The Five Arrows

On the site of an old coaching inn, this 'immaculate' small hotel at the gates of Waddesdon Manor was built in 1887 to house the architects and craftsmen working on the manor itself. Like the historic house, the hotel is run by the Rothschild family trust for the National Trust; the manager is Alex McEwen. It is 'a broadly comfortable environment with helpful, cheerful staff,' say visitors this year. The individually designed bedrooms have antiques from the manor; those overlooking the courtyard (rather than the busy road in front) are the most tranquil. 'Our room was quiet and comfortable; there was not enough light for reading.' The 'pleasant' dining room has 'well-spaced tables'; chef Karl Penny's modern European menu (changed weekly) has some 'interesting choices', perhaps slow-cooked pork belly, poached Granny Smith; pan-fried fillet of trout, marinated tomatoes, pea shoot salad. 'Breakfast was excellent, with a full range of main dishes served promptly.' Less liked is the 'limited lounge space'. National Trust members qualify for a ten per cent discount on B&B rates.
  • The staff were friendly, the room was comfortable, the food good;, and the hotel had good vibes. We had the last room, overlooking the main road. Traffic noise was a hum and did not bother us. The rooms are away from the main house so you would need an umbrella in bad weather. We enjoyed a drink in the courtyard (there seemed to be no residents’ lounge). And we enjoyed both dinner and breakfast (a good cold buffet and wide choice of cooked dishes).

    G C, 03/09/2014

  • A comfortable hotel with good rooms and extremely friendly and helpful staff. Although on a busy road the hotel is surprisingly peaceful inside and our bedroom in the courtyard was very quiet. Good food in the restaurant and a complimentary glass of champagne added a nice touch. Rather limited lounge space.

    Michael Cornelius, 25/12/2011

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Local attractions

Waddesdon Manor
Stunning house and gardens, with superb tea rooms, owned by the Rothschild family.
Shotover Country Park
Follow trails or go horse-riding.
Buckinghamshire County Museum
A changing catalogue of exhibitions and a Roald Dahl children's gallery.

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Contact Details

The Five Arrows

High Street WADDESDON Buckinghamshire England HP18 0JE


01296 651727

Further Information


16, 3, in courtyard, on ground floor.


all year.


bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 1-acre garden.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per person B&B £52.50-£117.50, D,B&B £80-£120. À la carte £28.