A seemingly purpose built Guest House on the A329 close to the centre of Pangbourne. Our double ensuite room had plenty of space and a view of the river too. A minibar offered soft drinks and snacks with an honesty box, and there was the usual selection of teabags, sachets of Nescafe and of course a kettle. There were plenty of sockets to recharge phones and computers, no reliance upon adaptors or extension leads.
The ensuite bathroom was large, the bath being a welcome feature. Hot water was no problem, we both had baths after arriving and it took no time to fill the standard size bathtub.
The king size bed was very comfortable. The lighting in the room took some working out - bedside lights controlled by a main switch as well as the switch on the lamp - and the main lighting was by means of wall uplighters with economy bulbs which took some time to warm up. The window being offset from the centre of the room, lighting was in fact something of a problem - the lights provided were not sufficient to see the inside of the wardrobe properly. There was also no light over the dressing table, the small mirror being close to the window meant this was less of a problem during the day, but when there is no natural light it would be barely usable.
Weir View Guest House does not offer evening meals: we went to the Swan pub, directly opposite, and enjoyed a lovely meal with wine, coffee and liqueurs for around £85. The town centre is not far away and has other pubs and restaurants, and a Co-op supermarket where sandwiches and such like can be bought.
We only had two pillows on the bed: there was an extra one in the wardrobe but to be honest in a room of this style, at £90 per night and AA 4 star rated, I would have expected two each, and perhaps some extra cushions. There was also only one chair - in a room of this size I would have expected two. There didn't seem to be a full length mirror in the room either.
There was an informative brochure in the room, and a great deal of literature relating to tourist attractions in the area in reception. Also in reception there was a printout of the weather forecast, unfortunately it seemed to be a few days out of date - we stayed on a Tuesday night and the first day of the forecast was a Friday.
Weir View Guest House does not offer a cooked breakfast. The continental selection was good - cheese, ham, cereal, prunes, grapefruit, muffins, crumpets, toast, orange or apple juice, tea or coffee. But it is very much a help-yourself affair, and there were no croissants or other pastries. The breakfast room only accommodates 8 people - four tables for two - and slots have to be booked the night before - it could get busy at peak times.
Weir View is close to both the A329 road and the railway line: we did not find noise from either an issue, nor were we disturbed by noise from other guests. There is in fact a gate from their car park into the railway station approach road, and, in their car park, a boundary marker for the Great Western Railway, probably dating from the date it was first built by Brunel over a century and a half ago.
In short - comfortable and convenient, with a few drawbacks and idiosyncrasies that may or may not be of significance depending on individual circumstances.
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- Weir View House Pangbourne, Berkshire