An historic church and town hall sit at the heart of Henley, together with a bustling market square, many boutique shops and a wide variety of fine restaurants. The Kenton Theatre is the fourth oldest performing theatre in the country. The town hosts the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts, providing great opportunities for enjoyment, with top entertainers coming to perform on a floating stage. Surrounded by a landscape of green fields and wooded hills, there are endless attractions to discover, plenty of golf courses and sports clubs, and well-maintained parks to relax in.
A good selection of both private and state schools, easy access to the M4 and M40 motorways and good commuter links to London, has resulted in demand from those who see Henley and its surrounding villages as the first proper rural area to the west of London.
Property available in Henley
Whether you seek a large country house on a prestigious estate, a handsome town house, a pretty character cottage in Henley, or a brick and flint cottage in one of the many surrounding villages, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.
A medieval settlement, Henley probably owes its existence to King Henry II who according to records dated 1179, purchased land for the “making of buildings”. Henry VIII incorporated Henley-on-Thames in 1568, granting it the use of the titles ‘mayor’ and ‘burgess’. Situated on The Thames within easy reach of London and in the heart of England, it was a key location during the English Civil War. During the 17th and 18th centuries Henley was well known for the manufacture of glass and the production of malt as well as the corn and wool trades.
This period of prosperity led to the construction in 1786 of the now famous Henley Bridge. As these industries declined, it is likely that Henley-on-Thames receded into obscurity becoming just another small English town until a proposal by Captain Edmund Gardiner at a public meeting on 26th March 1839 led to the establishment of an annual regatta. In 1851 Prince Albert became the first royal patron of the regatta and it became known as Henley Royal Regatta, pushing the small Oxfordshire town into the limelight and giving it a lasting place in history.