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THE COUNTRYSIDE CONNOISSEURS: WHO WE ARE

The Humphreys of Henley team are the experts in sourcing and creating fabulous things to do in the English countryside.

Sam Evans was inspired to launch Humphreys by her love of everything that is quintessentially English and her desire to share the hidden delightsof the English countryside.

Sam has used her personal experience of travelling extensively during her corporate career, and applies her understanding of the frustrations of making the most of limited time, and never wanting to have the feeling that you may have missed the best bits.

Having created some imaginative itineraries for friends visiting the area, Sam recognised that it is too easy to just visit the countryside, and not truly experience the heart of England, that can so often be hidden behind closed gates and historical facades.

Proudly based in Henley on Thames, we take inspiration and influence from its rich heritage and traditional values. Henley symbolises the special qualities of English life, and we’re confident we have instilled this passion into all that we offer.

Sam studied International History and Politics followed by a successful career as an international consultant, working with a number of blue chip organisations. Sam’s role focused on enabling her client companies to work more effectively and efficiently and, most importantly, to help the individuals to achieve their full potential. The ability to develop strong working relationships and understand people and their priorities has made a significant contribution to the success and growth of Humphreys of Henley.

Samantha Evans

Founder & Exquisite England Connoisseur

Janey Maple

Janey spent 20 years working for British Airways with the last 10 of those exclusively concentrating on First Class Concorde and VIP passengers. Janey says “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of the job and always prided myself that the passengers enjoyed a positive and pleasurable experience, even on days challenged with weather or aircraft failures. On those occasions we enjoyed rising to the challenge and harnessing all of my knowledge and experience to resolve the very real issues they created.
I have lived in Henley for the past 4 years and I love this town and am passionate about everything it has to offer. I also have a precious pup, Molly the cockerpoo, vying with Hector for the cuteness crown!
I have 2 grown up sons, of whom I am very proud and who still require 24 hour love and attention despite both fleeing the nest !
Humphreys epitomises everything I love about our fantastic country and its wonderful countryside, and creating memorable experiences for our guests is a privilege and a joy.

Sarah Andrews

With over 25 years in the hospitality industry together with attending many exclusive corporate functions has given Sarah the wealth of knowledge necessary to know what makes a memorable experience. This has stood Sarah in good stead for hosting the many large family parties and local club events over the years together with organising extra special  family milestone events, such as a Ruby Wedding Anniversary weekend at Gleneagles.     
Paying particular attention to every minute detail, irregardless of time and effort, helps to create the authentic experience.It was quite apparent, from an early age where Sarah’s future would lie. This comes to mind when Sarah was at Catering College, and the brief given was a theme evening and meal. Memories of organising her parentsto move Statues from the local garden centre to the college dining room to complete the Roman feel, not to mention raiding Pinewood studios for Centurian uniforms, orthe ice carvings for the centre display- this together with her mother and grannies sitting up all night sewing togas!!It was certainly authentic!!

Molly Liddell: Marketing Millenial

I have been lucky enough to have lived in Henley all my life, I love sharing it with other people and the hidden gems the British countryside has to offer.
I love travelling to other countries and exploring different cultures, but there really is no place like home and I always try to come back for the great events in and around Henley like Henley Royal Regatta and Festival.

During my gap year I spent 12 months working as a digital marketing apprentice at Google, which was an incredible experience where I learnt a lot in a very short space of time, it set me off wanting to further my knowledge in this area, which led me to where I am now, studying a Bachelors degree at the University of Exeter in Management and Marketing.

Hector: The Boss

Hector joined Humphreys in June after the very sad departure of Humphrey, the namesake of the company and Sam’s beloved friend. Humphrey brought inspiration, laughter and love to the office, and Hector is doing a fine job of following in his paws.

Humphrey

The Experts

When you ask the Humphreys team to create memorable experiences to enhance your visit to the UK, you choose the team that offers the most welcoming Lords of the Manor, the finest falconers, the most inspiring shooting instructors, entertaining and expert guides: we only work with the best.

Humphreys only works with the best, and the images below show some of the experts with whom we are very proud to partner.

Anna – The Expert Guide

Toby – The Skipper

Dave – The Falconer

Nick – The Shooting Instructor

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU

We Deliver Personalised Fulfilment
Experiencing, not just visiting, a destination is an increasing demand from travellers of all ages. The nature of bucket lists is changing: the focus is now on personalised fulfilment and realising one’s potential through immersive experiences.

The Humphreys team constantly scour the English countryside to source a fabulous selection both rare and sporting; royal and aristocratic and importantly, unique, from which your personal itinerary will be created.

Our English countryside has it all: history; celebrity; culture; Olympic legends; private islands; fine dining and the villages that play host to the deadliest and most loved English county, Midsomer.

Realise Your Individual Potential
We do everything possible to understand what is important to you, and our experience has taught us three considerations that matter to us all:

  • Your leisure and holiday time is very precious to you
  • You need to trust us to do what we say we will
  • You want the reassurance that you are working with the experts
  • You want to know that we care about your experience as much as you do

Humphreys delivers the only “access all areas” pass to the Chilterns and the Cotswolds. We provide privileged access to private country estates and royal palaces, and bring traditional country pursuits alive for our guests.

Achieve Personalised Fulfilment
We will create wonderful itineraries based on the information that you share with us, and you then have the delightful job of choosing your preferred options and timings.

We ensure every element of your journey is prepared with absolute attention to detail, enabling you to enjoy a seamless, stress free and exceptional experience.

Whether you have chosen a beautiful horse ride through Windsor Great Park or a full week at Henley Royal Regatta, you can look forward to it in the knowledge that every detail has been curated and managed to perfection.

Your Choices

  • A fully curated itinerary for the duration of your stay, or..
  • A special one-activity of which you have always dreamed
  • A seamless 24 hour concierge service, or..
  • Simple reservations at the venues and activities of your choice

Our Services

  • Professional helicopter, boat and car chauffeur service
  • Professional photographers to capture your highlights
  • Full itinerary planning and fulfilment
  • Imaginative bespoke itineraries
  • Unique access to the Royal Palaces
  • Personal professional chef and menu design
  • Recommending and reserving exclusive accommodation and dining
  • Your guide to English society etiquette from a member of the British aristocracy
  • Personal concierge service