Lying just nine miles northeast of Reading, Henley-on-Thames occupies a unique position within the county of Oxfordshire, near the tripoint of where Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire meet, just 37 miles west of London – a commute which takes just under an hour.
Henley is an iconic British riverside market town, perhaps best known for its annual, four-day Royal Regatta, as well as other events such as Henley Festival which play host to some of the world’s biggest musical stars.
Thanks to its rural position at the base of the Chiltern Hills and, of course, on the River Thames, Henley is the perfect place to pursue an active lifestyle, with a range of sports teams and clubs available to join, including the Henley Rowing Club, Hockey Club, Rugby Club and Phyllis Court private members club.
A historic church and town hall sit at the heart of Henley, together with a bustling market square, many boutique shops and a wide variety of fine restaurants. One of Henley’s cultural gems, The Kenton Theatre, is the fourth oldest performing theatre in the country. Surrounded by a landscape of green fields and wooded hills, there are endless attractions to discover, plenty of golf courses and well-maintained parks to relax in.
Demand for property in Henley remains high with a strong downsizing market and a number of families relocating to the area thanks to the great selection of both private and state schools, easy access to the M4 and M40 motorways and good commuter links to London. Many view Henley and its surrounding villages as the first proper rural area to the west of London.
With its beautiful waterfront lifestyle, variety of renowned sporting and cultural festivals, thriving town atmosphere and excellent schooling options, Henley is a fantastic option for those wanting to escape London but stay within a commutable distance.
Henley has a good core, prime and super prime housing stock – covering the town itself and the three neighbouring counties close by, South Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Henley has long been a popular spot for families, with some of the country’s best educational institutions on the doorstep from both the state and private sectors, including Pangbourne College, The Oratory School, Queen Anne’s School, Gillotts School and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School.
Whether you are seeking a large country house on a prestigious estate, a handsome townhouse, a brick and flint cottage, or a property on the river’s edge, Henley’s got it all.
In terms of the town itself, Henley offers a great selection of shops – from well-known high street names to specialist boutiques, as well as some fantastic eateries and a thriving café culture.
Restaurants populate both the town centre and riverside, including top picks such as The Hart Street Tavern, Villa Marina, The Shellfish Cow and The Little Angel. The town also has excellent transport links via the M4/M40 to London and Oxford as well as links to the wider motorway network, and train links to London via the Chiltern line at High Wycombe or the Paddington line via Henley station, or Reading Twyford stations for a direct connection.
Henley-on-Thames in numbers
The average price of a property sold by Knight Frank in Henley-on-Thames year to June 2021
Increase in prospective buyers year to June-21
Increase in exchanges year to June-21
Who lives here?
Home to many working in the professional and property sectors, Stratford-upon-Avon is an attractive place to move for native West-Midlanders.
Where do buyers come from?
Source: Knight Frank. Average prices is for sales over £700k for the year to June-21. All other metrics are June-18 to June-21.
What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?
While the fabulous rowing extravaganza that is Henley Royal Regatta and star-studded Henley Festival (this year taking place on the 15th-19th of September 2021) may take centre stage when it comes to Henley’s reputation, the town has a whole host of other, perhaps lesser-known events, including Henley Arts Trail, Eat! Good Food Festival, Henley Literary Festival, Thames Traditional Boat Festival and Henley Youth Festival.
Despite its quintessential, picture-postcard appearance, Henley comes alive with its rich programme of festivals and cultural events every year.
What types of property are available in Henley-on-Thames?
From spectacular riverside homes to terraced townhouses, here are some of the properties we’ve sold recently across the town of Henley-on-Thames.
Remenham Terrace, RG9
3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms 2 reception rooms
Guide Price: £975,000
Friday Street, RG9
3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms 3 reception rooms
Guide Price: £1,800,000
Ruperts Lane, RG9
4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms 2 reception rooms
Guide Price: £2,250,000
Knight Frank has listed all properties within the past 12 months. The price per square meter shown for all sold property is representative of their appraised pricing and not their final sale price.