Located in the heart of Gerrards Cross in the beautiful Chilterns, the Ethorpe Hotel serves traditional pub meals and exudes all the character and charm of a genteel Georgian-style hostelry.
Nestled in the Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and within easy reach of London and Windsor, The Ethorpe Hotel is a charming hotel and pub restaurant at the heart of the quiet Buckinghamshire retreat of Gerrards Cross.Converted from a wealthy gentleman’s residence in 1923, The Ethorpe offers attractive exposed beams, open fires in winter and cosy corners for intimate dining.
Located just 2 minutes from the main rail station in this lovely ‘Brighton of Bucks’ village, the stuccoed villa appearance of The Ethorpe reflects the genteel Edwardian character of the surrounding area. Serving traditional pub food, seasonal specials and delicious Sunday roasts, along with fine wines and real ales, it’s the perfect place to recharge after exploring some of Buckinghamshire’s most beautiful countryside.Read more...
The Ethorpe Hotel dates back to the early 1800’s and was formerly a wealthy Edwardian gentleman’s residence until it was converted into a hotel in 1923 when the Ethorpe Estate was sold.
Two storeys in height and with an impressive portico front entrance, the hotel’s stuccoed villa appearance and white painted walls reflect its early 19th century origins and the genteel affluent character of Gerrards Cross. Sensitively altered and extended in the Arts & Crafts style by architect Robert Muir in the 1920’s, The Ethorpe Hotel is typical of the Edwardian development of Gerrards Cross after the rail link to London was established in 1906. At this time, the area became popular with the upper classes as they sought an escape from London.
Gerrards Cross became known as a desirable commuter village on the edge of the Chilterns, and the town’s nickname: the ‘Brighton of Bucks,’ reflected its reputation as being a prestigious rural retreat for the upper classes, with its gentlemen’s country houses, hunting grounds and thriving coaching trade.
The town was officially named Gerrards Cross in 1859, when pieces of the parishes of Chalfont St Peter, Fulmer, Iver, Langley Marish and Upton were merged into one new parish. The name comes from the Gerrard family who owned a manor house there in the early 17th century.
Today, Gerrards Cross remains one of England’s most desirable places to live. Often referred to as ‘Mini Hollywood’ due to its celebrity residents, its house prices are considerably higher than average.
The area’s advantageous location has been recognised for centuries. Bulstrode Camp, just west of Gerrards Cross Common, is the largest Iron Age hill fort in Buckinghamshire, while extensive Roman pottery finds point to Roman habitation. The current A40 lies on the 18th century turnpike road from London to Oxford, however the highway dates back to medieval times. Bulstrode House, now a private residence, was once the home of the infamous ‘Hanging Judge Jeffreys.’
Along with its rich history and breathtaking location in the Chiltern Hills – so often described as ‘an area of outstanding natural beauty’ and a ‘walker’s paradise’ - today The Ethorpe Hotel offers visitors the luxury of a true historic country pub and rural retreat with excellent road and rail links to London, Windsor and beyond.