It’s the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of this boutique hotel, not at all at odds with its immaculate and stylish decoration, that impresses as soon as you enter. A sensitive new build of 2016, it stands on the site of an old inn just outside the pretty riverside village of Hurley, within easy reach of the capital and with perfect terraces for outdoor dining. Inside, the ten country-chic bedrooms in shades of pale grey are spotless, but with a cosy feel, enhanced by floorboards, beams, blankets and fresh flowers. All abound with little luxuries, while some have freestanding roll-top baths, and one Superior Room has its own patio. But what really makes Hurley House tick is the superb cooking, with a menu that features the freshest ingredients from Berkshire’s best producers as well as seafood brought in daily from Brixham in Devon. You can eat in the rustic bar or in the more formal restaurant, each done up in granite, leather, oak and natural brick.
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.
One of Head Pastry Chef’s desserts, designed to ‘excite the sweet tooth and the eye’.
Treat yourself to inner calm and outer beauty in the luxurious Health and Beauty Treatment Room.