Alicja McCarthy

The Olde Bell

  • Where:Hurley
  • Why:A mini getaway.
  • When:March 2014
  • Who:Me & my beau.
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The dining areas are large, wooden and simple. Big old oak tables, simple glassware, offering paired down elegance.

The re-invented English inn saw a recent facelift thanks to Isle Crawford (think Soho House NY & Grand Hotel Stockholm), including restored wooden floors, original windows and simple Shaker-style furniture.

This beast of comfort was handmade and a dream to sleep in. The great big cotton pillows and lambs wool blankets added an
extra cosy effect.

An impressive and immaculate white bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The Olde Bell is famed for their roll-top baths, so ask in advance if you want one. Our luck was out!

Yup, dog parking. They have that in Hurley.

I love the illustrated graphics on their website and printed literature - full of ye olde charm.

Hurley is a tiny village, with little else to do but walk, read and drink, so they provide you with the means.

The prettiest goat cheese salad in Berkshire. The young shallots and crunchy celery were a little too feisty for me though.

A proper locals pub with its ye-olde-world charm thanks to the low beams, stone floor and irregular furniture.

The pretty facade of The Olde Bell. They first opened those doors
in 1135 AD!

Highs & Lows

  • The location is beautiful and sleepy, close to the Thames in the picturesque village of Hurley.

  • The rooms are simple, charming and comfortable.

  • The beds are superb. So big!

  • Staff are a little too laid back, lacking in the warmth you’d expect from an inn.

  • The building is old... very, very old so expect strange noises and bumps in the night.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    High-end English Inn. Simple, unassuming and cosy.

  • Vibe

    Local, quiet and casual.

  • Location

    Five miles from either Marlow or Henley and an hour drive from London. The Olde Bell resides in a sleepy village with little in the form of entertainment, though.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Not really.

  • Year Opened

    1135 AD

  • Designed By

    Isle Crawford (Soho House NY & Grand Hotel Stockholm)

  • Pool/Gym

    No, but they do provide wellies & bikes for wandering around the country.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, rustic British fare.

  • Bar

    Yes, good old country local pub.

  • Children

    Yes, they accommodate families.

  • Price

    Chic experience at a good value.

Sadly the recent floods prevented us from going boating, but I suggest going out on a classic Henley for the day.

Visit the river Thames

5 Friday St, Henley on thames

Sadly the recent floods prevented us from going boating, but I suggest going out on a classic Henley for the day.

Maybe even coincide your visit with the Henley Regatta!

Visit Henley on Thames

Henely on Thames, Oxfordshire

Maybe even coincide your visit with the Henley Regatta!

The Olde Bell

High St., Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5LX

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