The village of Dorney on the north bank of the Thames close to Windsor is home to the Eton College Rowing Lake. This was the venue for rowing events at the 2012 Olympic Games.
It is a small hamlet made up of a few houses, many of them hundreds of years old.
Dorney Court, a Tudor mansion and one of the finest of the old houses in the thames valley has a claim to fame, being the place where the first pineapple grown in England was raised. The fruit itself was eaten by king Charles II in 1661. Dorney Court is well known from TV and film. Both the exterior and interior of the beautiful Tudor manor house are used for a variety of productions requiring an atmospheric location. The house is Grade 1 listed so the productions have to be very careful with it. If you do get on a tour, you will be treated to seeing a 17th century priest hole as well as traditional oak furniture, carved panelling and tapestries. It is only open to the public on occasion because it is still lived in by the Palmer family who have been here for many hundreds of years. There is a garden centre in the grounds which offers quality food and home baked cakes.
Dorney common covers 169 acres and is one of the few unenclosed commons left in the country. It is owned by the Palmers, but certain locals have ‘commoners rights’ to graze cattle here.
Dorney has a very fine, dog-friendly pub called ‘The Pineapple’ which is a nice reminder of this little piece of history. The Pineapple pub does great sandwiches (real huge doorstops) with a menu of about 80 different fillings. Excellent chips too! The pineapple is a great stop after a stroll to enjoy the bird life along the Jubilee River (its a flood relief scheme for the Thames but you would never know it.)
All in all this village is well worth a visit