Historic Attractions

It’s not too far-fetched to begin by pointing out that London is merely 45 minutes away. Many of our guests enjoy combining our peaceful setting with everything that the Capital has to offer. Hop in a taxi for a few minutes and Reading Station will deliver you London Paddington in fine form – direct travel times are from just 27 minutes.

For guests with an interest in heritage, Blenheim Palace, Stratfield Saye House and Windsor Castle are just some of the historic buildings in the area. National Trust properties include Greys Court (a Tudor house and garden near Henley), Basildon Park (a fascinating, restored 18th century house and ‘pleasure ground’ garden) and The Vyne, built for Lord Sandys, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain.

Bringing things up to the 21st century, Reading’s premier retail centre, The Oracle, is a few minutes’ drive away, and has over eighty stores as well as cafes and bars.

Children find that it takes very little persuasion to take their parents to Legoland. The Living Rainforest at Newbury, offers 700 species of plants and animals to discover across three glasshouses – a good option for a rainy day.

Explore all things boating at Henley Rowing Museum, which includes a gallery on The Wind in the Willows.