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Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The hotel has a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant and a spa with a 5-bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide
  • Snelsmore Common Country Park, ideal for walking and cycling, is 20 minutes' walk away
  • Highclere Castle, where the ITV series "Downton Abbey" was filmed, is nearby
  • There's an on-site 18-hole golf course with a clubhouse and a shop

Enjoyed This
"Everything about it was good quality. One of the best short breaks we have had."
Aug 31, 2019 - Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa is just outside the village of Donnington in west Berkshire, and has an extensive list of facilities, including a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant, a spa and an on-site 18-hole golf course. It also has four AA Silver Stars, an accolade given to properties offering a superior level of quality in hospitality, service and cleanliness.

The town of Newbury is around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel, and is home to Newbury Racecourse. Highclere Castle, used for exterior shots of Downton Abbey in the popular ITV drama of the same name, is a 15-minute drive. English Heritage attraction Donnington Castle, a 14th-century castle where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are believed to have stayed, is a 15-minute walk away.

The "state-of-the art" spa (The AA Hotel Guide 2019) has an 18-metre pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. There's also a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, an aromatherapy room and experience showers. Pre-booked spa treatments are also available (supplements apply).

There's an 18-hole golf course on site and a Grade II-listed Victorian clubhouse with views over the fairways. There's also a club shop. It's £25 per person per round, which must be booked in advance (payable directly to the hotel).

The 2-AA-Rosette WinePress Restaurant serves "imaginative food complemented by a superb wine list", says The AA, and the hotel's bar is open daily, offering sharing platters, drinks and meals.

Executive rooms have views of either the golf course or the Berkshire countryside. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £30 inclusive of tax per pet per stay.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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
(19 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Donnington Valley Group Ltd (t/a Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa) over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.2 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Everything about it was good quality. One of the best short breaks we have had.
Other Comments
Absolutely lovely hotel, great food, good service, and good value.
Carol Aug 31, 2019 Hitchin, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very clean and spacious rooms. Some very helpful staff willing to listen to concerns and rectify issues.
Other Comments
The food was disappointing, not the level you'd expect for a 4 star hotel. Spa treatments a little overpriced.
Amber Aug 24, 2019 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A very relaxing stay - staff throughout the hotel were friendly and helpful. Spa was lovely and the whole place was well kept and beautifully clean.
Noreen Aug 20, 2019 High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent visit, very clean, lovely room and the food was exceptional, the dinner menu didn’t do it justice Breakfast was again excellent a very good selection. The spa/pool. Was very good, very modern. The public areas ie. bar and restaurant were a little soulless and not all that comfortable but overall this was minor in the big scheme of things. Would definitely take up the offer again.
Other Comments
Spoke to the head chef who was very pleasant chap and he explained his theory about the menu, he wanted it to be a surprise, and it was, best l’v had in general hotels l’v stayed in. No tourist info in the hotel and the receptionist hadn’t got much idea either, but it wasn’t really that critical. Overall an enjoyable trip
Colin Aug 08, 2019 Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderfully relaxing hotel with good pool, spa and gym facilities and a chef at the top of his game. Highly recommended.
Other Comments
Good value Xmas breaks.
Simon Aug 17, 2019 Bushey, United Kingdom
Other Comments
All ok, but the chef would do better to serve 'mushy peas' when requested, and not petit pois floating in a garlic sauce (to which I am allergic). The ingredients of mushy peas are peas. It is not 'posh' to add anything else.
R Aug 22, 2019 Bracknell, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel in lovely setting. All the staff we dealt with were very friendly and very efficient. A lovely pool and steam room etc. We were visiting Highclere Castle and the hotel is ideally placed.
Janet Jul 24, 2019 Halesowen, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Really nice hotel with very good restuarant, evening meal was excellent
Anthony Aug 01, 2019 Rochester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel in nice setting with lovely countryside around it. Clean rooms nice spa facilities. Excellent food in the wine press restaurant good value for money booked as a package. Had a lovely cream tea on arrival that we thought was excellent value for money.
Other Comments
All the staff were lovely and very helpful just need to be more aware of customer needs we were left 30 mins on the evening waiting for someone to ask if we would like dessert menus the restaurant was at this stage fairly quite. We also had to remind staff that we would like tea and coffee at breakfast after a bit of a wait.
Patricia Jul 13, 2019 Rugeley, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Food excellent
ian Jul 23, 2019 High Wycombe, United Kingdom

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