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Glorious Countryside, 25 Minutes to London, 14 Seat Cinema Room, 22 Acres

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The Copse, modern luxury in a natural setting


Last updated: 07/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This luxury country house has been restyled for the 21st century, without losing any of the homely comforts. Warm and welcoming it is full of comfy sofas, quiet corners, open log fire, but also state of the art music, 14 seat cinema with wi fi connection to all the films, huge hot tub and terraces and glorious English gardens. Solid oak frames around full height windows bring light and air to this property, whilst triple glazing keeps out any winter weather. Open plan rooms with classical proportions give 6,000 sq feet of space to spread out and relax.
The heart of the house is a Mark Wilkinson cook's kitchen with an Aga cooker, a separate back up electric cooker, utility room and huge breakfast sitting room, with doors to south facing terrace and a natural pond. In the woods behind the house you will discover our 'Arctic Cabin Barbecue' which lights up inside to keep 14 people warm and toasty while they cook their delicious kebabs or fish, surrounded by atmospheric reindeer skins and comfortable cushions.

The pond is surrounded by large grasses and is home to ducks and moorhens and their chicks, dragonflies and herons.

There is a huge separate living room and dining room, overllooking the pond and the barbecue and hot tub terace. Plenty of seating and chairs for lounging for friends and family, as well as outdoor seating and dining space.

There is plenty of opportunity to explore the 22 acres of fields surrounding the property that guarantee privacy, seclusion and peace as well as a place to walk that is uniquely yours. If you wish, you can end your walk at a typical local English pub, for a tea, coffee or some traditional beer.

Keywords: luxury, countryside, views, parking, secluded, close London, modern, designer, open plan, architect designed, safe, secure, huge garden, private drive, hot tub, cinema room, huge open plan living space, en suite bedrooms, terraces, gardens


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Property Type

  • House
  • 6000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The person signing the booking form and being in charge of the behaviour of the group has to be over 25 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    children are very welcome and if you have babies in cots or toddlers we can supply cots and high chairs and we do not count them in the total number of 13 guests...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking in the garden only and with an ash tray...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    well behaved dog on request only - conditions apply...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bedroom 6


  • Detached Unit


  • Bedroom 8: 1 twin/ single


  • Super King size beds (4), Double Beds (2), Single Beds (2) (one of the single beds in in the double bedroom, one is a single separate bedroom), Baby Cribs (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) in master bedroom as flexible option, not to increase guest numbers; there is also a king bedroom and bathroom across the courtyard on request, not to increase guest numbers....moreless

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • dedicated 14 seat cinema room, views over own land (14 acres)


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    a variety of cd's available as well as an ipod dock that works through ceiling speakers and a 'sonos' system with pre loaded cd's that accesses worldwide radio stations...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    full sky package including sports and film channels...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    small selection dvds...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View:

    The house is close to the glorious riverside town of Henley on Thames, world famous for its rowing Regatta. It is 25 minutes by train from London and in easy reach of Oxford. The setting of this house is glorious, nestled as it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Chiltern Hills. The water view is across our pond to the wildlife meadows beyond. We have ducks and herons, swallows and red kites. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    we have a private drive with electric gates and parking for 5 cars at the top of this drive...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    (2) two kitchens to enable many cooks to be working together...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, tea, oil, vinegar, dishwasher tablet, ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:


  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Jetted Tub


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  • Taxes Not included


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Last updated: 07/27/2015
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
London Heathrow
500 Metres
Nearest Barpub
The Packhorse Pub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Caversham Heath
3 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
The Packhorse Pub

Car: Recommended

Our house is a wonderful location in itself, which is totally private and self contained, with plenty of space to relax and explore. It is set in the Chiltern Hills, a hugely popular area within easy reach of London, The Cotswolds, Windsor, Oxford. Close to many historic National Trust country houses and at the centre of the 'summer season'. The Henley rowing Regatta happens here, as does Royal Ascot Horse Racing, literary festivals, music performances, lively theatre, Cartier Polo. The restaurants are world class, indeed the Good Food Guide Restaurant of the year 'Orwells' is here, and the food at the local pubs is excellent value and families and large groups are very welcome. Bicester Village, a 'mecca' of outlet shopping for all the major brands, is 45 minutes away and Henley on Thames and Marlow are home to numerous interesting boutique shops. If you have a particular interest, just ask us and we will research it for you.

Specifically we recommend The Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, day trip to Oxford and a tour of the colleges, lunch at The French Horn in Sonning on the banks of the Thames or dinner at the Mill at Sonning followed by a theatrical performance. Some of the best walking and cycling in the area is here, along the Ridgway ancient route which runs for about 50 miles in either direction and can be accessed at Goring. Wonderful boutiques and shops in historic Marlow and Henley on Thames. Royal Windsor course for evening racing throughout the summer and of course Royal Ascot in June and Newbury for the Hennessy Gold Cup in November. Walk in Windsor Great Park and visit the famous town and school of Eton.

Golf courses and riding stables are within easy reach. For those interested in history we are a day trip to historic Cotswolds, Statford on Avon, Bath and Stonehenge. Day trips to London are easy as it is only 25 minutes by train from Reading and trains are non stop and leave every 15 minutes, so it is like being on 'the tube'.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: We have made extensive changes to this house, as we love terraces, balconies, light filled rooms and oak framing. The garden is very important to us as it features in views from every room. We are delighted we now have so many guests who enjoy it as well.

Why the Owner Chose Henley-on-Thames:
This is the most glorious property, set in a designated 'area of outstanding natural beauty', which means that it is protected from development. We are surrounded by English countryside and yet 25 minutes to London and 25 minutes to Oxford. The Cotswolds and Sussex Downs are easy to reach and right on the doorstep is the world famous Henley Regatta in late June/July, the summer music festivals, outdoor concerts, theatre on the River Thames, fabulous waterside restaurants with top class cooking, Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse for the exciting Royal meeting in June. Any time of year is a good time to be here. We have log fires in winter, daffodils in springtime, autumn colours to enjoy and the garden at its very best in high summer. This is not the kind of house that guests want to leave, when it is time to go, they are already planning when to come back. If you are visiting Europe it is easy to get to Heathrow Airport and you can, for example, be in the south of spain by the afternoon.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This was our home until our 4 children moved to London and we moved to another house nearby. We love having guests and have tried to make sure the house remains just like a home, so you feel as comfortable, have as much space and as many luxuries as you have at your own home. Our wonderful gardener makes sure that the garden is a joy and a delight, with both plants and wildlife in abundance. Once you leave the house, within a short journey, you are in the midst of town or countryside, and will never have enough time to do everything, no matter what time of year you visit. Many of our guests return for a second and third visit. They say they love the peace and seclusion and being able to relax undisturbed with friends and family.

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  • The Copse, modern luxury in a natural setting

    The Copse, modern luxury in a natural setting

  • 14 seat cinema with Sky TV,UK film and sports TV, Apple TV, Blu Ray DVD

    14 seat cinema with Sky TV,UK film and sports TV, Apple TV, Blu Ray DVD

  • warm and cosy in winter, light and airy in summer

    warm and cosy in winter, light and airy in summer

  • fold up chairs for 14 to eat on the terrace

    fold up chairs for 14 to eat on the terrace

  • Master kitchen with 4 oven AGA

    Master kitchen with 4 oven AGA

  • front door hidden to the left

    front door hidden to the left

  • quiet corner with board games

    quiet corner with board games

  • ground floor master bathroom with shower room

    ground floor master bathroom with shower room

  • first floor master bedroom with adjoining bathroom

    first floor master bedroom with adjoining bathroom

  • spring wisteria in the walkway

    spring wisteria in the walkway

  • another bathroom

    another bathroom

  • private drive

    private drive

  • architect designed luxury in a private valley, with its own cinema

    architect designed luxury in a private valley, with its own cinema

  • 6000 sq feet for you to enjoy

    6000 sq feet for you to enjoy

  • Hot Tub all year round

    Hot Tub all year round

  • indoor chairs for 14 to eat in the dining room

    indoor chairs for 14 to eat in the dining room

  • the place to catch newts

    the place to catch newts

  • second sitting room

    second sitting room

  • ground floor master bedroom

    ground floor master bedroom

  • entrance hall and front door

    entrance hall and front door

  • an easy walk through our fields to the pub on the hill

    an easy walk through our fields to the pub on the hill

  • spring invasion of ducks nesting

    spring invasion of ducks nesting

  • main sitting room

    main sitting room

  • winter sunshine

    winter sunshine

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