Room stay accommodation and the Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames

If you are looking for room stay accommodation in Henley-on Thames you can choose from a range of spare bedrooms including double rooms, triple rooms and single rooms to rent.

Henley-on-Thames can be an expensive area to rent a house or apartment and if you are visiting for the Henley Royal Regatta or any other major event close to the town, room swapping is a good option.

Room swapping in Henley offers you the freedom and flexibility of a hotel room without the high cost, and many homeowners in Henley rent out their rooms for Henley Royal Regatta.

A historic market town on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, Henley-on-Thames lies 37 miles from London, 9 miles northeast of Reading and 7 miles west of Maidenhead.

Henley Royal Regatta is held annually on the River Thames and was first established in 1839. Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta are different events.

The Royal Regatta lasts for five days (Wednesday to Sunday) over the first weekend in July and races are knockout competitions raced over one mile, 550 yards.

International crews are regularly attracted to Henley and the Regatta has its own rules as it pre-dates any national or international rowing organisation.

The most prestigious event at the Regatta is the Grand Challenge Cup for Men’s Eights which has been awarded since the Regatta was first staged. The Regatta is organised by a body of Stewards who are mainly former rowers themselves.

Certain enclosures at the regatta have a strict dress code.

The Chiltern Hills provide the backdrop to Henley and a choice of summer cruises are available. Or pilot yourself in a small motor or rowing boat. A trip to the River and Rowing Museum is highly recommended.

Henley is home to a host of small, quirky shops where you will find antiques, hand-made chocolates, and historical books.

Henley’s historic centre lies just a few strides from the River Thames and the main street has many Georgian frontages. Among the 300 buildings in the town, St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, Market Place and the 18th century stone bridge have been designated: ‘of special architectural or historical interest.’

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Useful Henley Information

If you are planning a trip to Henley Royal Regatta, why not spend a few days in Oxfordshire either side of the racing and enjoy a break in one of England’s most beautiful counties?

Henley-on-Thames Railway Station offers a regular service to and from Twyford Station. During Henley Royal Regatta trains run directly to and from London Paddington Station. At other times, passengers from Paddington and Reading must change at Twyford.

Henley Taxis can pick you up from the train station or from the nearest airport, Heathrow International Airport, which is 19 miles away. London Luton Airport is 32 miles away.

Heathrow car hire or London Luton Airport car hire can be pre-booked.

Whether you are visiting Henley for the Henley Royal Regatta or for a family get together, you will find excellent transport links and a wide choice of Henley attractions within easy reach of your luxury Henley accommodation.

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The Top 10 Things to do in Henley

From royal regattas to stately homes and organic breweries to nature reserves, Henley offers a wide choice of attractions for all ages.

Henley Regatta

The world famous Henley Royal Regatta was first held in 1839 and now attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. Over 200 races are held over the first weekend in July (Wednesday to Sunday) and aside from rowing, attractions include bars, restaurants and live music.

Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery

Enjoy award-winning wines, beers, liqueurs and spirits at the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking Hambleden Valley, this popular attraction offers tours, tastings and a cellar shop.

Henley Canoe Hire

Why not explore the Thames by canoe? Henley Canoe Hire operates along the River Thames through Oxfordshire, Bucks and Berkshire. Great fun for all the family, one day packages include: Caversham to Henley, Pangbourne to Sonning and Henley to Marlow. Two day packages include: Abingdon to Pangbourne and Cholsey to Henley.

Grey’s Court

Grey’s Court is a stunning estate set in the rolling hills of the Chilterns. Dating back to the 16th century the imposing mansion and picturesque gardens were home to the Brunner family until recently. With homely living rooms, walled gardens and medieval ruins, the house enjoys an idyllic setting.

River and Rowing Museum

The River and Rowing Museum, situated on the banks of the Thames offers galleries, exhibitions and events dedicated to rowing, rivers and the history of Henley on Thames. The award-winning building is also home to the Wind in the Willows Exhibition. A year-round calendar of nature trails and family days attract visitors from all over England.

Hobbs of Henley

Hobbs of Henley offers a range of cruises along the Thames from Henley including self-drive boats and chauffeured launches. Luxurious boats for every occasion include Edwardian launches and Olympic class launches. Hobbs of Henley was founded in 1870 and one of its most popular boats is the New Orleans, the largest and most luxurious passenger vessel on the upper Thames.

Stonor Park and Gardens

Stonor Park has been the residence of the Stonor family for 850 years. The historic building and sweeping grounds are stunning. Visitors can view the family collection of art and the work of St. Edmund Campion, created when he was given refuge in the house in 1581. Fallow deer, red kites, ravens and buzzards can be spotted in the grounds.

Midsomer Murders

Look for locations featured in TV programme, Midsomer Murders. Henley is the latest Oxfordshire location to create a walking tour around the town centre’s filmed premises.

Warburg Nature Reserve

Owned and managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, the Warburg Nature Reserve is situated high up in the Chiltern Hills. The flower-rich grasslands, valleys and woodlands are famous for their remote tranquility.

Lovibonds Brewery

Founded in 2005, Lovibonds Brewery is famous for its craft beer. Visitors can enjoy free tastings and also partake of a pint or two in the beer garden. Gift bottles and party 9s are also available to share with family and friends. An online shop also offers a range of beers including Henley Gold, Henley Amber and Henley Dark.

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