Fresh Picks: The Olde Bell

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Fresh Picks features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we check out a charmer, The Olde Bell.

Where: A mere 20-minute drive from Heathrow or 45-minutes from central London, The Olde Bell resides in the quiet English countryside of Hurley, Berkshire. A weaving stretch of the Thames is close by.

What: One of a family of modern coaching inns inside old timber buildings (this one dating back to 1135), their rooms are delightfully simple, because it’s the common areas that are meant to arouse. The restaurant serves up local, seasonal fare, and there are seven private rooms for hosting special occasions, such as a wedding, or maybe an “Eat, Drink and Be Mayan” end of the world party? Other activities to partake in included garden strolls (they have six acres), in-room beauty treatments, boating and biking.

Who: Those who’d rather channel Elizabeth Bennet than Holly Golightly on their holiday (although Holly too might appreciate being away from it all).

Why: Because everyone should have “stay at an English country inn” on their travel bucket list, and this one is one of the dandiest.

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