Sandra Smith visits the historic Five Arrows Hotel in Waddesdon
PUBLISHED: 11:35 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:35 31 March 2014
Sandra Smith takes a look at staying at the historic Five Arrows Hotel, Waddesdon while enjoying the dining treats there
Blending traditional and contemporary influences to create a style both satisfyingly homely while simultaneously exuding more than a nuance of fashionable living, is a concept as challenging as it is modern. Balance, surely, is the key. For too much of a conventional aura runs the risk of deterring those with progressive tastes. An overly liberal flair, on the other hand, might keep the purists away.
One hotel which has perfected this symmetry is The Five Arrows Hotel. The half timbered building decorated with intricate ironwork and topped with elaborate chimney stacks is somewhat of an iconic landmark in this village north of Aylesbury.
As part of the Waddesdon Estate, it originally housed those craftsmen and artisans working on Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s Manor. Nowadays, however, in the Grade II listed nineteenth century design, antique furniture and wooden beams mingle with neutral furnishings and up to date fixtures. Elegance and comfort thrive. And the atmosphere is as trendy as it is conventional.
Following a recent expansion, one of their most appealing features is the rustically inviting Old Coach House, perfect for private functions such as weddings where up to 70 guests can be accommodated. Overlooking the charming courtyard, folding doors along one side allow the addition of a marquee to generate extra space.
The new bedrooms boast unique characteristics, yet they all seamlessly flow, offering superior space for groups of guests. Each room is named after a Rothschild wine and includes a state of the art bathroom. King size beds, furniture from the Manor and splashes of vibrant colours also reflect the quality of the lodgings and, with rates from £105 including a full English breakfast, prices are surprisingly competitive.
One of the attractions of any boutique hotel is its individuality and The Five Arrows is certainly distinctive. But it is so much more. Attention to detail ensures all guests, whether individuals, private parties or corporate events are catered for. And, of course, a 2AA Rosette restaurant, not to mention some of the finest wines in the world, provides the icing on the cake, no matter what the occasion.
The Five Arrows
Lunch, Monday to Saturday, two courses £14.95, three courses £18.95. Mains such as roast chicken with Savoy cabbage, bacon lardons, parsnip purée, sauté potatoes and red wine jus.
Sunday lunch, with plenty of choices, is popular at around £30 per person plus drinks.
A la carte evening dining from around £26 -£35 for three courses, with some dishes including items from Aylesbury’s Eythrope Estate. Wines from Rothschild vineyards around the world.
Opening hours: Noon to 2.15pm, Monday to Saturday and noon to 3.15pm, Sunday for lunch. Dinner is served 6.30pm to 9.15pm, Monday to Saturday and 6.30pm to 8.15pm, Sunday.
www.waddesdon.org.uk/five-arrows, tel 01296 651727
The cream of the coop
Here’s something special to bear in mind for Easter: Copas Traditional Turkeys are introducing their ‘the cream of the coop!’ – Copas Very Very Special Chickens.
A moist dense meat and a depth of flavour is very much linked to the fact that the flock, all British breeds, is free to roam the fields of the Copas family farm in Cookham where they indulge in a natural cereal based diet supplemented with extra vegetables from a local vegetable producer.
Traditionally game hung and hand finished, the Copas chickens will weigh 2.5 – 3.5kg and are designed for a special meal or family get together. Look out for them, or order one from the best local butchers, delis and farm shops.
See www.copasturkeys.co.uk, tel 01628 499985.