Big thanks to our lovely friends at Discover Britain for featuring The Olde Bell in their ’10 Wonderful Winter Warmers’ feature.
‘Hurley, where this charming hotel is located, is a quintessential English village on the Thames, just a short amble from Marlow. Until 2008, it boasted one inn of little note. Since then, its position has been elevated by a fantastic renovation courtesy of Ilse Crawford, who brought understated Danish design chic to the 900-year-old building. Cosy throws, Roberts Radios and roll-top baths adorn the lovely rooms, while no stay here would be truly complete without taking a fireside pint in the ancient inn.’
Another big thank you goes out to Mother Nature Network who wrote a great article ‘The Oldest Hotels where you can still get a room.’
‘The Olde Bell first opened its doors in 1135. In these early years, it served as a guesthouse for people visiting a nearby monastery. The inn got its name from a bell that would ring to let the monks who lived in the monastery know that someone important was visiting. Later on, the inn, which is located in the town of Hurley in Berkshire, was an important stopping point for people traveling the road between London and Oxford.
The Olde Bell is a shining example of the reemergence of traditional inns on the modern hotel scene in England. The Bell has four room types and an in-house restaurant that serves dishes that offer a modern take on traditional rustic English cooking. The inn also hosts weddings and special events.’