In truth, the county is a little gem. Renowned for its grammar schools, the superb variety of activities available to keep the little ones occupied also make it ideal for families. There are excellent shopping facilities nestled within the glorious countryside. And with over a third of the county being covered by the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you are never short of stunning places to visit.
However, the rest of the country is also effectively on your doorstep as well. The superb network of train lines and roads that run through the county mean you can easily access other gorgeous parts of the UK for a day trip without a problem. The essentials of living are covered in style, and the superb additional features on offer make Buckinghamshire not just an aspiration… but a reality.
- Schools in Buckinghamshire – The county has a justified reputation for its excellent grammar schools, leading public schools, and good day junior schools. When we’re helping families decide where to live, we often dedicate time to arranging visits to schools so people can see for themselves. We have a page that focuses on our school search service in Buckinghamshire, just click here. [Link to Bucks Schools]
- Activities galore – There is heaps to entertain all ages and interests. With miles and miles of countryside footpaths, atmospheric beech forests, and a beautifully maintained network of waterways such as the Grand Union Canal, there really is something for everyone. Fishing, water sports, horse riding, you name it, it’s got it. From the Chiltern Open Air Museum, to Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre, to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, you won’t be short of weekend entertainment.
- National Trust, eat your heart out – Buckinghamshire is proudly home to more National Trust properties and sites than any other county in England. Think grand country houses such as Waddesdon Manor and Hughenden; think rolling hills and woodland walks across the Chilterns; think stunning landscaped gardens at Stowe. And what with interesting historic snippets such as Gray’s Monument at Stoke Poges to tickle your imagination as well, you’ll start to get a feel for what we’re talking about.
- Delightful variety for shopping – Many of the towns, including Buckingham, still have traditional markets on a weekly basis. Plus farmers’ markets and shops are dotted around offering wonderfully fresh and seasonal produce to the keen cook. Boutiques also abound, but for those needing a larger style of shopping centre Milton Keynes offers pretty much everything you could need.
- Travel links and commuting – The train lines through Milton Keynes can whizz you into Euston in just over half an hour. And lines from Oxford, Bicester & Haddenham & Thame can take you into the west side of the capital if that works better. In fact, Chiltern Railways is rated in the top third of operators for passenger satisfaction, running reliable routes into Marylebone from such towns as Aylesbury, Amersham, Beaconsfield, so commuting is well catered for. For those relying on the road network, the M40 provides easy access north and south, and the M1 isn’t far away. The M25 provides a useful ring road to different parts of London. And then of course the M4 pokes out to the west and provides access to all that that corridor offers.