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.