It’s the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of this boutique hotel, not at all at odds with its immaculate, 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 pale greys are spotless but with a cosy feel, enhanced by floorboards, beams, blankets and fresh flowers. Some have freestanding roll-top baths and plenty of little luxuries, while one Superior Room has its own little 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 and seafood brought in daily from Brixham in Devon. You can eat in the rustic bar or the more formal restaurant, each done up in granite, leather, oak and natural brick.
Doubles from £190
+44(0)1628 568500; hurleyhouse.co.uk
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, Tracey Rutt’s desserts. Tracey’s aim is to “excite the sweet tooth and the eyes”.
Treat yourself to inner calm and outer beauty in the luxurious Health and Beauty Treatment Room.
CLAIM TO FAME
It is renowned for its excellent food. Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Tom Jones, Mary Berry and Tim Henman have eaten here recently.
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