The Wellington Arms

UK England South East England Hampshire Basingstoke

  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
This comfortable Hampshire pub with rooms is a perfect short break from London and gives the chance to spend time on the huge estate of the Duke of Wellington.

Part of the quirkily named 'Red Mist' group of pubs, which has several properties in Hampshire and Surrey, the Wellington Arms occupies a splendid location on the vast Wellington estate a few miles north of Basingstoke. It's a comfortable and rather grand sort of place, apart from the prices, which are extremely moderate whether you're just staying overnight in one of its comfy guest rooms or just stopping by for lunch. You also have all the benefits of the Duke of Wellington's old stamping-ground on your doorstep, with its country park, children's farm and playground and lots of opportunities for walking, cycling and even horseriding.

Refurbished just a couple of years ago, the Wellington Arms is above all a family-friendly pub, a large 18th-century building that has a spacious and casual bar and restaurant serving really good food along with 25 beautiful en-suite guest bedrooms. Appropriately, there's a country feel throughout, with lots of references to hunting, shooting and fishing, as well as the Iron Duke himself, who lived some of the time in nearby Strafield Saye House but in reality spent most of his time in London. There's a pubby feel for drinkers around the bar, a very slightly more formal restaurant area and a separate wedding venue next door. The food is upmarket pub fare for the most part, with high quality fish and chips, Barnsley chops and steaks and always a couple of veggie dishes, complemented with sharing platters to encourage casual dining and daily specials that sometimes push the culinary boat our a little bit further (they're also well known for the quality and variety of their gluten-free options).  Breakfasts are continental and delicious, with hot options if you're lucky enough to be spending the weekend here.

The rooms are stylish, comfortable and mostly quite spacious – six in the main house, with a further 19 in a later rear extension. Furnished in cool greys and greens, they all come with king- or super-king-sized bed, minibars and tea- and coffee-making facilities (including Nespresso machines) and chocolates. Four rooms have baths, the rest good rainfall showers and bathrooms come with ESPA toiletries.

It's a terrific place to stay if you want a convenient short break in the country from London – easy to reach and with plenty to do nearby, not least the delights of the estate itself, where, as well as the country park and grounds, you can visit the Duke of Wellington's original residence at Stratfield Saye House, which is still home to the Wellington dynasty. And in case the Duke's estate isn't grand enough for you or you fancy a bit of Downton Abbey action, Highclere Castle is a short drive away, plus Jane Austen's House in Alton is easily reachable by car 20 minutes to the south.

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Facilities

The Wellington Arms Hotel and pub has 25 en-suite modern bedrooms, which all enjoy stylish interior combining warm greys and blues, set against the sharp white linens that sit upon the dreamy sleep-inducing beds. Luxury touches remain ever present as you look around each room, from ESPA toiletries, luxury linens and towels, Nespresso coffee machines and smart TV's to the quality, black-out curtains to ensure a perfect night's sleep. Enjoy the comfort of the bedrooms, which sit across two floors, with the benefit of having a great pub and restaurant downstairs that serves quality, seasonal food that has been lovingly prepared.  The menus are well-equipped to cater for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan tastes and the chefs have well-established relationships with local, independent producers including Secretts Farm, Cold-Pressed Oil Company, Chalk Stream trout and Mouka ice cream. The company even has its very own Red Mist ale brewed only for Red Mist pubs, from its micro-brewery (not on-site) alongside other seasonal, local Tilford Brewery ales. The bar features a range of local drinks, including Gorilla Gin, Silent Pool, Bombay Sapphire, Nibbs and much more.  Enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere within a quality establishment, where our people and small touches make all the difference. 

Suitable For

The Wellington Arms offers a small quantity of family-friendly (interconnecting) rooms. Please call the team directly to make a reservation for these rooms, as specific rooms cannot be reserved online.

Dogs are welcome in the restaurant if you are just dining with us, at this time dogs are not currently able to sleep overnight. Do let the team know at the time of booking that you're bringing your four-legged pal, so that they can allocate a dog-friendly table.

The Wellington Arms is very family-friendly, with kids menus, toiletries, toy boxes and a selection of interconnecting rooms.

Exclusive use of the 6 bedrooms in the main house, which includes The Copenhagen Suite, is available for family or friends coming together. The cost is just £79 per person, per night (£1,100 per night total for 12 people sharing 6 rooms) and is inclusive of breakfast and three-course dinner - please review the website for more details.

Please note, access to the bedrooms is via stairs, sadly the historic building cannot accommodate lifts and therefore may not be suitable for those with disabilities.

Nearby

Stratfield Turgis is a small hamlet offering easy access to Reading and Basingstoke. There's plenty to see and do, however particular favourites, if you have time, would be to plan a visit to West Green House & Gardens, especially if they've an open-air concert taking place in the summer months, or perhaps, you'd prefer a day of relaxation at Thame Lido followed by a trip to Stanlake Park Wine Estate for a spot of wine quaffing.

If you want to travel further afield or have a few days to explore the local area, then consider a tour of Highclere Castle (for the die-hard Downton Abbey fans) or a visit of Windsor Castle as definite options. Hop on a train and you can be in central London in less than an hour to enjoy the vast galleries and tourist attractions right on your doorstep or, if the sun is shining, head to the coast for a dip in the sea and, of course, to taste the freshest fish and chips. Other ideas include Lego Land, Paulton's Park (home to Peppa Pig World) and Lapland UK (Nov-Dec only). Other ideas include Go Ape, I-Fly, shopping in both Reading and Basingstoke, the theatre and so much more.

For young families, in addition to the above, there's also days out to enjoy at Wellington Country Park, Buckleberry Farm Deer & Safari Park, feeding the ducks at California Country Park and swimming at Coral Reef.

Food & Drink

Apart from our own delicious pub restaurant, we love the food at Wellington Farm Shop and Cafe just down the road; so this is definitely worth a visit (we dare you to leave empty handed, their shop is fabulous!). If you're looking for something a bit alternative, the nearby village of Hartley Wintney offer some loving food options including a quality Italian restaurant, Mamma Mia, or for a good curry we'd recommend The Taj or The Monsoon. If you're looking to treat yourself to more of a fine dining experience, we would highly recommend the hotel restaurant's at Heckfield Place and Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, plus, for Michelin-starred dining there is L'Ortolan, The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck (plus many more in the county). 

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

Bed & Breakfast rates start from £90 per night, based on two people sharing a room.

The Owner Says

The Wellington Arms Hotel and pub sits on The Duke of Wellington's estate. The estate was originally purchased in 1817 by the 1st Duke of Wellington following his victorious efforts during the Battle of Waterloo.  200 years later, the 9th Duke of Wellington and his family have created a wealth of new businesses and business ventures to be enjoyed by the public across its estate. Red Mist Leisure purchased and re-opened the site in 2018 following a wealthy refurbishment. 
Located in the small and quintessentially English hamlet of Stratfield Turgis, which is located on the main A33 between Reading and Basingstoke, the area is home to a number of beautiful natural features, most prominent is the River Loddon which meanders it's way through the parish, allowing for some wonderful walks alongside trout-filled streams and through ancient woodland.
The hotel and pub is home to 25 beautiful en-suite bedrooms, each designed with a modern, comforting style alongside, of course, the benefits of a top-notch bar, restaurant and pub garden to enjoy downstairs. The hotel also features stunning event facilities to host private and corporate events.
The hamlet of Stratfield Turgis remains mainly residential, and the pub is surrounded by fields (and the A33), however nearby neighbours include West Green Gardens (for garden visits and outdoor live musical and opera events) and the Duke's own family businesses including Wellington Farm Shop, Wellington Riding and Wellington Country Park. A much wider variety of shopping and restaurants are available in nearby villages and towns, including Hartley Wintney, Basingstoke and Reading. 
The Wellington Arms is part of the award-winning Red Mist Leisure family, which is an independent pub company whose ethos is to deliver an authentic and genuine pub and inn experience. It's growing portfolio of community and destination pubs across Surrey and Hampshire continue to be market-leaders within its locations.

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Rooms

25 en-suite guest bedrooms.

Location

Contact Website  01256 882 214  The Wellington Arms, Basingstoke Road, Stratfield Turgis, Hampshire RG27 0AS

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Getting There

The Wellington Arms is extremely easy to reach, just off the A33 near Hook, Basingstoke and Reading with good access to the M3 and M4 motorways.

Bramley train station is just under 4 miles away (3.9 miles) and sits on the Basingstoke and Reading line to London Paddington. The journey takes just under one hour and requires a train change at Reading.  Hook train station is the next closest station, at just over 7 miles distance (7.3 miles) and sits on a direct line to Basingstoke and London Waterloo, which takes just over one hour with no changes.  Please note, we would recommend a taxi pick up from these stations, as bus routes are not good in the local area.

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