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Activities Outdoor

Burnham Beeches

Nestled on the Southern Buckinghamshire border are the historic Burnham beeches, one of the finest woodland tracts anywhere in England.  It is owned and operated by the Corporation of London who bought the land in 1880 to save it from prospective developers, once of the first instances of the Green Belt protections.
Distance from hotel: 13.8 miles

Hambleden Valley
Marlow is set amongst the rich meadows of the river valley and the superb woodlands of the Chiltern Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of the loveliest spots is the idyllic Hambleden Valley on the outskirts of Marlow, approached via West Street in the direction of Henley-on-Thames.  The picture postcard village of Hambleden has been much used for film and TV locations ranging from “101 Dalmatians” and “Band of Brothers” to “North and South” by Mrs Gaskell.  Nearby Turville is equally pretty and equally familiar as its St Mary the Virgin church features in “The Vicar of Dibley”.  “Good Night Mr Tom” was also filmed here, along with many episodes of “Midsomer Murders”, whilst the windmill, which looks down on the village, had its star moment in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.  Visitors can also look in on the Chiltern Valley Winery near Hambleden for home produced wines and farm brewed, full mash real ales.
Distance from hotel: 5.9 miles

The River Thames
The river is central to Marlow - as well as completing part of the Thames Path Walk, it is ideal for walks, boating, bird watching and generally “messing about on the river”.  In summer the pace quickens with the Marlow and Henley Regattas. 

Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery
Set in an area of outstanding beauty, the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery produces some of the finest English wines and real ales. Group tours and tastings can be arranged and this is a must stop on your visit to the Hambleden valley.
Tel 01491 638330
Distance from hotel: 8.0 miles

The Savill Garden
World renowned ornamental gardens and woodland, including National Trust Collections and rare international species. Many delights including a new contemporary Rose Garden and a terraced restaurant overlooking the gardens.
Distance from hotel: 19.1 miles

With the areas abundance of countryside, walks along the River Thames or further a field through the stunning scenery of the Chiltern Hills are plentiful.  The Chiltern Hills contain some of the finest countryside in the UK. Here you will find quiet valleys with medieval villages, dramatic hilltop viewpoints, leafy green woodlands and flower-covered meadows. Wildlife, flora and fauna abound – red kites, buzzards, kestrels and sparrow-hawks take to the air.  Roe, fallow and muntjac deer are a common sight. Orchids and bluebells add extra colour in spring and summer. The Chiltern Hills are full of man-made treasures too. Visit Fingest with its 12th Century church’s west tower; Frieth, Skirmett and the much filmed Turville, location of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Vicar of Dibley.  Please ask at reception for details of local walks.

Why not hire one of our private boats and cruise along the upper Thames under the expert eye of our experienced skipper?  Relax, sip Champagne and enjoy the tranquillity of the River Thames and local historic views.

Silent Waters, seating up to 6 passengers is available from £95 per hour or alternatively, Sovereign Waters, for up to 12 passengers is available from £210 per hour.  

Enjoy one of the following trips or choose your own destination:

  • Boat Trips
  • Champagne Cruises
  • Marlow Regatta
  • Swan Upping
  • Private Boat Charters
  • Henley Regatta
  • Henley Music Festival
  • Traditional Boat Rally

Food and drink can be ordered in advance of your trip.  Please contact Reception for details of our menus.

Permits are required for all fishing activities.  One day complimentary fishing permits are available for residents during their stay.  Please contact Reception for further details

Set amidst 40 acres of woodland on the stunning West Wycombe Estate, E J Churchill shooting ground comprises of over 100 clay shooting stands and 6 clay shooting disciplines offering varied and extensive practice and tuition opportunities. The layout includes three high towers, skeet, multi-sport, down the line layouts and purpose built grouse butts. The dedicated instructors have been trained to the highest standards and are amongst the most experienced in the country.  They offer instruction for novice shooters through to experienced game and clay shooters both at the shooting ground
and in the field.  This facility is located in Lane End, approximately 6 miles outside Marlow.  Bookings are essential.
Tel 01494 883227
Distance from hotel: 5.7 miles

Harleyford Golf Club is set in truly magnificent surroundings providing a championship golf course and facilities that provide tranquility and privacy for any occasion. This 18 hole golf course is crafted in a wonderful parkland setting. It is both challenging and rewarding appealing to players of all levels.  Tee times are available for non-members and bookings are essential.  Harleyford offers a reduced green fee of £25 to our guests (subject to availability and Terms and Conditions).
Tel 01628 471361
Distance from hotel: 2.4 miles

  • Location Macdonald Compleat Angler
  • Date range Throughout the year

Where you can stay

Hotel in Marlow

Macdonald Compleat Angler

The award winning Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel is a romantic riverside retreat. Within easy reach of Heathrow airport, but quietly nestled on the banks of the Thames, the hotel is great place to host your next meeting or event, and perfect for weddings– we even have our own private launches and boats for hire. There are two award winning restaurants, both offering delicious food and drink, and afterwards you can relax in our luxurious four star en suite accommodation.

  • Tranquil riverside setting
  • Boating options available
  • Fishing, walking, historic venues
  • A picture perfect wedding venue
  • Free WiFi
  • Extensive ground floor refurbishment now complete
  • Two AA-rosette awarded Riverside Restaurant
  • Stylish, high tech board rooms for executive meetings
  • Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

from £109.00 per room per stay

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