Berkshire, United Kingdom

Hurley House Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$233.16

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP210.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Shaker it off

Setting

Green and pleasant land

It’s hard not to be seduced by Hurley House Hotel – a hotel with a ravishing restaurant that’s as English as the Queen scoffing a scone… Ask her yourself; her part-time residence is just down the road in Windsor. Head chef Michael Chapman’s locally-sourced menu borrows the best ingredients from Britain’s gastro hotspots: Devonshire scallops, Herefordshire beef and game from nearby Windsor estate, topped off with a sinfully good treacle tart. Beyond the dining room, romance prevails: Hurley House’s rooms are ideal for twosomes, with a winning combination of cosy, Shaker style and the bounciest of beds. 

 

Smith Extra

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A cocktail for each guest, late check-out (until 12.30pm) and 20 per cent off all beauty treatments.

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

10.

Check–Out

11.30am (12.30pm for Smith guests). Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $233.16 (£175), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP175.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental or full-English breakfast.

Also

Hurley House is really a restaurant with rooms, and what a restaurant it is: in 2017, AA named it a five-star restaurant with rooms and awarded it two Rosettes for culinary excellence, and it won the Open Table Diners’ Choice award. Book the private dining room (which seats up to 22 people) for an extra-special dinner; folding doors open onto the terrace, so you can dine alfresco when it’s warm. If you’re planning a bigger do, the large, gardens let you bump up your guest list to up to 300. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, and for lunch only on Sundays.

At the hotel

Garden, open-air terrace, free high-speed WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, underfloor heating, air-conditioning, Dualit tea- and coffee-making kit, minibar with free fresh milk and bottled water, Floris bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Our pick for a cosy weekend away would be the HH Superior Room with a private terrace: planted with softly-scented flowers and dotted with alfresco seating, it’s the ideal spot for a morning cup of tea. Inside, the room is decorated in classic, English country house-style with a touch of Shaker cosiness (wooden floors, beamed ceilings and neutral colours). Thanks to the underfloor heating, super-soft bedding and spa-quality bathrooms, every room feels well thought-out and comfortable: you’ll be especially glad of this after several wind-blown, mud-spattered country walks…

Spa

There’s no spa as such, but there’s one treatment room where you can have manicures, pedicures, massages and facials using top-drawer brands including Valmont, Kure Bazaar and Pinks Boutique. We’re particularly fond of the head and shoulder massage. Be sure to book treatments well in advance, as the one on-site spa therapist is in high demand.

Packing tips

Bring your wellies, Barbours and warmest woolies as English weather is notoriously unpredictable. Waterproofs are a must – even if you’re coming in July.

Also

The restaurant, bar and two rooms (one HH Superior and one HH Premium) are accessible for guests with mobility issues.

Children

Children are welcome. Highchairs, changing mats, and games are available. The restaurant can adapt meals or heat up baby food. Extra beds (£40 a night) and baby cots (free) can be added to some rooms (three HH Superior and one HH Premium).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Couples should ask for one of the padded, green-leather booths: perfect for whispering sweet nothings in (relative) privacy.

Dress Code

Dress like the Queen on her day off for weekday suppers (jeans, jumpers and flats). Weekends call for something more stately, so dust off your jewels and heels – maybe leave the tiara at home, though.

Hotel restaurant

Helmed by Michael Chapman (formerly of Michelin-starred hotel the Royal Oak), Hurley House’s restaurant is its main attraction. Dark wood, exposed brick and oversized hurricane lamps are the backdrop for a superb, thoroughly British menu: sample Windsor estate pigeon and deer, Cotswolds chicken and daily-fresh fish from the boats at Brixham in Devon. In winter, the atmosphere is warm and cosy, courtesy of bronze-riveted leather chairs, candlelit tables and towering wine racks. In summer, sit outside on the terrace when the sun is shining, or even when it isn’t – four large, heated awnings keep things dry and toasty for those brave enough to face the elements. Sunday lunch is long, leisurely affair, with the resturant serving all the way through to 4pm (there's no dinner service on Sundays). 

 

Hotel bar

The hotel’s site has hosted several inns and pubs since 1760, and Hurley House has kept up this time-honoured tradition. Wood-burning stoves, flagstone floors, untreated wood and squashy chesterfields make up the bar area, which serves a long list of local ales and artisan beers. The wine offering is particularly stellar – sourced from independent vineyards, there are more than 137 bottles to choose from. If you’re peckish, the ‘jars’ with toast (pick from smoked mackerel pâté, cucumber-and-horseradish ‘hummus’ and rabbit rillettes) will quieten any rumbling tummies. You can also order more substantial fare, such as sausage rolls and fish and chips. 

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am–11.30am (from 8am at weekends). Lunch is from 12 noon–2.30pm and dinner is from 6.30pm–9.30pm (10pm on Saturdays); the restaurant is closed for dinner on Sundays. The bar is up and running from 7am–11pm (until 6pm Sundays).

Location

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Address
Hurley House Hotel
Hurley House Hotel Henley Road
Hurley
SL6 5LH
Hurley
United Kingdom

Planes

Fly to London Heathrow Airport – most airlines (including British Airways, www.britishairways.com) fly here direct from all over the world. Hurley House is a 20-minute drive away along main artery, the M4.

Trains

Maidenhead train station is 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Great Western Railway services arrive frequently from stations including London Paddington (a half-hour journey), Oxford and Reading.

Automobiles

We recommend you bring a car to explore the surrounding area. If you’re coming from London, the hotel’s an hour’s drive along the M4 from Heathrow. When you arrive, there’s free on-site parking for guests.

Worth getting out of bed for

We wouldn’t blame weekenders for spending most of their time in the restaurant: the menu is the sort that encourages full and contented, post-dining downtime; however, the outdoors await. Burn off the extra (wholly worth it) calories with an hour-long stomp along the Thames Path – go west and you’ll reach Henley, go east and you’ll find yourself in Marlow. Both towns have charming traditional touches, such as cobbled streets lined with independent butchers, bakers and candlestick makers (there are a few clothes boutiques too, if you’re looking to break in your credit limit). The English countryside is famous for its walks: Maidenhead and Cookham Commons are famed for wild, protected natural beauty, The Chilterns for rolling hills and woodland wanders. Those interested in ancient history should make the 30-minute detour to visit Runnymede, the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Downton Abbey fans should hunt out Berkshire’s many ‘statelies’, such as The Vyne, Greys Court and Basildon Park (all National Trust properties within driving distance of the hotel). Go one step further in your search for the biggest and best with a trip to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s own home – if the flag is flying, it means she’s in residence. See the state apartments, Queen Mary’s dolls’ house and St George’s chapel. Sportif Smiths should check out the Temple Golf Club, just down the road from the hotel.

 

Local restaurants

The Coach in Marlow is a rare breed: a gastropub serving excellent food, coupled with an unpretentious atmosphere. Try the venison chilli, the apple-glazed celeriac and the ridiculously creamy duck egg-custard tart. It’s best to go early or midweek, as they don’t take bookings and tables are always busy. Michelin-starred Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse in Henley is a 10-minute drive from the hotel and the best choice for a blow-the-budget lunch or dinner, right on the banks of the Thames. The White Oak at Cookham does a brilliant Sunday lunch; alternatively, book for Monday night when all steaks come at a hefty discount. For a more international feel, Satollo Marlow is the best Italian around and it shows – the tables are nearly always packed.

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique, 10-room hotel and unpacked their Floris bath goodies and snaps of Windsor Castle, a full account of their British countryside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hurley House Hotel in Berkshire…

If you’ve regal aspirations, we recommend a stay at Hurley House Hotel: you’re pretty much the Queen’s neighbour (well, almost – Windsor Castle is a 20-minute drive away) so you might even get an invitation for afternoon tea. If her Maj can’t host you this time, the comfortable environs of Hurley House come a close second. Designed with style-conscious, time-strapped city dwellers in mind (it’s only half an hour from central London by car), the hotel combines country-pad style with all the latest mod-cons – underfloor heating and high-pressure showers, anyone? Though the classic, Shaker-style bedrooms alone are a treat for overworked urbanites, the real star of the show is the restaurant, where the menu showcases Berkshire’s best: as much as possible is seasonal and locally sourced. Weekenders can nip down to this bucolic patch – you’ll find Hurley House between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow – for bracing walks and a nosey round a country manor or two, before a cocktail at the low-lit, traditional pub-style bar (the artisanal gins are our favourite). Country-bound couples, rejoice: we’ve found your perfect hideout.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hurley House Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything about this hotel. The room was spacious yet still cosy, had all the mod cons required, lovely shower and facilities. Staff were very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. Had a head and shoulder massage the morning of departure which was blissful and extremely relaxing. Will most certainly be returning sometime soon. Marlow is nearby with nice quaint shops and more mainstream stores as well as plenty of restaurants.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Aug 2017

We loved

Excellent breakfast, friendly staff and high quality accommodation. Windsor and Henley are close by, and there are great restaurants in the area if you're willing to drive 5-10 miles. The hotel is a great central base.

Don’t expect

To have everything on your door step – you'll need to a hire car.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Aug 2017

We loved

The outdoor eating area and the bedlinen. 

Don’t expect

A large room. 

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jul 2017