The Studio at Westfield House
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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.
THE STUDIO AT WESTFIELD HOUSE IS IN THE TOP 0.2% OF 5***** REVIEWED HOLIDAY HOMES IN THE TRIP ADVISOR UNIVERSE OF 252,813 PROPERTIES [JULY 2014]
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hayling Island 120 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|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, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The property is absolutely ideal for a couple although four people can easily be accommodated.
The open-plan living space contains a fully fitted kitchen and dining area with a stylish glass table and four chairs.
The lounge area features a comfortable sofa with 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 towelling is provided. A memory foam mattress topper, hypo-allergenic pillows and comfy cushions emphasise 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] can be provided if required.
|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 central and station 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 by the centre of one of England's finest small towns.
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 detergent is £5.
The Central England/Cotswolds 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 www.visitmidsomer.com 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 www.southernoxfordshire.com 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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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.
27 Jun 2014
"Home from home"
This studio is set in lovely peaceful surroundings yet within walking distance of the centre of Henley on Thames (uphill back so best if you are quite fit). The host and hostess were very welcoming an… More
Thank you for your thoughtful review of the Studio and its facilities.
We selected to put a dishwasher in the limited space rather than a washer/dryer as we find them more useful when we rent properties. By providing a key to our laundry room we get the added flexibility.
The bed is actually Super King [6 feet width] and not King [5 feet width]. Many guests select the Studio because of the bed size as well as the informative reviews from our many guests.
15 May 2014
"Lovely studio and ideal location for exploring Henley and surrounding area"
We stayed at the studio last October, 2013 and have just booked for a short break this coming June. The location is ideal for exploring Henley and the surrounding area. A relatively short walk brings … More
10 May 2014
We stayed at The Studio at Westfield House in late April 2014. Simon is very efficient and excellent to deal with when organizing your trip! The Studio is very comfortable, perfect for two, but also… More
9 Mar 2014
"The Studio is superb accommodation in an idylic setting."
We stayed for seven nights during February this year. The weather was mild for the time of year but the Studio would be fine even in very cold weather as the central heating is very effective and ther… More
16 Feb 2014
"Perfect for my needs - hideaway in Henley"
I stayed almost two weeks while studying locally; my partner joined me for the middle week end. Perfect ,peaceful and private place, an easy walk into Henley Town centre for a great selection of resta… More
6 Feb 2014
"Very comfortable cottage"
We had a lovely few days staying here (apart from the weather) The cottage is very conveniently located, a very pretty, peaceful location. The bed is super comfortable, the kitchen has everything yo… More
15 Dec 2013
"Lovely little studio apartment"
Nice location, with a great walks from the door, Very helpful owner, Very clean, comfortable, well equipped with TV, wi-fi, lots of cooking equipment, well heated. A real pleasure, especially with a partner who was recuperating from major surgery. Thank you
30 Oct 2013
What a warm, cozy, peaceful and beautiful little apartment! We ended a 2-week vacation with a stay at The Studio, and it was exactly what we were hoping, as was Henley-On-Thames.Simon was wonderfully … More
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