3 miles from Marlow


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We're very pleased to welcome you to Anahita, our first foray into Buckinghamshire and a stunning homestay for four nestled on the banks of the River Thames. Just 24 minutes from London by train, this is an exquisite riverside abode whether you're after a weekend escape or a week's holiday. Step inside and you'll discover a modern, welcoming home that's light, bright and oh-so-beautiful in delicate, natural shades throughout. The open-plan living space makes it the perfect setting for gatherings, whilst the bedrooms, each with their own shower or bathroom, are tucked away and private, an escape at the end of the day. With a patio and lawn leading directly down to the river, this is a unique opportunity to experience England's most famous river up close, with uninterrupted views and even your own private waterside bench - just lovely. Set within the pretty village of Bourne End, there's plenty to see and do should you wish to venture out, from the impressive Chilterns and the pretty villages that line the Thames, to London itself! Anahita is perfectly located to offer guests the opportunity to take advantage of the year-round events, both locally and in the West End, whilst being able to return to serenity and calm, with its riverside location.

Living and eating

This stunning retreat has a fantastic open plan living area, making it oh-so-sociable whether you're a couple, a family or friends staying together. Glass sliding doors at the far end means the breath-taking views of the river and countryside beyond dominate, yet the stunning sitting area, complete with stylish Camerich L-shaped sofa from which to gaze, is a stylish accompaniment and has been cleverly curated by its owners. At night, the flat screen Smart TV with Sky is perfect for catching up on your favourite box sets, whilst the SONOS sound system helps to create the soundtrack of your holiday.

Between the sitting area and kitchen, you'll discover the dining area with large table for six, the perfect setting for late night dinner soirees in front of the fire. With its log burner and breathtaking view of the River Thames and the countryside beyond, Anahita is the perfect retreat for enjoying both the summer sunshine and the frosty, winter evenings. A romantic getaway for any time of the year!

The magnificent kitchen, resplendent in white, has a Corian work surface and boasts a large island and breakfast bar, separating it from the dining area. Fully equipped with everything you could possibly need to whip up meals for your loved ones, it has a split-level oven, induction hob, dishwasher, full size fridge and full-size freezer to name just a few of the appliances. We love the ceiling windows which flood the area with light, making cooking a doddle. In addition, a washing machine can be found in the separate utility room.

Sleeping and bathing

There are two delightful bedrooms to choose from.

The beautiful master bedroom is the perfect escape at the end of the day, in peaceful tones of blue, whites, creams and grey. With a glorious super king-sized bed and goose down duvet, deep sleeps are guaranteed and there's plenty of storage with a wardrobe and chest of drawers and a flat screen Smart TV. The en suite has a fabulous walk-in shower.

The second bedroom is equally beautiful and has a pretty window seat, king size bed with silk duvet, built in wardrobes and a flat screen Smart TV. This gorgeous room has use of a bathroom with separate shower.

Both beds come swathed in sumptuous linen, bedding, throws and cushions to ensure a blissful nights' sleep and boast underfloor heating to keep things cosy. There is an additional loo downstairs.

Outside space

Take the steps through the glass sliding doors and you'll discover an upper terrace with a table and chairs, then steps that lead down to the sunny patio to a beautifully manicured lawn beyond. On the patio, there's a Barlow Tyrie table, chairs and parasol and a gas barbeque for alfresco dining - a perfect spot to watch the sunset over Winter Hill on the opposite side of the river and to watch night-time descend over the river or enjoy breakfast as the sun glitters on the water and the resident swans drift past. The verdant lawn is idyllic on a sunny day for lounging, whilst a bench nestled by the river is a wonderful spot for pre-dinner drinks. A towpath runs immediately alongside the river and makes for a wonderful post-dinner stroll on a balmy evening.


There is private car port for two cars directly by the retreat. There is further on road parking available.

Babies and children

Anahita welcomes babies and children. A cradle for new-born to four months, a cot for up to four years, travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.


This is one of our pet-free properties.


Anahita has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world, you can.

In the Area

Anahita lies in the pretty village of Bourne End with a fabulous selection of eateries and inns close by, such as the delightful Walnut Tree and The Bounty Inn, a short walk across the river. Alternatively, three Michelin-starred restaurants, the Ivy Café and a wide variety of international restaurants can be found in nearby Marlow. For things to see and do, head to nearby Spade Oak Nature Reserve for pretty walks, or head along the river and pay a visit to Cliveden, owned by the National Trust with far reaching views over the Thames and impressive gardens. Cookham, renowned birthplace of the artist Stanley Spencer and a renowned beauty spot, is a five-minute drive by car, or a gentle walk along the other side of the river. Like Marlow, it offers a top rate selection of five-star restaurants and country pubs.

For something a little different, Marlow Open Water Swim at Westhorpe Lake is perfect for wild swimming and stand-up paddle boarding. Alternatively, the gorgeous Chiltern Hills AONB is just stunning and well worth a visit for wonderful walks and impressive views. Windsor, Eton and Henley-on-Thames, famed for its Royal Regatta and festival, is a must for a day out whilst Central London (if it's not where you've come from!) is only 24 minutes away by train if you fancy a spot of city life for the day or want an extra-special night out.

During the winter months, the river takes on its own, glorious mantle. The view is backed by Winter Hill, which offers wonderful woodland walks and has an outstanding golf course. The wildfowl begin their preparations for the colder season and the elegant trees on the other side of the river, look spectacular in the autumn.

Nearby Marlow, Windsor, Eton and Henley each have their Christmas markets and tempting tea shops and riverside restaurants. Cookham is a pleasant walk away from Anahita. It has the Stanley Spencer Gallery and many cosy pubs with welcoming log fires. There is also Waddesdon Manor which is home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. This has an annual light show from early December to January and is a very special event.

Clivedon offers special dinners and firework displays during the winter months and is a wonderful location to visit at any time of the year. As it's only a five-minute car journey from the property, it's not worth missing. Being just a short train journey from Central London, staying at Anahita means the guests can take advantage of the West End theatres, Christmas shows, Christmas lights and shopping and also, the January sales.

This riverside retreat on the Thames is truly exquisite with glass frontage, lawns leading down to the water and the chicest of interiors. Set in the tranquil village of Bourne End, yet just a short 22-minute train journey from London, Anahita truly is the ultimate getaway!

At a glance

From £915 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 + cot | 2 Bedrooms | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Celebratory stays

Fabulous restaurants and bars nearby

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Less than one hour from London

Pet-free property

Picturesque village setting

Riverside location

Workcation Retreat

Walking distance to a pub

Perfect For Couples


check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Anahita:

Absolutely beautiful place to stay in the most gorgeous location. So peaceful and relaxing. The interior was first class and there were so many lovely finishing touches, real care has gone into making Anahita an amazing property. We couldn’t have wished for anything more.

Considering its proximity to London, and the shops , it is an oasis of calm

Gorgeous accommodation with loads of extras. Superb hosts. Very relaxing. Thoroughly recommend.

Our stay here was perfect. We had the most amazing and relaxing time. We would book again without hesitation.

It was everything we hoped for and more! Comfortable, luxurious and beautifully situated. Over the years we have rented many holiday cottages but Anahita outshines them all. A total joy.

We really enjoyed our stay in this very lovely relaxing property. We enjoyed the location with the local restaurants within walking distance and the close and easy access to Marlow town and restaurants. We fell in love with river life and hope to return.

Anahita is a delightful place to stay in an idyllic location. Watching the swimmers, boats and wildlife pass by on the Thames from the comfort of your sofa is simply the perfect way to relax and unwind. Simply stunning.

Excellent location, beautiful property, one of our favorite holidays. Owners were very helpful

Wonderful location and beautiful holiday cottage. We were very lucky with the weather but I could sit and watch the view of the Thames all day!

Lovely little place, great view

Fabulous place to visit!

What a fabulous couple of days. Wonderful location and property. Highly recommended.

Not only is this an amazing location, so relaxing and wonderful to sit by the river and watch the world (and boats) go by, the property itself is simply stunning everything you could possibly need and beautifully appointed. The hosts were lovely, though of our every need and left a lovely welcome basket.

A short drive to Marlow and surrounding areas, we cannot wait to return.

'What a wonderful week we've all had! The spectacular weather, beautiful house and gardens really made our stay special. The little touches that make a difference were very much appreciated - it feels like a home from home. Many sunny afternoons spent laying on the lawn, swimming and watching the world go by. We very much enjoyed feeding the swans and ducks in the mornings and evenings. Thank you for sharing your wonderful house with us' - July 2021

'We had a lovely stay at Anahita. All of the welcome goodies were much appreciated. Our daughters loved feeding the swans and ducks each day! A highlight each morning at breakfast was watching the swans pass by on the river. The house is so well equipped for a stay, with absolutely every comfort a family could possibly require! We enjoyed days out in Marlow, Windsor and Legoland. Thank you for sharing your home' - July 2021

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