Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire: Staycation Inspiration
As local businesses start to re-open as lockdown lifts, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite places near to our Malvern Garden Buildings showsite in Oxfordshire.
Our showsite in Henley-on-Thames is small but perfectly formed and sits in the grounds of Toad Hall – the house that inspired Toad Hall in the much-loved children’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
It’s such a scenic part of the country, it wouldn’t take much persuading to make a day of a trip to our showsite. With many of us choosing to holiday at home this year, here are our suggestions of the best places to eat, sleep and see nearby.
Make sure to check for opening times, book ahead if required and keep to a safe social distance.
Where to Eat…
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a bite to eat here! The Crooked Billet serves excellent food and is in the nearby village of Stoke Row nestled into the Chiltern hills and woods.
Alternatively, the local Bull & Butcher in the Hambleden valley in Turville is known for its pies and suet puddings.
Another option is the Stag & Huntsman a pub with rooms in Hambleden village itself – just down the road from Toad Hall – which is a very picturesque village indeed.
In Henley-on-Thames the stylish Hotel du Vin is next to the river and a short stroll along the riverfront to the bridge & marketplace.
The Hambleden Valley has been used in TV and films such as ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘101 Dalmations’, The Vicar of Dibley, Poirot and Midsomer Murders. One hour walking tours of some of the iconic filming locations from Midsomer Murders are offered around Henley, beginning at The Argyll Pub.
A little further up the valley is the Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery who do tours and tastings. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty as a backdrop, this is a definite must do on your tour of Henley-on-Thames. Bed & Breakfast is also offered at the winery and you can refine your culinary skills there too with their cookery courses.
Henley-on-Thames is probably most famous for the annual Regatta, so a visit would not be complete without going along to the River & Rowing Museum. The museum explores the River Thames, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley. The galleries include interactive displays as well as internationally-significant collections, including the family-friendly ‘Wind in the Willows’ gallery and a permanent display of the work of artist John Piper.
The Museum also has delightful café with a terrace overlooking Mill Meadows, and a shop specialising in children’s books and games, fashion and craft. Museum admission tickets provide unlimited free-entry for 12 months, so you can pay once and visit as many times as you like – fantastic value for money!