Hotel review: The inspector re-visits revamped Gothic mansion Oakley Court on the River Thames

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The resort inspector re-visits a Gothic mansion the place The Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed and is impressed with the revamp of a former ‘company monstrosity’

  • The Inspector stayed in a £325 room in Oakley Court, close to Windsor, which had a view of the River Thames 
  • After a rebranding, the resort has refurbished greater than half of its rooms and is internet hosting a Soho House pop-up 
  • Remember… The Inspector pays his method – and tells it like it’s…

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What a turn-around. On our earlier go to 5 years in the past, there was little optimistic to report about Oakley Court.

It was a company monstrosity with ugly added wings, all in want of salvation — and it has come to cross.

Built in 1859, this imposing Gothic mansion sits in 35 acres overlooking the Thames upstream from Windsor (the Queen as soon as dropped in to witness swan upping, the annual census of unmarked mute swans — which all belong to her) and has been the setting for TV exhibits and movies corresponding to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Tommy Steele’s Half A Sixpence.

Oakley Court, built in 1859, sits in 35 acres overlooking the River Thames, upstream from Windsor

Oakley Court, inbuilt 1859, sits in 35 acres overlooking the River Thames, upstream from Windsor 

The Inspector admired the sitting rooms

A fortune was spent on the hotel during lockdown and a ‘rebranding exercise’ is now in progress

The Inspector admired the sitting rooms (left and proper). A fortune was spent on the resort throughout lockdown and a ‘rebranding exercise’ is now in progress

During lockdown, a fortune was spent on it and a ‘rebranding exercise’ is now in progress, says certainly one of the younger employees, most of whom put on white T-shirts and are unfailingly cheerful.

Hence the link-up with Soho House, which has arrived in the type of a pop-up in the Summer River House throughout the primary garden, with a stylish tent, restaurant and bar, solar loungers, fireplace pits and DJ units.

Almost half of the 100 or so rooms have been refurbished.

The Inspector writes: 'It was a corporate monstrosity with ugly added wings, all in need of salvation — and it has come to pass'

The Inspector writes: ‘It was a company monstrosity with ugly added wings, all in want of salvation — and it has come to cross’

The Inspector believes Oakley Court's refurbishment 'shows what some love and lots of money can achieve'

The Inspector believes Oakley Court’s refurbishment ‘exhibits what some love and many cash can obtain’

There is talk that an outside swimming pool will be fitted on the grounds in the coming months

The Inspector found there was 'little positive to report about Oakley Court' upon his last visit, but was impressed by its makeover

The Inspector discovered there was ‘little optimistic to report about Oakley Court’ upon his final go to, however was impressed by its makeover. There is discuss that an out of doors swimming pool might be fitted on the grounds in the coming months

TRAVEL FACTS

Oakley Court, Windsor Rd, Windsor. SL4 5UR. Doubles from £275. For extra info name 01753 609988.  

Rating: rating showbiz 4

Last time, I neglected the automobile park despite the fact that the resort was virtually empty; on this event I’m billeted with a river view, albeit after paying a hefty £325 for the privilege — and that’s with out breakfast.

There is a contact of Soho House in the room, too: naked wooden ground; drinks tray with cocktail shaker, ice bucket and bottles of ready-mixed Negroni; Roberts radio; complimentary tender drinks in the fridge; a picnic hamper with posh crisps and jelly infants.

In the coming months, a spa might be added and there may be discuss of an out of doors swimming pool. 

We like the sitting rooms (one with a Japanese theme) and conservatory— particularly the tables wearing crisp white cotton spilling out onto the terrace.

It’s not fairly heat sufficient to eat alfresco, so as a substitute we adjourn to the Parlour restaurant. 

Its all-day menu is engaging, with choices to share, pizzas and a few ‘premium bites’ corresponding to 30 grams’ price of King’s Platinum caviar for £84.

Oakley Court is a piece in progress — however already it exhibits what some love and many cash can obtain.