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The Great House At Sonning
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Stayed overnight and enjoyed the location , very good service and excellent food at dinner and breakfast.

Overall staff could not have done more to make the stay enjoyable and the room in the annexe clock tower was very spacious including large ensuite ( still to work out why two wash basins?).

Grounds are impressive and walk along the river would have been ideal without the rain-not the hotel's fault.

Room Tip: Ask for the annexe rooms- modern and spacious important but away from the bar and road which is of m...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Able to book at a particularly good rate. Good welcome at reception and straightforward checkin. Large room with four poster. Pity I was alone! Hotel showing signs of age. Excellent view over the Thames though makes it all worthwhile. Good breakfast included. Would definitely come and stay again.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We went to celebrate my friend's birthday at Great House!
We had dinner with the kids :)
That was my 2nd time there and I had exactly what I expected :)
We had 3 course meal with wine!
Our dinner was delicious the service was excellent :)
The staff was very kind they even put a candle to my friend's pudding what was a very kind thing
Thank you all of them who worked that night
We had an excellent dinner with lots of nice memories :)
Thank you!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed at The Great House last Saturday. Our room in the Clock Tower (junior suite) was lovely, so spacious and spotless. We dined at lunchtime enjoying mackerel pate, sirloin steak, homemade burger and shared an Eton Mess, each course was delicious. The setting is super, lovely terrace to sit and enjoy some sunshine and a glass or two! The full english breakfast on Sunday morning was gorgeous, made even better by the super organisation by Dawn (Reception) and the chef to be served in our room as a special treat. What really makes this a lovely place to stay is the staff, Dawn on Reception, the lovely Italian waitress who looked after us through lunch on Saturday, the other waiting staff, sorry, don't know the names, were so fabulous, thank you! Nothing is too much trouble. I didn't want to leave!! We will be back as soon as we are able. Thank you to you all for making our stay so relaxing and special.

Room Tip: Junior Suite, Clock Tower, spacious and quiet with easy access lift.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

From the river, this looked like an idyllic place to stop for a Sunday Roast... Lovely riverside location with outside tables in a gorgeous, spacious setting.

Never again!

We sat outside in the sunshine. The waiter came and informed us we had to go inside to order food and drinks, but they would bring our order to us. My husband went and ordered drinks and asked for 4 Roast lunches, outside, However, we were not able to order 'Roasts' as were sitting outside. So, he was given the appropriate menus, which included Children's menus, and we chose our meals. (Incidentally, the children were allowed a Sunday Roast outside!?!?)

Our chidrens food arrived with 2 main dishes which were from another order although this was not apparent to the waitress until we convinced her it was not what we had ordered. Our starters eventually arrived, swiftly followed a few minutes later by the mains. We were then asked to make a space on the table and the mains were left, even though we asked for a chance to finish the starters. We asked to speak to the Manager who eventually turned up (we were told he was very busy) who offered to re cook the mains and took the first ones away. When the second main courses arrived, one of them contained anchovies which we had asked about, prior to our intial order (and the chef had said this salad did not contain anchovies). We returned the dish and by this time were happy not to have the dish replaced but the Manager took the dish and kindly said they would re do it and refund the cost.

The waiting staff, lady working in the bar and 'Manager' were all very pleasant and apologetic and dealt with the situation satisfactorily.

The biggest disappointment was that the majority of tables were empty but we were told the Manager was so busy. There were different menus for different areas and yet they still managed to completely screw up the order all the way through the meal. Why are adults 'not allowed' to have Sunday Roast 'outside' bit children are?!

Other customers were unhappy and commenting on their experiences as they walked past our table, so it seems we were not alone in our disappointment.

This could have been such a lovely place to dine. Attention to detail required... And someone 'front of house' who is able to make decisions and aim to give the customer what they ask for.

Sunday Roasts, for adults, outside - would that really be so difficult??!!!!

Needless to say, we wouldn't go back here....

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Visited prior to England v Ireland Hockey International at Reading Hockey Club a mile away having driven for two hours.
Only people eating, it was 17:00, ordered simple food from basic menu, burger and chips, fish and chips, food took 40 minutes to arrive, (suspect had to find a chef! at that time) both very poor loaded with fat, poor taste to fish, burger solid. One gass of warm white wine each, meal cost £55 for three.
Should have had burger off the van at the hockey club would have tasted better.
Hotel looked shabby.
One plus staff were helpful and attentive

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

I have stayed at this hotel several times on business. I gave it a very good rating - just... The rooms in the main building are slightly tired and can be noisy but are comfortable. The rooms in the annex (Clocktower) are far nicer for business travelers. There is good wireless access to the internet and the restaurant is decent. One of the best features of this hotel is it's position on the Thames river. In the mornings I like to walk along the river towards Sonning lock in one direct or past the Uri Geller monument into the countryside in the other direction.

Room Tip: The Clocktower rooms are much better and quiter than those on the main building but lack the 'ch...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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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: £49 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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