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The Crown

Reading, United Kingdom
  • This 16th-century property is in Playhatch, a mile from the River Thames
  • The hotel's restaurant serves classic British dishes
  • Picturesque towns Henley-on-Thames, Sonning & Marlow are within 30 minutes' drive
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99% (235 member ratings)

4.7Value for the Money


Reading, Berkshire, RG4 9QN
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The Crown is a 16th-century inn set in the hamlet of Playhatch, on the border between Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It has beamed ceilings, wing-backed chairs, log fires and plenty of rustic charm.

The hotel is a great base from which to explore the local area. The River Thames and Sonning -- described by writer Jerome K Jerome in his book Three Men in a Boat as "the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river" -- are a 5-minute drive away. It is also reported that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin bought their first marital home there. Caversham Lakes, where you can follow a nature trail to see woodpeckers, foxes and rabbits, is nearby.

Henley-on-Thames, an attractive riverside town famous for its regatta, is 15 minutes' drive, while the charming town of Marlow is 30 minutes away, and the rolling hills of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are a 10-minute drive. Mapledurham House is less than 25 minutes by car. This "fine Elizabethan mansion" (The AA) has been used as a location in numerous film and TV productions -- most famously "The Eagle Has Landed", starring Michael Caine.

The on-site restaurant serves classic British dishes and uses fresh local produce. The hotel also has a deli where you can buy some of the ingredients used in the restaurant, and there is an outdoor seating area.

All 10 rooms are individually designed, with quality linen and large walk-in showers. There is free Wi-Fi throughout, and breakfast includes a choice of full English or cereals and toast.


  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.


  • Standard checkout time: 10am.

Children and additional guests

  • No extra bed available.


  • No pets allowed.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

The hotel is just off the B478. There is free parking on site. Reading Station is around 10 minutes' drive. A taxi to the station from the hotel will cost approximately £10, each way. Direct trains from London Paddington take around 30 minutes.


  • Playhatch
  • Reading, Berkshire, RG4 9QN
  • United Kingdom

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Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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