A total of 86,000 Italian glass beads form a chandelier that runs the height of this Reading townhouse, through its old lift shaft. It’s one of the first things guests see and it sets a stylish tone for this Victorian property. Despite what seems to be a leisure focus, business is very much on the agenda, with function rooms for conferences, product launches or teambuilding days. Meeting packages include refreshments throughout the working day or the 24-hour option includes dinner. And don’t miss the cinema: Italian leather seats make it a stylish spot for presentations and private screenings.