Today Bourne End is a thriving village with 5500 inhabitants, close to the open countryside of the Chiltern Hills.
Bourne End's original location was perhaps a half a mile downstream of the River Thames. The name refers to the end of the river (bourne being an Old English term for 'river') in this case the River Wye. The River Wye was the location and provider of power for many mills in the valley for hundreds of years, and Bourne End was no exception. There were four on the final stretch of the river which were the predominant employers of the area, along with the local farms and two wharfs on the Thames.
Only 4 miles and 8 minutes drive away from our B&B is Marlow, about 4 times the size of Bourne End. On the west side of Marlow is Globe Business Park, a popular destination for business visitors staying at Hollands Farm guest house accommodation and easily accessible from our bed and breakfast location. Marlow has three large prestigious hotels: Danesfield House Hotel, Compleat Angler Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Whether starting from Bourne End or Marlow, walking the Thames towpath is very popular not only for the benefit of the exercise but for the spectacular views.
The following is our list of must-visit attractions for visitors staying in our B&B:
- Cliveden - the house is now a fine hotel with extensive parkland
- Hughenden Manor - former home of Benjamin Disraeli
- Burnham Beeches - one of the best examples of ancient woodland in Britain
- Windsor Castle - one of the finest of the royal residences
- Stanley Spencer Gallery - renowned painter Stanley Spencer lived and worked in nearby Cookham
- Bekonscot - the oldest model village in the world