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A very comfortable family owned and run country hotel in a beautiful location and packed full of facilities, including a gym, spa, pool – and two championship golf courses.  It's eco-friendly too!

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

Keepers Lane Leavenheath Suffolk CO6 4PZ 01206 262 836

We say

If you've ever bought a bottle of Copella apple juice from the supermarket, then you will have contributed to the four-star Stoke-by-Nayland resort hotel on the Suffolk-Essex border. It was founded just under two decades ago by the Peake family, who created the popular juice brand, and whose orchards surround the hotel's grounds and still provide the fruit for Copella juices (now incidentally owned by Tropicana). The Peakes' original dream was to have their own golf course, and the hotel to some extent revolves its around two championship courses that still host top PGA events. But golf doesn't dominate by any means and the hotel is packed full of facilities, with plenty for non-golfers to enjoy. Above all it enjoys a lovely location at the heart of Dedham Vale AONB and within a stone's through of the delights of Constable Country; plus it is still owned and run by the second generation of the Peake family, and is all the better for still being a proper family business, with high levels of service throughout.

The buildings themselves are pretty ordinary if we're honest, but they make the most of the hotel's beautiful surroundings, with large terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows that really invite the outside in. The public spaces have been updated with taste and style, and the guest rooms are spacious and comfy, with a slightly retro feel to the furnishings. They all have satellite TVs, coffee-and tea-making facilities and strong password-free wifi; the majority have a/c, and the deluxe rooms have mineral water, robes and slippers – and most importantly great vistas over one of the hotel’s 4 lakes and golf courses. 

They have also added a number of beautiful self-catering lodges deep in the grounds, built on the site of the Women’s Land Army hostel that used to be at the centre of the family estate, part of which has been admirably preserved as a small museum. The lodges themselves are full of light and have high-spec fitted kitchens and furnishings, and guests get a welcome hamper containing tea, coffee, fresh milk, biscuits, wine and naturally a bottle of Copella juice! All the lodges have large wooden decks, some of which overlook the golf course, while others have a more secluded, woodland feel. As for food, you can use all the facilities or the hotel, including the restaurant, or order in via a 24/7 porter – or you can hire your own chef to come over and serve you a private dinner.

Above all, though, the hotel is the perfect spot for an indolent weekend break in the country. Along with the two golf courses, it has a spacious, state-of-the-art gym, a spa with lovely indoor pool and hot tub and a range of blissful treatments on offer, and a well-equipped shop selling high-end food and drink items, clothes and gifts. The hotel also boasts arguably some of the biggest and best wedding facilities in the county. The bar has a busy vibe, and is a cosy spot with an open log fire that leads through to the next door restaurant, which serves high-end food at moderate prices and has a large terrace overlooking the golf course which you can enjoy on balmy summer evenings. The bar also does burgers and lots of other well-cooked but comforting fare if you want something more hearty. 

Finally, the hotel has won several green awards and is virtually self-sufficient in energy, with an off-site anaerobic digester, two bio-mass boilers, solar panels and other gadgetry making it entirely energy-self-sufficient: something not many hotels of this size can claim.

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Sleeps

80 rooms in total, ranging from standard ‘Club’ doubles (no views) to Deluxe double rooms and junior suites (with views). Plus there are 10 light and contemporary self-catering lodges (6 x 2 bedrooms, 4 x 1 bedroom) a short walk or shuttle ride away from the main building.

How much?

Double rooms £100–£160 a night, and although basic rates don't include breakfast, there are often deals available. Lodges from £335 for a 1-bedroom and from £475 for 2 bedrooms – a 2-night minimum applies. They have plenty of rooms large enough for a young family: the deluxe twins have two large beds, there’s one triple, and the junior suites have sofa beds. 

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Gym
  • Hot Tub
  • Music System
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa & Treatments
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Wedding & Party Venue
  • Wifi

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  • Activities
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  • Countryside
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Lodges & Cabins
  • Sensational Views
  • Walking
  • Wellbeing

When?

Open all year.

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