The Old Rectory Swyncombe

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7721 777222

Set in rolling fields with woodland views on the ancient Ridgeway, this place is a magnet for artists, walkers and peace seekers


2 beds


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Warm, colourful B&B tucked in a valley above Swyncombe House and the 11th-century St Boltoph’s Church; the estate runs down to sheep-grazed pastures and footpaths shoot off in all directions. If you come in spring the snowdrops in the church grounds are lovely, and they host afternoon teas.

At Lizzie’s elegant home you’ll be offered homemade cake and tea or a glass of something when you arrive. Breakfast – avocado on toast, bruschetta with basil, homemade granola, sourdough toast with homemade marmalade or local honey – is eaten in the dining room or conservatory overlooking the pretty garden. There’s an art-filled living room just for guests and two comfortable bedrooms upstairs.

You’re on the Ridgeway for superb walking in the Chilterns, try the 11 miles from Watlington to Wallingford if you have the stamina – it’s a day’s walk – or dip in and out for something more gentle.

The Old Rectory Swyncombe - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The beautiful setting - a joy for painters
  • Exploring St Boltoph’s Church
  • All the walks nearby
The Old Rectory Swyncombe - Gallery

You should know

  • There’s no option to stay in twin beds
  • It can get busy at the church on weekends


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Christmas, New Year & occasional weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, 3 courses, £35. Packed lunch, £8. Pubs 5 miles.


Nightly price
from £120
1 Double
From £130
1 Double
From £120



A beautiful spot, truly in the middle of nowhere but very accessible. The house is lovely, light and airy and has the feel of a true family home, helped by the warmth of Lizzie and Stephen's welcome. Relaxing places to sit and read, whether in the cosy lounge or enjoying the views across sheep-grazed fields, listening to the birds. Lots to do locally including great walking. A great place to unwind.

Martin, Guildford

Wonderful stay, a haven for exhausted Ridgeway walkers. Much enjoyed Lizzie's hospitality. Thank you.

Sue, Ŵallingford

I wrote ‘wonderful’ in my scribbled notes – the setting of the old Rectory, with its view over rolling fields and beautiful woodland is definitely special. Plenty of lovely walks through the woods and over the fields and yet it is not isolated from many special towns offering days of exploring.

Jan, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You’re on the Ridgeway where you can walk or cycle for miles, search the Chilterns map for suggested routes and timings as well as scenery and landmarks. Watlington is four miles, a market town with independent shops and cafes. The Fat Fox Inn serves good modern British food.

Local points of interest from Elizabeth Christie-Miller

  • The Old Rectory is in the peaceful hamlet of Swyncombe on the Ridgeway footpath and is next to a historic Norman Church. The Rectory was built in a neoclassical style in 1803 by Daniel Harris
  • St Botolph's parish church - The Gothic Revival architect Benjamin Ferrey heavily restored the building in 1850. The font possibly predates the building, but its cover and the rood screen with loft date from early in the 20th C
  • Paddle boarding, boat hire and kayaking is available for hire at Benson 5.3 miles and Henley boat hire 7.5 miles away. The stretches of the Thames at both locations is calming is home to wonderful birdlife. Wild swimming in Wallingford and Henley.
  • Swyncombe is a hamlet in the high Chilterns, within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty about 4 1⁄2 miles (7 km) east of Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England.
  • There are spectacular walks and views of the Chilterns and visiting the historic village of Ewelme is a three mile walk with a pub and village shop. Ewelme School is said to be the oldest school building in the UK still in use as a local authority school.
  • Henley-on-Thames is 7.5 m (12k) drive, home to the Royal Rowing Regatta, The Music Festival and Rewind Festival. The historic University City of Oxford is 40 minutes drive and as an abundance of historic sights, shopping and restaurants.


Elizabeth Christie-Miller

Lizzie and Stephen have lived here since 2016 and the B&B is a new venture. Lizzie is a colour consultant who has worked for Farrow and Ball so her home is elegantly, colourfully stylish. Their four children have flown the nest and they both enjoy hosting guests. Painters are very welcome and easels and paints are available.