Sanctum on the Green: the 24-hour holiday

I don’t believe the old saying that “if one is tired of London, one is tired of life”. If you are doing London properly – working hard and playing hard – that tiredness will catch up with you on occasion, but you can regain your mojo in 24 hours with a little assistance.

One suitable venue is Sanctum on the Green, a boutique hotel on the edge of Berkshire’s Cookham Dean. It’s location will out-fox the canniest sat nav but, once you finally crunch up the gravel path, the city may as well be thousands of miles away.

Like its sister hotel in London, Sanctum offers all sorts of packages, including spa breaks, activity holidays with kayaking and horse-riding available nearby and even an anti-ageing skin special.

But in my opinion the biggest draw is going to be the food. John Burton-Race is Consultant Executive chef and, unlike many chefs who partner with boutique hotels, he can actually be found on site, fine-tuning the new menu.

Mouth-watering mains currently include Saddle of Lamb with Smoked Paprika Crust, Grilled Turbot with Sauce Béarnaise, Salted Cod with Chickpeas and Shallot Cream, Pan fried Bream with Saffron and Mussels Broth and Braised Pork Belly with Lentils, Chorizo and Mashed Potato.

A new innovation is the Sanctum Beef Plate, which featured Pan fried Sirloin, Braised Silverside and Ravioli of Oxtail served with Celeriac Puree – a feast for any carnivore.

The restaurant is well designed, all cosy bricks and wood, with subtle lighting. It’s favoured by locals for special occasions so you can be assured of a warm welcome and a nice atmosphere.

As for the hotel, there are nine individually designed rooms, including a pool house and the Sanctum Suite complete with a six foot bath tub.

There is an 80-degree heated outdoor pool or the hot tub, set in the gorgeous courtyard – however, when I visited the courtyard was full of a team of lads putting up a marquee, and I felt too self-conscious to lie out there in my bikini. Maybe next time.

Prices start from £120 per night for a “crash pad” room to £220 for the Sanctum Suite. All rates include breakfast, free WIFI and VAT. See



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