Phyllis Court Club is a traditional private members club in the heart of Henley on Thames.
This elegant historic mansion is set in 18 acres of land with lawns sweeping down to the river. It was established as a club in 1906 and offers fabulous
facilities for members and visitors. I’m lucky enough to live a short walk from it and it’s hard to imagine anywhere better to sip a G&T with friends
in an evening, watching the sun set across the river.
If you have read other pieces that I have written, you will know that I do love my history, and Phyllis Court has all sorts of stories to tell!
Phyllis Court Club was established on June 2nd 1906 by a young Australian called Roy Finlay, and when he took on the lease, his rather fabulous objective
was to make it the ‘headquarters for social and sporting life on the river.’
The 1920’s were the heyday as the weekend resort for fashionable Londoners and with the Prince of Wales as its Patron the primary attractions were tennis,
dancing and rowing. From personal experience, I can confirm that all 3 are still very much part of life for a Phyllis Court member and visitor.
The Phyllis Court Fitness Centre is a fantastic addition to the club and if you stay the night you can make full use of it’s fabulous facilities…from
a relaxing massage to a super fast spinning class – the choice is yours.
So, as you can see, Finlays dream of a social and sporting headquarters has been wonderfully realised and it is so very appropriate that this elegant headquarters is in Henley, home to the ultimate river based social and sporting event of the year, Henley Royal Regatta.