The Miller of Mansfield

Berkshire, Cotswolds & Chilterns, United Kingdom Book from

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
An idyllic village setting, an ivy-covered inn and 12 seriously sexy rooms
This place is pure love-in territory. Think sumptuous beds, sensuous sheepskin rugs, snuggly towelling robes, soft lighting and bathtubs for 2. It's no surprise that Red Magazine voted it one of the sexiest hotels in the UK - or that 2 guests stayed in their room for 72 hours straight!

An 18th-century inn set in the tiny village of Goring on Thames, it's a great base for exploring the Thames Valley, then relaxing in style. Sink into leather armchairs by open fires, drink wine in the terrace garden or make the most of your boudoir. Each of the 12 rooms is decorated very differently, and in a medley of colour. Some have vintage 60s floral furnishings, others fuchsia walls or Cole & Son statement wallpaper. Philippe Starck perspex chairs and Graham & Green chandeliers blend perfectly with antique wooden furniture and Persian rugs; the ensuite bathrooms are full of REN toiletries. Yes, it's expensive for pub accommodation but it's gloriously tarted up and full of character: we loved it.


  • First-class food - both pub-grub and refined restaurant
  • Although this is predominantly a romantic bolthole, you wouldn't feel uncomfortable with a friend or even on your own
  • Lots of nooks and crannies to grab a quiet drink with your partner
  • Supersized luxury touches: kingsize beds, massive rain showers and the deepest bathtub I've ever seen
  • A perfect lazy weekend getaway: romantic meals, Pimms by the water, walks by the Thames and boat rides in the sun


  • Since our visit the hotel has changed hands, but feedback is good and we look forward to checking out the new set-up soon
  • Prior to this there were concerns about the service and tired decor, but the new team assure us they have targeted and resolved these issues
  • Only 3 parking spaces, but there's lots of parking in the village itself, and a cheap car park close by
  • On summer evenings the terrace chatter can travel - although only until 11ish
  • The Small Doubles are small, but they are priced accordingly

Best time to go

Any time of year. Ideally summer, but this is England, so the weather is completely unpredictable! We went in April and it was beautifully sunny one minute, hammering it down with rain the next. The region offers great walking and boating so it's worth at least aiming for the finer months, but the hotel would be warm and cosy in winter - and there can be few places better suited to completely holing up in your room for the weekend.

Our top tips

Light from the landing can shine in under the bedroom doors, so bring an eye mask if that sort of thing troubles you.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Pub with Rooms
  • 12
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Welcome but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Spread over 2 floor, the 12 rooms are each exuberantly designed with bold splashes of colour and designer touches.

The best rooms in the house are the Luxury Suites, which have huge bathtubs and rain showers. Attic-floor Suite 4 has lovely whitewashed floorboards, cube light boxes and colourful chandeliers. Its lower floor has a daybed area and a dressing table, while the upper deck is filled with an enormous bed - wider than it is long!

We stayed in Superior Double 7. The bed itself was super comfy, with a thick duvet and plump pillows. Homemade brownies, bottled water and a Nespresso machines were very welcome, while towelling dressing gowns were great for lounging around and watching the plasma TV. It didn't have the best view (over the backs of houses and onto the street) so if that's important to you, request one that faces the village green. If it's the interiors that count, stay put.

We also liked totally kitsch Superior Double Room 12’s vibrant pink and green wallpaper. Although small, Standard Double Room 6 was bright and lovely. Small Double Room 10 is indeed tiny, but great for a romantic weekend away.

Ensuite bathrooms have REN products, and ours was dominated by an enormous bathtub. Be warned though: in this hotel, 'ensuite' can mean on the edge of the room and open-plan - so you may find your shower is actually in the bedroom!

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Internet access
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The Miller's head chef deserves a special mention because his food was the highlight of our stay. From homemade scones served with tea in the pub, to a mouth-watering a la carte menu, this is a place that takes its food credentials seriously.

The slightly kitsch restaurant - cream leather banquettes, blue and green perspex vases - won't appeal to everyone, but it's light and spacious. There's an open fire in winter and a patio for summer spill-over. It's an easy atmosphere and the waiting staff really know their onions.

We kicked dinner off with lovely homemade bread and an entrée of scallops on a sweet potato puree, with a fried quails egg, bacon and black pudding. My friend tucked into foie gras with poached sweet rhubarb and both were excellent. We agonised over our main courses and eventually plumped for red mullet with crushed potatoes and wild rocket, and sirloin of Orkney beef with a watercress puree. It says it all that our conversation pretty much died during this course. Although we couldn't manage dessert (a real sadness!), they sounded great: pistachio mousse, chocolate fondant with Grand Marnier sauce, a good cheese board.

Open all day, the cosy pub also serves traditional, hearty sized, English meals. We tucked into fish and chips while patrons lounged by the log fire in shabby-chic chairs, reading the Sunday papers - just what we needed after a walk along the frozen riverside. The excellent local ale also helped warm the cockles.

A continental and cooked breakfast got our day off to a great start. The homemade pastries, poached organic duck eggs on toast and pancakes with blueberries were particularly good.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Enjoy the great outdoors: whether you want a gentle stroll along the idyllic riverside or a hilly yomp, this is English countryside at its best, with plenty of waterside pubs for a refreshing Pimms en route

  • Visit Basildon Park, the beautiful 18th-century Palladian mansion featured in Pride and Prejudice. The National Trust property has stunning old tapestries and furnishings, as well as original delicate plasterwork, and there are lovely trails through the grounds

  • Check out Beale Park wildlife exhibition - it may be aimed at young'uns, but the alpaca, meerkats and seriously plump giant rabbits will make anyone smile, as will walking through their deer park and beautiful Jubilee water gardens

  • Take a boat trip along the glassy-still Thames or bring your bike and pedal along the towpath, or settle down for an afternoon's quiet fishing

  • Spot celebs! Goring on Thames is home to smooth crooner George Michael but sadly, despite our best neck craning, we couldn't see any A-listers over his garden wall

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Wildlife


Children are welcome and will enjoy the walks and bike rides that the countryside offers. However, the hotel is popular with couples, so you might feel awkward if your kids were disturbing the romantic setting!

Children aged 3 and under stay free in the room with parents, children aged 4-12 pay a supplement for an extra bed. Children over 12 are considered adults.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Both Luxury Suites (rooms 4 and 5) have a daybed that can be made up for children. The Superior Twin/Double rooms all have space for an extra bed or a baby cot.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available free of charge

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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