Frequently Asked Questions
Bookings at The Copse
We are a large holiday home in the countryside. You can come here to stay for a relaxing break, or use The Copse as a one stop destination for a function such as a birthday celebration or a wedding. Additional facilities on site to cater for additional guests to attend and enjoy an occasion with you.
Location and connections
The Copse Country House is conveniently located 10 minutes from Reading, 15 minutes from Henley-on-Thames and 25 minutes from Oxford.
Reading is the nearest train station – 10 minutes by cab
London train to Paddington in 25 minutes
45 minutes from Heathrow via the M4.
Arrival and departure times at The Copse
We can offer check in from 10am and checkout by 6pm (unless agreed otherwise by us).
Capacity at the house
18 is the maximum number of people that we permit to stay at the house. Please note that infants in cots are not counted in this number (we can provide travel cots).
Supplies provided in the house
The house is provided with linen and towels and toilet rolls. Hairdryers, an iron and ironing board. Cleaning consumables for the kitchen are included: bin bags, washing-up liquid and dishwasher tablets, cloths and tea towels.
Car parking is available for those staying at the house as well as those just attending for a function. Details of this can be found on the Location and Directions page.
Payments and deposits
All rates are inclusive of VAT.
Payments can be made by bank transfer or by card via our online payment facility.
A confirmation payment is required to secure a booking, but the amount will vary depending on the type of booking and when you place the booking.
In most cases we can provisionally hold a specific date for up to 14 days.
When you book your stay at The Copse, a security deposit is due before your arrival. Depending on the type of your booking this is between £500 - £1500.
Corporate stays at The Copse
The Copse is perfect for corporate stays. Ideally located for those travelling from all locations with exclusive use in a relaxed environment. Give presentations by connecting to our large tv or use the cinema room.
Viewing The Copse Country House
Best days to visit are midweek where we can offer you a full tour of the site.
Weekend viewings are possible but with no access to the house as we always have guests staying. But, together we will explore the grounds, Pavilion and Barn then head to our cottage for a sit down with a cup of coffee and show you a virtual tour of the house along with a collection of photos.
Being a self-catering venue means you can choose if you want to cook yourself, hire in a chef for a dinner party or get in a caterer for your function to suit your tastes and budget. Do check our list of Recommended Suppliers to help you in your search.
For large functions you will need to hire in dinnerware and glassware.
Bar and drinks policy
The Copse is a self-catering venue so you can bring along your own drinks. No corkage is charged however drinks cannot be sold here. The request of a license from the local authority is not permitted.
Things to see and do
We have wonderful gardens to enjoy, garden games, a hot tub, cinema room, games and books in the house. There are plenty of places to visit near and far so do look at our Things To Do Page.
Guest numbers for a sit-down meal in The Barn
45 guests can be seated for a meal in The Barn.
In the House
We have Sonos available for all to use.
You can stream music through our speakers in our courtyard.
You may wish to have someone play an acoustic guitar or the cello in the garden. Do check with us first about what acoustic music is allowed. Amplified equipment or instruments are not permitted outside at any time at The Copse.
In The Barn
The Dance Barn is the place for music in the evening. Here we have a built in Zone Array speaker system that must be used. You can stream your own playlist through this system. Or you can have a DJ or band come who will need to connect to our system – ask us for full details.
Music ends at 11pm.
We are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ask that you and your guests respect the peace and quiet it affords. Please see our noise management policy within our terms for more details on this.
Function planning and management
We are a dry hire and DIY venue – so the concept here is that you are hands on with planning and setting up your function. We will of course provide you with some information to help get you started. However if you feel that you would like some extra support with your planning, setting up and or managing your day then do ask, we can put you in touch with the right people.
We do highly recommend that you have someone to manage your day where you have a function with guest numbers exceeding 80.
We are happy to consider dogs so do ask. If this is agreed, then you will be advised of the conditions.
Places locally for guests to stay
There are many guests houses and hotels nearby – see the page Recommended Suppliers.
Camping at The Copse
Sorry, but camping is not permitted here.
Guest numbers for a sit-down meal in The Pavilion
120 is the maximum capacity for a sit-down meal in The Pavilion.
This is only available April – September.
We have a Ceremony Courtyard which provides a wonderful space for couples to host a ceremony at The Copse lead by a celebrant.