A weekend in Marlow
Sitting on the bank of the Thames, the bustling market town of Marlow is steeped in history. It was first mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is blessed with a wealth of beautiful Georgian buildings. It has strong literary associations and was home to the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary (who finished Frankenstein whilst living in Marlow) and T.S.Eliot amongst others. It also has ties to our co-founder Annabel Astor whose grandmother-in-law Nancy Astor (the first female MP) lived just a short drive away at Cliveden.
Now host to an abundance of cafés, restaurants and boutiques, Marlow is the perfect home for our newest store. Located just off the high street the store features our unique collection of furniture, lighting, cushions, throws, faux flowers, accessories and presents and our friendly, expert team are on hand to give you a warm welcome. There’s plenty to explore and it’s the perfect place to work up an appetite.
Marlow is something of a foodie hotspot, where one can drift (or roll) from one gastronomic delight to the next. Top of our list is Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin starred gastropub, The Hand & Flowers, (the only UK pub to be awarded two stars in the Michelin Guide). Or, for spur of the moment dining, try The Coach just a short walk away; also run by the team behind The Hand & Flowers, it works on a first come, first served basis.
For a local favourite, try Villa D’Este – an Italian gem that is hugely popular and has been in business for over 25 years.
Once you’ve eaten, why not explore a little farther afield? If you take a trip to the the idyllic village of Turville you may just experience a sense of déjà vu: this charming village has featured on-screen in Pride and Prejudice, Goodnight Mister Tom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, amongst others.
After all of that you’ll need somewhere to rest your head. Why not push the boat out and spend the night in the Lady Astor Suite at Cliveden House, one of the grandest suites in England. Her bedroom is little changed from when she lived at the house and features John Singer Sargent’s famous portrait of her on the wall. As you spend time in what was her personal room you’ll get a feel for what it must have been like in Nancy’s day, when she hosted guests that ranged from Winston Churchill to George Bernard Show, Gandhi to Charlie Chaplin.
So there you have it, what we hope is a compendious guide to a weekend in Marlow. And it goes without saying that you’ll receive a warm welcome in our Marlow store – we’ve already got a pot of tea brewing…