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The Carnarvon Arms

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The Carnarvon Arms is a Grade II-listed former coaching inn set in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Highclere Castle, where "Downton Abbey" was filmed, is less than five minutes' drive away
  • The historic market town of Newbury and its racecourse are less than 15 minutes' drive away

Enjoyed This
"Great pub , delicious food and staff were attentive and friendly ."
26. Nov 2018 - Reading, United Kingdom
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The Carnarvon Arms is a Grade II-listed former coaching inn set in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and less than five minutes' drive from Highclere Castle, where "Downton Abbey" was filmed.

Beacon Hill -- also less than a 5-minute drive away -- has a fort on top of its summit and far-reaching views. Watership Down, a hill less than 10 minutes' drive away, is best known as the setting of Richard Adams's 1972 novel of the same name, and is popular with cyclists and walkers.

The historic market town of Newbury is around 10 minutes' drive away and Newbury racecourse is less than 15 minutes' drive away.

The Carnarvon Arms has been restored to a modern-day country pub, while retaining its traditional features and charm. The dining room still has its high vaulted ceiling. It has 18 individually decorated bedrooms and Wi-Fi is free.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Express check-in / checkout

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib are available, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under.
Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at 10€ per pet per night.

Cancellation: 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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Carnarvon Arms Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.0 Location
3.6 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Great pub , delicious food and staff were attentive and friendly .
Chad 26. Nov 2018 Reading, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. Room was very clean and comfortable. Really enjoyed our stay and we would definitely return.
Beverley 26. Nov 2018 Tadley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The very friendly and efficient staff, the good food and lovely atmosphere.
Debbie 18. Nov 2018 Swansea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great staff and restaurant serves great tasty food at good prices
Other Comments
Not sure what we actually got for our "superior" upgrade as the room we had was quite pokey and stuffy during the night as had yo keep window closed as situated right on busy A34
David 12. Nov 2018 Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was excellent. Hot fresh food served on properly warmed plates. Great quality.
Other Comments
We received a warm welcome and the room was well appointed. Bathroom quite small with only a shower but this didn't bother us. We were only interested in a cozy night in the bar with some good food. Breakfast was to the same high standard served until 10am. Bar prices were very reasonable. Will be returning for my Dads birthday in February 19. Only other comment is that the hotel is situated adjacent to a fast road to the front, and the A34 to the rear. Our room faced the front so the noise level was pretty good. If you're facing the A34 it may be too noisy for you. Otherwise....excellent and looking forward to returning.
Stuart 12. Nov 2018 Fleet, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and atmosphere
Alan 05. Nov 2018 Lytham Saint AnnesLytham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Service was good. Friendly, helpful staff. Value for money.
Leslene 04. Nov 2018 Birmingham , United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was okay
Other Comments
When we arrived we were only booked in to the standard room when we had paid for an upgrade to superior room. We were moved rooms but found out that we had not been moved to a superior room by asking the morning cleaner to look at a superior room, it was nothing like the room we had been moved to, we had only been moved to another standard room. The room I was in was cold as the central heating radiator did not work (a fan heater had been supplied in the room so the fault was known but is was so noisy you couldn't have it on overnight so it was cold by the morning). The room was set up for one person not two! The restaurant was not in use so was seated the the bar area where dogs were allowed so was seated by a dog owner who was feeding their dog food from their meal, not pleasant. The only staff member at breakfast could not cope. This was part of our anniversary treat which was so disappointing.
David 03. Nov 2018 Newbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We were both made to feel very welcome by all of the staff. Evening meal in the bar area and breakfast the following morning were both very good. Thank you to the Chef and the serving staff who made this break very enjoyable.
Other Comments
Very clean and quiet double room. Booking through Travelzoo was very good value for money.
Derek 31. Oct 2018 Poole, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendly atmosphere and the quality of the food and the cleanliness of the room.
Other Comments
We both ordered the chicken schnitzel and were told this was sold out which was a shame as it was our anniversary. The safety light in the room stayed on and shone green all night and kept waking me up as I like a dark room to sleep and also kept hearing road noise during the night. The bed was comfortable and we had a good selection of refreshments and some biscuits in our room. It was great that there was a couple of mirrors in the room so I could see to do my hair and make-up.
Kim 29. Oct 2018 Wimborne, United Kingdom

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