Orchard Dene Cottage B&B
Orchard Dene Cottage B&B
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What to Expect

Lower Assenden is a tiny village set at the bottom of the Stonor valley, one of the most fascinating routes through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Orchard Dene Cottage is built in traditional brick-and-flint style, with a core that is probably over 250 years old; the surrounding garden has been created by Ginny and Robin Batchelor-Smith, and the country lane beside it carries more horses and their riders than motor traffic.

     If you're interested in a wide variety of herbaceous plants, we have them!     

  The sitting room was once a stable for horses that helped carriages up and down Bix Hill on the old road to Oxford.  
  Our bedrooms, one single and one double, are not the largest you've ever stayed in, but they are comfortable, well-appointed, and warm in winter. The single room has TV and a washbasin.  

Ideally situated as a base for visiting Henley and the major tourist centres of Oxford (24 miles) and Windsor (15 miles), or for walking in the Chiltern Hills and along the Thames Path, Orchard Dene Cottage is first and foremost a relaxed family home rather than a standard guest-house. Expect muddy boots in the hall, an Aga in the kitchen where you can dry out if necessary, and a tea or coffee tray brought to your room on arrival. You are welcome to join us by a log fire in the winter, or to relax in the garden in summer. Your breakfast eggs come from our own hens, and the bread may well be homemade. We have a no-smoking policy throughout the house. For an excellent evening meal, you needn't walk much more than fifty yards to Luscombe's at The Golden Ball over the lane. For the atmosphere of a good village pub, try The Rainbow, a short mile away in Middle Assendon.

Henley-on-Thames, of course, is renowned for its rowing traditions; there couldn't be a better place for the award-winning River & Rowing Museum. During late June and early July, oarsmen from all over the world take part in the famous Henley Royal Regatta (established 1839). This unique event is followed by the Henley Festival of Music and The Arts, featuring leading orchestras and performers who vie with top-class restaurants to give you a memorable evening.

Among the many local places to visit are Greys Court and Stonor Park (check these for opening times), Mapledurham House, Basildon Park and other sites in the mid-Thames area.

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