The Estate & Hambleden Village
Culden Faw Estate was formed by the amalgamation of Culham Estate, Hambleden Estate and Henley Park, Fawley.
The Estate comprises some 3,500 acres of mature beech woods, rolling pastures, parkland and unspoilt chalk valleys. Its impressive history is documented back as far as the Doomsday Book.
Today, the Estate is run on a commercial basis.
With an impressive property portfolio, land and farming interests, a forestry business, sporting activities as well as a venue for diverse events and outdoor activities, Culden Faw has a lot to offer.
In addition, the Estate owns both Hambleden Village Stores & Post Office and the Stag and Huntsman Inn in the village of Hambleden.
The Hambleden Valley is renowned for its pattern of valleys and ridges, beech hangers and valley farmland. Hambleden village is framed by the distant valley views on all sides and is set in one of a series of broad, distinctive dips running north-west to south east.
The neighbouring hamlet of Fawley is spread out along a chalk ridge between the Hambleden Valley and the Stonor Valley and is a typical ridge-top settlement, running north-south along the contours of the land.
On the other side of the Thames, the landscape continues in the same vein. The Culham Estate stretches on gentle slopes of underlying chalk on a bend in the river, close to the villages of Aston, Remenham and Remenham Hill.
Culden Faw Estate is split by the River Thames. However, it is possible to walk from the north of the estate, Hambleden, to the south of the Estate, Culham, via The Hambleden Lock at Mill End.
Nestled into the Chiltern Hills, between Henley and Marlow and just up from the River Thames, Hambleden village 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 buildings reflect the local geology and resources. Medieval timber-framing is unsurprising amid so much woodland, but much of the character comes from the use of brick and flints.
Hambleden is a picture-postcard village of timber, brick and flint cottages, unspoilt and sitting comfortably in the landscape from which it was built.
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.