Short break escapes: relax by the river at Ferry Cottage, Berkshire

Nestled beneath Cliveden, this riverside cottage provides the perfect spot to watch history float gently by
Plus six of the best waterside boltholes

Sitting beside the idyllic river with a coffee and a slice of toast, I looked out for boats. There weren’t many, but I didn’t have to wait too long for the next one.

There were slow barges, with potted herbs on the roof, and smoke wafting from a chimney. Hired rowing boats, in which couples or young families struggled to make best use of the unfamiliar oars. And glamorous motorboats, many of them steered by well-fed men of retirement age, shirts off and shoulders burning.

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