Top places to live in Buckinghamshire The Chalfonts
So good they named them three times, The Chalfonts are picturesque villages with fantastic connections to Amersham, Gerrards Cross and London, but with plenty of chocolate box charm of their own. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
The Chalfonts, as the three neighbouring villages – Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Little Chalfont – are known, are nestled between Amersham, Chorleywood and Gerrard’s Cross. Brilliantly positioned for commuting yet quiet, genteel and considered a gateway to the verdant Chiltern Hills, they’ve been favoured by film legends, rock stars and politicians for decades.
So reserved are the Chalfonts that a lot of any eating and drinking action takes place in the nearby larger towns. However, if the Chilterns and its surrounds do anything well, it is a scenic, country pub. The Ivy House in Chalfont St Giles is an old flint and brick inn that serves high quality pub food. The newly renovated Metropolitan in Little Chalfont is a decent choice just outside Chalfont & Latimer Station as is The Craft Beer Shop on Station Approach if you fancy artisan ale while waiting for a taxi. For more family fare, The Bread House in Chalfont St Peter is popular for breakfast or lunch as it Crumbs Coffee, something of a community institution. Efes Wine & Tapas in Little Chalfont allows you to sit out front (close your eyes on a hot day and you just could be in Greece).
Again, most recreational shopping takes place in Amersham or Gerrard’s Cross but there are a few very local gems. Fired Works is an independent gallery in Chalfont St Peter showing the fused glass creations of local artist Marie Cavanagh, and is a great destination for unique gifts and homeware. In Little Chalfont, Bojangles Creative Café is often packed with families creating their own dinner set or Christmas tree baubles.
Many a local family own season tickets to Odds Farm Park, famed for its petting zoo and crazy golf and ability to amuse otherwise recalcitrant offspring. For something more refined, the Elizabethan Chenies Manor House and Gardens (once graced by Henry VIII) usually opens on Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the summer but has not yet opened post lockdown. Chalfont St Giles is home to Milton’s Cottage Museum, where the poet is said to have completed Paradise Lost.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Properties in Chalfont St. Giles is most expensive at an overall average of £924,110 in 2019 (£1,213,174 for detached, £577,818 for semi-detached, £566,955 for terraced). Followed by Little Chalfont with an average of £772,049 (£1,140,980 for detached, £573,854 for semi-detached, £303,450 for flats). Chalfont St Peter is the cheapest (but still not cheap!) at an average of £666,661 (detached for £888,090, flats for £396,716, semi-detached for £587,396). The Frost Partnership has an outpost in both Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter.
Chalfont St Giles’s infant and middle schools are highly rated. Dr Challoner’s High School is a grammar for girls in Little Chalfont and was last awarded an excellent rating by Ofsted, whilst the boys equivalent is in Amersham. Also in Amersham is the excellent boys prep The Beacon. Other good options nearby are Godstowe prep school for girls and Piper’s Corner, both in High Wycombe.
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Beel House in Little Chalfont was built for the Duke of Buckingham and was later owned by Sir Dirk Bogarde and Ozzy Osbourne (not at the same time obvs. though wouldn’t that be fun?).
23 miles. Chalfont & Latimer Station to London is 33 minutes with season tickets from £3,392. Driving takes around 45 minutes.
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