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
Windsor (15 miles),
or for walking in the Chiltern Hills and along the Thames
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
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
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
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
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
other sites in the mid-Thames area.