New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP
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New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP
Just an oar’s throw from the banks of the river, the Hotel du Vin Henley On Thames is housed inside a classic Georgian façade which once belonged to the Brakspears Brewery. And in typical du Vin fashion, the building has been super sensitively converted, retaining all the classic architecture, from the soaring beamed ceilings in the public areas to the smart exposed red brick walls of the restaurant. Rooms are to be found in the set of buildings that encircle the old brewery yard (there are 43 of them) and are characterised by leather Chesterfields, wood floors, luxurious throws and upholstery fabrics and spacious desks. In the Bistro, as you would expect from a HdV, the wine list is as long as your arm and expertly overseen by helpful sommeliers who’ll guide you on what to try with the menu’s European classic dishes. Highly desirable Henley, with its boutiques, art galleries and antique emporiums, is just a stroll from the riverbank.
Hotel du Vin - Henley is part of the following Inspirations:
"Where better to kick off a night’s revelry than in a former brewery? This rather stunning Georgian set of townhouses sitting in the heart of the Chilterns in a pretty-as-a-chocolate-box 12th century market town attracts the smart set on the Big Night. Think classic English public rooms, on-point modern style in the bedrooms with contemporary sparkle sprinkled liberally throughout. The hotel is right in the heart of the town with dozens of pubs and restaurants within a bread roll’s throw so make a mini-break of it to really feel the Henley love. On December 31, there’ll be a black tie four course dinner (with that HdV signature emphasis on top quality menus), champagne and dancing with live music to see in the new year."
"The Ridgeway is a splendid 87-mile track from the standing stones of Avebury, Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. In ancient times this was a trading route that crossed England and it has the advantage of keeping mostly to high ground. This means that unlike many National Walks, you are up on the crests of hills much of the time, looking down on the patchwork wonder of England’s farm land. At one point you even pass Chequers, the country home of the British prime minister where, if you can wave at the security cameras as they chart your progress.
At Nuffield, a village that stands halfway along the Ridgeway, it’s a welcome relief to get off for a break. The village itself contains Nuffield Place, the home of William Morris, the celebrated British car manufacturer. This is a perfect moment to stop and seek out the National Trust tea shop. Even better ring for a taxi to take you into nearby Henley.
Henley on Thames is one of the sweetest– and most expensive – towns in Britain famed for its Victorian Regatta (an annual tea party on the river ) and Brakespear’s brewery which for many years sat close to the Thames embankment. Apart from making ale Brakespear is famous for its distant connection to Nicholas Brakespear, who became Adrian IV in 1154 — the only English pope.
In 2002 Brakespear ceased production in Henley and its sturdy Victorian brick premises became a Hotel du Vin. It took several years to convert this listed building but the painstaking work has paid off. As a group Hotel du Vin specialises in converting heritage properties and in Henley they have kept the brewery’s old iron girders and pillars and made a feature of them. You’ll probably find you have a great black girder rising up next to your bed, and the original white glazed bricks have been kept on the bedroom walls as well.
Here baths are to be found in all sorts of places. One is in the winch housing that used to lift barrels up into the brewery and there are two rooftop baths in the “Thames View” duplexes named after the champagnes Laurent Perrier and Ruinart. Both suites also have interior baths but at the end of a long day’s walking I know where I would like to sip my champagne: in a hot bath overlooking the Thames.
Downstairs, Hotel du Vin Henley has an atmospheric, spacious dining room typical of the brand with cream walls that seem to have been painted with a century of nicotine stain.
In the morning you really will feel very ready to hit the Ridgeway again."
Information on Hotel du Vin - Henley , New Street , Henley-on-Thames
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 10 Twin/Double, 27 Big Twin/Double, 6 Studios & Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Double/Twin from: £125.00
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permittted
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
CD player, DVD player, Satellite TV, Internet access, Hairdryer, Trouser press, Mini-bar, Safe
Courtyard, Civil wedding licence available, 3 meeting rooms, Conference facilities available
Sailing (15 mins)
|Local directions:||Drive straight over the bridge into Henley centre, go through the first set of lights up Hart Street, take next right onto Bell Street and first right again onto New Street. The hotel is half way down on the right.|
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Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
London Heathrow (25 miles) (30 mins) , London Gatwick
Henley-on-Thames (0.5 miles) (10 mins)
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