Built as a private home in 1789, Stoke Park became the UK’s first ‘country club’ in 1908 and has maintained a reputation for first-rate hospitality ever since. James Bond has stopped by a couple of times, playing a round on its championship course with Auric Goldfinger in the 60s, then playing around with Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies three decades later. There’s world-class sport on its tennis courts too each year, when it hosts the pre-Wimbledon Boodles championship. The location of the house was originally chosen for its unrivalled vantage point and, today, its nine function rooms offer fine views of its Capability Brown grounds. For the most special occasions, we firmly advise the Fountain Room, which looks south across a private terrace to a remarkable water feature.