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Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Levenheath, Suffolk
It's no coincidence that this hotel is surrounded by apple orchards: it was founded twenty years ago by the Copella apple juice dynasty and is still run by the second generation of the family. Stoke by Nayland is a resort hotel, centred on two championship golf courses and situated in a gorgeous rural location. The hotel buildings really let the countryside in, with large terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guest rooms are very spacious and comfy, with a slightly retro feel, and the public spaces have been updated with style. Besides the golf, facilities include a pool, spa, gym, squash courts and more.
The rural setting, surrounded by woodland and the golf courses, is perfect.
The hotel sits on the edge of Dedham Vale AONB and near the charming village of Stoke-by-Nayland, with its half-timbered houses, traditional pubs and ancient church.
By car: 25 minutes from Colchester, 30 minutes from Ipswich. Free parking is available directly in front of the hotel.
By train: Bures station and Colchester station are both a 15-20-minute drive away and serviced by trains from London, Norwich (1 hour) and Cambridge (2 hours).
Style & Character
Obviously golfers will love it, but it's also a lovely rural base for anyone wanting to explore this part of Suffolk, in particular Constable Country and Dedham Vale. The hotel is a deliberately eco-friendly place to stay, with a biomass boiler, solar panels and other gadgetry, making it entirely energy-self-sufficient.
Service & Facilities
The weekly 'Fleece Jazz' evenings have been going for 25 years and showcase some of the best British jazz artists.
- Sports Bar
- Gallery Grill
- Lounge Bar
- 2 AA Rossette Lakes Restaurant
- Peake Bistro
- Afternoon tea
Spa with pool, steam Room, sanarium, Jacuzzi, Concept Shower
The self-catering lodges are gorgeous, some overlooking the golf courses, others with a more secluded, woodland feel - and all have access to the hotel's facilities.
Executive Singles, Club Rooms, Gainsborough Doubles, Deluxe Doubles, Deluxe Twins, Junior Suites, Club Triple, One Bedroom Penthouse, Two-Bedroom Suite
Facilities include: air-con, high-speed WiFi, complimentary use of poolside facilities, writing desk, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, 24-hour room service
Food & Drink
Both restaurants have views over one of the 18th holes through floor-to-ceiling windows and from the large terraces which open up in summer. The braised Suffolk ox cheek is a real highlight.
Lakes Restaurant: fine dining, 2 AA Rossette, outdoor terrace. A la carte menu £24 for two courses, £29 for three courses. Open daily from noon - 10pm.
Sports Bar: hearty dishes, live sport, outdoor terrace. Open daily 7am-9pm.
Gallery Grill: panoramic views, grilled meat and vegetarian dishes, afternoon tea. open daily 6-9pm.
Hotel Lounge & Bar: cosy, log fires, light bites, snacks and drinks. Open daily.