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Stunning setting for a celebration with family and friends or a small wedding

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 9
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Kidmore End House Rental Photos and Description

Outstanding facilities, secluded country house estate, yet close to London

Luxury designer property with 7000 sq feet of indoor space, and an acre of garden surrounded by 22 acres of meadows. Now licensed for Civil Ceremonies through Oxfordshire Registrar.

Come and enjoy the house and ask us about the new outdoor facilities, set up to offer small celebrations for guests staying in the house.

Wi-fi throughout

Cinema room with 14 seats, Apple TV, all Sky Channels, DVD and laptop for your memory stick videos.

Terraces with Hot tub, extensive views yet total privacy.

Woodland Arctic Hut Barbecue for 15.

Wander through acres of estate land or walk 5 minutes to the local pubs in Chazey Heath and Kidmore End.

Enjoy glorious year round gardens and distant views across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Relax around the garden tables on sunloungers and dining chairs for all your guests.

Sleeps 16 adults, 9 comfortable bedrooms, including 6 en suite/ bath/shower rooms plus cloakrooms. Well equipped kitchens with Aga cooker, American fridge freezer, 2 dishwashers, electric oven, waste disposal, utility room.

Supermarket food deliveries on request to await your arrival.

Local cooks, chefs, wine tasting, spa treatments and much more on request.

Family breakfast room open plan to main kitchen, doors onto terrace, outdoor dining and sun loungers, formal dining room, huge courtyard that can be covered.

In ceiling Sonos music system indoors and out.

TV room with huge sofas and Sony Bravia TV with all Sky channels and dvd.

Oak framed living room with views to the garden on three sides, log fire.

Fenced garden with natural pond and huge 10m square deck for covered reception. Cots, high chairs, toys provided.

Check on our website for a floorplan of main house and interactive panorama photos - please see links below.

If you are enquiring about a wedding we have a minimum of three nights if you are wanting to marry at the house. This gives you plenty of time to prepare for your occasion. We have an outdoor hire rate for up to 80 guests to include our wonderful stretch tent, tables and seating for your guests, access to a range of table decorations, help from our team to create a wedding that is uniquely yours. Most importantly you can enlist the help of family and friends as the house can sleep up to 18 for a wedding and two small people in cots. All the catering and ceremony decisions are yours to make.

Unmissable things to do in the area -

Hire a boat in Henley and cruise a lovely stretch of the river.

Have dinner at the legendary Crooked Billett restaurant in Stoke Row, or try the steak at The Greyhound pub in Peppard, about 5 minutes by car.

Day trip to Oxford to wander the ancient colleges and hire a punt on the River Isis. Walk in the gorgeous bluebell woods around Highmoor (April & May).

Lunch overlooking the Thames down the hill at The French Horn in Sonning.

Attend famous Henley Regatta and Henley Festival and now the Henley Literary Festival.

Get tickets for the Hennessy Gold Cup race in Newbury in late November.

Walk or cycle the beautiful & dramatic Ridgeway Path near Swyncombe.

Shopping, theatre, golf, horses: In an area known for the best pubs in England two to consider are the Little Angel in Henley town or you can walk to our local pub The Packhorse Pub, across the fields, excellent food and a children's play area.

Shop in quaint boutique shops in lovely Marlow or Henley.

In summer attend evening races at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

Walk in Windsor Great Park and visit the famous school Eton which is next door.

Try the wonderful little theatre at Sonning or the excellent Newbury theatre.

We are two minutes from an excellent golf course and ten minutes from a BHS recommended riding stables, which caters for children and adults. Just ask us how to book.

Further away, tour the Cotswolds and head for Bath.

Day trip to London, only 25 minutes, fast train Reading to Paddington, trains leave every 15 minutes.

40 minutes from Heathrow Airport.


More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Penny Holley
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Penny Holley

This house has been our family home for fifteen years and is much loved. It is now far too big for just me and my husband Tim and so we live in the cottage next door. We are on hand to help guests with whatever they need and meet them with keys.

We thoroughly enjoy the pleasure guests find in the house and its surroundings and are delighted it has a new lease of life. In the summer of 2016 we will be offering it as an exclusive venue for small celebrations.

Penny Holley purchased this house in 2000

Why Penny Holley chose South Oxfordshire

We have thoroughly renovated it, adding verandas and balconies and cladding the exterior in western red cedar. It is a brick built house and very warm and welcoming.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A great weekend in a lovely house, made even more beautiful by 10 inches of snow!

Thanks for helping us celebrate a great birthday celebration.
Jan 2010
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Stunning setting for a celebration with family and friends or a small wedding
average rating of 4.939394 based on 40 reviews

What an amazing house - perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

We rented The Copse for our close family to be together for our son's wedding. We certainly made the right choice. The property is stunning, beautifully furnished and ticks all the boxes. Having such a lovely place to stay and relax certainly contributed to a very happy time. Thank you. Bill and Janet Woodhart

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great property and very helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

We rented out the Copse for 2 days to host our friends and family for our 80 person civil ceremony in August and can not say enough wonderful things. The property itself is absolutely stunning and the decking/stretch tent that they have installed is an excellent area to host a reception. Penny and Kelly were so helpful and accommodating in letting us make our day unique and providing us with recommendations of suppliers in the area when we needed them. They also let us visit the property several times throughout the planning process which was incredibly helpful.

Highly recommend if you are looking for an intimate affair where you can host your family and friends in a stunning setting.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Stunning sanctuary - a gem

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish this was an exceptional find. Penny and TIm made our family weekend post wedding "recovery" the most blissful experience. Nothing was too much trouble and we are able to relax and unwind in a house that was exceptionally comfortable while at the same time positively oozing top end quality - a rare mixture. A beautiful family house in a amazing location. Thank you Penny, Tim and Kelly too.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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I had the most amazing birthday celebration ever!

  • 5 of 5

I've book this place to celebrate my 40th with a group of 16 friends.

From the beginning, Penny was very attentive and accommodating. Initially we were planning on staying 2 nights but due to the summer season we had to book 3 nights (but Penny was very generous and gave us an great discount).

The house is even more amazing than looking in the photos. It is decorated to such a high standard that it makes you feel very special.

The Sonos sound system with speakers that can be controlled individually was fab..

The cinema is just unbelievably beautiful.

We also used the Arctic House in the back garden to grill marshmallow after our BBQ by the hot tube.

Penny has left towels and hotel style toiletries for each guest. I added some chocolate to the guests bedroom and some 'thank you' signs with their names at each bedroom door and they felt pampered.

The hot tube is big enough and very pleasant. If you use is constantly (as we did) by the third day you may need to change the water (it would be good to have some instruction about how to do it).

The bedrooms have a great sound isolation and everyone could sleep very well. It would be better to have double beds that could be separated in twins if needed as we had single friends that unfortunately had to share beds.

The kitchen is well equipped and we made a great use of the wine fridge. I would suggest that an espresso machine, with capsule system, would have been a plus ;)

Enough parking for several cars and great taxi system in case you want to go out and have a feel drinks.

We even had the fireplace on. The woodland area is very pretty.

We had lobster lunch on Friday at the Bird in Hands pub (In Sonning Common) and this was just delicious (with fresh lobster from Cornwall). It was a pleasant 40 minutes walking there from the house (

At the check out they were very relaxed and we left the house without any pressure.

The check in at 10am and check out at 6pm allowed us to enjoy a full 4 days of luxury celebrations.

On Sunday we had a short drive to Henley-on-Thames and for 99 pounds we could hire a luxury Olympic Class launch with Hobbs ( and spent 1 hour cruising that exclusive area. You can bring your own champagne on board and one of our friends was self driving the boat for us.

We are def considering returning there in the future. Everyone loved it!

Pure hedonism!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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First class

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't fault it from start to finish. Will definitely be back.

Only comment - nice wine glasses would be good. Could only find champagne or normal tumblers.

Many thanks,

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Stunning venue, unforgettable experience and great location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Penny and Tim for a wonderful stay. The house is beautiful and fulfilled all the requirements and dreams of our hen. I could not recommend this venue highly enough. The interior, location and stay was perfect in every way. You will not be disappointed.

I look forward to visiting again!


  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
The Packhorse - a Blubecker Pub
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Caversham Heath
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Henley on Thames
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
The Packhorse or The New Inn
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
West Wittering
Car: recommended

Peace and privacy in a stunning, state of the art, country house, with plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. The Copse is now licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies in the large sitting room overlooking the pond or in the courtyard, filled with flowers. A huge deck can be covered for an outdoor tented wedding reception. Couples can organise their event exactly the way they like, hiring their own catering. For guests staying in the house, there is a huge kitchen with 2 ovens and 2 dishwashers, luxury 14 seat cinema room with up to the minute Sky, DVD, Apple and wi fi. Natural pond with wildlife and views across the valley in an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty . Arctic hut woodland indoor BBQ for 15,

Hot tub on terrace with music system indoors and out. Room for 16 adults max in nine bedrooms, six bathrooms.

25 minutes from London by fast train, easy access Heathrow, M4, M40 Gatwick and Luton airports.

Central for touring the Cotswolds, visiting Oxford and wonderful Henley on Thames, for the Henley Regatta, music on the Thames, Henley literary festival, Eton, Windsor, Blenheim Palace, racing at Newbury and Royal Ascot. Eat at the famous Crooked Billet or Orwell's or ask our fabulous cook to cater for your special occasion. Walk to the local pub for a warm welcome and great food.

Close to theatres and nightlife.

Other Activities: Henley Regatta, Local Music and Book Festivals, London theater and concerts, Oxford college visits.

Golf: Caversham Heath Golf Club, Badgemore Gold Club, Henley Golf Club and the public course at Mapledurham are all nearby


Rates & Availability

Kidmore End House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
winter season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
winter season 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
spring season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
summer season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $613
Pet Fee $0
Tax Rate 20.0%

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Kidmore End House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , single room, must share
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
  • All the bathrooms are spacious and well equipped and include heated towel rails/radiators and new showers/baths. They are warm and draft free and welcoming in summer or winter. The person in the single bedroom must share a bathroom. The people in bedrooms 5 and 6 must share a bath/shower, as one of the rooms has a loo/basin and both have access to a full bathroom of their own. It is not recommended for everyone to use the bathrooms at precisely the same time, or the water may completely run out of the tanks and there will be delay while it refills. The hot tub is being installed in May 2012 and will seat 5 people, it has lights and there is music on the terrace.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • The master bedroom is on the ground floor with direct access to the garden. There are three other equally lovely 'master' bedrooms on the first floor all with their own bathrooms and two have oak balconies overlooking the garden. One has a double to om next to it. There is plenty of space for the cot in any of the rooms. On the ground floor there is an additional luxury bathroom with bath and shower, this is shared by the two ground floor double bedrooms. One of these bedrooms has its own loo and basin. There is a further shower room on the ground floor. All the bathrooms have hairdryers, soaps, creams, fluffy towels and are beautifully equipped and modern. The bedrooms have storage and hanging space and quality linens from the white company or designers guild. Across the courtyard are two additional optional rooms, no extra cost. One double bed with twin bedroom adjoining and wet room with shower. Total 16 in beds 2 babies in cots.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We can: organize transport/car with driver if you are attending local events or want to explore the region and would prefer not to drive yourself. : stock your fridge with goodies at the start of your stay. We can recommend a caterer or provide a daily cleaner. Just ask for advice or help to make your stay more comfortable or special.

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