Recently UK’s country club and luxury golf resort, Stoke Park was in news as the richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani was buying it for fifty-seven million pounds. The deal involved acquisition of Stoke Park, a Georgian mansion on 300 acres in Buckinghamshire, which includes a luxury hotel and golf club. The main building is a Georgian era mansion located at the centre of the 300 acres of parkland. Do you know the uniqueness of this mansion?
The mansion has long history and had passed many hands in the past. Although the Stoke Park estate has a recorded history of over 900 years, it was used as a private residence until 1908, according to its official website.
The present mansion was designed by James Wyatt (architect to George III) who worked on the development of the mansion and surrounding monuments from 1790 to 1813. The parkland was the product of two geniuses of 18th-century landscape architecture, Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Humphry Repton, who designed in 1792 the landscape that can be seen today.
In 1908, it was converted into UK’s first county club. In addition to the 27-hole golf course, sports amenities include 13 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a chic spa, an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub and a gym. The course was designed and constructed by Harry Shapland Colt who landscaped many of the world’s finest golf courses.
The estate is listed Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
The Georgian era mansion is unique in several ways and mainly because it inspired the architecture of the United States Capitol, Washington D.C., which was built later and bears some resemblance to the mansion.
Stoke Park has served as the filming location for several major films, including James Bond’s Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Layer Cake. It also hosts the annual Boodles Tennis Championships as a warm-up to Wimbledon, a week prior to the Championships.