To think of Redroofs as a mere guesthouse is like referring to a vintage Bentley as a form of transport – yes it will get you to where you want to go, but it’s full of character and will have you feeling like you have just been part of something special along way.
Built in 1892 and formerly home to the Reitlinger Museum, Red Roofs at Oldfield is a Grade II listed building that sits on the banks of the River Thames and has been restored with beautiful attention to detail. Many of the property’s original Victorian features have been preserved but owners Sandy and Colin have also added a host of quirky and homely touches of their own. This is perhaps because they actually live there, but also because Sandy is a self-confessed antiques addict who loves to buy and hord. Consequently, everything from the pictures and mirrors to tea-sets and china are available to purchase!
The feeling of comfort and homeliness are accentuated with the high ceilings and spacious, well appointed rooms. Fun parts of our en suite room included a classic women’s dresser which looked like something out of a Disney fairy tale, a freestanding bath in the room itself (i.e. not in the bathroom, but just beyond the end of the bed!) and a large balcony from which we had a lovely view of the Thames. Redroofs also boasts a large and well maintained garden which backs into the river and provides a lovely place to enjoy a cup of tea on sunnier days. More recently, they have also introduced a range of beauty treatments & holistic therapies should you require a touch of pampering.
With the fantastic range dining options available nearby including The Fat Duck and the superb Boulters Restaurant (where we visited during our stay), proper meals are understandably off the menu. In fact, most of the other guests during our visit were only in town to dine in these restaurants and used Redroofs as a place to stop off for the night. However, a delicious breakfast is included in the stay and is sure to top off what is likely to be a memorable stay! With prices starting at around £125 and ‘buy 1 get 1 half price’ deals on offer, Redroofs also provides excellent value.
Rooms price: Starts at £125, although they also have a ‘buy 1 get 1 half price’ deal
Red Roofs at Oldfield
Guards Club Road
Tel: 01628 621910