The Wheatsheaf Hotel
The Wheatsheaf Hotel is a traditional 18th century inn set on the edge of Windsor Great Park, overlooking Virginia Water Lake. Established in 1768 as a turnpike inn, this historic hotel witnessed the landscaping and development of the Lake and Park by George III in the late 1700’s into the stunning royal landscape that we know today.
Historic Windsor, Royal Ascot, Wentworth and Sunningdale golf courses are all close by, and Heathrow is within easy reach. Set within affluent Virginia Water village, the Great Park itself is right on the hotel’s doorstep and encompasses lovely lakeside walks and beautiful ornamental gardens.
Located less than three miles from both the M25 and the M3 motorways, The Wheatsheaf Hotel makes the perfect base for exploring everything that Surrey has to offer.
The ideal hotel for Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport is only 12 miles away up the M25. That makes The Wheatsheaf Hotel a fantastic hotel base for airport travellers who can unwind in the tranquil surroundings of Virginia Water before or after their journey.
A perfect hotel base for exploring Windsor Great Park and Surrey
If you are looking for a relaxing retreat, a wonderful selection of Surrey attractions and activities are close to The Wheatsheaf Hotel. Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water are literally just outside, and historic Windsor itself, overlooked by Windsor Castle, is just 8 miles north. You can be at Royal Ascot Racecourse in around ten minutes. For families, the thrilling rides of Thorpe Park are approximately 5 miles away and, for younger children, the award-winning Legoland Windsor Resort is less than 15 minutes drive.
The present Wheatsheaf Hotel has served the citizens of Virginia Water since 1768, when proprietor John Atkins took the opportunity to relocate the inn onto the recently improved turnpike road, after the Bedfont & Bagshot Turnpike Trust diverted the road to accommodate work in the Great Park. The original Wheatsheaf, which had been more advantageously positioned close to the Great Western Road, had been damaged in the great storm of September 1768, which swept over south-east England, bursting the pond head at Virginia Water as a consequence and flooding the village.