All our Buckinghamshire collections:
Buckinghamshire, or 'leafy Bucks' as those who've fallen for this county's charms, call it, has within its boundaries both notable British treasures, like Bletchley Park and Stowe Gardens, and some spectacular countryside, including the chalk escapement of the Chiltern Hills. Home of the Prime Minister's country residence, Chequers Court, Buckinghamshire has more than its fair share of beautiful grand country residences. And some of these have been converted into some of the best places to stay in Buckinghamshire.
Bucks benefits from being close to London, and its expansive woodlands and rolling hills have made it a historic commuter belt haven between London and Oxford. That's why so many great manor houses have been built here. There's:
Buckinghamshire is also where you'll find Woburn Abbey, in the pretty Georgian town of Woburn. No longer an abbey, instead this is a wonderful country pile packed with treasures. There's paintings by Gainsborough, van Dyck and Canaletto, and a bedroomed designed for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. And these days the grounds of the abbey house the Woburn Safari Park, England's largest drive-through African animal reserve.
Proximity to London also played a part in Bletchley's selection to be the home of the WWII code breakers. The facility is now a museum to itself, and still has the wonderfully complex Enigma machine 'crackers' set up and running. And 'Colossus', the world's first computer.
These days it's not just the Prime Minister, Pinewood Studios has a large facility in Buckinghamshire, and the county is well known for being Roald Dahl's home.
Buckinghamshire also has some more unusual attractions, like the hand dug Hellfire Caves, once the haunt of the Hellfire Club, and Bekonscot Model Village, the world's oldest model village, a mini 1930s English town.
A former coaching inn of the Rothschild's Waddesdon Manor, The Five Arrows provides a historic stay in the home county of Buckinghamshire. Pastel coloured bedrooms with exposed beams, some with four poster beds and traditional bathrooms. By all accounts the restaurant is 5*. A gourmet lover's dream!
With two Michelin stars this property serves mouthwatering gourmet food. Rooms are equally forward thinking: contemporary fittings combined with exposed beams, set against a neutral backdrop, some with copper baths. The Angus suite has a private jacuzzi terrace. There is a spa and courtyard garden.
Romantic Italian Renaissance style country house set in 65 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens leading down to the River Thames. Individually designed rooms offer traditional or contemporary interiors and lovely views. Excellent restaurant and spa. Perfect for some downtime away from the city.
Luxury Palladian mansion turned country hotel. Spa and country club with golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, award-winning restaurants.