Nestled within two acres of beautiful gardens in the Chiltern Hills countryside, Chiltern House offers families and friends luxury, opulence, beauty, treats and nature in lavish abundance. This fabulous holiday home boasts seven exquisitely decorated bedrooms, sensational living spaces, a cinema room, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a hot tub and a wonderful children’s playhouse. It is the perfect abode for a spot of switch off, to bring the generations together or celebrate a special birthday. There is a wonderful blend of charm and character together with top-of-the-range fittings. The owners of Chiltern House have genuinely thought of everything that could possibly make your holiday one of the most memorable!
Chiltern House sits quietly in glorious countryside in the pretty village of Southend, near Henley-on-Thames and the famous filming village of Hambleden. It is a fantastic base to explore the Chiltern Hills, Oxford, Thame and the glorious Cotswolds if you want to go a little further. You will be surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife, can spend time in the fabulous 13th century market town of Henley, bobbing around on the river or exploring tucked away villages, chalk-fed streams, ancient woods, superb scenery and outstanding attractions. Henley sits on a picturesque stretch of the river with delightful walks and regular festivities. The Henley Royal Regatta is the most famous regatta in the world and a highlight on the English sporting calendar. This beautiful town has featured in the television series Midsomer Murders and has its own special gin, Mr Hobbs Gin. The Chiltern Hills is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ready of exploration and offering scenic rolling countryside and wonderful tranquility.
Chiltern House is an incredibly spacious country house where you can socialise and relax in style. The house has been completely renovated to offer truly luxurious sleeping and living spaces. Wonderful contemporary colour schemes have been used throughout, as well as the very best fixtures and fittings. You will discover gorgeous freestanding baths with glorious views of the gardens and hills, a chef’s dream of a kitchen, numerous lounge and dining spaces and beautiful outdoor furnishings. The gorgeous orangery is a fabulous spot that enjoys the sun streaming through to its gleaming white furniture. For chilly evenings, there is a contemporary log burner that adds a crackling atmosphere plus there is an office space should you need to catch up on some emails. The main living space enjoys a modern feature fireplace, sumptuous sofas and armchairs sprinkled with scatter cushions and direct access to the gardens and terrace. In addition, there is a wonderful cinema room where you can cosy up with Neflix. The spacious open plan kitchen area is a fabulous room with dining areas, wonderful garden views and fabulous top-notch appliances. The chefs in your group will be thrilled by this sociable space and its equipment. Guests can pop a cork and sit at the central island to keep the chefs in your group company. The house offers a brilliant bar too so your mixologists can get to work putting together delicious cocktails.
Chiltern House boasts five lovely bedrooms and four bathrooms plus a cloakroom, all immaculate and offering blissful baths with views and/or power showers. Your sumptuous kingsize beds are adorned with luxury linens and beautiful soft furnishings. If you pull the right straw you may get a dressing room, a freestanding bath or a chandelier but whatever room you end up with will invite the sleep of kings and you will be delighted.
* Please be aware: The annexe is rented separately boasting a further two bedrooms *
The magic continues outside where you will find a tennis court, a heated swimming pool, a hot tub, gorgeous terraces and wonderful gardens. The children in your group will be delighted to be playing with the wendy house and football goal while your barbecue masters prepare a delicious alfresco feast on the barbecue. There is a gorgeous alfresco dining area, there are expansive lawns, a superb alfresco lounge area where you can bask in the golden hour sun and lots of little hideaway spots where you can disappear with a glass of your favourite tipple and your holiday book. When you can bring yourselves to leave this glorious oasis of calm, the Chiltern Hills, pretty villages and gorgeous market towns are on the doorstep. You are very welcome to bring your furry friend to join your holiday.
Chiltern House enjoys a lovely rural outlook in the pretty village of Southend, near Hambleden and Henley-on-Thames in the Chiltern Hills. It is a wonderful location for exploring the hills and the towns of Henley and Marlow.
Hambleden sits in one of the most attractive valleys in the Chiltern Hills with rows of brick and flint cottages. Its St Mary’s church dates back to the 14th century and offers a tower with eight bells. The post office in the village is also a local shop and cafe. There are several notable buildings and the village has been home to several famous people including William Henry Smith, founder of W H Smith and Lord Cardigan. The village has often been used as a film location including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dance with a Stranger, opening scenes of the remake of the Avengers, 101 Dalmations and the Tim Burton film Sleepy Hollow.
The stylish market town Henley-on-Thames is the international home of rowing, sitting on a beautiful stretch of the River Thames and enjoying a picturesque sprinkling of shops, restaurants and cafes along its streets. Henley is famous for its prestigious events, the Henley Royal Regatta, the Thames Traditional Boat Festival and the Festival of Music and Art. Thousands of visitors head to the town during the five day Henley Royal Regatta to watch Olympians compete in the two hundred plus races. The Thames Traditional Boat Festival first took place thirty seven years ago. It is a fun day out for the whole family with Punch and Judy puppet shows, a pop up pub, stalls offering trades and crafts from days gone by and much more. There are beautiful riverside walks and plenty of boating opportunities. The town’s own artisan gin, Mr Hobbs Gin, stems back to 1879 when Mr Harry Hobbs, founder of Hobbs and Sons (now Hobbs of Henley) and publican of The Ship Hotel was often seen about the town with his high-spirited nature and flamboyant beard or on his punt at 11am enjoying his home-distilled gin. He held parties along the banks of the river and hired out his boasts for like-minded locals to host their own gatherings. To mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the family business, the family started to look at local botanicals and embarked on creating their own gin in honour of the man that started it all. The town is also famous as a location used in the popular series Midsomer Murders. Fans will recognise some of the locations used such as Gabriel Machin’s butcher shop, Tudor House Antiques and the Argyll pub.
A short distance away is the university city of Oxford. You can tour the hallowed halls of Britain’s oldest and most famous university and follow in the footsteps of famous poets and Prime Ministers. Several scenes from Harry Potter were filmed at various sites in the town including Oxford University’s Bodleian Library which is known to fans as Hogwarts Library. Visitors enjoy hop-on hop-off bus tours to explore the town’s architecture, its culture and its museums. The ancient Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum are all very interesting. Visitors can step back in history among the Norman ruins of Oxford Castle, wander beneath the Bridge of Sighs or simply enjoy the town’s fantastic array of eateries and bars. Oxford offers meandering waterways, lush green spaces and an outstanding shopping experience.
Thame is another very pretty, thriving market town within easy reach. It is situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, just 14 miles from Oxford. Thame boasts fascinating historical buildings, beautiful parks, a museum, a theatre, excellent shopping and a wonderful array of restaurants and bars. Thame grew from Anglo-Saxon roots to become a very characterful town with plenty of medieval buildings standing aside those from the Georgian and Victorian periods. Thame enjoys an iconic boat-shaped high street and a buzzy market place. It is also frequently used as a filming location for ‘Midsomer Murders’. Thame hosts regular markets and arts and crafts fairs in the town hall. The town’s programme of events includes their Easter Country Show, music festivals in May and July, a bustling carnival and fete in June, the Towersey Festival in August, the Horse and Country Show, a food festival and fun fair in, the Arts and Literature Festival in October and a fun-filled Christmas lights fair.
Bicester Village is an impressive designer shopping outlet perfect for fashion lovers and bargain hunters. You can buy big name brands such as Ralph Lauren, Nike, UGG, Coach, Soho Home, Armani, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and many more.