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The Crown

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Why We Love It

  • This 16th-century property is in Playhatch, a mile from the River Thames
  • The hotel's restaurant serves classic British dishes
  • Picturesque Henley-on-Thames, Sonning & Marlow are within 30 minutes' drive

99%
Enjoyed This
(106 Member Ratings)
"the great food, & friendly atmosphere"
Jenny
Apr 29, 2017
Wokingham, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

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.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

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.

Amenities

General

  • 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

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

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

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • 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.

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10am.

Children and additional guests: No extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

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 24 hours

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

99%
Enjoyed This
(106 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Crown (Part of TMDining) over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the great food, & friendly atmosphere
Other Comments
Room was a good size, all perfect except I didn't like the air freshener in the room, not good for my tubes so I didn't sleep too well. However the food was excellent, both dinner and breakfast, so will go back for lunch or dinner just not to stay.
Jenny Apr 29, 2017 Wokingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely atmosphere in quaint old pub.
Other Comments
Excellent room, very good menu for both dinner and breakfast, lovely staff.
Brenda Apr 28, 2017 Middlesex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great food and good service
Timothy Apr 28, 2017 Ferndown, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and the accommodation was brilliant.
Other Comments
The Crown was excellent value for money, all the bar and restaurant staff were excellent and the pub manager superb.
Peter Apr 23, 2017 Haslemere, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The restaurant food, excellent
Other Comments
We can't wait to go back for our fifth stay. The staff are very efficient, helpful and nothing is too much trouble
valerie Apr 22, 2017 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The good service
David G Apr 21, 2017 Taunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Foos and rooms
Other Comments
freindly rooms being in a garden really surprised us and lovely to sit outsde room with a glass of fizz!
Julia Apr 20, 2017 beds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Enjoyed the whole stay, food was lovely, room was clean and staff attentive.
Jacqueline Apr 18, 2017 Orpington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Just about everything; the hotel, staff, accommodation and food were all excellent.
Mel Apr 18, 2017 Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Excellent service and very attentive. Will definitely be back.
Apr 10, 2017 Crowthorne, United Kingdom

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