Berkshire. Home to the ravishing races, a roaring music festival, and it’s even the weekend stomping ground of ol’ Queen Liz! Adorned with rolling fields, the River Thames flows through, and you might even be able to snap a photo with royal or two…
So if you’re looking for a quick countryside getaway, we’ve clubbed together a few of Berkshire’s very best hotels, happy travels!
Nuzzled within 376 acres of National Trust parkland, Cliveden House is truly a beloved gem that’s even a favourite of Meghan Markle. This royal favourite is simply beautiful in every way, whether it’s the grand driveway leading you up to the five Red Star award-winning hotel, or the luxurious spa filled with bubbling jacuzzis and even an outdoor headed pool (so even if it’s a little chilly out, you can be outside submerged in warming waters). Whether it’s an overnight stay you’re after in one of their club rooms, or a quintessentially British cottage retreat for you and the family, Cliveden House is the perfect spot to channel your inner Britishness and escape the city, even if only for a night or two.
You can check out our full review of our recent visit to the Cliveden Spa here
Headed to the races? Oh boy, have we found the perfect rural retreat for you! Surrounded by rolling fields and ancient woodland, Coworth Park is rich in country house charm, whilst delicately decorated with modern interiors and furnishings. This Georgian manor house is part of the Dorchester Collection, and is home to 30 luxurious rooms in the manison house with another 40 rooms available across the cottages and stables. If you’re wanting something a little more private, The Dower House resides nestled amongst its own private gardens, coming fully-equipped kitchen and three en-suite bedrooms.
Believe it or not, you’ll find this beautiful hotel plopped on a little island in the River Thames nestled in the historic village of Bray. The rooms and suites have been specially created by New York-based, Champalimaud Design, all of which have a cosy country house feel and, of course, come with stunning views of the River Thames or flowing greenery. If you’re looking for a spa retreat that’s a little different, then the floating spa will leave you floating on cloud nine… And let me tell you, there’s a whole lotta dreamy massages to choose from!
Okay, so you might not be able to stay the night at Windsor Castle on your royal visit to Windsor but we’ve found the very next best thing. If you’re a massive fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show you might remember when the cast flocked to the halls of Oakley Court, and they wouldn’t be the only known faces to have graced them either. As it’s located in Windsor, of course, Her Majesty The Queen has made an appearance here! And if the rooms are good enough for the Queen, then they’ll be good enough for all! You’ll be able to live your fairytale dreams over in the mansion house deluxe rooms, all of which have their elegant period features in tact and stunning views of the Thames.
Surrounded by 250 acres of parkland, De Vere Wokefield Estate was first built back in the 1560s for the Plowden family. Nowadays the estate’s history is still prevalent in the glorious architecture and interiors, with a mix of tradition and modernity flowing through every room and suite. Let the guys putt the afternoon away on the 18-hole PGA-standard golf course, while you and the girls enjoy afternoon tea in the 1560 Restaurant and Bar.
If you’re looking for somewhere with more a B&B vibe then Gilbey’s is the perfect place to go. Just a short stroll from the legendary Eton College and Windsor Castle you’ll find this quaint townhouse boasting three cosy bedrooms, plus a luxury studio suite equipped with its own kitchenette and spacious seating area. Feeling peckish? Head down to the restaurant and try the selection of modern British cuisine with a French twist, courtesy of head chef Amaury de Oliveira.
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