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Places to Stay

When you choose to stay in the Chilterns, you can set the bar high. Be it a romantic interlude, celebration with your friends or a family fling, a snug winter warmer or cool summer retreat, there's something to make the occasion or match the mood. Quality and variety are the keywords here. Bed down in a famous film location, beside the rhinos in a wildlife park or in a Michelin-starred restaurant's luxury rooms.  

Here are some hints to give you a helping hand. Holiday planning is very much part of the pleasure. The holiday experience starts here.

Spoilt for Chilterns choice

Chilterns View Eco-LodgeIn luxurious eco-lodges over-looking rolling hills in Oxfordshire, complete with king size bed, hot tub, wood burning stove and private veranda, or amongst Whipsnade’s rhinos and tigers on Dunstable Downs, with all the creature comforts of your own private lodge. And the howling of wolves at night! 

Cliveden House HotelIn the lap of luxury at Hartwell House where the French king once held court or at Cliveden House Hotel where fortunes were made, plots hatched and history changed.

The Swan at StreatleyOn the spot for inspired cuisine in a Marlow pub, in a coaching inn in Watlington or right on the riverbank at the Swan in Streatley. Further along the River Thames, as a guest in the elite Leander Club where Olympian oarsmen and women train for gold. Their medal haul is a sight to be seen.

The Bull & Butcher and St Mary's Church in "Dibley" aka TurvilleAnd enjoy self-catering in country cottages in other idyllic villages such as Turville, home to The Vicar of Dibley. You could also choose to stay in Watlington, a pretty village in South Oxfordshire at the foot of the Chiltern Hills surrounded by rolling countryside and an ideal base to take advantage of the wonderful walks and cycling throughout the Chiltern Hills, with popular village pubs to enjoy whilst you are staying at your holiday cottage.

Town Farm Camping & Caravanning, Ivinghoe HillsIn campsites with exhilarating country views the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, of red kites soaring above the peaceful Radnage valley or Ivinghoe Beacon – where the farm has pick-your-own fruits and vegetables in summer. Or try the Chiltern Ridge working farm in Chesham where you can press your own apple juice.

In youth hostels, perfectly positioned at Streatly-on-Thames and the Quaker village of Jordans, where William Penn is buried beside the peaceful 17th century Friends’ Meeting House.

Hotel du Vin, Henley-on-ThamesTreat your family to a stay in a former brewery in the centre of Henley, or at the Perch and Pike, a beautiful old English country pub situated in the picturesque village of South Stoke in Oxfordshire.

The Chilterns oldest pub, the Plough in the tiny hamlet at Cadsden, has the Ridgeway passing right outside the door, and if you are there on the first Sunday in August you can enjoy the heritage cherry pie festival.

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