete with games such as Trivial Pursuit and a DVD player), a dining area if you want to have dinner in (you can order room service), and a small kitchen.
The double doors of the cottage opened up onto a patio area complete with a table and chairs and a view of the hotel’s golf course which is really peaceful. The cottages, which sit separately from the hotel, has a Pavilion Bar nearby, which is favoured by the golfers and is open until 6pm, while each cottage is soon to have its own outdoor hot tub, which will be perfect for sipping bubbles in the sunshine.
As we were staying on the Special Girls Night In Cottage Break package, we were greeted with a stock of Prosecco, popcorn and chocolate in the kitchen to set the tone. Meanwhile, all the cottages and hotel rooms come complete with shot glasses and a bottle of sloe gin that is made locally for you to have as an aperitif or digestif.
When it comes to meals you can choose to dine at the hotel, go out or to eat in the cottage, and particularly if you stay for a couple of nights we would suggest trying all options. As the cottages are a little way from the main hotel (which is what gives it a sense of privacy), if you don’t fancy the walk (we decided to be lazy), you can call a golf buggy to come and pick you up to take you to and from the hotel – it’s especially useful in the evening when it’s dark.
For breakfast we decided to order in, and we had a wonderful time sitting on the terrace and eating first thing in the morning. That said, the hotel has really thought of the little details to make you feel at home, so when you arrive the fridge is stocked with bread, butter, milk and orange juice to have as you wish.
As we have already said, you have dinner in the cottage and simply order it like room service at the hotel, but we do recommend dining in the hotel itself on one night as it’s really elegant and has a sense of being really special. We had a cocktail and canapes in the newly refurbished bar first and then headed into this phenomenally grand dining room which has so much character – no wonder it’s been attracting everyone from celebs to Prime Ministers all the way into the present day.
The spa and leisure facilities are split throughout the grounds at Stapleford Park. At the hotel you will find the pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, as well as games outside for when the weather is fine and of course the golf course surrounding the whole hotel.
Meanwhile, closer to the cottages (the Pavilion area), the spa and gym are situated in the old converted stables. Here you will find the treatment rooms, where they use a unique combination of Katherine Daniels and Elemental Herbology products in some of the most beautiful treatments we have come across. We tried the Tranquility Treatment, which was a real combination of experiences including a facial, massage, scalp massage and a foot ritual all within an hour – it was amazing.
To complete the experience, there’s also a cafe area in the spa building where they serve cakes and drinks – all the little bits that make you feel really indulged and happy.
We think that the real beauty of Stapleford Park is that while on the surface it seems like the perfect place for a romantic mini break (and it is), it’s actually perfect for everybody. In a very subtle way so as not to intrude on anyone who is not travelling with children, it is a lovely destination for families with outdoor games like Jenga and boules, a creche, and lots of space to run around.
Of course it’s ideal for couples, particularly those who are real foodies, but it’s also brilliant for groups thanks to the cottage accommodation, lots of space to wander, and versatility of service. It’s really a very special place indeed!
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