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Top places to live in Buckinghamshire Amersham

Home of Michelin-starred eats, National Trust properties and period cottages, Amersham is an old soul with plenty of mod cons. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


Amersham has all the perks of countryside living – it’s scattered with half-timbered buildings and pretty period cottages and is in the heart of the Chilterns (it’s an Area of Outstanding National Beauty). Refined and elegant from one end of its historic high street to the other, the area nevertheless has a buzzy ‘town’ feel with its thriving indie shops and excellent foodie offering. 


Artichoke is excellent and has a Michelin star to prove it, as is Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s modern Indian menu at Hawkyns, unusually found in a country coaching inn. The Crown Inn is great for posh pub classics (Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed here and it’s also the home of groovily-branded local tipple Old Amersham Gin); Pluma on High Street is a smart Spanish tapas joint in an 18th century building with new, modern glass extension; Koyo, opened this year, is a contemporary Japanese sushi bar on Sycamore Road; The Grocer at 91, its sister The Grocer at 15 and Sycamore are all great indie coffee hangouts and a top drinking spot is the Mad Squirrel Brewery’s lively taproom.


The independent shops here are excellent, especially in the fash department with boutiques Heidi & HudsonChattertons and FabricSu Chases Interiors is a stylish tardis – up and up you go! – and The Leveret has a fantastic kidswear offering. High street shops are covered too with Joules, Whistles, Jigsaw and co. Luxury outdoor designer outlet Bicester Village with 160+ boutiques and restaurants is also just under an hour away by car.


Amersham is home to Kew Little Pigs, a miniature pig experience centre (some of the little oinkers have been on Game of Thrones!). Victorian redbrick mansion Hughenden Manor is nearby and part of the National Trust, as is West Wycombe Park and the stunning Palladian home of the Dashwood family. There are guided walks through Amersham’s untouched Old Town (details on Amersham Museum‘s website) while Chesham Bois’s beautiful beech woods sit just at the northernmost point of the town and provide endless dappled strolls. Chilterns Lifestyle Centre, a star-of-the-art leisure and commuting centre complete with a new pool, diving pool, climbing wall, hot yoga studio, luxury spa, library and café is set to open in Amersham in late 2021.


Semi-detached properties fetch £637,320, whilst a detached property will cost around £994,919.


A new 4-bed high-spec country house set on a private gated development of just 5 luxury properties, 4 miles from central Amersham. £1.35m with Strutt & Parker.


There are lots of options surrounding Amersham including top girls’ prep school GodstoweThe Beacon, the largest boys prep school in the UK; high-achieving Chesham PrepPipers Corner girls’ school and nurturing prep school High March. It’s a 15 minute trip across to Berkhamsted in Herts for a raft of other excellent independent options including its eponymous boys school Berkhamsted.


Imagine combining a top London comedy club with a rural pub and you pretty much have The Potter’s Arms, a traditional local with an outstanding regular rota of A-list comedy talent who come out of the city to test their jokes on the locals. 


28 miles. The fastest route from Amersham Station to London takes 32 minutes, with season tickets from £3,860. Driving to the big smoke takes bang on an hour without traffic. 

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The King's Arm Hotel Amersham


Home of Michelin-starred eats, National Trust properties and period cottages, Amersham is an old soul with plenty of mod cons.

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