Hotels in Pangbourne
Situated on the River Thames and at the foot of the Chilterns, Pangbourne is a delightful country village that has inspired more than one literary classic. Book a Pangbourne hotel with us and explore this charming countryside spot.
Brought to book
Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, is thought to have drawn inspiration for his children's classic from the flora and fauna of Pangbourne, particularly Ratty and the water voles. Grahame retired to the village and later died there in 1932. And Jerome K Jerome had his eponymous Three Men in a Boat finish their journey at Pangbourne's the Swan, a 17th-century pub that is still going strong.
Taking the toll
One of the most conspicuous sights in the village is a toll bridge that links Pangbourne to neighbouring Whitchurch-on-Thames. Distinctively designed in wrought iron latticework, the bridge provides great views of the village's gorgeous little cottages, watermill and church.
Taking a stroll
One of the many advantages of staying in Pangbourne is the variety of walks and trails at your disposal. There's the six-mile Whitchurch-on-Thames Circular Walk which is a gentle stroll through Hartslock Nature Reserve and the beach woods of the Chilterns. The Thames Path National Walk is, in total, a 180-mile walk that starts at the Thames Barrier and finishes at the source of the Thames, Kemble in Gloucestershire. Pangbourne is one of the stops on the walk. There are plenty of other trails to enjoy, some of which serve as a good introduction to the village.
Parks near Pangbourne
A trip three miles north takes you to Basildon Park and its Georgian mansion which was carefully restored during the 1950s. Step back in time to the 18th century and admire the sophisticated interior with its fabrics, furniture and fine paintings, and examine the 1950s kitchen. The grounds feature 400 acres of parkland, perfect for country strolls. Close to Basildon Park is Beale Park which is a fun location for all the family. You'll find a host of animals including meerkats, mongoose, marmosets and monkeys. There are also gardens, play areas and even a narrow gauge diesel railway.
Eating and drinking in Pangbourne
Nino's is a popular family run Italian trattoria that has proved a hit in the town for its décor, atmosphere and tasty cuisine. Just a one-minute walk from Pangbourne station lies Food Kick which serves breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, soups, smoothies and Fairtrade tea and coffee. No English village is complete without its pub and the Cross Keys is an 18th-century inn with a courtyard and garden that serves food as well as drinks.
Shopping in and around Pangbourne
You'll be able to pick up most essentials in the village, whether from a newsagent or the small supermarket. Reading is just seven miles away and has couple of shopping centres as well as a host of high street stores.
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