On the River Thames 3 miles north of Maidenhead and 4 miles east of Marlow; Cookham is an idyllic village of around 4,500 inhabitants. It lies 30 miles west of London, 35 miles south-east of Oxford, and 15 miles east of Reading with train connections via Maidenhead from Cookham railway station which is 10 minutes walk from The Swiss B&B. www.thetrainline.com.
History and leisure
Cookham owes its historical existence to its favourable river crossing and has history dating back to the Ancient Britains, Romans, Vikings & Anglo Saxons.
With many listed properties from the 16th and 17th centuries and earlier, Cookham village attracts visitors from the UK and abroad, being popular for its many excellent restaurants, its ancient church (the original Saxon structure was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and later extended by the Normans), its attractive shops and its art gallery dedicated to its famous local artist, Stanley Spencer.
- For more about historic and present day Cookham
- For information on Cookham's many excellent restaurants & pubs
- For the Stanley Spencer art gallery
Cookham is an ideal location to stroll by the river or to walk the Thames towpath either westwards towards Bourne End and Marlow or southwards towards Maidenhead and Windsor. Boat trips can be arranged downriver from Maidenhead to Windsor or upriver from Marlow to Henley
The Winter Hill Golf Club which is adjacent to The Swiss B & B is an 18 hole course over 6200 yards with spectacular scenery overlooking a bend in the River Thames. It welcomes non-members during the week who are required to evidence membership of another golf club and the green fee is currently £36. Tel. 01628 527613.
Places of Interest
There are many nearby attractions within 15-20 minutes drive from Cookham. These include:
- Windsor Castle, an official residence of the Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world
- Cliveden, the magnificent home of the Astor family with stunning formal gardens overlooking the River Thames at Cookham.
- Dorney Court, a Grade 1 listed manor house from the Middle Ages
- Odds Farm Park with its farmyard animals and rare breeds for children
- The picturesque riverside towns of Marlow, Henley & Windsor
London and Oxford are less than an hour away from Cookham by car or train which enables visitors convenient access to these unique cities.