Beaconsfield is a charming market town in Buckinghamshire with a fine choice of holiday cottages in the town and surrounding villages. It lies within easy reach of a number of family attractions appealing to guests spending a weekend or a week in one of the all too rare but very charming self-catering holiday properties in and around Beaconsfield. If you find a good one - book it, as you might otherwise spend a lot of time searching in vain for somewhere else. This is a pity because there is a lot for the visitor to do and see in Buckinghamshire - and Beaconsfield is a great place to stay when doing so!
Beaconsfield’s best known visitor attraction is Beckonscot, the world famous model village which draws visitors from all over the world, marvelling at its miniature buildings and model railway. Beckonscot is open from February to December every year. It’s an absolute must-visit attraction for all ages.
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At the heart of Beaconsfield is the Old Town with a number of Tudor Buildings and a weekly market. The town lies halfway between London and Oxford and the main street is lined with old coaching inns from the stagecoach era. The New Town only grew up since the arrival of the Railway. It is home to the National Film and Television School and parts of Beaconsfield have regularly provided backdrops for films and television programmes such as 'Midsomer Murders'. Visit The Royal Standard of England, an inn nicely off the beaten track and reputedly England’s oldest Free House in England. Charles I is believed to have once quaffed the ales here during the Civil War. Whether this affected the outcome of the subsequent battle we will never know, but what was good enough for a King must surely be good enough for today's visitors.
Beaconsfield has attracted a number of literary talents as residents over the years, such as G.K. Chesterton and Allison Uttley, but no doubt the best known was Enid Blyton. The latter's house, Green Hedges, was demolished after her death, devotees of her books should visit the Enid Blyton Room at the Red Lion Pub in Knotty Green. This has a library of her books and some original prints donated by the Enid Blyton Society. If literature is your thing, then spend a day of your holiday visiting the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden.
The town itself is surrounded by beautiful Green Belt countryside and ancient woodlands such as Penn Wood or Cocksherd Wood, beautiful at any time of the year for a leisurely ramble, but particularly so in May, when the woodland floors are carpeted with seas of bluebells: perfect for picnics. The Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretch down into Buckinghamshire.
From your holiday cottage in Beaconsfield, set forth on a different adventure every day. Attractions within easy reach include Windsor Castle, Legoland, racing at Ascot, Thorpe Park with its white-knuckle rides and the more sedate Kew Gardens. For day-trips further afield, London itself is just 25-miles to the east and a short train ride into Marylebone Station. Closer to home, you can enjoy fund days out at Odds Farm Park petting a variety of animals and working off energy in the big indoor Playbarn. Alternatively, families might enyoy a trip to the Aescwood Farm Children's Riding School which has facilities ranging from an all-weather menage to local woodland treks. Staying in self-catering accommodation gives visitors the freedom to discover the many scenic locations and attractions in Buckinghamshire while having a relaxing and comfortable home in which to relax.