Farida Zeynalova heads to the verdant Leicestershire countryside for a weekend fit for a royal
The Grade I-listed building oozes splendour from the very start of my stay. The estate, roughly four miles from the nearest town of Melton Mowbray, is encompassed by 500 acres of Capability Brown-landscaped gardens and dates back to the early-17th century. It includes a hotel with 55 individually designed rooms, two restaurants, a golf course, falconry, clay pigeon shooting and a spa. If you’re looking to step back in time and forget the perils of city life, this is the place.
My mother and I are shown to our room, which is based on the designs and colour scheme of sumptuous body-care brand, Crabtree & Evelyn. The walls and bedding are calming shades of cream, pale green and plum, and there are framed images of flowers almost everywhere. I do something that I do in every hotel and test the pillows — these ones are exceptionally soft. The highlight for me is the bathroom, which boasts regal marble, an original stone arch, and a striking wall painting of a flowerpot. The complimentary sloe gin and a birthday card for my mother are marvellous touches.
The spa and treatment
We hop in a golf buggy and whizz over to the spa, which is situated on the grounds of the former stables. We’re booked in for a Tranquillity body treatment, which is an hour long and includes a foot cleanse; a neck, back and shoulder massage; a personalised facial; and a scalp massage. My therapist Anna uses a relaxing Katherine Daniels body oil to hydrate and massage my body, and asks if I have any areas of concern. I particularly enjoy the facial, which leaves my skin brighter and plumper. We chat about skincare and she recommends products for my oily skin type, which I appreciate. Afterwards, we head back to the main house to enjoy the sauna and swimming pool.
For dinner, we head to Grinling Gibbons — named after the Dutch-British sculptor. I order the Aged Dexter beef fillet, which is tender and cooked to perfection. We’re recommended a bottle of the Chateau Corbin red wine to accompany our meal, and the charming French waiter is attentive and happy to talk about his favourite wines and dishes. The table next to the fireplace is perfect for a chilly November evening, and the space is decorated with glittering chandeliers, and framed images of nobles and flora. The Library, an old-world glamour bar embellished with hundreds of vintage books is the perfect pit stop after an evening meal. The next afternoon, we try the Afternoon Tea package, which comes with delectable sandwiches, cakes and Champagne.
Ideal for anyone seeking a tranquil countryside getaway.
Stapleford Park is a member of Small Luxury Hotels. The Tranquillity body treatment costs £64 for 50 minutes. House rooms start from £170 (mid-week), and the Crabtree & Evelyn room starts from £420 per night.
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