The Royal Manor of Cookham was held by the Crown until 1818 and nestles on a beautiful stretch of the River Thames. The village has had many famous residents but none more so that Sir Stanley Spencer, one of the greatest British Painters of the 20th century, who lived in the village until 1959 and often used the local scenery in his painting.
The author of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Kenneth Grahame also resided in Cookham Dean and it is thought he was inspired by the stretch of river and Winter Hill above it when writing this infamous book. Today Cookham is made up of a few parts and enjoys a bustling high street and an array of fabulous eateries.
Close to the A404 which links the M4 and M40, Cookham is a great commuter town. There is station on the Maidenhead to Marlow branch line which connects to London quite easily.
The are a number of well renowned primary schools within the Cookham area and easy links to secondary, grammar and independent schools in nearby Marlow and Maidenhead.
The high street has a huge array of options for dining out from the Bel and Dragon (which is thought to be the oldest licensed house in England dating from 1417) to popular Indian, Chinese and Thai. Pubs are plentiful with The Ferry right on the river banks all the way along to The Jolly Framer up on the hill in Cookham Dean.
The walks around Cookham are stunning whether it is along the river itself, up high on Winter Hill or meandering through the cherry orchards in Cookham Dean. The river itself is busy with many water options including canoeing and paddleboarding.