Top places to live in Buckinghamshire Beaconsfield
Within a stone's throw of the capital, Beaconsfield may top 'most expensive' lists, but the period properties, nearby country walks and good gastro scene make it a corker. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Well-heeled and not afraid to show it! Beaconsfield takes you on a whistle-stop tour through British architecture, with the Old Town home to stunning Tudor, Queen Anne and Georgian buildings, and the New Town all Victorian terraces. A heady clash of bling and beautiful here – you’ll love it or hate it but I can guarantee you won’t be bored.
Beaconsfield isn’t short on fantastic places to eat and is home to The Crazy Bear hotel / restaurant with its frankly bonkers interiors of unicorns on walls and mirrored ceilings (spoiler: I love it). Modern British gastropub The Greyhound is a new addition, launched weeks before lockdown but I’ve eaten there and can tell you it’s extraordinarily good. For a relaxed vibe, try restaurant No.5 London End and neighbourhood pub The Beech House. For cafés I rate Fego (with other outposts in Marlow & Gerrards Cross) and family-run indie cafe Benedict’s Store where you’re politely ordered to stay tech free while you’re inbibing.
Sweaty Betty, Mint Velvet, Space NK, Whistles, Farrow & Ball, M&S Food Hall and Waitrose are included in the high street offering, alongside clothes boutiques like Jak & Liza and pre-loved designer dress Agency Vintage & Vogue. There’s also a Dobbies Garden Centre for the green-fingered. You’re spoiled for hairdresser’s – our tip is Tom Bishop Hair, less showy than some of the mega salons and more about quiet quality.
Celebrities! Beaconsfield is close to Elstree and Pinewood Studios and the lovely nearby Burnham Beeches nature reserve has been used in many films (Goldfinger, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride). A few miles further you’ll find Stoke Park, five star hotel, superspa and the place where Bridget Jones romped with Daniel Cleaver. Back in Beaconsfield, the town is famous for having the world’s oldest model village, Bekonscot (kids go wild for it) plus the lovely lo-fi Chiltern Open Air Museum is close too. Nearby National Trust properties are Cliveden (grounds and parkland are open) and 1930s-style Dorneywood Garden (currently closed) with its pretty cottage garden and lily pond; both are an 11-minute drive from the town centre.
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Beaconsfield High School and High March are both excellent options. And there are several good schools in neighbouring Gerrards Cross – Maltman’s Green, Gayhurst, Thorpe House and St Mary’s and in Wycombe, Godstowe and Wycombe Abbey are just 15 mins away. The Beacon boys’ school also has a bus route through the town.
BEST KEPT SECRET
This year, The Week named Beaconsfield as the third most expensive town in the UK (outside London).
Speedy. 26 miles and 23 minutes on the fast train to London. Season tickets from £3,372.
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