we used the Baskerville as our last night stopover before heading to the airport. In retrospect, it was a little too far away for a stress-free transatlantic flight day. In good conditions, it should take about 45 minutes, but it wouldn't take much of a problem in rush hour to take this to 90 minutes or more.
The rooms are above a Pub, so it isn't the world's quietest room, as some of the noise from the bar inevitably filters through. The beds were reasonably comfortable, and the menu for dinner was varied and tasty. They also had a good selection of cask ales to try. We can't comment on the breakfasts, as we had to leave before breakfast was served.
The temperature in our room was a bit high, and with no thermostat, we had to open a couple of windows to cool things off, thereby increasing the ambient noise level further.
They also had problems with their internet service provider (ISP), so we couldn't check our flight times without assistance. The assistant manager worked with one of the bar staff who was able to use her 3g phone to help us get the information we needed, though. Reportedly, the internet issues should be resolved within a couple of weeks when they get a new ISP online.
There is a nice play structure in the back garden which was great for burning off our 4 year old's excess energy before bedtime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year 2016. The Baskerville in Lower Shiplake remains a traditional village inn with a ‘proper’ bar, a delightful restaurant, 4 star accommodation, a beautiful garden and ambitions beyond its AA rosette. With Kevin Hannah and head chef Jamie Herridge at the helm, its outstanding customer service is matched only by its creative, seasonally changing menus. Fresh, ethically and locally sourced produce lie at the heart of its modern but classically based dishes which offer a memorable experience. 2015 Beautiful South Awards Silver Award in Tourism Pub of the Year. It is an AA 4 star Inn and is similarly rated by Visit England but with a Silver Award. It is situated on the Thames Path in the tranquil, affluent village of Lower Shiplake, with well appointed en-suite rooms, the Baskerville is the perfect place to stay the night either for Dinner, business or just for a leisurely break. The small town of Henley-on-Thames with its many interesting shops and home to the Henley Royal Regatta and the Henley Festival is only 1.5 miles away. Enjoy a boat trip up the Thames or visit the River and Rowing Museum. Try a night at the Kenton theatre, the fourth oldest in England. Within the village why not stroll along to Shiplake lock and watch the river cruisers pass through. A little further up the hill is the 13th century parish church of St Mary's where Alfred Lord Tennyson was married. Further afield are the towns of Reading 7 miles, Windsor, with its castle, and nearby Legoland. 15 miles, and the university town of Oxford, 22 miles. All of these can be reached by train from Shiplake station 150 m from the pub via the Henley branch line to Twyford on First Great Western trains. Feeling a little more adventurous? Paddington station is less than an hour away with all that London can offer. Shiplake is 25 miles or 30 minutes by cab or car from Heathrow Airport. ... more less
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