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Stapleford Park

As you can probably tell, I absolutely loved this hotel and I believe you will too. A fantastic example of getting everything perfect. Gorgeous and impressive estate, glorious main house, bags of meeting / conference spaces and then there’s the attentive and friendly service. When you also factor in the delicious food and masses of activities on offer, you know you are onto an absolute gem of a venue. If you look after incentive groups or small to medium sized conferences / company away days, you should head over there for a show around. I’m sure you’ll find it as captivating as I did.

Stapleford Park has to be one of the UK’s best kept secrets. It’s a glorious retreat, sitting right in the heart of England, just a few miles from Melton Mowbray. Not only can they host meetings of various sizes, but you’ll also have the opportunity to stay in a historic building and participate in endless activities such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, golf, swimming, spa facilities and much more. Wow – I honestly didn’t want to leave!

Address: Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF
Website: www.staplefordpark.com
Conference Sales Contact: Carolyn O’Sullivan
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1572 787077

Distance & time from nearest airport: East Midlands Airport - (28 miles) 45 mins by car

Distance & time from nearest railway station: Melton Mowbray (5 miles) 10 mins by car and Grantham station is only 30 mins by car (16 miles) and from there, Kings Cross in London is only a 60-minute train journey

Official star rating: 4 Red Star

The main house and estate at Stapleford Park dates back to the 14th century and is located in 500 acres of the glorious Leicestershire countryside. You cannot help but be impressed as you drive through the gates onto the estate, where you pass the golf course, a couple of little cottages, the lovely St Mary Magdalene church before going through a little archway before reaching the main house.

The first thing that hits you as you enter the house is the glorious fireplace complete with little benches to sit on – I loved that! We were greeted by Tom who escorted us to our room and gave us a very warm welcome. Perfect!

The house itself is super impressive and would definitely wow any groups that you might bring here for a meeting. They will definitely have a memorable experience of the house and that is even before we get to the fabulous service, various meeting room options and fabulous activities to participate in. Definitely a place to leave a memorable impression on you.

Situated immediately off the reception area is the Gilt Room which would be a fantastic place for a reception desk for your groups, completed with huge windows, this is a very nice room. It would be a really impressive way to make first contact with your delegates and get your meeting off to a great start

Parking: 150 spaces – no charge to park here. It is also worth pointing out that there is a Tesla charging point at the hotel too, which is a great touch.

Coach / Bus Pick-up Location at hotel: Right outside the front entrance. The hotel is set in 500 acres providing plenty of space for coaches to park.

Number of bedrooms: 55 in total. 48 bedrooms in the main house and 7 bedrooms in two cottages (one with 3 bedrooms and the other with 4 bedrooms - each bedroom in the cottages is self-contained with its own bathroom)

The bedrooms, as you would expect in this house, are fantastic. All individual, spacious, luxurious and classically furnished – very appropriate to the building. I loved my bedroom with its view of the peaceful countryside – very relaxing and super quiet. There were some really nice touches, like all the rooms having actual names rather than numbers and a small bottle of Sloe Gin for us to sample, which was very much apreciated!

Number of floors: Three

Wi-fi: Yes, free and worked brilliantly throughout the building, considering the thickness of the walls etc. Your conference delegates wouldn’t have any problems at all.

Fitness gym: Yes, there is a large and fantastic gym with all manner of free weights and exercise machines. It is in a separate building (the Victorian stable block) to the main house but it is one minute to walk to it. There is also two fitness studios for private use (subject to availability) – in case you want to incorporate some wellness factors into your conference.

Spa: Yes, this is also in the Victorian stable block so it was separate to the main building. It was a lovely area with masses of treatments and 7 treatment rooms for a thoroughly relaxing experience. The building also looks very impressive as you walk to it.

Swimming Pool: The swimming pool is actually situated in the main house and is a really nice indoor pool complete with jacuzzi, sauna & steam room.

Other Leisure Facilities: The facilities that this venue has is amazing. We were lucky enough to sample some of them and we absolutely loved it. We started out morning with a spot of archery, being given a very good crash course by the very skilled Richard.

After this is was a spot of Clay Pigeon shooting with the super knowledgeable Pete – who gave us brilliant instruction and soon had us hitting the clays like they were no-ones business. These are both fantastic things to do with your groups and can introduce a competitive element to team building or an incentive.

We rounded off the morning with a hands-on exhibition of the majestic sport of falconry – we absolutely loved this and it was amazing to see just how special a relationship that Pete had with these birds of prey. My particular favourite was ‘Bernard’ the European Eagle Owl who was stunning (and really big / heavy), complete with his poor eyesight and chilled out persona – he and Pete were a great team and amazing to watch.

There is also various other outdoor activities to enjoy such as a large outdoor chess set, boules, and a championship golf course complete with fabulous pavilion and much more.

RESTAURANTS & BARS
Stapleford Park really does have some wonderful dining options. In the main house there is the relaxed and chilled atmosphere of the Drawing room amidst comfy chairs, sofas, books, board games and a roaring fire. It has a lovely and well stocked bar and an absolutely fantastic ambience. You can order delicious bar food and afternoon tea here – I enjoyed a steak baguette, which was cooked to perfection with excellent service.
Then there is the elegance of the two rosette ‘Grinling Gibbons Restaurant’ which doubles up as the main dinner restaurant and breakfast location. At dinner we were looked after with unbelievable service - such a friendly, yet relaxed manner from the waiting staff and the food was absolutely out of this world. One of the nicest meals I’ve had for a very long time.
The other dining option is in the relaxed dining environment of the restaurant at the golf pavilion – this is ideal for your groups and is another option that Stapleford Park offers for its corporate business. Lovely views over the golf course too.

The 13 rooms that make up the conference offering at Stapleford Park really give event managers plenty of scope for all manner of events. From the largest room (The Grand Hall) right down to the boardroom type rooms, there are plenty of options available. The best aspect is that every room has masses of character and would definitely leave a lasting memory for your delegates

The Grand Hall
The size of this room is quite a surprise in a historical venue – it’s the largest room here and is absolutely perfect for medium sized conferences, wedding, awards ceremonies etc. It’s also packed full of natural daylight (or you can have a total black out) and it serviced by its own kitchens and has the adjoining Orangery / terrace outside for coffee breaks etc. It also has great access for an AV company to load-in etc. The room can be used as one combined room or split into two separate spaces.
Grand Hall Combined
Natural light: Yes
Size: 265 Sq.M
Boardroom: 72
Theatre: 200
Cabaret: 120
Classroom: 140
U-shape: 70
Dinner: 180
Location: 1st floor
AV Equipment included: None

Grand Hall I
Natural light: Yes
Size: 110 Sq.M
Boardroom: 36
Theatre: 60
Cabaret: 40
Classroom: 30
U-shape: 26
Dinner: 60
Location: 1st floor
AV Equipment included: None

Grand Hall II
Natural light: Yes
Size: 143 Sq.M
Boardroom: 46
Theatre: 120
Cabaret: 80
Classroom: 72
U-shape: 40
Dinner: 120
Location: 1st floor
AV Equipment included: 3 phase power

Orangery
This fabulous air conditioned room has masses of natural light and then some. Sitting in between the Grand Hall and the outside terrace it is the perfect place to hold a relaxed drinks reception, wedding ceremony or as a great place for coffee breaks or a small exhibition. This is a very nice room and a perfect accompaniment to the Grand Hall.
Natural light: Yes
Size: 115 Sq.M
Theatre: 140
Cabaret: 36
Classroom: 72
Dinner: 50
Location: 1st floor
AV Equipment included: None

Falcon / Mews / Committee Rooms
These are all located in the archway right just outside the main house and are all perfect to use as breakout room, small private boardroom or events team office. They also have a nice reception area which could be great for coffee station etc.

Falcon Room
Natural light: Yes
Size: 43 Sq.M
Boardroom: 20
Theatre: 35
Cabaret: 18
Classroom: 18
Location: Ground Floor in the archway building
AV Equipment included: None

Mews Room
Natural light: Yes
Size: 31 Sq.M
Boardroom: 12
Location: Ground Floor in the archway building
AV Equipment included: None

Committee Room
Natural light: Yes
Size: 27 Sq.M (Slight L shaped room)
Boardroom: 10
Location: Ground floor in the archway building
AV Equipment included: None

The Pavilion
This fantastic space on the first floor of the Golf Pavilion overlooks the 18th green of the championship golf course and the views are glorious. It is perfect to use as a lunch or dinner location for your group as it benefits from a very relaxed atmosphere.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 75 Sq.M
Boardroom: 12
Theatre: 36
Cabaret: 24
Classroom: 8
U-shape: 10
Dinner: 36
Location: Ground floor in the archway building
AV Equipment included: None

The Old Kitchen
Located on the ground floor, this lovely old square room is full of character and comes complete with a pillar right in the middle of it! So the hotel have embraced this and use it in the hollow square set-up – and I can vouch that it looked great and would actually be a great room for a discussion. Also would be great for a drinks reception or coffee break

Natural light: Yes
Size: 60 Sq.M
Hollow Square: 16
Dinner: 36
Location: Ground floor inside the main house
AV Equipment included: None

Harborough Room
Located in the main house on the ground floor this room with stylish red walls is perfect for executive boardroom meetings or to use as a breakout room. It enjoys lots of natural light and masses of character. I really like this room.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 55 Sq.M
Boardroom: 24
Theatre: 40
Dinner: 24
Location: Ground floor
AV Equipment included: None

Billiard Room
This room is actually home to a billiard table that converts into a meeting table once a fitted top is placed onto it. I loved this – it looked great and is a really good talking point. Lots of natural light and is perfect for boardroom meeting or to use as a breakout room.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 44 Sq.M
Boardroom: 16
Dinner: 16
Location: Ground floor
AV Equipment included: None

Gilt Room
This is the perfect room for a registration desk and what better place to meet your delegates for the first time. I really liked this room – situated on the ground floor immediately next to the front entrance in the reception area. It offer huge amounts of natural light and lots of space. It can also be used as a breakout room, boardroom and would also work for a drinks reception for smaller groups. It also interconnects to the Morning Room so can be combined for a larger private area for your group.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 33 Sq.M
Boardroom: 8
Location: Ground floor next to reception
AV Equipment included: None

Morning Room
This lovely room can be accessed from either the Gilt Room or the Drawing Room. Perfect for use as a boardroom, private dinner or breakout room and, as mentioned earlier, it could also be combined with the Gilt Room to make a larger combined space for a drinks reception or similar.

Natural light: Yes
Size: 32 Sq.M
Boardroom: 8
Theatre: 30
Dinner: 10
Location: Floor
AV Equipment included: None