If you fancy staying near Downton Abbey, which is filmed at Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England, then the Dundas Arms (right) is a great country pub only eight miles away. It's a traditional English inn, about 60-70 miles west of London and easily reached by car or public transport.
The Dundas Arms has a beautiful location right on the Kennet and Avon Canal, in the lovely little village of Kintbury. Kintbury has been named as one of the most desirable villages in England to live in, and people who do live there include the best-selling author Robert Harris and the design guru Terence Conran. It's typical English countryside, surrounded by green fields and woodland.
So are you Really Staying near Downton Abbey?
Highclere Castle, where they film Downton Abbey, is less than eight miles from the Dundas Arms. It would probably take you about 15-20 minutes to drive, along the country roads. You could also take a taxi from the inn and arrange to be collected later in the day. You could also cycle to Highclere easily.
If you want to use public transport then you can catch the bus or train from near the inn into Newbury, and then take another bus out to Highclere, although that will take at least 90 minutes including a 20-minute walk at the end to the Castle itself.
The Dundas Arms
The inn is right on the important Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with Bristol. Not much is known about the history of the inn, but it is assumed to have been named after Charles Dundas, who was the prime mover behind the building of the canal. He lived nearby and when the first section of the canal was completed in 1797, there was a big ceremony at Kintbury. What is known is that the Dundas Arms is a lovely, Grade II Listed Georgian building, which was built in the late 18th century and has been accommodating visitors - and drinkers and diners - ever since.
Accommodation and Dining
The Dundas Arms has eight guest bedrooms, three of them in the pub itself and a further five River Rooms in the former stable block which used to accommodate barge horses. Conditions have improved a little since then and you'll find luxurious en-suite bathrooms with toiletries by Branche d’Olive, and each room has its private terrace overlooking the River Kennet.
Room rates include a full breakfast, and for lunch and dinner the inn has its own restaurant where you can have everything from simply pub meals like Beer Battered Fish with Chips and Mushy Peas, or finer dining options such as Fillet of Sea Bass with new potatoes, fennel, apple and dill salad. This is very much a village local too, with a good range of guest beers as well as regular ales and ciders including West Berkshire Good Old Boy, Ramsbury Gold, London Pride and Tutts Clump Farmhouse Cider.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM LONDON
Driving: The Dundas Arms is in Kintbury, which is about 65 miles west of central London. The driving time should be about 75-90 minutes, depending on the traffic. The inn's website has driving directions on its Contact page.
By Train: The Dundas Arms is only one minute's walk from the train station at Kintbury and there are direct trains to Kintbury from London's Paddington Station. Take the trains for Bedwyn and get off at Kintbury, which is a journey time of about one hour. During the day there is usually one train an hour from Paddington to Kintbury, with two an hour during peak periods. You can check timetables and book tickets online at the RailEasy website.
By Coach: This is not a good option. The nearest coach station is in Newbury, which is about seven miles from the Dundas Arms. From here you would need to catch the local bus to Kintbury, or take a taxi. However, there is currently only one coach service per day from London's Victoria Coach Station to Newbury, in the early evening. The good news is that it is only about half the cost of the train fare, and the journey time is 1hr 45mins. You can check timetables and book tickets online at the National Express website.
More Information on Staying near Downton Abbey
The Dundas Arms is a member of Great Country Pubs
and you'll find much more information on the
Great Country Pubs website.
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