Elephant Hotel

Amy Lindsay
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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.

Rooms & Rates

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £20 per night for children aged 0-14. This includes breakfast. Extra beds and infants' cot beds are available on request and in the Chic rooms only and must be requested upon booking.
Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 per stay. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price
and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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-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.

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