On Valentines Day I decided my other half needed a treat and what better way to spoil him than a luxury weekend break at Stoke Park Hotel and Spa in Buckinghamshire.
Driving through the gates of Stoke Park which is set in 300 acres of beautiful lakes and gardens, the grounds make quite the first impression.
If your looking at the photo's above and thinking the grounds look familiar to you, that's because Stoke Park has starred in numerous movies Goldfinger,
As we approach The Mansion House all I can think is what a beautiful building, the architecture is stunning.The Mansion House looks like a grand stately home, housing 21 rooms all individually designed and beautifully adorned with art.
All rooms are aptly named after historical connections to the estates history which is a lovely touch. The Mansion also houses three wonderful dining experiences for any foodie.
Humphry's restaurant offers British fine dinning at it's best. The Orangery light meals and what looked like a wonderful and indulgent afternoon tea. San Marco offers guests a relaxed classic Italian meal.
We decided to stay in The Pavilion, the newer hotel built in 2008, which houses the indoor swimming pool, Italian marble steam rooms, state of the art gymnasium facilities, tennis courts and offers 28 modern contemporary rooms.
Our room is wonderfully modern and we are greeted with a lovely bottle of chilled champagne ready to drink. The perfect way to start our Valentine's weekend.
After unpacking we decide to head straight to the swimming pool for a quick dip before dinner. The pool is wonderfully bright with the most amazing fish tank taking centre stage.
I have to admit that I was a little taken aback by the number of children in the pool. Many of the spas I have visited previously have been adult only venues. But Stoke Park has dedicated splash times for children making it the perfect retreat for families too.
They also have an exciting games room to keep the most hardened of teenagers amused.
After building up an appetite swimming around the pool, we ventured back up stairs to get changed for our Valentines dinner.
Being aware that head chief Chris Wheeler has been at Stoke Park for ten year's and as a huge foodie I was expecting fantastic food and wow he didn't
Even looking at these pictures are making me hungry. Highlights have to be the Sea Bass, Rack of Lamb and Fillet of Beef.
We had an amazing weekend at Stoke Park, I can clearly see why the hotel has been awarded 'Five AA Red Stars'. The hotel offers exceptional service in beautiful surroundings.
However, how can a foodie leave without a Sunday lunch? Well this one didn't and boy was it good.
We will most definitely be back to sample that tempting afternoon tea and the beautiful spa treatments.
Top Tips for the perfect stay:
Make sure you book a room overlooking the grounds.
Book a spa treatment at the same time as making your hotel reservation, weekends get booked up quickly.
The afternoon tea looked amazing book in advance to guarantee availability.