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Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel
Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel

Elcot, Newbury RG20 8NJ

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (174 reviews)

Located in Elcot, this romantic hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Welford Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Deanwood Park Golf …

£69
Regency Park Hotel
Regency Park Hotel

Bowling Green Road, Thatcham RG18 3RP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (92 reviews)

Situated in Thatcham, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mary's Church and Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. Shaw …

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Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa

Old Oxford Road, Newbury RG14 3AG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (87 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Donnington Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shaw House …

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DoubleTree by Hilton Newbury North
DoubleTree by Hilton Newbury North

M4 Junction 13 Oxford Road, Newbury RG20 8XY

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (351 reviews)

Situated in Newbury, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Donnington Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shaw House and West …

£63
Hare & Hounds Hotel
Hare & Hounds Hotel

20 Bath Road, Newbury RG14 1QY

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (114 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Deanwood Park Golf Course, Donnington Castle, and Newbury …

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The Star and Garter
The Star and Garter

High Street, Andover SP10 1PD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated in Andover, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age and 1.9 mi (3 km) from …

£50
Bel & the Dragon
Bel & the Dragon

Swan Street, Newbury RG20 5PP

3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Located in Kingsclere, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, St Mary's Church, and Highclere Castle …

£75
Donnington Grove Country Club
Donnington Grove Country Club

Grove Road, Newbury RG14 2LA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (46 reviews)

Situated in Newbury, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Donnington Castle and Watermill Theatre. Shaw House and Newbury Town …

£77
The Bear Hotel
The Bear Hotel

Charnham Street, Hungerford RG17 0EL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated in Hungerford, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Combe Gibbet, Walbury Hill, and Crofton Beam Engines. Welford …

£65
The Carnarvon Arms
The Carnarvon Arms

Winchester Road, Newbury RG20 9LE

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (53 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sandham Memorial Chapel and Highclere Castle. West Berkshir …

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Pocket Guide: Hungerford Combe Gibbet Hotels

Berkshire is a county packed with surprises and unlikely attractions. Perhaps the most unlikely of all is the somewhat morbidly-named Combe Gibbet. The fact that it's situated on top of Gallows Down might give a fair idea of what to expect on your visit! Combe Gibbet is the name of the gibbet itself, situated within the parish of Combe. It remains famous for being situated on the site of a Neolithic burial mound and, despite its grisly silhouette, was only used once. There are a number of reasons to visit this attraction and you'll find plenty of places to stay nearby, from characterful inns and comfortable B&Bs, to glamorous and luxurious hotels.

The Story of Combe Gibbet

The story behind Combe Gibbet is true: George Broomham and Dorothy Newman were conducting an affair, when they were seen by George's wife and son. In order to prevent repercussions, the adulterous pair murdered the witnesses to their debauchery, but were caught in the act by the village vagrant, 'Mad Thomas'. Thomas reported the crime and they were executed at Winchester Assizes. The gibbet was used to display both their bodies, to serve as a warning to those who might follow in their footsteps. The gibbet that stands is not the original, but it still draws visitors throughout the year. However, Gallows Down is also the site of some more pleasant activities, such as the 16-mile Combe Gibbet Cross Country Race and is also a popular launching site for paragliders and hand-gliders.

Hotels near Combe Gibbet

There's plenty of reasonably-priced accommodation in the area. Bracknell, which is less than an hour away, is home to a number of well-priced and comfortable hotels, such as the Grange Bracknell, the Fines Bayliwick Hotel and the Elizabeth House bed and breakfast. However, if you're in the area for a special occasion or feel it's time to treat your partner to a little slice of luxury, the Oakley Court Hotel offers beautiful surroundings, sumptuous rooms and a remarkable restaurant. For those who prefer to look after themselves, there are self-catering options available, in the Berkshire Rooms Bracknell and the Beneficial House - House of Fisher.

Combe Gibbet may be one of Berkshire's more macabre attractions, but it remains enduringly popular. Book a room in a hotel near Combe Gibbet and you'll find yourself well placed to explore all that this extraordinary county has to offer.

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