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WHAT WE LOVE...

The conservative and traditional market town of Beaconsfield is perhaps the last place you'd expect to find a place like Crazy Bear, an opulent hotel that is dripping in bling. Beginning as just ten rooms in 2008, there are now nine buildings including a former coaching inn and the oldest house in Beaconsfield. With lashings of gold and black leather, lots of taxidermy, chandeliers and ornate carvings, saying that the décor is flamboyant and decadent is an understatement. There is an English restaurant and a Thai one, an outrageously plush bar and terrace with an outdoor pool.

Your expert reviewer

Ben West
Freelance Journalist
Ben has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times, Times, Telegraph, Spectator and New Statesman. His work has taken him to around 90 countries, and he has also written a number of books and a play, Gertrude’s Secret, which toured UK theatres for three years.

THE DETAILS

Location

We loved the close proximity to London.

Cliveden House and Windsor Castle are under eight miles away.
By car: 45 minutes from Oxford, under an hour from London and under 2 hours from Bristol and Birmingham. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Marylebone to Beaconsfield takes 25 minutes. The hotel is a 5-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) from the station. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

An adults-only property, this is a place that attracts those who like to party. As you walk into this playful place, a uniformed stuffed deer is looking at you - and doesn't fail to make you jump!

Service & Facilities

Take time out to enjoy a beer by the pool on the terrace.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Adult-only
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Room 3 (a suite) is a riot of leather and gold with a beamed ceiling, brick fireplace and heavy velvet curtains. There's also a copper bath. We appreciated the outrageous, exotic décor - from Moroccan lanterns to faux crocodile skin.

Tiny, Deluxe, Superior, Junior Suite, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The over-the-top décor of the restaurants complements the ornate dishes. The orange blossom and sauvignon-braised fennel with wilted spinach and fennel crisps was delicious.

English Restaurant: modern British cuisine, seasonal menus. Small plates, prime cuts and signature mains. Open daily, 7am-10pm.
Thai Restaurant: modern Thai cuisine, seasonal menus. À la carte or sharing plates. Open daily for dinner, Fri-Sun for lunch. Sharing menu from £34. Dim sum tea party from £45.95.

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