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Out and About in the Chilterns AONB

A stunning self catering holiday cottage on the edge of the Chilterns AONB on The Ridgeway National Trail and close to Watlington.

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was created in 1965 recognising that this is one of the finest landscapes in the country and deserves to be protected at the highest level.

Photo by Mary Tebje of Visit the Chilterns

It is an area of chalk hills to the North West and West of London covering over 660 square miles of deciduous woodland, open grassland, fields and traditional villages. It extends from Whipsnade in the North to Goring on Thames in the South, a distance of about 45 miles and cuts through parts of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Have a look and plan your trip!

Midsomer Murders

This is the area millions of viewers around the world have seen on 95 episodes of Midsomer Murders, many of the scenes which have been filmed locally around Watlington, Wallingford and Henley on Thames.

Wisteria Cottage makes a great base to explore the delights of the Chilterns and South East England.

The Ridgeway National Trail

The Ridgeway National Trail, Britain’s oldest road at 5000 years old, previously used by traders, herdsmen and soldiers is now popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders and people on mobility scooters. Extending from Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns AONB to Avebury in Wiltshire, we are perfectly located to access it as the route takes you just a mile away from our gate.

Explore the chalk streams, ancient beech woods, visit vineyards or take a trip on a steam trains.

Don’t forget the historic houses…

..and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Or if you fancy some retail therapy, Bicester Designer Outlet Village offers you a great selection of shops and eating places just 20 minutes away.

Many of our previous guests have taken a day trip to London or Windsor or even both to visit the royal palaces and many other tourist sights. It’s a great day out.

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