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 20 minutes' 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" -- Classic British Hotels

93% (99 Member Ratings)

"5 course Valentine meal."
Feb 13, 2017
Southampton, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Newbury and Newbury Racecourse railway stations are around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. The taxi fare from both stations to the hotel is £11-£14, each way. Parking is free.

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, 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 2017) 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 club shop. 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 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.

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 2017



  • 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. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

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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Customer Service available 24 hours

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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93% Positive
(99 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Donnington Valley Group Ltd (t/a Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
5 course Valentine meal.
Other Comments
Great stay with superb facilities.
Simon Feb 13, 2017 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Overall has a wonderful stay. Good hospitality. Wonderful spa area. Great food.
Laura Feb 07, 2017 Woking, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely restaurant very friendly and helpful staff
Mrs J A Jan 30, 2017 Croydon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely spa facilities, super executive room, friendly helpful staff and good location for walks into Newbury via Donnington Castle ruins.
John Jan 22, 2017 Brecon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely bedroom, great facilities.
Other Comments
Lack of staff on the spa when we went down. Spa was busy so not enough loungers to sit on round the pool. One shower wasn't working either. Also corridors could do with more signage as to where facilities around the hotel are.
Julie Jan 18, 2017 Gamlingay , United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Spacious comfy bed and room. Spa facilities and pool ....fantastic. Food was great. Dinner and breakfast. Staff in dining were all keen.
Other Comments
With one exception the staff were most helpful. The bathroom was super except that the shower hose mounting was missing a vital screw and so it was dangling precariously. The temperature in the restaurant was bordering on uncomfortably cold but the MD apologised and explained there were problems with the heating. The setting of the hotel is incredible and the decor is all absolutely fresh and new. Overall a great stay which we will repeat asap. Well done Donnington 👍😀⚡
Cedric Peter Muller Dec 30, 2016 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The spa
linda Oct 31, 2016 southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Spa and dinner
Other Comments
Breakfast had poor choice and inexperienced service
Yelena Oct 31, 2016 Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The spa and the size and comfort of the room. Wonderful mussels. Very nice Chilean sauvignon blanc
Other Comments
Thought the two main courses we had were disappointing and the menu overall was uninspiring
geoff Oct 30, 2016 Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
peace and quiet and very restful.
miriam Oct 27, 2016 Berks, United Kingdom

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