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Stoke Place
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stoke Poges
Reviewed March 1, 2013

This was a big disappointment. We were in one of the cottages 150 yds from the main building not ideal if the weather's cold or wet. You need 'sensible' shoes to walk over the gravel paths and a coat to shield you from the winter weather on your way to dinner. We had booked dinner for 7pm but this was changed, without consulting us, to 6.30pm. Dinner was good and the sevice 'speedy', all became clear when we were asked to leave the dining room soon after we finished. We were told that they needed the space for other bookings. Money before the convenience of guests obviously. Our room had coffee/tea marks on the wall, there weren't enough towels and if you didn't want to sit on the bed there was only one chair at the 'desk'. All in all, not what I would call a 4 star experience. Wouldn't go there again.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Visited on a dinner, b&b offer with complimentary champagne. The 'executive' room was clean and pleasant but much smaller than expected, probably only a standard in retrospect. Dinner had been booked beforehand but they brought forward the timing after our arrival that evening. Though no mention was made to us it quickly became apparent that they would need the table again as the service was express; we were duly ushered out immediatedly on finishing dessert. 3 course meal with wine all over in 65 minutes. The food was well presented and tasty, but very small portions. I asked for an additional side dish of vegetables but was refused.
The staff here were smartly turned out and courteous but all young. I think it was this inexperience that let a potentially good hotel down.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We took advantage of a Travelzoo offer of £169 for dinner bed & breakfast in one of their executive rooms. When we arrived we were greeted and made to feel welcome and told that we had been upgraded to one of their "gorgeous cottages" We walked back up the drive to the front gate where the cottages were and shown to our room, it was right by the road and seemed quite dark so we declined and asked for a room in the main house. We were then shown to our room the Linten which was a little small but quite nice overlooking the front of the hotel (we had been assured a view of the lake at the back when we booked) We went to the Garden room for dinner and it was delicious. Well presented and very tasty. The staff try very hard to please and in the main they do but it is quite obvious that they were learning their trade. Would we go back? Probably not, although overall we enjoyed our stay with them there was nothing special to make us rush back...

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank pcs10557
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Last minute booking via Secret Escapes and it was fabulous. We stayed in Cheltenham suite which was gorgeous. Dinner in the restaurant was amazing with dietary requirements catered for. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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2  Thank Hardlyn
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Went along here at fairly short notice to celebrate my wife's birthday with an afternoon tea. Having considered some of the more popular riverside venues we opted for somewhere we hadn't been before. Booking on line was very straightforward.

Food was as expected, very nicely served by waitress and 'assistant' which made it very slick and professional. Sandwiches, warm scones and selection of 5 cakes/deserts together with a very wide choice of leaf teas were served in the garden room.

The only criticism is that the ambiance was a bit lacking, probably not unreasonably on a Tuesday afternoon at 3.00, there was another table occupied when we arrived which departed shortly afterwards (hopefully not as a result of our arrival).

12.5% optional service charge automatically added to bill, which always grates a little with me.

Would visit again, but probably in the summer when the grounds and terrace could be used to advantage.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Brian B
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We too had this as a Travelzoo offer gifted to us at Christmas. We booked it for a Valentines weekend treat.

Upon arrival we got in to the Reception area only to find nobody there to greet us. After hanging around for a few minutes somebody came through the door carrying other arriving guests bags. It was quite clear we were waiting and we were ignored whilst the other couple were checked in and assisted with their luggage. This felt a little bit like we were ignored as we were the "young couple". After being asked "if we were being seen to" we were then checked in by a lovely girl who was very apologetic for the confused and she showed us to our room. We were also in one of the outbuilding "cottages". It was a nice room with a nice bath tub and bathroom and comfy bed - all in all very impressive. The shower did leak a bit and the tiled bathroom floor was freezing!

We went over to the main building for drinks and dinner and found the bar staff seemed very stressed in the bar area. We think they may have been short staffed due to a wedding going on in the hotel, which we were concerned about but it didn't affect our stay at all.

The meal itself was of a very high standard, with lots of extra courses and some weird and wonderful additions, but I would tend to agree with other reviews - TINY PORTIONS!! Luckily we had some hula hoops which we scoffed when we went back to the room!

We opted to have breakfast delivered in the morning. This was lovely although we were given a selection of jams and marmalade but no toast!!

All in all we had a lovely night away, we also visited Windsor which was only a 20 minute drive and well worth a stroll around.

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1  Thank lucybrees
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This hotel was brought to our attention by Travelzoo, with a good deal for two nights bed and breakfast with an a la carte meal on the first night and an upgrade to an Executive room for £269 for two people. Seemed like a good deal for a quality hotel with a rating of 4 1/2 on Trip Adviser.
From the moment we checked in, however, the experience left us wanting.
On arrival the two female receptionists were vague, with some confusion over matching our credit card details to our rooms and no clear information about breakfast times and location of facilities in the hotel, Our party consisted of three couples and they had to rearrange the room allocation so that we could all be near each other.
We were then shown out of the main hotel building, back across the car park to our rooms which were classed as 'The Cottages'. These were situated by the main entrance of the drive and one room was directly adjacent to the busy road.
The first impression of our particular room was that the entrance was down an alley way and there was an empty bottle outside the door, not very salubrious!
The room was of a good size and was clean with a decent bed and had a lovely deep bath in the bathroom. It lacked character however, seeming rather corporate with no pictures on the walls or homely, individual touches that I would have expected in a hotel of this calibre. We also had to phone reception to request water and teabags as these had not been replaced.
The most disappointing thing for all of us though was that the rooms had no view of the lovely gardens, merely a bush. This was one of the main reasons that we were originally drawn to this particular hotel after all!
Once we had settled in to our rooms, we visited the bar for a drink together. The bar area was full, so upon request we were shown to a separate room nearer reception which could have been so pretty and cosy but again lacked character and ambiance. We noticed when returning for our evening meal some three hours later that our used bottles and glasses were still on the table.
As a previous reviewer has stated, we too received a personalised letter to our room requesting our attendance in the bar at least fifteen minutes prior to our dinner reservation at 8pm to peruse the extensive wine list and menu.
On arrival no wine lists were available and neither were any menus. We eventually went in to the restaurant for our meal at about 9pm.
The meal was amazing, lots of different tastes and textures with attentive staff, followed by cocktails and coffee in the bar area. Overall we found the bar and waiting staff to be very helpful and friendly and we had a lovely evening.
Breakfast was a pleasant affair despite the confusion over the type of tea we requested.( We all ordered English Breakfast and received Earl Grey) and we went off merrily to enjoy a cold and sunny day out in Windsor.
When we returned to the hotel at about 5pm hoping to warm up, relax and get ready for our night out at the local pub we were amazed to discover that none of our rooms had been made up. Following phone calls and a visit to reception this was rectified to a fashion.
However the bed wasn't made properly, the duvet cover merely pulled up and I personally remade it. Water, teabags and toiletries were not replaced, all resulting in a further call to reception. At this point we had to start seeing the funny side and wondered what would happen next. That's when the hot water ran out and our poor friend had to complete her shower feeling rather chilly!
It was a real shame as this hotel has such potential but the terrible house keeping and lack of atmosphere let it down. It felt as though it had been closed for winter and just reopened. I even asked one of the receptionists if this was the case but she assured me it wasn't.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Sharon P
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Address: Stoke Green, Stoke Poges SL2 4HT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Buckinghamshire > Stoke Poges
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Stoke Poges
Price Range: $92 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Stoke Place 4*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Modern Country HouseStoke Place is a reinvention of the traditional country house - a home from home environment, ideal for celebrations and with the feel of an aristocratic-owned private house.With 39 bedrooms, 7 individually designed private rooms seating from 8 to 200 people, extensive gardens designed by the legendary Capability Brown and a gym and treatment room, Stoke Place offers conferences, weddings, quiet getaways and fantastic dining.Recently awarded 3 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and a Notable wine list award. ... more   less 
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