There are a few villages in the United Kingdom that can lay claim to the natural beauty of Hambleden - listed in 2013 as one of The Times' '30 Best Villages in Britain'. Nestled into the Chiltern Hills, between Henley and Marlow and just up from the River Thames, Hambleden can only be described as quintessentially English. Benefiting from the care of the Culden Faw Estate and the protection of The National Trust, the village is one that time forgot, with few changes over the last century.
The majority of Culden Faw Estate properties are in the village of Hambleden, many occupied by tenants with agricultural tenancies. Since the village was purchased, in 2007, a programme of works has been underway to refurbish the properties to a high standard as and when they become vacant, such that they can be easily let on the commercial market. The refurbishments follow consultation with both the National Trust and the relevant Conservation Officers. Of particular note is 'The Old Telephone Exchange' which was transformed into a two-bedroom bungalow designed by Jeremy Spratley, which has been nominated for various architectural awards.