Newbury, United Kingdom

Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

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Why We Love It

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

"A quality Classic British Hotel" -- ClassicBritishHotels

94% (177 Member Ratings)

"Lovely room, staff very pleasant, all food good."
Oct 19, 2016
Barnstaple, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Newbury and Newbury Racecourse train stations are around 10 minutes drive from the hotel. The taxi fare from both stations to the hotel is £11-£14, each way. There is free parking onsite.

Rooms & Rates

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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, which is 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 2016) has floor-to-ceiling windows around an 18-metre pool. There's also a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, an aromatherapy room and experience showers. Pre-booked spa treatments are also available.

Golfers are well looked after -- there's an 18-hole course on site and a Grade II-listed Victorian clubhouse with views over the course. There's also a shop selling golfing equipment. It's £25 per person per round and must be booked in advance (payable direct to the hotel).

The 2-AA-Rosette WinePress Restaurant serves "imaginative food complemented by a superb wine list", says The AA, and the Bacchus 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.

From the press:

  • "Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa is a modern country retreat" -- The Good Spa Guide

  • "This stylish hotel boasts excellent facilities" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016



  • 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

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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Children and additional guests: Infant cots/cribs and extra beds are not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: £30 per stay.

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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177 Member Reviews
(94% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Lovely room, staff very pleasant, all food good.
Lynn Oct 19, 2016 Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Service Food
Teresa Oct 17, 2016 Surrey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: very relaxing atmosphere, nice environment. pleasant people.
Other Comments: pleasant and helpful staff, have already booked a return visit!
Kenneth Oct 17, 2016 Hove, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Everything was perfect!
Other Comments: The room was good, the swimming pool was huge and warm and the food was delicious. The deal was great value for money and the staff were friendly and efficient.
Elaine Oct 13, 2016 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Spa was very nice.
Other Comments: I didn't really like the dining or bar area very much and whilst the food was lovely at dinner the breakfast was a little less so, most items on the buffet were cold. Our shower didn't drain, one of the bedside lamps didn't work and there was a large dirty stain on the bed linen. That said it was a nice stay I just wouldn't go again.
Ellen Oct 10, 2016 Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: the room and the view from it was lovely the whole place was of really good quality and the food was enough we had a good time would recommend it and maybe go again
Marcus Oct 10, 2016 peterborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Nice spacious hotel with good facilities
Alan Sep 26, 2016 Lincoln, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: A very relaxing and enjoyable stay
Christina Sep 19, 2016 Croydon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The relaxing atmosphere
Other Comments: Staff were attentive, food was great and we were made to feel very welcome
Derek Sep 19, 2016 Dover, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Great customer service, food and facilities. Room was spacious and clean.
Simon Sep 06, 2016 Ryde , United Kingdom

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