However, the Chilterns are so much more than just a good place to take exercise. They have a mystical quality that has inspired great writers and dramas. In the Fox’s own village, Ibstone, stands the windmill made famous by Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – this was author Ian Fleming’s home territory. Our neighbouring village, Turville, was the fictional Dibley where the Vicar practised.
Roald Dahl lived nearby for 40 years, and set such legendary works as Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny, the Champion of the World in the Chiltern Hills he had come to love. Midsomer Murders is filmed chiefly in the area surrounding the Fox, with all the villages of the Hambleden Valley having been used as locations multiple times.
Our neighbours – a short walk down the hill – are the Wormsley Estate, where John Paul Getty, then the world’s richest man, put down his roots. Still family-owned the estate is now famed for its beautiful cricket pitch and the sophistication of its opera house, used chiefly by Garsington Opera.
The Fox sits on top of the Chilterns, at the apex of all this beauty and history; a gateway to a wonderful, unspoiled playground. We are grateful to spend our time in this magical place and hope to welcome you to spend some time with us here.