The mighty tidal river on which England's capital city was founded, has modest origins, meanderings from its source in the Gloucesterhsire hills through rich, lush countryside towards London. Almost exclusively agricultural land in the 19th century, the Thames Valley maintains its pastoral beauty despite the incursion of modern life and industry.
The countryside of the Chiltern HIlls and of the Thames Valley itself appealed to wealthy aristocrats who built stately homes close to London. Around these great houses of Hatfield House and Blenheim Palace grew picturesque villages, with half-timbered buildings and, as Cotswold stone became available, attractive honey-coloured stone.
Your guide to boutique bed and breakfast, luxury bed and breakfast, exclusive homestays and even more exclusive wedding venues in the Thames Valley. We've hand-picked the very best boutique and luxury bed and breakfasts in Europe to bring you our collection of stylish romantic retreats. Find your perfect bed and breakfast, exclusive wedding venue and exclusive homestay and get the low-down on all the things you can do and places you can visit whilst you are there.
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