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Living in Henley

Henley sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in an area surrounded by glorious countryside, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A picturesque and relaxed market town; Henley is famous for the Royal Regatta which takes place along one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames. Every year for four days in late June, the Regatta truly brings the town to life.

  • 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.

    Places of interest

    • The River and Rowing Museum
    • National Trust Houses and Gardens of: Greys Court, Nuffield Place and Basildon Park
    • Stonor House, Historic Houses Association

    Local authority

    • South Oxfordshire District Council
      Benson Lane
      Crowmarsh Gifford
      Wallingford
      OX10 8ED
      01491 823 000
    • Wycombe District Council
      Queen Victoria Road
      High Wycombe
      Buckinghamshire
      HP11 1BB
      01494 461000
    • Wokingham Borough Council
      Wokingham Borough Council
      Shute End
      Wokingham
      RG40 1BN
      0118 974 6000
    • The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead St Ives Road
      Maidenhead
      SL6 1RF
      01628 798 888
  • Property available in Henley-on-Thames

    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.

    History

    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.

    Getting to Henley-on-Thames

    Roads

    • M4 (J8/9) 10 miles approx. Maidenhead
    • M4 (J10) 12 miles approx. Reading
    • M40 (J4 and J5) 10 miles approx. High Wycombe
    • West London 32 miles approx. Hammersmith

    Rail

    • To London Paddington via Twyford 60-70 mins approx
    • To Reading via Twyford 30 mins approx

    Air

    • Heathrow Airport 25 miles approx.
    • Gatwick Airport 60 miles approx.

    Taxi/Chauffer Services

    Chiltern Taxis
    01491 578899

    Henley Taxis
    01491 574222

Schools

Henley-on-Thames, and the surrounding areas, are well-served by a good range of key primary and secondary, local authority and private schools including the following:

Private Schools

  • Rupert House Preparatory School
    (Girls 4-11 years, boys 4-7 years)
    Northfield End
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2BN
    01491 574263
  • The Oratory Preparatory School
    (Mixed 3-13 years)
    Goring Heath
    Reading
    RG8
    0118 984 4511
  • Cranford House School
    (Girls 3-16 years)
    Moulsford
    Oxfordshire
    OX10 9HT
    01491 651218
  • Moulsford Preparatory School
    (Boys 4-13 years)
    Moulsford-on-Thames
    Oxfordshire
    OX10 9HR
    01491 651438
  • Shiplake College
    (Boys 11-18 years, girls 16-18 years)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 4BW
    01189 402 455
  • Abingdon School
    (Boys 11-18 years)
    Abingdon
    OX14 1DE
    01235 521 563
  • Pangbourne College
    (Mixed 11-18 years)
    Pangbourne
    RG8 8LA
    01189 842 101
  • The Oratory School
    (Boys 11-18 years)
    Woodcote
    RG8 7SF
    01491 680 207
  • Queen Anne’s School
    (Girls 11-18 years)
    Caversham
    RG4 6DX
    01189 187 300
  • St Helen and St Katherine
    (Girls 9-18 years)
    Abingdon
    OX14 1BE
    01235 520 173
  • Wellington College
    Crowthorne
    (Mixed 13-18)
    RG45 7PU
    01344 444 000
  • Eton College
    (Boys 13-18 years)
    Windsor
    SL4 6DW
    01753 671 000
  • Radley College
    (Boys 13-18 years)
    Abingdon
    OX14 2HR
    01235 548 576
  • St Pirans School
    (Mixed 3-11 years)
    Maidenhead
    SL6 7LZ
    01628 594 300
  • Reading Blue Coat School
    (Boys 11-18 years Girls 16-18 years)
    Sonning-on-Thames
    RG4 6SU
    01189 441 005

State Schools

  • Gillotts School
    (Mixed 11-16 years)
    Henley
    RG9 1PS
    01491 574315
  • Henley College
    (Mixed 16-18 years)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 1UH
    01491 579988
  • Trinity C. E. Pre- and Primary School
    (Mixed 3-11 years)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 1SE
    01491 575887
  • Badgemore Community Primary School
    (Mixed 4-11 years)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2HL
    01491 575 665
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
    (Mixed 4-11 years)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 1SL
    01491 572796
  • Valley Road Primary School
    (Mixed 4-11 years)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 1RR
    01491 573784

 

Bars and Restaurants

  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro
    (French)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2BP
    01491 848400
  • The Red Lion Hotel
    (International)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2AR
    01491 572161
  • Phyllis Court Club
    (International)
    Marlow Road
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2HT
    01491 570500
  • Leander Club
    (International)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2LP
    01491 575782
  • Crooked Billet
    (Gastro)
    Stoke Row
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 5PU
    01491 681048
  • The Quince Tree Café and Restaurant
    (Seasonal menus)
    Stonor
    RG9 6HE
    01491 639039
  • Maison Blanc
    (French)
    1-3 Duke Street
    Henley-on- Thames
    RG9 1UR
    01491 577 294
  • Villa Marina
    (Italian)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 1BH
    01491 575262
  • Spice Merchant
    (Indian)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2LJ
    01491 636118
  • Loch Fyne Restaurant
    (Seafood)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2AH
    01491 845780
  • Pizza Express
    (Pizza/Pasta)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2AA
    01491 411448
  • The Little Angel
    (Gastro Pub)
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2LS
    01491 411008

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Townlands Hospital
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2EB
    01491 637400
  • Bell & Hart Surgeries
    York Road
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2DR
    01491 843250 & 01491 843 200

Theatres and cinemas

  • Regal Picturehouse
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2BZ
    01491 414150
  • The Kenton Theatre
    Henley-on-Thames
    RG9 2BP
    01491 575698
  • The Mill at Sonning
    Nr Reading
    RG4 6TY
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