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Olympics 2012

London 2012

Henley Royal Regatta Rowing

Henley on Thames



Accommodation during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Bix Manor is located just outside Henley-on-Thames in rolling Oxfordshire countryside and is just 35 minutes’ drive from Eton Dorney Lake, the venue for the Olympic Rowing events in 2012. The Rowing events for London 2012 Olympic Games take place between 28th July and 4th August 2012 and Bix Manor is available to rent from 26th July until 2nd August 2012. The house can accommodate up to 12 people in 6 double or twin bedrooms with 5 bathrooms. It would be perfect for family and friends of competing rowers, perhaps those from overseas such as America or Canada or mainland Europe. Rather than the family having to be in a hotel, what a perfect way for everybody to get together for the main rowing events during the Olympics whilst watching their son or daughter or friend who is a member of a rowing team take part and compete along this famous course designated specially for this world event.

The rate for renting Bix Manor is £1,200 per night from Sunday to Thursday and £1,800 per night on Friday and Saturday nights. The minimum stay is for 5 nights in any combination of nights. Please email for information on rates for days that specifically work for you. The manor house cannot be let as a bed and breakfast but rented as an entire property.

Whilst we cannot help you with Olympics tickets we can help guests with arranging transport from London Heathrow or London Gatwick and also can arrange taxi bookings during their stay. We offer a light supper on the first night of their stay which is something simple for them to put in the oven and there will be an initial stock of items in the fridge and larder on arrival. Bedrooms are all made up with lovely white bed linens, fluffy towels and bathrobes. We can help out with restaurant bookings and any other requirements that guests may have during their stay.

The Rowing competition at the London 2012 Games will feature extraordinary displays of power and passion on the world-class waters at Eton Dorney in Berkshire.

Although its history dates back centuries, Rowing only came of age as a competitive sport in the last 200 years. Interest began to increase after Oxford and Cambridge Universities began their rivalry on the Thames in 1829, a rivalry that continues today in the shape of the annual Boat Race.

Today’s sport is renowned for its competitors’ legendary displays of strength and stamina, as athletes push themselves through the pain barrier in an attempt to win Olympic gold.

Venue: Eton Dorney
Dates: Saturday 28 July – Saturday 4 August
Medal events: 14
Athletes: 550 (353 men, 197 women)

The 14 Olympic Rowing events range from the Single Sculls, featuring solo rowers, to the Eights, contested by teams of eight rowers plus a cox. All events are held over a 2,000m course, with the competition taking a total of eight days.

All Rowing events at London 2012 will begin with the heats, from which the best boats will qualify for the next round. Boats that do not qualify automatically from the heats get a second chance to qualify through the repechage round. The best boats eventually progress through the various stages and into the finals of each event, which decide the medallists.

Location: Eton Dorney is near Windsor Castle, around 25 miles west of London and 17 miles from Henley-on-Thames (half an hour’s drive).

About Eton Dorney
Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake is a world-class venue that will be used for the Rowing events during the London 2012 Games. The venue is a 2,200m, eight-lane rowing course with a separate return lane constructed to international standards. It is set in a 400-acre park with a nature conservation area. In 2006, it hosted the Rowing World Championships, with high praise from both competitors and spectators.

Eton Dorney will be the venue for Rowing, Paralympic Rowing and Canoe Sprint events during the London 2012 Olympic Games.


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