Wheatsheaf Hotel (Virginia Water)
Wheatsheaf Hotel (Virginia Water) at a glance
The Wheatsheaf Hotel is a traditional 18th century inn set on the edge of Windsor Great Park, overlooking Virginia Water Lake. Established in 1768 as a turnpike inn, this historic hotel witnessed the landscaping and development of the Lake and Park by George III in the late 1700’s into the stunning royal landscape that we know today.
Historic Windsor, Royal Ascot, Wentworth and Sunningdale golf courses are all close by, and Heathrow is within easy reach. Set within affluent Virginia Water village, the Great Park itself is right on the hotel’s doorstep and encompasses lovely lakeside walks and beautiful ornamental gardens.
Located less than three miles from both the M25 and the M3 motorways, The Wheatsheaf Hotel makes the perfect base for exploring everything that Surrey has to offer.
Contact DetailsTelelphone: 01344 842057 Fax: 01344 842932 Email: email@example.com
|Check-in||From 14:00 hours|
|Check-Out||07:00 – 12:00 hours|
|Cancellation/Prepayment||Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.|
|Children||Up to two Children under the age of 16 sharing a room with adults stay free of charge subject to the availability of a suitable room. Cots are available at most of our Hotels and at no extra charge. Please specify at the time of booking if a cot is required. Any request for additional extra beds needs to be confirmed by management as this will be subject to availability and a room supplement may apply. Room supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay. Please ring the hotel directly for further information.|
|Pets||Pets are not allowed.|
|Accepted Credit Cards||American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.|
|Bar/Lounge||On-site bar & lounge|
|Restaurant||Pub restaurant on-site|
|Free Wi-Fi||Unlimited free Wi-Fi available|
|Television||Flat-screen digital TV|
|Free Parking||Ample on-site free parking|
|Tea & Coffee Making Facilities||In-room tea & coffee making facilities|
Weddings at Virginia Water
Imagine having the historic Wheatsheaf Hotel as the backdrop to your wedding day photographs. With our stunning venue within Windsor Great Park, superb in-house catering, function rooms and lovely bridal suite and guest bedrooms, we can make sure you enjoy the day you have always dreamed of.
The ideal hotel for Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport is only 12 miles away up the M25. That makes The Wheatsheaf Hotel a fantastic hotel base for airport travellers who can unwind in the tranquil surroundings of Virginia Water before or after their journey.
A perfect hotel base for exploring Windsor Great Park and Surrey
If you are looking for a relaxing retreat, a wonderful selection of Surrey attractions and activities are close to The Wheatsheaf Hotel. Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water are literally just outside, and historic Windsor itself, overlooked by Windsor Castle, is just 8 miles north. You can be at Royal Ascot Racecourse in around ten minutes. For families, the thrilling rides of Thorpe Park are approximately 5 miles away and, for younger children, the award-winning Legoland Windsor Resort is less than 15 minutes drive.
How to get here
You can find us on the A30 London Road just five minutes from Junction 13 of the M25, and 10 minutes from Junction 3 of the M3 on London Road at the junction with Christchurch Road. To find us by satnav, use the postcode GU25 4QF.
The present Wheatsheaf Hotel has served the citizens of Virginia Water since 1768, when proprietor John Atkins took the opportunity to relocate the inn onto the recently improved turnpike road, after the Bedfont & Bagshot Turnpike Trust diverted the road to accommodate work in the Great Park. The original Wheatsheaf, which had been more advantageously positioned close to the Great Western Road, had been damaged in the great storm of September 1768, which swept over south-east England, bursting the pond head at Virginia Water as a consequence and flooding the village.
George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760, spent much of his time in Windsor and decided he wanted to extend the lake. However, The Wheatsheaf Hotel was situated in a position that scuppered his plans. The Crown tried to buy the hotel, but the owner kept raising the price to ensure The Wheatsheaf Hotel survived.
The Wheatsheaf Hotel encountered the monarchy again in June 1801, when the establishment received a visit from George III, Queen Charlotte and Prince Adolphus. Queen Charlotte spent much of the day inside The Wheatsheaf Hotel while the King and his son inspected the work being carried out at the “Pond’s Head” in Windsor Great Park.
In 1808, the inn changed its name to The New England Inn. This change was made by one of the tenant licensees, Robert Prince, however when Prince left the establishment in 1818, the inn’s name was reverted back to The Wheatsheaf by his successor.
Once the work was completed on the Pond Head in the 1830s, the park was opened to the public and, with the main access via The Wheatsheaf, the inn continued to prosper. In 1862, The Wheatsheaf Hotel was extended to accommodate for the growth in recreation brought about by the railways, and in 1890 extensive alterations were again made to the building that we still know today.
Through almost 300 years of history, The Wheatsheaf Hotel has been at the heart of the development of Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park.
About Virginia Water
Virginia Water is an affluent village in the Runnymede Borough in Surrey. The village takes its name from the lake in the nearby Windsor Great Park that stretches across Surrey, Old Windsor, Sunninghill and Ascot in Berkshire. Many of the village’s houses are large detached homes based on the private Wentworth Estate, the very same area where you will find the famous Wentworth Club and its four golf courses. The village is home to many famous faces – Cliff Richards, Sir Elton John and Sir Bruce Forsyth are just some of the celebrities who have or have had a property here. There are some shops in the village, but many of the locals prefer to travel out to nearby Ascot and Windsor for their retail therapy.
Located close to the M25, M3 and M4 motorways, Virginia Water is a popular place to live for many London commuters, with excellent fast train access to London Waterloo and Reading.
The hotel makes an ideal base to explore the many major visitor attractions and historic sites within easy reach of Virginia Water.
Windsor Great Park (100 yards)
This stunning 5,000-acre royal deer park stretches from behind the castle almost all the way to Aston. For centuries, the park was the private hunting grounds of Windsor Castle, and the Royals still make the most of its beautiful sights. The more popular areas of the park include the Long Walk, built in 1688; this straight path takes you from the castle to the statue of the Copper Horse on Snow Hill, as well as through Savill Gardens and Virginia Water.
Ascot Racecourse (4 miles)
Situated just 6 miles from Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the UK. Over the course of the year, Ascot stages 26 exciting flat races, but the jewel in its crown is The Royal Ascot. This is one of Europe’s most famous race meetings, an historic event that has been taking place since 1711, initiated by Queen Anne.
Thorpe Park (5 miles)
Thrill seeking families will love this theme park’s wide range of white-knuckle roller coasters, from the Nemesis Inferno to the Swarm. Plus, there is an impressive selection of water rides such as the four lane super slide and a whole host of entertaining live shows at their Showcase venue.
Windsor Castle (7 miles)
The Queen’s weekend retreat is the oldest occupied fortress in the world. Its extravagant state rooms include the King’s Dressing Room, an area decorated with some of the most impressive Renaissance paintings in the royal collection. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel are just two other areas that can also be explored.
Legoland (7 miles)
Designed specially for 3-12 year olds, Legoland Windsor is an extraordinary theme park filled with inspiring creations made from Lego blocks. Over 50 interactive rides, shows and workshops are there for the children’s entertainment, including the thrilling Vikings River Splash and Pirate Falls Dynamite Drench.
Wentworth Golf Club (1 mile)
The most televised golf course in Britain, Wentworth Golf Club hosts three professional tournaments every year – World Matchplay, PGA and the Senior Masters. Take a tour and not only can you enjoy playing golf on one of the world’s best courses, but tennis and other fitness activities too.
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