Spoilt for Chilterns choice
In 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!
In 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.
On 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.
And 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.
In 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.
Treat 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.
Why not try these hotels with fab restaurants attached?
The cosiest of country pubs must be the 15th century Nags Head in Great Missenden that brings together a perfect location, tasty meals and a comfy bed for the night.
Based around eating and drinking, and a mere 45 minutes from London at the end of the Metropolitan Line, The Crown in Amersham is a modern coaching inn, disguised in an historic timber framed building.
Still providing good food and lodgings for weary travellers, the 17th century Crown Inn Cookham is a stone's throw from the beautiful River Thames that offers lazy long summer days watching the world go by and in the winter months enjoy a fire-side mulled wine.
Located in the beautiful Georgian town of Marlow, serving award winning food in warm and welcoming surroundings, the Hand & Flowers is the only UK pub to be awarded two stars in the Michelin guide.
Nestling on the banks of the Thames, the Waterside Inn in the charming 16th century village of Bray, also known as that delightful 'restaurant with rooms' has been serving inspirational French cuisine since 1972.
In the heart of the beautiful Hambleden Valley, the 18th century coaching inn, the Frog, is centrally located in the village of Skirmett, which has within easy reach, Henley on Thames and the Chilterns village of Turville.
350 years of power, politics and parties at this Grade I listed stately home - described as a 5 Star Country House Hotel - Cliveden - where your dog is welcome to stay too!