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The Great House At Sonning
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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“avoid the road fron rooms”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Good clean well posistioned Country Hotel ....just a wee bit too far out for the Henley Regatta (£20 by Taxi)...quaint rooms bags of character, although try and avoid the rooms in the road facing annexe as if its warm and you open the windows the traffice noise is BAD

Godd Breakfast and friendly staff

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

When we arrived, the receptionist gave us our room number (but didn't offer help with bags even though it was quite a hike up and down stairs and, although pretty active, we are middle aged and my husband has a broken toe. We don't usually accept help with bags, but it is unusual not to have it offered. On getting to the room, it was stiflingly hot, so we went down and complained. We were offered another room, but that smelt terrible, so we went for the first one and asked for a fan, which was brought. Later, once we were undressed for bed, I came to understand why the room was so hot. The large diameter pipe leading to the radiator was very hot, and there appeared to be underfloor heating on in the bathroom. Needless to say, the fan was not much use competing with this. The wall paper in the room was peeling and there was only one available power point, with an adaptor, so charging devices wasn't easy, and as it was right next to that hot pipe, when I did charge my phone the charger became alarmingly hot. The beds were comfortable enough, but were made up with sheets and some kind of tacky cheap nylon blanket, in my case with what looked remarkably like a cigarette burn on it. The location on the banks of the Thames should be nice, but the hotel is on a very busy road, so not quiet. Breakfast was good and they gave us some money off the room, but frankly I would have paid more not to have had the experience. There are nice hotels and average hotels which are similarly priced in the Reading/Henley/Earley area - no need to go to this one!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013 via mobile

At The Great House in Sonning, holds a regular monthly Italian evening in their restaurant. The food is wonderful and great value. You even get a free glass of Presecoe with your meal. You do have to reserve your place but it is well worth it.

The night could be made special by staying in one of their suites. The staff are friendly and caring. Why not give the evening a try.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shrewsbury UK
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

Sorry to say but the experience staying at the Great House was anything but Great, which was a shame because the staff I came into contact with were very pleasant and friendly.
My room was small, very dated, had a musty smell and was not the cleanest, my window opened directly onto the busy main road and I mean literally onto the main road which was extremely noisy to the point that I could not open it for the noise which made the room very stuffy.
I decided to have a bar meal there to avoid trying to battle with the continuous traffic going past, I ordered their burger and chips and to be honest that's exactly what came, there was no dressing or a bit of side salad just a couple of lettuce leaves and a slice of tomato on the burger, for £8.50 I did find this very disappointing, maybe I should of known what the quality was like as I was the only person eating there at the time.
The bed was very uncomfortable, probably the worst nights sleep I have ever had and needless to say was woken up at 5.45 a.m. with the noise of the traffic. I went to have breakfast a bit hesitant following my burger experience but found their buffet breakfast was very good, plenty of choice and helped yourself. However even though I enjoyed breakfast I would not stay at this hotel again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

The hotel interior is kitsch overdone 1980s paint effects.... Unfortunately I think it was last painted in the 80s and some othe floors and walls looked as if they were last cleaned in the 80s too. The breakfast was rather worse than one i recently enjoyed in a travel lodge. The draft beer served in the uncomfortable bar was stale. The position ensures it attracts custom ....little else about this hotel does.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grimsby
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39 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

We had previously been to this hotel and found it first class, it is in a lovely location and rooms are really comfy.

We only booked in for one night and were disappointed that the restaurant was only open for a set Italian meal/gourmet night, not what everyone wants!

On our last visit in May we were very disappointed, we had a horrendous night, with culminated in the police being called and which carried on until 2:30 am and which all kicked off again at 6:30.
We did not even receive an apology from the Manager, despite contacting him twice. This place has gone down greatly in our esteem and won't be visiting again, will try French Horn next time.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013 via mobile

Delightful - lovely room and food well priced and high quality - near Thames to portage canoes and barrier for car park! Perfect but bed not very comfy! We had a romantic happy stay and staff are lovely!

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Great House At Sonning
Address: Thames Street, Sonning-on-Thames RG4 6UT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Sonning-on-Thames
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sonning-on-Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Great House At Sonning 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently refurbished, The Great House on the banks of the river Thames in Sonning offers contemporary and stylish en-suite rooms. The hotel offers easy access to the A4, Reading and the M4, ample free parking for guest's use and free WiFi throughout. Bedrooms are located in separate buildings: the original White Hart Hotel, the 16th century palace yard, the 17th century coach house, and the clock tower. Rooms include a number of comfortable features including luxury bedding, work desks and rain showers. A newly opened all-day restaurant, Coppa Club, includes a relaxed bar area with an open fire and an outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens and river. Breakfast can be ordered from 7:30am and a wide range of options are available from healthy smoothies to a full Skillet Breakfast. In the main house guests can work throughout the day and enjoy fresh coffee and snacks whilst making use of the complimentary WiFi and numerous power points. Situated in the picturesque conservation village of Sonning-on-Thames, the hotel is a 20-minute drive to Reading and Henley-on-Thames and less than 2 miles from Thames Valley Business Park. We look forward to welcoming you soon! ... more   less 
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