Mellow Marlow: 5 Excursions To Put The Chill In Chilterns
In the market for some serious downtime? Then take a change of scenery and travel to our tranquil Thameside town.
Begin your well-earned R&R with a sweet night’s sleep at our boutique hotel in Marlow. Then snag some serenity and conjure up some calm by taking one of these zen-like excursions…
1. A Mindful Mooch At Sunrise
One of the things we love the most about our boutique hotel in Marlow is that it’s right on the doorstep of some of the most stunning scenery in the South East. The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is mere moments away and it boasts ravishing rural riches that will soothe your soul within seconds of setting eyes on them.
Head for a sunrise stroll up Coombe Hill, the highest point in the area, just as the morning mist is rising. It’s usually a popular spot for walkers, but if you beat them out of bed you’ll feel an uninterrupted sense of stillness – and get to enjoy incredible views.
2. Row The River
Want to feel instant relaxation? Head for the ripples of the river Thames and bob along on a rowing boat, available to hire at the Little Green Boat Company (you’ll find them not far from our boutique hotel in Marlow). Going at a leisurely pace, you’ll be able to take in the sights and sounds of the riverbank and as each boat has room for three you can share the rowing responsibilities. Hire costs £20 for an hour and you can book online – or turn up on the day.
3. Pet some piglets
Animal therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. So, if you’re feeling tense, a trip to an award-winning micro pig farm could be just what the doctor ordered. Kew Little Pigs has lots of miniature porkers happily oinking around and visitors are able to hug, brush and play with them. What’s more, some of the pigs are famous – you may recognise one or two snuffling snouts from TV shows such as Game Of Thrones.
4. Get back to nature
Connecting with nature is undoubtedly good for the soul and learning how to survive off the land is about as close a connection as you can get. David Willis is a local bushcraft expert who teaches woodland living and outdoor skills, including how to build and cook on a campfire and how to create the cosiest of shelters. He’ll also teach you how to find water and make it safe to drink. You’ll never go thirsty again!
5. Un-wine-d Completely
If all that fails and you’re still feeling uptight, there’s only one thing for it: wine.
But we’re not just talking about pouring yourself a large one. Daws Hill Vineyard in Buckinghamshire is just a short hop from our boutique hotel in Marlow and they run volunteering days to help with seasonal tasks such as pruning, tying down and – importantly – harvesting. Coffee, tea and lunch are provided, as well as a glass (or two) of the winery’s produce.