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A hidden gem in a woodland garden

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 38 reviews

Excellent 5/5 

from £61 /night

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The Studio at Westfield House

Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

The convenience of the town with the peace of the country. No background noise from busy roads, just woodland birds calling and the wind rustling the leaves of the trees. A uniquely positioned holiday let in an exclusive, sought after location.

The Studio at Westfield House is peacefully situated in a delightful lane just a few minutes walk from the bustling centre of the charming and historic town of Henley on Thames. On a beautiful reach of the River Thames made famous by the Henley Royal Regatta, it is the ideal centre for exploring the Chiltern Hills and the river itself. Excellent communications by road and rail make London and Oxford no more than an hour away. Restaurants and gastro-pubs abound with some Michelin starred establishments to choose from.

The Studio is modern and light. The fully equipped kitchen allows for easy self-catering. Eat in or step outside to the patio which is furnished with table and chairs for al fresco dining. The wood-burning stove is a comforting feature as the nights draw in. Flexible accommodation is provided with one double bedroom and one double sofa bed.

The Studio is located within the garden of our permanent residence. You have peace of mind knowing that we are often on hand to solve any problems. We are also available to provide you with our local knowledge if you so wish.

Popular for holidays, sporting event stay-overs and for delegates at Henley Management College, to whom we regularly provide accommodation. The Studio is also suitable for longer residential stays of 30 days or more where a temporary let may suit your particular need.


Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Hayling Island 120 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 300 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London Heathrow 40 km, Nearest railway: Henley on Thames 1.3 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, King Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The property is absolutely ideal for a couple although four people can be comfortably accommodated.

The open-plan living space contains a fully fitted kitchen and a dining area with stylish glass table and four chairs.

The lounge area features a sofa and a wood burning stove. The sofa can be converted into a comfortable full-size double bed for guests.

Additional seating is provided and is stored in the under stairs cupboard.

A 32'' wide-screen lcd television with DVD player and radio is provided for your entertainment.

The adjacent room features a large enclosed pumped 'rainforest' shower, wc and basin.

Free super-fast BT Infinity wi-fi broadband access is available. Up to 40 MB download and 2MB upload speeds are achievable.

Upstairs is the double bedroom featuring pocket-sprung super king-size bed and storage area. The windows overlook the rear garden and offer distant views across Henley.

Hotel quality percale bed linen and toweling is provided. A memory foam mattress topper, hypo-allergenic pillows and comfy cushions emphasize the luxurious feel.

The super king-size bed can be converted into two full size single beds for additional flexibility. Just let us know your preference prior to your arrival.

An iron, ironing board and hair dryer can be provided should you require them. Access to our laundry room [where the washing machine is located] by arrangement.

Further details outdoors

The Studio is approached by driveway alongside Westfield House to a private parking area with security lighting. There is space for up to 3 cars.

Don't under-estimate the importance of secure parking in Henley. Henley is a very safe town, but unfortunately car theft and vandalism is not unknown in the town car parks and down by the river.

The private entrance through an open porch allows easy access day or night.

Outside there are two seating areas, on the patio or beneath the trees. Both offer views of the garden and the 250 year old copper beech.

Comfortable sun loungers can be provided on request.

Another entrance to the SE of the garden allows for easy walking access into town.

The main entrance opens onto one of the oldest bridleways in the area; the haunt of highwaymen in bygone days. The travel writer Christopher Somerville regards Pack and Prime Lane as one of Britain and Ireland's 500 best wild places. Explore Pack and Prime Lane and Dog Lane towards Goring on Thames or take the variation route to a fine country pub for lunch or dinner.

The Studio at Westfield House guarantees you a stay on the very edge of wildness yet close to the centre of one of England's finest small towns.

Further details

A basic shop can be executed on your behalf at cost by advance arrangement.

Essential basics such as dishwasher tablets and toilet tissues are provided to get you under-way on your arrival.

The first basket of logs, some fire-lighters and matches are provided free. Further supplies at cost by arrangement.

If you wish to use the Laundry Room, a wash/dry session including detergents is £5.

About this location

The Oxfordshire region

Henley on Thames is in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the Chilterns. Whilst being close to London, it is nestled amongst beech-wooded hills that are carpeted with bluebells in the spring. The town is located on of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames and is home to the world famous Royal Regatta which attracts entrants from around the world.

Evidence of the history of the Chilterns stretching back to pre-Roman times can be found throughout the region. Oliver Cromwell garrisoned Phyllis Court during the English Civil War and the wall built from the rubble of the old manor house exists to this day. The beech woods were very important to the furniture making business in the Chilterns and millions of tent pegs were fashioned for use by the military during the world wars.

Many of the centuries old, brick and flint cottages found in the woods today were former 'bodgers' cottages built by the men who turned the beech wood into decorative legs and spindles used in chair making.

For culture lovers historic Oxford , the 'City of Dreaming Spires' has many delights and can easily be reached in less than an hour. Likewise London and the attractions of Royal Windsor with nearby Legoland.

There are various National Trust properties in the area including Grey's Court, Stonor House, Nuffield Place, Basildon Park, West Wycombe and Hughenden Manor. For garden lovers there are the beautiful gardens of Cliveden, Dorneywood and Waterperry.

One of Henley's most memorable sights for nature lovers are the red kites that wheel over the town and the Studio! We also get buzzards, tawny owls, tree creepers, woodpeckers and other many other species.

Apart from the walks straight into open country from the Studio, Warburg Nature Reserve, Watlington Hill, the Stonor Valley and the Thames itself are great places to explore.

With all this rich history and scenery it is perhaps not surprising that the area is often used for film and television shows including the 'Vicar of Dibley' - filmed at nearby Turville and 'Midsomer Murders' filmed at many locations around Henley and in the Chilterns. If Midsomer Murders is your passion, then please visit and plan your itinerary before you visit.


Founded in the 12th century, Henley on Thames is the epitome of an English country town. The town sits comfortably by the river overlooked by beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Entering the town across the 18th Century bridge, the long reach of the Regatta course is seen to the right and the town directly ahead.

Henley has been my home for 20 years, yet whenever I return from a trip away and cross the bridge I still feel that surge of holiday excitement!

Just across the bridge is the very heart of Georgian Henley with its historic church of St. Mary, the town hall and vibrant market square thronged with busy stall-holders and shoppers on market days. The town has many varied shops, boutiques, galleries, antiques emporia, cafés and fine riverside pubs to idle time away in.

Take to the river on a cruise, by motor launch or for the more energetic by rowing boat or canoe. The River and Rowing Museum alongside Mill Meadows is unique and well worth a visit. What's more, you will be greeted by the statues of Olympians, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent.

The annual Royal Regatta in early July attracts some of the world´s finest rowers. The town buzzes with activity for the week drawing crowds from afar to witness this quintessential summer event. Pimms and champagne are the drinks of choice for spectators!

Following on is the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts which features some of the world´s top entertainers performing on a floating stage in front of a black tie audience. As well as music for all tastes there are comedy shows, roving performance art and cuisine of the highest order. The lawns includes exhibitions of art and sculpture against a backdrop of the river and town. Watching and listening to some of the world's best artists perform on a balmy summer evening with the Thames gently flowing by, is truly incomparable.

Henley also attracts golfers to its local courses, is home to the nationally known Henley Hawks rugby club and to successful cricket and football clubs as well as a privately-owned polo ground.

There are other festivals and events throughout much of the year. These include:

The Literary Festival - 5 days of stimulating talks by renowned public figures.

The Rewind Festival - 2 days of 80's music with a happy, carnival atmosphere'

The Summer concert at Stonor Park - top artistes in a spectacular setting

Garsington Opera on the Wormsley Estate

Henley Women's Regatta –one of the main events for women's rowing, particularly for colleges and universities.

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally – a glorious weekend of traditional boats and boating.

There are countless good pubs in the area, from village locals to gastro-pubs of the highest quality, in fantastic locations. Let me update you with the best of them when you get here. The names of Tom Kerridge, Anthony Worrall-Thompson, Adam Simmonds and Paul Clerehugh should whet the appetite for starters!

For all the latest on events in the area, do visit the website to plan ahead of your visit.

For those that prefer to 'do' rather than watch:

GOLF - 3 courses within 3 square miles with Badgemore Park, one minute away by car.

CYCLING - There is great off-road mountain biking throughout the region and the new Chilterns Cycleway is a 170 mile route taking in the best of the Chilterns scenery on mainly quiet roads. Some fantastic circular all terrain rides take in great scenery, history and country pubs utilising the Ridgeway and the Swan's Way for example. Bikes can be hired in Henley.

WALKING - The Thames Path, The Ridgeway Path, The Chiltern Way and The Oxfordshire Way all pass through or close to Henley on Thames.

ON THE RIVER – pleasure cruises run from Henley or you can hire motor or rowing boats. Canoes can also be hired and can be used for day or longer overnight trips.

ON SKIS – yes really! When the conditions are right for touring (a rare event), a weekend in the Chilterns is a magical experience. Believe me, I've done it.

There is plenty more to see and do in and around Henley on Thames. I can help you with more information should you need it.

This is your holiday and I want it to be memorable for you. I will do all that is possible to make your stay in Henley an experience that you would wish to repeat.

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3 Jan 2015


"Perfect place for a relaxing escape"

Myself and my boyfriend spend 3 nights at the studio over New Years. We escaped our busy lives in Manchester for a few days and this was a perfect choice. We didn't know Henley at all but the loc… More

Thanks for staying at the Studio and for being the perfect guests. Those dark, damp nights are the only reason you need to stay home in front of the log burning stove!

31 Dec 2014


"Ideal in every way."

Henley is a beautiful town to visit and The Studio is ideally located to get the best out of your stay. Excellent accommodation in tranquil settings, a short stroll to the town centre in one directio… More

Thank you for your recommendation and pleased that you had an enjoyable Christmas in Henley.

6 Dec 2014



My stay at Westfield Studio was simply perfect. The accommodation, spacious, comfortable and charming, the surroundings, calm, green and extremely well looked after, and Simon, the owner, thoughtful a… More

Many thanks for your kind review. I'm so glad that the gloomy weather didn't spoil your stay.

12 Oct 2014


"Westfield House is the most charming cottage on a most charming lane!"

Proprietor Simon Girrod cound not have been nicer. A short enjoyable walk to downtown and the Thames. Historic Pack and Prime Lane surrounded by wild raspberries we picked and had in our breakfast. H… More

Henley is a winner again. So much to do, so much fun to be had. It's worth staying for a week in August for sure.
Thanks for your great review, we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.

3 Oct 2014


"Cosy and peaceful"

You're getting everything you want of a holiday cottage: tasteful interior, nice view with a beautiful terrace to sit on, peace and quiet to have a wonderful sleep in a cosy bed. And all those is… More

I'm so glad that you chose the Henley Literary Festival and that you enjoyed it. Thank you for your kind words regarding the Studio at Westfield House.

10 Sep 2014


"Fantastic Holiday Let - Very Easy Walking into Henley"

We had a fantastic stay at The Studio in Westfield House. From the moment we arrived Simon was the perfect host. introducing us to the very friendly chickens and gifting us with some lovely home-grow… More

So kind. Really glad you enjoyed your stay and that the weather was so good too.

30 Aug 2014



Our third time at Simon & Kate's beautiful holiday studio based in the wonderful Henley on Thames and already we know we will want to return for as long as they will have us!! The bed is so comfo… More

You are both always welcome. Thank you so much for your kind review, we look forward to seeing you whenever the next time comes around.

25 Aug 2014


"A little Gem."

My husband and I had a wonderful week at the studio .its placed in a very peaceful part of Henley,yet right on the doorstep for a 10 minute stroll into town, where there is an abundance of eateries a… More

Thank you so much for your review and we are glad that the weather gods smiled on you. We look forward to welcoming you back another harvest time or when the nights draw in and the the cosy glow of the stove can add a warming dimension.

11 Jul 2014


"You won't want to leave!"

The best self-catering we've stayed at. What a beautiful studio in a lovely location. Simon is a fabulous host. They live next to the studio and there if you need them however you have complete p… More

Thank you so much for your review of our accommodation. We are so pleased that you liked it so much and were able to fully enjoy the garden. I will be updating the description with 'rainforest' shower - very descriptive.

For future guests who look for really big beds, this one is Super Kingsize [6 feet wide].

29 Jun 2014


"Perfect in every way"

Completely exceeded expectations. Location, comfort, hosts-wonderful. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and woods, it gave you the feeling that you were in the country. However, it was just a short 10 minute walk to the beautiful village of Henley on Thames. We also had the privilege of being there when the baby chics hatched. That was beautiful.
I must mention that the bed was extremely comfortable--just watch your head if you happen to be tall like my husband!!!!!!
Thank you Simon & Kate. If ever we have the pleasure of visiting this part of the U.K. again (we are from Australia) we will certainly be staying at The Studio at Westfield House.

Thank you for your super review of the Studio and grounds. We were so pleased you were able to witness the wonder of baby chicks hatching too.

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