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 renovated 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 10 hens (6 Oxfordshire brown and 4 rare bantams). 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 and won Silver Award at The World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival in 2020 and 2021. So we've been busy for hours with organically-grown Seville Oranges, making a fresh batch ready for this year's visitors to enjoy. Our latest offering is Strawberry jam made with Prosecco and Rum & Red Grapefruit Marmalade. ;-)

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

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, at any time of the year. 

What makes us even more special?

  • Glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • 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 and our availability. If you are having a "drinking" party or a wedding to attend, we can often take and collect you.
  • Freshly cut flowers in each room
  • Free laundry services
  • Home grown organic fruit for breakfast
  • Home made marmalade, strawberry and prosecco jam
  • Free-range eggs from our hens



  • 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

Wonderful accommodation, beautifully presented. The owners Ray and Natalie are absolutely charming and nothing is too much trouble. Being forced to stay in large characterless hotels while working it ...

Felicity White, Booking.com, Reservation number 1652314308
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