Tucked away in the quaint Thames-side village of Pangbourne, The Elephant is a charming hotel offering both luxury and quirkiness. On a particularly snowy Saturday, we were greeted with a warm reception and a most inviting roaring fire, upon entering the oriental style building.

After being handed a room key with an elephant fob so large that not even the clumsiest individual could misplace it, we
were directed to the annexe, where our room was located. This was in a different building at the rear of the hotel that allowed a glimpse into the garden, which looked like the perfect place to spend a summer’s evening.

Each of the rooms has a different name and theme. Our room was based on the novel collection ‘The Flashman’, so the door was
adorned with different book covers through the years. A supersize bed, surrounded by four posters and dressed with huge, fluffy pillows centred the room. Bespoke, handcrafted furnishings and rain-bath shower add the finishing touches to an exotic yet relaxed atmosphere.

We experienced both dinner and breakfast during our stay, both of which were delightful. Dinner had several ethicised choices, I plumped for wild sautéed mushrooms and fried duck egg, followed by tender venison fillet. At breakfast, the choice was from an
array of cereals, sweet pastries and fresh fruit, or a delicious cooked menu. Offering comfort, innumerable visual and tactile delights, The Elephant has friendly, helpful staff and beds so big, that you could get lost in them.


The Elephant Hotel

Church Road





Rooms priced from £155.00 per night