One of Smith's first finds, Stoke Park is an enormous, imposing stately mansion designed by 'Mad' King George III’s architect, which, if it weren’t for the Union Jack flying, would look like a mini White House. As well as boasting a golf course (where James Bond and Goldfinger enjoyed a round, no less), Stoke Park has its own incredible spa, Stoke Park Spa, separate from the mansion, with an inviting indoor pool looking over the gardens.
Clear your credit card: golf is not a cheap hobby, and the shop sells everything you may have forgotten or never knew you needed. If your backhand needs brushing up, the hotel's indoor tennis court 3 has PlaySight's Smart Court System, which records ball speeds, player mileage and the calories you've burned – even providing you with a personal tennis-playing profile at the end of the game – ace, in every sense of the word.
Book in for a golf lesson on the hotel's championship course. Riding lessons and outings can be arranged at the local equestrian centre. Hit Windsor for everything royal and, of course, the polo.
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