The Chilterns

The Chiltern Hills are a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 500 square miles of the Oxfordshire/ Buckinghamshire borders.

The Chilterns

Naturally Outstanding

Although only 30 miles from London, the wooded chalk valleys and hills of the Chilterns seem a million miles away from the bustle of city life. A paradise for walkers, with hundreds of miles of footpaths criss-crossing the landscape, the Chiltern Way alone – which the Fox borders – is a 134 mile trek across dramatic countryside. Quiet and hilly roads make the area one of the most popular in the UK for cyclists and equestrian pursuits alike. Golf is at nearby Huntercombe, one of England’s top 50 courses and, perhaps most famously, James Bond’s home club.

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.

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