Take in the Oxfordshire countryside with a trip to Danesfield House, just outside Henley-on-Thames.
This 17th-century house was converted to a hotel in 1991 and stands today as an impressive retreat from the city. The sprawling house hosts 79 bedrooms, all finished uniquely with complimentary and traditional interiors. Around the house, you stumble upon the original historic features of the house, such as the Great Hall, with its impressively high ceilings and grand fireplace perfect for cosying up next to with a cup of tea, or after dinner cocktail. Outside, the grounds include miles of land, trailing down to the river banks; formal gardens with topiary and neat box hedging; tennis courts and many walking paths for ambling about on. Dining at the hotel is a treat, with a traditional and classic menu which delivers in every way you expect, from the beautifully cooked salmon to the bloody good rice pudding. The Oak Room dining room is a stylish setting for the evening, designed by one of the best interior designers in the UK, Anouska Hempel. The friendly staff help to make you feel at home at Danesfield House, so grab a cup of tea and get cosy in the Grand Hall – even if only for a night.
While you’re there…
Make the most of your location near Marlow and book yourself a table at Tom Kerridge’s Michelin starred pub, Hand & Flowers for a properly good and hearty meal. The chocolate and ale cake is incredible. Marlow is full of lovely boutiques and charming shops (including Winser London), so why not spend the afternoon wandering the streets?