It has been some journey. Shire Hall for the County of Berkshire, completed in 1911, has become Reading’s only five star hotel, recently described as “the UK‘s sexiest townhouse”.
Boldly built in Queen Anne symmetrical style, facing onto Forbury Gardens and its bandstand, with a central three bay portico framed by Doric order columns, today The Roseate Reading is a sophisticated retreat from the 21st century.
Councillor’s minutes and alderman’s budgets were swept away in 1981. Nowadays, the Grade 2 listed building is artfully, opulently, sumptuously plush.
We are warmly welcomed, relieved of our luggage, and taken to the lift – opposite the original lift-shaft which now houses an 86,000 Italian bead chandelier. Chocolates await us
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