The Lion

7 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

Sep, 2014

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

Personal / family celebration

Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, is home to Waddesdon Manor (once of the Rothschilds). It is a pleasant village with its only drawback being the A41 which runs (or rather zooms) right through it. Of course, a plus point of having this road is that Aylesbury is just 5 miles away, Bicester Discount designer centre (Where Princess Kate was seen Baby clothes shopping a couple of weeks ago) is a 20 minute drive and London is about 45minutes away minutes away, you are also close to Oxford and Milton Keynes. So, with this being a spot that is so central for so many places you would think the hotel chains would be flocking here. Not so, there are 3 pubs, 2 of which offer accommodation – The Five Arrows (which looked like it was part of the Waddesdon Estate) and our choice – The Lion, situated in the centre of the village. We pulled in to their vast car park at the rear and made our way to the reception, 3 members of staff acknowledged our presence but none of them deigned to check us in, they all seemed to be working in the bar, I could feel my wife getting annoyed at this bad service and we waited what appeared to be ages (but in actuality was less than 10 minutes) and then a Gentleman checked us in and showed us to our room (no.5) and even helped bring our luggage up from the car – the supposed wait was forgotten. The room was a delight, comfy bed, small TV in corner, a small sofa in front of the Bay window (which overlooked the front of the Pub), the room led into a small dressing room with its wardrobe and dressing table and this in turn led to the large bathroom (no Bath just a shower), not bad for £95 for the two of us. We flicked through the Parish magazine, that had been placed in the room with other Hotel literature, and discovered that The Lion had been run for about 10 years by Annette,Peter and family and sadly Peter had passed away earlier this year. The room was pretty clean and tidy, if this had been Channel Four's Four in a Bed we would comment that there was dust on top of the pictures and mirror but what normal person checks these things and how does it affect your stay? Downstairs was a friendly pub with a dining room, as we were at a function that evening we had a nose at the diners as we passed through and were impressed by the quality and quantity of the meals, unfortunately I cant comment on the Flavour but if breakfast was anything to go by the Dinners would have been pretty good. It seems such a shame that I have to mention the drawback to staying here – yes, its that road again, we could hear every vehicle that roared through the village (despite its 30MPH limit, and the lorries were very noisy. This was a weekend so what it must be like weekdays I know not. But eventually we got used to it and made sure it did not spoil our stay. If ever I have to be nearby again, this is where I will stay.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.