Beaconsfield is one of the most desirable towns in Buckinghamshire and ranks as one of the top 10 places to live in many national surveys. Thought to be of Saxon origin dating back to 900AD, Beaconsfield really prospered in the 18th century as it became known as a stopover on the coaching trade route between London and Oxford.
The Royal Standard pub on the outskirts of Beaconsfield is famed as the oldest public house it draws its history from this time, as well as many of the grand properties built in this period and still seen in the Old Town today.
The Old town is well known for its attractive tree-lined street, numerous Georgian properties, cafes, fine dining, home decor and antiques stores.
Under a mile further into Beaconsfield you will find the New Town which formed in 1906 when the railway arrived, now a bustling high street with a variety of supermarkets; Waitrose, Sainsburys and M&S Food as well as a lovely array of local independent shops, exclusive boutiques and high street favorites.
As a town firmly on the commuter belt to London, Beaconsfield is attractive as you can access Marylebone in under 25 minutes and unlike the nearby town of Gerrards Cross you can still get a seat and a comfortable journey into town. It has great motorway access being just off J2 of the M40 and can be at Heathrow airport in 20 minutes, making it really popular as a town for any kind of commute.
Beaconsfield boast some of the best education choices in all of Buckinghamshire with 3 excellent primary schools; St Mary & All Saints, Butlers Court and Holtspur school, as well as private options with Davenies for boys and High March for girls. Those looking for secondary schools need look no further with excellent Grammar options for girls at Beaconsfield High School and John Hampden and the Royal Grammar School for boys in nearby High Wycombe. Alongside this there is a ‘good’ nonselective option in The Beaconsfield School, and that is without looking at the many private options within close proximity.
The options in Beaconsfield for a casual lunch to fine dining are vast with a fabulous selection of independent options including Benedicts, Fego’s and Jungs in the new town which offer amazing coffee and an abundance of cakes and lunches. In the Old town there is The Old Tea shop and Prelibito.
For drinks or eating at night there is so much choice including many of the national favorites and some excellent unique options including No 5, Brasserie Blanc, Ashimi and The Crazy Bear in the old town offering French, Japanese, Thai and good old English food. In the new town there is a fabulous steak house Prime and a brilliant all-rounder in The Beech House both fabulous for drinks and food.
For those looking at leisure then Beaconsfield has everything you could want, with thriving cricket, rugby, football and tennis clubs as well The Beacon Centre and David Lloyds gyms. In nearby Seer Green there is The Beaconsfield Golf Club.
And for those cultural options the Beaconsfield is second to none, with a strong tradition of amateur dramatics. The Beaconsfield Theatre Group puts on plays at the Beacon Theatre; the Beaconsfield Operatic Society puts on musicals, and the Young Theatre is a young people’s company. The latter two operate from the Curzon Centre. The Chiltern Shakespeare Company puts on an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in June every year in the grounds of Hall Barn.
As for attractions the new town is home to Bekonscot Model Village, the oldest model village in the world. In under 10 minutes you can reach Odds Farm for an amazing family day out or the beautiful and characterful National Trust house of Cliveden.
And all of the above comes with the unique benefit of being a stone’s throw from the Chilterns area of outstanding beauty. The hills, which run from the Thames in South Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire, offer miles of walks, riding and cycling, with the magnificent fork tailed red kites swooping overhead.