The Great House at Sonning

Sonning, near Reading, Berkshire

Deluxe room

Reading

Coppa Club

Henley-on-Thames

Riverside Deluxe room

Riverside Deluxe room

Henley-on-Thames

Cosy room

Hip retro interiors await at a stylish hotel on the Thames in Berkshire, housed within a former historic coaching inn - includes a choice of rooms and credit towards breakfast

For an exquisite dose of riverside cool in a superbly English pocket of the country, The Great House At Sonning ticks all the style boxes. A punchy retro palette mixes with bare stone walls, printed animal artwork and pincushion leather headboards at this boutique Berkshire hideaway.

Thoughtful substance pervades too, from the full-size fridge and fresh milk provided in each room to the flexible all-day dining at Coppa Club - a Grade II listed, former Elizabethan coaching inn revamped with a Lisbonesque school of style and a destination in itself. From à la carte breakfast to a village-pace brunch, lunch, dinner and divine late-night cocktails, the fuss-free food is as magnetic as the vibe.

Whether you're up for lazily thumbing your well-loved Three Men in a Boat with the Thames at your toes – Jerome K. Jerome praises the quaint village of Sonning in his humorous boating tale – or planning an incisive box-ticking escapade to nearby quintessentially British sights like Windsor Castle, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) and Ascot Racecourse, you have a luxe on-point base to return to here.

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