Welcome to

The Relais Retreats

A new brand of English waterside escapes infused with a worldly point of view and located within two hours of London.

our story

A New Brand of Waterside Escapes

Founded in 2021 by international hotelier, Grace Leo and global investor, Tim Hartnoll, Relais Retreats is a new brand of English waterside escapes in evocative locations. Located within easy distance of London, each property offers a restorative escape combined with thoughtful service and personalised guest experiences.

The Relais Henley is the first property to open under the Relais Retreats brand having undergone a sensitive renovation that reimaged the 16th Century coaching inn as a stylish retreat. The second property is located on the beach in Sussex will complete a renovation in Spring 2022, becoming The Relais Cooden Beach.

Grace and Tim plan to grow the portfolio of UK hotels in unique waterside locations, reinvigorating iconic properties and unearthing hidden gems.

Discover The Salon

The menu is a mix of French regional cuisines, and the menu changes with the seasons. Be sure to ask about the daily specials!

Get to Know Our Team


Combining award-winning international hospitality experience, design, brand development and investment, the founders are both visionary and creative; they will create a new brand of English retreats that are distinctively unique.


The management team possess many years of experience working in global hospitality. The core team specialises in high-quality operations, finance, commerce, brand communications and public relations.


Our talented creative team are passionate about reimaging heritage buildings and breathing new life into properties that have been overlooked for some time.

Press Coverage

The Relais Retreats in the media

The Relais Retreats

Hart St, Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire RG9 2AR