The Humphreys Review of Danesfield House Hotel
Welcome to Danesfield House, a beautiful country house hotel set in 65 acres between the lovely market towns of Henley on Thames and Marlow, and the perfect
base for a visit to Henley Regatta.
The Danesfield House that we see today was completed in 1901 and it is the third property to have been built in this glorious setting, with formal
gardens enjoying outstanding views over the River Thames and the Chiltern Hills beyond.
You probably know by now that I get rather passionate about the history behind these magnificent properties, and Danesfield is no different!
Amazingly 4,000 years ago, the site was reputed to have been the resting place of nomadic tribes who paused to hunt and fish in the then untamed river.
The grounds even retain the remnants of a prehistoric fortification.
In 1750 John Morton, the attorney general to Queen Charlotte, bought Medlycotts, as it was then known, completely rebuilt it and renamed it Danesfield,
which apparently came from the Danish adventurers who had camped there, centuries before. Robert Scott Murray, a commercial heir, was responsible
for the second major rebuilding project, and his Georgian mansion stood for almost a century.
The new owner, Robert William Hudson, demolished the old house and chapel upon completion of the new mansion in 1901, and his design is the building
that we see today. Hudson’s work was scarcely completed when he decided to sell and a number of subsequent owners made their respective marks on
the house and the grounds, one of whom, Mrs Hornby Lewis, loved it so much that she was buried in the grounds.
It became a school for a short time during the war before being requisitioned as a base to develop the intelligence Section of the Royal Air Force.
In the summer of 1991, it became Danesfield House Hotel and now offers 75 luxurious rooms, in a wonderful combination of traditional and contemporary
styles. The river views from some of the rooms in the main house are just magnificent, and there really is something for everyone.
The more contemporary bedrooms are in the newly refurbished stable block and offer hi tech and very comfortable accommodation, with beautiful views
across the gardens.
When it comes to eating at Danesfield, not only are you offered mouth watering options for lunch and dinner, you also have 3 wonderful dining venues
from which to choose: The Orangery with its stunning river views, the more ornate and grand Oak Room and The Terrace, on which you can soak up
the sun in the summer months.
When you choose to stay at Danesfield, you are in the perfect location from which to explore the surrounding English countryside, whether in a vintage
car with the wind in your hair, or a luxury river cruise exploring the beauty of the Thames or even on a guided bike ride.
There are some stunning stately homes in the area and Danesfield is just a stone’s throw from Windsor and its magnificent castle and just 40 minutes
from the majestic Blenheim Palace.
And if you choose to have Danesfield as your base for a wonderful day at Henley Regatta in July, you can do the majority of your journey by luxury
river cruise, arriving in Henley with a glass of champagne in hand…