The Five Arrows

Named after the family emblem (a shield with five arrows representing each of the Rothschild brothers who founded banks across Europe), this small hotel/restaurant is run by the Rothschild family trust for the National Trust. The elaborate half-timbered building (on the site of an old coaching inn) stands at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, the family's magnificent country retreat styled like a Loire château. Alex McEwen is the manager; Karl Penny is the chef. The bedrooms in the main house have a traditional decor; five spacious rooms have been added in a converted coach house in the grounds. They have high ceilings, beams, soothing colours. Fixed soap dispensers in the bathroom are 'a minor irritant'; rooms at the front might suffer from traffic noise. There is no guest lounge; a small bar has tables which might be taken for dinner. Everyone praises the cooking in the 'immaculate' dining room; the weekly-changing menu has modern European dishes like wild mushroom and thyme soup, truffle foam; pork loin medallions, confit potatoes, black pudding, pear, apple and cider jus. Hotel guests receive complimentary garden tickets to visit the manor.
  • 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

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


16, 5 in Old Coach House, 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.

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[2014] per room B&B single £75-£100, double £105-£235, D,B&B single £105, double £185-£240. À la carte £35.

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