Lovely, well equipped cottage in delightful rural setting, only about 15 mins from Henley - far enough to escape the traffic and crowds of the Henley Festival, but a great base for rowing there and for exploring the local area. An unusual linear room configuration of lounge/bathroom/bedroom/kitchen worked well for a couple. Generous and friendly hosts were full of useful information about local shops, places to eat and attractions.
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay in Rose Lodge at Frieze Cottage, near Henley-on-Thames. It is in a visually beautiful part of the country, near places we wanted to visit, and very close to Henley-on-Thames, where we bought provisions for our stay. It is very peaceful, with beautiful green outlooks in every direction. We saw the famous Red Kites as well! There are fields across the lane way, and lovely gardens around Rose Lodge itself, as well as around the hosts' home next door. There is secure parking in a gated area next to the Lodge, as well as a private, pleasant outdoor sitting area, within the gardens of Rose Lodge. The Lodge is very well-equipped, with everything you could need and quite separate from the hosts' home next door. Clare and Malcolm are very approachable and considerate hosts, helping you as needed, but also respecting your privacy. We found the Lodge spacious for the two of us, and it can accommodate more with a fold-out bed in the living room. When driving to Rose Lodge, we approached from the west on the M4 through Reading in late afternoon, using exit 11, but it would have been better to stay on the M4 until exit 10 to have a more peaceful drive to the Lodge. We would happily stay here again, and recommend Rose Lodge to our family and friends.
I originally chose this accommodation as it was a stone's throw away from friends I was visiting in Crowsley and although I only stayed in the "Lodge" (set in the grounds of a 17th century thatched cottage) for a few days, it was idyllic. After travelling for over 24 hours from Australia, upon arrival Clare and Malcolm welcomed me warmly with everything in place for my stay. Although it doesn't look it from the outside, it is very spacious inside with a sitting room, double bedroom, modern bathroom and large kitchen, which was fully equipped. Would love nothing more than to return one day for a much longer stay.
A warm welcome and a very comfortable stay. The lodge is beautifully situated with lovely walks and places to visit. We will hope to visit again.
Absolutely loved my time at this cottage, the gardens are amazing, the cottage is so sweet with everything you could ever need and the hosts were lovely. Walking through the field smelling the fresh hay and listening to the beautiful Red Kite birds calling was truly a moment during my stay that I will never ever forget. Need to go back but stay much longer you won’t regret it