Modern services clothed in Victorian extravagance
The original house was destroyed by fire in the 1880s and a lady's maid who perished in the blaze is said to haunt the premises. It reopened as a grand hotel for the racing set at the turn of the 20th century and has been popular with fans of The Royal Ascot Races ever since.
But Ascot is seasonal and this wild looking, late Victorian fantasy and four-star English Hotel is also very convenient for Windsor Castle.
It has recently been refurbished in grand boutique style and a luxurious spa with an 18 meter pool has been added. If we had any complaint at all, its that some of the rooms are bit masculine and corporate looking. Ask for a "feature room" in the older part of the hotel for a more "country house" experience.