Why We Love This Hotel
- This boutique hotel has unusual quirks like elephant statues and bright oriental décor
- It's in a quaint Berkshire village on the border of the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- There is a bistro restaurant and bar, and a large garden for al fresco dining
Tucked away in the Thames-side village of Pangbourne, on the border of the North Wessex Downs and Chiltern Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Elephant Hotel is a converted English tavern with an oriental twist. Dating from the late nineteenth century, this boutique hotel showcases handcrafted Indian furniture alongside quirky Elephant trinkets.
You can explore Pangbourne village and see Church Cottage -- once home to Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows -- or visit The Swan at Pangbourne, notable for its mention in Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. Pangbourne Meadow is five minutes' walk from the property, and you can have a picnic by the river with views of the Chiltern Hills, or walk the 45 minutes between Whitchurch and Mapledurham locks.
Mapledurham Estate, with its 12th-century manor house and home to the last working mill on the River Thames, is 20 minutes' drive away. Reading and the pretty village of Goring-on-Thames are both within 15 minutes' drive and Henley-on-Thames, with its annual Royal Regatta that's been running for over 175 years, is 30 minutes' drive away. Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Castle are both within 35 minutes' drive.
At the hotel you can dine in Christoph's restaurant, al fresco in the private garden or at BaBar, which serves more casual, bistro-style cuisine. Bedrooms are individually designed and have flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Wi-Fi is free.