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Our favourite local restaurants



The Queen’s Head
Southend Road
Bradfield
Berkshire,
RG7 6EY
Tel: 01189 744332


A lovely village pub in Bradfield, Berkshire, about 7 miles from Goring. Great British food and a friendly welcome from Laura and Andy (one of our former Sous Chefs).





Basildon Park   Places to visit
Basildon park
This beautiful Palladian mansion and gardens were featured in the recent film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Built in 1776­83 by John Carr for Francis, it is now under National Trust stewardship.
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    Beal Park   Sport and fun activitities
Beale Park Wildlife park and gardens with animal farm and children’s entertainment and activities on the banks of the Thames. Open March ­ October.


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Places to visit



Basildon Park
Lower Basildon,
Berkshire
RG8 9NR
Tel: 01494 755558
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

This beautiful Palladian mansion and gardens were featured in the recent film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Built in 1776–83 by John Carr for Francis, it is now under National Trust stewardship. The house is set in glorious parkland overlooking the River Thames. Open: March – end Oct.



Mapledurham House and Watermill
Mapledurham Estate
The Estate Office
Mapledurham
RG4 7TR
Tel: 01189 723350
Website: www.mapledurham.co.uk

Mapledurham House is the historic home of the Blount family and a superb Elizabethan mansion. A beautiful Thameside location where visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Oxfordshire countryside. The house contains a wealth of history and the watermill is the last remaining watermill on the river Thames and still grinds flour for sale in the gift shop. Cream teas can be purchased in the Old Manor tea rooms and there is a well stocked gift shop in which to browse. Visitors may arrive by boat from nearby Caversham. Call for opening times.



Greys Court
Rotherfield
Greys Henley-on-Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 4PG
Tel: 01491 628529
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

An intriguing Tudor Manor with 14th-century fortifications, Greys Court served as a prison for Mary Queen of Scots. Its ornamental gardens with their old-fashioned roses, wisteria walk and maze are set within medieval walls. Open: April - end Sept.
 


Stonor Park
Stonor Park
Henley-on-Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 6HF
Tel: 01491 638587
Website: www.stonor.com

Stonor is the historic home of Lord and Lady Camoys and of the Stonor Family for more than 800 years. The House contains many items of rare furniture, tapestries, bronzes and paintings. It nestles in great tranquillity in a fold of the beautiful wooded Chiltern Hills, five miles north of Henley-on-Thames on the B480. There are breathtaking views of the hillside terraced walled gardens and of the surrounding park where fallow deer have grazed since medieval times. Call for opening times.



Dorchester Abbey

14 Queen Street
Dorchester
Oxfordshire
OX10 7HR
Tel: 01865 340054
Website: www.dorchester-abbey.org.uk

The Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, more usually known as Dorchester Abbey, is the parish church of Dorchester-on-Thames, a small Oxfordshire village with just over 1000 inhabitants, located 8 miles south-east of Oxford.
 


Nuffield Place
Huntercombe
Oxfordshire
RG9 5RY
Tel: 01491 641224
Website: www.nuffield-place.com

The home from 1933 - 1963 of Willliam Morris, Lord Nuffield. Nuffield Place is a rare survival of a complete upper-middle class home of the 1930s, retaining most of the furniture and contents acquired by Lord and Lady Nuffield when they took up residence along with a great deal of fascinating personal memorabilia and material connected with Morris cars. Call for opening times.



The Herb Farm
Peppard Road
Sonning Common
Berkshire
RG4 9NJ
Tel: 01189 724220
Website: www.herbfarm.co.uk

A specialist Herb Nursery where experienced staff grow a comprehensive range of herb plants to sell. Cottage garden plants and old-style roses are also available and can be seen in mature settings in the attractive display gardens. The Barn Shop displays a fascinating range of herb-based products and hand-crafted items and an additional attraction is the beech hedge Saxon Maze with over a mile of curving grass pathways.





Sport, fun and family activities




Beale Park
The Child-Beale Trust
Lower Basildon
Berkshire
RG8 9NH
Tel: 0870 7777160
Website: www.bealepark.co.uk

Wildlife park and gardens with animal farm and children’s entertainment and activities on the banks of the Thames. Open March – October.



The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
Berkshire
RG18 OTN
Tel: 01635 202444
Website: www.livingrainforest.org

The Living Rainforest brings the rainforest to Berkshire. See a huge array of different wildlife and plant species both free-ranging outside and in purpose built glass houses. Includes new ‘Human Impact’ Building and large play area. Open all year but call to check.



Maharajah’s Well
Stoke Row
Oxfordshire
RG9 5QJ
Website: www.stokerow.net/well1b.asp?css=4

The delightful Maharajah's Well in the pretty village of Stoke Row was the flamboyant gift of the Maharajah of Benares which is complete with canopy and golden elephant. The Crooked Billet and Cherry Tree Pubs are also close by.
 


Shooting at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School or Private Tuition with Matthew Rivers
Hook End Lane
Upper Basildon
Tel: 01491 672 900
Website: www.rbss.co.uk

The professional instructors are dedicated to teaching and will have you, whether a complete novice or experienced game-shot, hitting “not-in-my-wildest-dreams” clays in no time. From around £90 for an hour’s lesson.


Hire an Electric Launch
Glide over the Thames from Goring Lock through the beautiful Goring Gap in an electric launch, from around £25 per hour. We can make all arrangements (subject to availability) and also create wonderful custom picnics, complete with all your favourites.
 


Henley on Thames
Wander around the marketplace on market day, visit the antique shops and boutiques or stroll by the river. Henley is famous for both the Regatta in the first week of July and the Henley Festival, a celebration of art & music (and generally a good excuse to have a party).



Walking
The picturesque villages of Goring and Streatley nestle face-to-face in the most dramatic location along the whole length of the Thames. The river has carved a deep passage here between the chalk hills of the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs to form the "Goring Gap", a natural crossing point since Celtic times. The ancient Ridgeway crosses the river to join the Thames Path at Goring and the two National Trails then continue together towards Wallingford before The Ridgeway takes a high line across the Vale of Oxford to Watlington and Chinnor on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. All of this is excellent walking country, with boats, trains and buses providing the return leg along the river and more adventurous routes opening into the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs, both of which are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stop by reception for maps, pamphlets, etc.