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This refurbished historic inn, situated on the Wellington Estate, offers a relaxing stay in characterful surroundings. Luxuriously appointed bedrooms with king or super-king beds will guarantee a good night's sleep. Sketches poking fun at the Duke of Wellington and country artworks on walls provide amusement in the cosy bar and restaurant.

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The hotel is situated on the 7,000-acre Wellington Estate, off the busy A33 Basingstoke Road, a 20-minute drive from Hook, Basingstoke and Reading town centres. Trains from Waterloo to Hook (direct) and Bramley stations (via Reading) take around an hour. Wellington Estate attractions include the Country Park's adventure playground and farm animals, farm shop and Stratfield Saye House (the Duke of Wellington's home). Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and Jane Austen's House are 30 minutes' drive.

By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours from London and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.

By train: direct trains to Hook station from London Waterloo take 1 hour. The hotel is a 15-minute drive away. Book trains to Hook.

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Portraits and sketches poking fun at the Duke of Wellington adorn the walls along with pictures of gun dogs, game birds, horses and other country pursuits. A wall-length mural of game birds in the restaurant is impressive. Bedrooms, refurbished in 2019 in country greys and greens, offer contemporary luxury.


Service is friendly and dishes are delivered pronto. As for facilities, the cosy bar serves a great selection of gins including rhubarb and apple plus craft ales from Hampshire and Surrey including the company's own microbrewery.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Each of the 25 rooms, named after a Duke of Wellington battle, is decorated in dove greys and greens and comes with a spacious bathroom, rain shower (four have a bath), fluffy towels, bathrobes, lovely Espa toiletries, coffee machine and a welcome beer. Rooms at the front of the pub can be noisy when windows are open.

Room types: Room, Family Room, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, desk, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi


Tuck into a selection of country classics - venison, bacon and mushroom pie, pressed game terrine and oak-smoked half Goosnargh chicken with fermented scotch bonnet mayo. The Sunday roast is excellent. Continental breakfast consists of fruits, yoghurt, smoked salmon and cold cuts, with a cooked breakfast available at weekends. Wines are reasonably priced.

The Wellington Arms: intimate, elegant restaurant. Pub classics, local and seasonal produce. Mains include chicken & ham pie, pork belly and grills. All-day menu, open daily. Saturday brunch served 10am-3pm.

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