Boasting some of the finest manor houses, country estates and gardens in the country, Buckinghamshire defines sophistication. Discover stone built temples as you meander around Stowe Landscape Gardens. Admire the Jacobean grandeur of Ascott House. Or visit Buckinghamshire Railway Centre on a ‘steaming day’ to ride a vintage locomotive. With the River Thames running through it, the Chilterns on the doorstep and luxury hotels to choose from, ‘Bucks’ has all the elements for a stylish stay in the country.
A treasure trove of historic houses and rolling hills in England’s ‘Home Counties’.
Things to do
Spend a day strolling the idyllic gardens and lavish interiors of 18th-century Stowe House. Then, immerse yourself in the architecture and art collections of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s Waddesdon Manor. Or, not far from Buckinghamshire, visit the jewel in the Home Counties’ crown – Windsor Castle. Tour the vast State Rooms and then peek inside the intricate craftwork of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
The Chilterns is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s easy to see why. There are sweeping views, meadows carpeted with wildflowers and storybook villages to explore – whether on foot, bicycle or horseback. But look closer and you’ll come across hidden gems, from Bronze Age barrows and Iron Age forts to First World War trenches.
Through chocolate scented doors you can enter the spellbinding world of Roald Dahl at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Little ones can escape inside his writing hut, devise a whole new word and even help George make a batch of marvellous medicine. Or step into a toy story and spend the day on the rides and attractions of Legoland at Windsor.
It wasn’t just Roald Dahl who made a home in Buckinghamshire. Look out for Old Thatch Cottage, the home and gardens of Enid Blyton – perfect for a spot of tea and cake… or lashings of ginger beer.
Top Tip from SLH