Formerly a Georgian mini-stately home, Taplow House is now one of the most welcoming luxury boutique hotels near London we know. Located on the borders of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, Taplow House is only 40 minutes from the capital but feels like a different world. The house, prettily crenelated, dates back to 1751; inside, timeless elegance prevails, with period furnishing and a mass of beautiful original features (we love the corniced ceilings and decorative plasterwork). A terrace overlooks a quintessentially English garden with immaculate lawn; nearby local attractions include Windsor Castle and foodie hotspot Bray, home to The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn. If you’re searching for boutique hotels, Windsor, Berkshire, you’ve come to the right place; the service here, in particular, wins regular plaudits from guests and reviewers.
A partnership with the National Trust property Cliveden, a mere five minutes away, means that guests at Taplow House get 10% off all treatments in Cliveden’s chic spa facilities. Windsor Castle and Eton are only 15 minutes from the hotel; for younger guests, Legoland and Thorpe Park are also within relatively easy reach. Two golf courses, plus Windsor and Ascot racecourses, provide sporting diversion, while Bray’s four renowned restaurants – The Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn, The Hinds Head and The Hand & Flowers – make it a magnet for bon viveurs.
A restaurant and two bars provide a variety of culinary options at Taplow House. Berry’s Restaurant and Terrace kicks off by serving a stupendous Full English Breakfast plus a choice of classic brunch dishes. At lunchtime and in the evenings, head chef Roman Zalaba lays on a fine dining à la carte menu featuring dishes such as Berkshire quail, pork belly and Gressingham duck, with evident care taken over some sophisticated accompaniments. The south-facing terrace makes this restaurant a treat in summer and a luxurious afternoon tea is also served daily. Berry’s Bar is a cosy snug ideal for winter nights, and Woofy’s Bar, in the cellar, is an atmospheric spot for a light meal or drink, with a menu including comfort food classics like fish and chips, burger and fries and steak and ale pie.
Bedrooms number 32 in all at Taplow House and range from standard Classic rooms up to a Master Suite. Facilities in all rooms include tea and coffee, flatscreen TV, complimentary WiFi, Egyptian cotton sheets and an iron plus ironing board. Décor at this luxury boutique hotel is in low-key, supremely comfortable good taste; think dark wood, restrained stripes, brocade and velvet, all in warm brown, pink and neutral tones. The Junior Suite with access to the terrace and a Jacuzzi bath is a Chic favourite; the grandest room of all, the Windsor Suite, is located on the top floor and includes a sitting room with lovely views of the grounds as well as a king-size bed and two bathrooms.
London Heathrow - 25 minutes
Payments are made at the hotel, however a card reading is required to secure the booking
2pm 24hrs prior to arrival
Check in 2pm Check out 11an
Check-in time: 15:00:00
Check-out time: 11:00:00
Early check-in: no
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