Stoke Row is a small, rural village set high in the Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and therefore has splendid walking opportunities and cycling, on and off road. There is a local equestrian centre and a comprehensive network of bridleways.
Just a few of the places within easy reach of Rose Cottage.
- Relaxation. Henley is famous for its Royal Regatta, held on the 1st weekend of July. It is a lovely town to visit at any time of year, with many cafes, pubs and restaurants, shops, the River and Rowing museum and the river.
- Scenery. The surrounding area is full of nice scenery – why not visit Watlington hill or Dinton pastures.
- Retail Therapy. Reading is 20 minutes away and has the ‘Oracle’ shopping centre and many other main retailers.
- Culture. Oxford is 30 minutes to the ‘Park and Ride’, and has much to offer.
- Entertainment. London is 30 miles away and an easy day trip by train from Reading.
The village has a shop with Post office and a Garage. There are regular services at the Church and Chapel, and the Maharaja’s well to visit. There is the ‘Cherry Tree’ pub which is a good place for a pint, but also a really good meal, and the ‘Crooked Billet’ restaurant, where the food is renowned and music nights are sometimes held.
The well was paid for by a Indian Maharajah in 1864, as the local area governor, who was from Stoke Row, had told the story of a boy in the village who had been beaten by his mother after drinking the last of the water in the house during a drought. At that time in the nineteenth century to replenish the supply meant a several-mile round trip to fetch and carry the water by hand. The Maharajah was so touched by the story that he financed the digging of the well, along with a keeper’s cottage and a cherry orchard to provide for the upkeep of the well.
Today it still attracts many visitors simply because it is a beautiful thing to see, has a fascinating history and is in a pretty garden setting. Access to the well environs is free at all times, including Bank Holidays and weekends.
It was once the hideout of notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, who was romantically attached to the landlord’s daughter, Bess.
The menu features a variety of classic European dishes with a modern twist using quality, fresh ingredients and local produce. A home-made Sunday roast is also offered. The full bar includes Brakspear Real Ale, fine Malt Whiskies, chilled Vodkas and a large wine list.
- Cyling: There is a bike route that passes the house (Discover Oxfordshire By Bike.pdf). Also see: Cycling in the Chilterns.
Within easy reach
- Beale Wildlife park – 20 minute drive
- Living rain forest – 25 minutes drive
- Bucklebury Farm Park – 35 minute drive
- Wellington Country Park – 35 minutes drive
- Bracknell ski slope and ice rink – 35 minute drive
- Coral Reef water park and the Look Out Discovery Centre – 40 minute drive
- Winsor castle – 40 minutes drive
- Nature discovery center in Thatcham – 40 minutes drive
- Legoland (Winsor) – 45 minutes drive
- Highclere Castle – 55 minute drive