Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
This countryside mansion evokes grandness from the façade, with acres of land to explore surrounding it. Whilst the décor could be described as tired in parts, the bright colours and eclectic collection of artefacts and antiques make for an interesting, colourful stay. There would be no chance to be bored with the fantastic offering of bookable countryside pursuits, from horse riding and falconry to archery, and weather permitting, you could picnic by the lake or enjoy a game of croquet. Staff appear to genuinely care whilst assisting whenever possible, and the restaurant - as well as providing classic dishes for adults - have a fulsome à la carte children's menu. The relaxing spa is split into two sections, with treatments in the renovated stable block and the pool in the main house.
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20 minutes away by car is the enigmatic Belvoir Castle, which is well worth a visit.
The hotel's grounds are worth strolling around, or head to nearby Rutland Water. Melton Mowbray is only 15 minutes by car.
By car: around 3 hours from London and Bristol, and 2 hours 45 minutes from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: London Kings Cross and St Pancras International to Melton Mowbray takes 1 hour 30 minutes. It's a 15-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Families will love the eclectic mix of bookable activities, as well as the size of the grounds. The many nooks and crannies are furnished with inviting seating which lends itself well to cosying up with a book.
Service & Facilities
The golf buggy rides were useful for when we were lethargic post-spa treatment, albeit a short distance from the room.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The State Room with its high ceiling and four poster bed felt spacious yet homely. The window seats felt stately and gave a good view of the grounds.
House Room, Manor Room, Grand Room, State Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Overlooking the fireplace in the Library Bar devouring the delicious, rich truffle mac & cheese was delightful. It was a fun addition to have local red Leicester cheese in the traditional egg and cress sandwich for afternoon tea.
The Grinling Gibbons: 2 AA Rosette restaurant, modern British cuisine. Open for breakfast and dinner. Set menu from £45.
The Drawing Room: period lounge, serving afternoon tea. Daily 12:30-4pm, from £35.
The Library Bar: serving light bites, larger meals and drinks. All-day menu, open daily.
Rooms available from £195 per night
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