Henley on Thames is a riverside town in Oxfordshire. It was top of the list for A listers in the Telegraph’s list of where the rich and famous live, And was recently voted by the Times as one of the best places to live in the English countryside and a regular winner of RHS Britain in Bloom medals. Notable residents include George Harrison’s Widow Olivia, and Russel Brand.
Henley’s riverside location, surrounded by a Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields, lends itself to relaxation, long lunches and quirky shopping. There’s a pub where Charles I drank, a Chantry house, a butcher that smokes his own meat and independent shops still offering the personal touch.
The town is also famous for its many festivals and events, chief among them being the world famous rowing regatta, but there are arts and music festivals, and a famous market. There’s always something happening in Henley.
The fact that Train connections from Henley to London are infrequent and slow, tends to deter some daily commuters, but it is close to major transport links such as Heathrow and the M4, so it is a convenient place to have a main country base. Henley is a great property investment, with an average house prices of £748,000 indeed it has become so popular that a lot of wealthy Londoners now buy their eventual retirement homes in Henley several years before they retire, letting them out in the interim.
Fundamentally Henley on Thames is a town dedicated to enjoying the river. So bring a picnic, pick up a copy of The Wind in the Willows, rent a deckchair and settle for an hour or two at Mill Meadows the pleasant park situated close to the station, just a brief walk from the town centre. Or get on the river yourself to indulge in the full beauty of the location by hiring a boat or joining one of the regular scheduled trips.