Are you one of those people who has to have the best in life?
Whilst some visitors might be content pitching their tents in one of the many great camp sites in the Chilterns, we know that for some only a five-star hotel will suffice.
It might come as a surprise to discover that there are a number of luxurious five star options all across the Chilterns that you can slink into at the end of a long day’s hike. If you’re willing to spend the money you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with the stars at an exclusive country house hotel or putting your head down in a room that’s almost 900 years old. Historically speaking, the Chilterns have always been a popular getaway destination for the well to do, take a look at our pick of the best hotels to see if you fancy becoming one of them:
The Olde Bell
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This traditional inn and restaurant first opened its doors in 1135, making it the oldest hotel on our list. It’s rich history is sometimes hard to believe with its rooms playing host to revolution plotters, American presidents, Hollywood movie stars and even present day sports personalities. After a recent refurbishment The Olde Bell has never looked better, retaining its traditional feel whilst also acquiring a luxurious feel that only 5-star hotels can aspire to.
Standard Room can start as cheap as £65 p/night for a twin room whilst the top tier luxury rooms start at around £100 p/night.
The Dog and Badger
You’ll find six comfortable and surprisingly modern rooms at Gillman’s Cottage, opposite The Dog and Badger pub. You’ll find everything that you’d expect from a high-class establishment here, plus a little bit extra: Apple TV, super-king sized beds, bespoke mini Riva bars and Nespresso coffee machines elevate them above the norm and really make these rooms something to remember. The building is Grade II listed and is believed to date back to 1550, making it a little luxurious slice of history.
Rooms start at around £85 on a Sunday but can climb as high as £255 p/night during peak times.
Crazy Fox Hurley
For a while boutique hotels were all the rage. Although the wind from their sails has been taken somewhat by Restaurants with Rooms, there are still many of them in the UK doing good business and the Crazy Fox Hurley is just one of them. Neatly positioned in the charming village of Hurley, the four boutique rooms here are named after animal hideouts. The styling is simple yet elegant and if you’re a foodie you’re spoiled by choice with the nearby Hand and Flowers and Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.
Best prices start at £155 for the three room all with king size beds, whilst the Garden View suite, The Warren, starts at £185.
The Stag and Huntsmen
Hambleden is one of many picture perfect villages in the Chilterns. In fact, it’s so well preserved that you may feel as if you’ve slipped back in time. A vast chestnut tree sits at the centre of this twee village which comes complete with a chocolate-box Post Office and museum-ready cottages. Whilst there are only 9 rooms to choose from at The Stag and Huntsmen, all of these rooms are gorgeously decorated with some truly idiosyncratic touches.
Good sized double rooms start here at £100 per night and you’ll also be close on hand to the excellent pub grub available in the dining room.