Fawley Court has undergone a massive renovation over the past decade. Now a private residence open for only the most exclusive events, there is something about The Estate that’s draws you in from the moment you drive through the wrought iron gates. Once in the grounds it’s not hard to see why it has been described as “one of the finest homes in England” by The Times.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1684, marking his second building on the River Thames, the only other is St Pauls Cathedral. Each room was styled by a leading architect of the day, including James Wyatt and Grinling Gibbons whose feature can still be marvelled at today restored to their original glory.
The 125 acre grounds sit on the banks of the Thames, just downriver from Henley with sweeping views of the Chilterns were landscaped by Capability Brown. Standing on The Long Water where the banks are adorned weeping willows you can see how Fawley Court became Kenneth Grahame’s inspiration for the fictional house he describes in his 1908 classic The Wind in the Willows.
Just minutes from Heathrow and a short drive from Central London, it is an enchanting estate that combines a unique blend of classical form and beauty with alternative modern-day art grounds and interiors.
Fawley Court is reinventing the English stately estate. It is reviving the concept of the 19th Century salon and make it relevant to today’s audience. This year the estate are creating the most exquisite hospitality during Henley Royal Regatta. Hosted in a bespoke glass orangery surrounded by a floating spectator deck and bar at the exact race mid way point. The unique location allows guests to watch the action from the start to almost the finish line.
This May will also see The Estate’s first shoot days, but as with everything at Fawley, they are not a typical shoot, following a session with world renowned tutors guests will be invited to train gun dogs to retrieve obstacles from the grounds and river before enjoying a test drive experience in the latest Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.