The UK is home to some of the world’s most illustrious locations. Whilst experiencing the New Bentley GT Continental, I decided to visit Phyllis Court Club Henley. It is a private members club in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. This picturesque club along the River Thames in Henley is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Phyllis Court Club has private access to the river and is a perfect base to venture forth or just stay in and enjoy a river location, that lets you watch the locals either row, or go up and down the river with their boats. After all this is the location of the famous Henley on Thames.
You don’t need to be a member to hold an event at Phyllis Court, or book one of its lovely hotel rooms on the River Thames in Henley, or to enjoy a corporate box to view the world renowned Henley Regatta.
Private Membership Reception And Restaurant
Phyllis Court has a wealth of history, established in 1906, this elegant historic mansion is set in 18 acres of land with lawns sweeping down to the river. Phyllis Court is situated in a historical manor which can be traced back to 1301. I had a book in my room which was very interesting to read about the iconic political events that happened here. The newly refurbished Riverside Pavilion, a Grade II listed building, is a perfect location for various celebrations, and I noticed guests were relaxing by this stunning riverside location drinking wine or having afternoon tea.
Here you’re not just seeing the landscape you’re a part of it.
The decor, has a contemporary luxury setting, it is a very cosy area to have a cocktail and catch up on business meetings. There is all day dining here to be enjoyed in a beautiful setting. Yes at this club every meal is also part of the journey. The food was well presented and tasted great, to match arguably one of the best setting out there for fine wine and dining. There are various chairs to use here be it Harris tweed, or a hunter dining arm chair, or carter cult wingback chair. This area is about immersing yourself amongst the local members and tapping into the English history and culture.
Rooms With A River View
Ready for a change of scene? Gain a new perspective on some of the most beautiful breakfast views thanks to Phyllis Court. Well-appointed rooms are combined with a beautiful hotel rooms, and a setting by the river in Henley. It is so lovely waking up to with my private own balcony and enjoying the views thanks the floor to ceiling windows.
The club has 17 individually styled rooms to make it a cosy and memorable adventure along with traditional flare. The bed is large, cosy and offers plenty of comfort due to collection of pillows that offer a choice of firmness. It all accounted for a very relaxing sleep. Exploring the role of patterns in interiors, this colourful room created an English ambience, like no other. The earthy tones used here are perfect for period properties like Phyllis Court.
This dainty contemporary Victorian bathroom is built up on a beautiful wooden floor which adds a richness to the room whilst accentuating the bathroom.
The dimming light gave a very relaxing mood to this Victorian inspired bathroom, combining light and dark shade combinations. I had a nice hot relaxing soak after a hard day of work and driving. The plush towels were huge, fluffy and warm and the were plenty of amenities to use and accessorise this full sized bathroom.
Breakfast And Dining
The party season is fast approaching and a few unexpected guests are bound to show up. This private members club, also open to outside guests, is the perfect place to entertain friends. The Orangery, overlooking the lawns and river, is well worth getting up for to enjoy a Full English breakfast. The culinary options were yummy, fresh and accommodating. The food looked well thought out and I could ask for what I wanted. The service was excellent and the barman was attentive. Lots of the food is locally sourced, fresh and affordable, the club members love dining here.
I found there were lots of people meeting up with friends at the lounge bar which served plenty of drinks on my request. I opted for some juicy steak and I also had some fish here. The Desserts, were way too delicious. I noticed an array of freshly baked cakes on offer too during the day for those opting for an afternoon tea.
As the festive season is approaching all you need for Christmas is a location and setting such as Phyllis Court Club in Henley On Thames. The house itself has a long and fascinating history with the building traced back to 1301. Over the years notable people lived and visited here, one being Queen Anne in 1604, and William of Orange who held his first court here on his way to London in 1689.
While the club is strictly members only, the non private mansion does come with some standards, there is a dress code. What I really liked was how no mobile phones were allowed to be used within the main area. For important calls I could ask for a private room and chat and work from there.
Beyond my sleeping room I was able to enjoy the scenic views from many areas. Staying here near the water’s edge gives a unique feel. Waking up in the morning to watch the mist rising from the river as the sun peeps over the hill is a joy. With so many rowers packing in an early morning practice, it is a clear reminder that the famous five-day Henley Regatta takes place here. With many members of staff being attentive to my needs, my stay was relaxed. Many members here love coming and soaking up the local scenery. On top of that there is also the town of Henley on Thames, which is wonderful to explore too.
Phillis Court is for those that love history, tradition, a beautiful scenic setting with food and drinks to match.