About us

We are Natalie and Ray living in a pretty 4 bedroomed cottage that dates back almost 500 years to 1634, although it has been completely modernised by the owners. 

Handywater is in a small village a mile outside Henley on Thames. The area is an AONB, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the local train station will take you to London Paddington in 50 minutes and even Heathrow airport is only 35 min away. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful area of England and hope that you too discover and appreciate the beauty of this part of Oxfordshire. We have three cats, Monty, Lolo and Booboo. If you would like to meet them they would love your attention, but will not be offended if you prefer to have nothing to do with them! They are not allowed in the guest rooms.

At the moment, we have 4 hens, Tilly, Flossy, Lilly and Chocky. Our hens are free to roam our paddock and they produce lovely eggs. 
Our Seville marmalade with Birch vodka made by Natalie continues to get great reviews from our guests. So we've been busy for hours with organically-grown Seville Oranges, making a fresh batch ready for this year's visitors to enjoy.

We have one of the highest rated Bed & Breakfasts in Oxfordshire!

2018 award

We are very pleased and proud that we have retained our impressive guest rating of 9.9 with Booking.com for 2018 and 2017! TripAdvisor reviews also continue to rate us at the same level; we love the fact that our guests are so satisfied when they stay with us.


From personalized attention to delicious food, there are many reasons to choose our bed and breakfast.

This beautiful area is perfect for walking, cycling, exploring, any time of year. 

What makes us even more special?

  • Natalie or Ray will provide you with a free taxi service, when we are available, within 15 miles. We can even collect and return you to Heathrow airport subject to flight times.
  • If you are having a "drinking" party or a wedding to attend, we shall take and collect you.



  • Luxury Bed and Breakfast
  • Secure parking behind electric gates
  • Hypnos king size bed in every room
  • Luxury bedding and towels
  • Ensuite bathrooms with large area showers with rain drop heads
  • Wi-fi, TV. RJ45 sockets
  • Hybrid vehicle charging station


Guest Comments

Outstanding - Honestly the best B & B we have ever stayed in, worldwide. From the moment we arrived and were warmly welcomed with a glass of prosecco, to the moment we left having bought two jars ...

Carole, (GB), Booking.com
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