Experience world-class service at Handywater Cottages

Featuring free bikes and views of inner courtyard, Handywater Cottages is a guest house situated in a historic building in Henley on Thames, 24 km from Cliveden House. There is an on-site restaurant, plus free private parking and free WiFi are available. This 5-star guest house offers private entrance. The units come with a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a kettle, a walk-in shower, a hair dryer and a wardrobe. The units come with a private bathroom with free toiletries, while some rooms come with a patio and others also have garden views. At the guest house, each unit is fitted with bed linen and towels. À la carte and Full English/Irish breakfast options with warm dishes, local specialities and fresh pastries are available every morning at the guest house. Guests at Handywater Cottages will be able to enjoy activities in and around Henley on Thames, like walking tours. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy cycling and hiking nearby, or make the most of the sun terrace. Dorney Lake is 28 km from Handywater Cottages, while LaplandUK is 28 km away. The nearest airport is London Heathrow, 39 km from the guest house, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free private parking available on-site


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Room type
Number of guests
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Henley on Thames
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  • Simon
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Fabulous rooms, Fabulous location, Excellent hosts, brilliant breakfast!
  • Ben
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Quiet rural location with beautiful surrounds and very well looked after
  • Eileen
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Everything about our stay was perfect the Hostess and Host were delightful.liked to have stayed longer.

Hosted by Natalie & Ray

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Natalie & Ray
Bookings from 12th April 2021! We are extremely happy to confirm that we are taking bookings from 12th April 2021. Because our guests stay in separate luxury cottages around our courtyard and not in the main house, a single household of two people can stay in each of the four cottages as a short term holiday let of a minimum of 2 nights. Due to restrictions, there are no normal facilities for food with this offer but this can be discussed with you before your stay. We are Natalie and Ray living in a pretty 4 bedroomed cottage that dates back almost 500 years to 1634, although it has been completely modernised by the owners. Handywater Cottage is set in lovely gardens which you are welcome to enjoy during your stay. You can wake to the sounds of an English country garden, sit in the sun during the day or relax with a glass of wine in the evening!---We have birds in the trees, fish in the pond and horses in the paddocks. We have attractive comfortable rooms with all you need for a relaxing stay and many of our guests say it is ‘just like home form home'!
Handywater is in a small village a mile outside Henley on Thames. The area is an AONB, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the local train station will take you to London Paddington in 50 minutes and even Heathrow airport is only 35 min away. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful area of England and hope that you too discover and appreciate the beauty of this part of Oxfordshire.
WHY CHOOSE US? From personalized attention to delicious food, there are many reasons to choose our bed and breakfast. This beautiful area is perfect for walking, cycling, exploring, any time of year. What makes us even more special? Natalie or Ray will provide you with a free taxi service, when we are available, within 15 miles. We can even collect and return you to Heathrow airport subject to flight times. If you are having a "drinking" party or a wedding to attend, we shall take and collect you.
Languages spoken: German,English,French,Ukrainian

Property surroundings

1 restaurant on site

  • Golden Ball
    • Cuisine
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional • Romantic

Facilities of Handywater Cottages
Great facilities! Review score, 9.9

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Airport shuttle
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • View
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Bicycle rental
  • Bike tours
  • Walking tours
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    • Private check-in/check-out
    • Luggage storage
    • Express check-in/check-out
      Additional charge
    Cleaning services
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Ironing service
    • Laundry
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • CCTV in common areas
    • Smoke alarms
    • Shuttle service
      Additional charge
    • Carbon monoxide detector
    • Adult only
    • Designated smoking area
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Allergy-free room
    • Wake-up service
    • Hardwood or parquet floors
    • Heating
    • Soundproofing
    • Private entrance
    • Carpeted
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Airport shuttle
      Additional charge
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Wake up service/Alarm clock
    • Entire unit wheelchair accessible
    • Entire unit located on ground floor
    • Sun umbrellas
    Languages spoken
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Ukrainian

    House rules
    Handywater Cottages takes special requests - add in the next step!

    From 15:00 to 18:00
    From 10:00 to 11:00
    Cancellation/ prepayment
    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required option.
    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children are not allowed.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

    Age restriction
    The minimum age for check-in is 18
    Pets are not allowed.
    Accepted payment methods
    American ExpressVisaMastercardDiners ClubJCBMaestroDiscoverSoloCash
    Smoking is not allowed.
    Parties/events are not allowed

    The fine print
    Need-to-know information for guests at this property

    This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

    FAQs about Handywater Cottages

    • Guests staying at Handywater Cottages can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Full English/Irish
      • Vegetarian
      • Vegan
      • Gluten-free
      • À la carte

    • Handywater Cottages offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Bicycle rental
      • Walking tours
      • Bike tours

    • The prices at Handywater Cottages may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Check-in at Handywater Cottages is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

    • Handywater Cottages is 2.1 miles from the centre of Henley on Thames. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Handywater Cottages has 1 restaurant:

      • Golden Ball

    • Room options at Handywater Cottages include:

      • Double