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  Why move to Beaconsfield' Beaconsfield is a picturesque market town with a population of just over 10,000. It’s steeped in agricultural history and was once famed for offering rest to coaches travelling between London and Oxford. Today it is better known for offering ex-Londoners a better quality of life within commuting distance of the city. Sitting in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers gorgeous countryside, tranquility and a community-feel and yet a fast service will take you to London in just under 30 minutes. In the Old Town you’ll find period homes from a range of eras while the New Town surrounding the station offers larger modern homes, including many that are built with a period façade and finished to a very high and contemporary standard within. The surrounding villages and countryside boast quaint cottages aplenty plus many refurbished barns and outbuildings. A little bit of history The first written record of Beaconsfield was in 1185 when it is referred to as Bekenesfeld which is thought to mean clearing in the beech trees. But it’s travel, not trees, that has defined our town most over the years. As the first resting point on the road between London and Oxford, Old Beaconsfield grew up partly to serve coach traffic and still boasts several old coaching inns that once welcomed weary travellers. At the turn of the 20th century, the railway arrived one mile to the north and brought with it the development of the New Town. Need to know If parts of Beaconsfield feel uncannily familiar, that could be because you’ve seen them before. The Royal Saracens Head Inn appeared in the James Bond flick Thunderball. The Royal Standard pub provided the interior location for Hot Fuzz. The New Town featured in post-war colour films John & Julie and The Fast Lady. More recently, Beaconsfield has provided locations for Midsomer Murders. This is just one of the benefits of being so close to famous Pinewoood Studios, not to mention the National Film and Television School (once called Beaconsfield Film Studios). Beaconsfield has a literary connection too; it was the birth place of Discworld author Terry Pratchett. Shopping In keeping with its history as a market town, Beaconsfield offers two markets, one general market every Tuesday and a Farmers Market every fourth Saturday of the month. You’ll also find Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose supermarkets, a Homebase, several newsagents and pharmacies, a Boots Opticians and a selection of independent shops too. A few of our favourites are Forever Green Flowers, Beaconsfield Fine Jewellery and Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, where the wine buffs behind the counter always have a helpful recommendation. Things to do Beaconsfield is surrounded by beautiful countryside and we recommend anyone moving to the area invest in a book of local walks. For shorter strolls and dog walks, Walk Wood, Little Walk Wood, Ledborough Wood and Wilton Park are all excellent. Sporty types will find local clubs and facilities for everything from cricket and rugby to squash and rackets. For something more relaxing, we recommend popping into Mulberry’s Beauty Salon for a pampering session. You can also catch the latest films nearby at the Empire in High Wycombe. Eating and drinking As well as popular favourites such as Zizzi’s, Costa and Starbucks, Beaconsfield offers some excellent independent eateries, including Spice Merchant, Tao, Bengal and the Old Tea Room. On lazy nights in, Spice Merchant, Tao and Bengal all do delicious takeaways too. And for those who like a night out, Stix Bar and Revolution are lively bars that open late and The Crazy Bear, Saracens Head and Loch Fyne are lots of fun too. Transport links By train: Beaconsfield Station is served by Chiltern Railways who run regular trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone. Beaconsfield to London Marylebone takes just under 30 minutes. Beaconsfield to London Charing Cross takes around an hour. The earliest train to London Marylebone is 05:38 and the latest is 23:33. By bus: Ariva serve the local towns with the following bus route: High Wycombe - Wycombe Marsh - Loudwater - Holtspur - BEACONSFIELD - Hedgerley Corner - Farnham Common - Salt Hill – Slough. By taxi: There is a taxi office on Platform 2 at Beaconsfield Station. We also recommend Beaconsfield Taxis & Cars (Tel: 01494 671479) Fleet Bucks (Tel: 01494 677308) and Beaconsfield Taxis & Cars (Tel: 01494 730094). By car: Beaconsfield is off Junction 2 of the M40 less than 25 miles North West of the centre of London. For more information about Beaconsfield and properties to buy and rent in the area visit winkworth.co.uk/beaconsfield

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Why move to Beaconsfield'

Beaconsfield is a picturesque market town with a population of just over 10,000. It’s steeped in agricultural history and was once famed for offering rest to coaches travelling between London and Oxford. Today it is better known for offering ex-Londoners a better quality of life within commuting distance of the city. Sitting in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers gorgeous countryside, tranquility and a community-feel and yet a fast service will take you to London in just under 30 minutes. In the Old Town you’ll find period homes from a range of eras while the New Town surrounding the station offers larger modern homes, including many that are built with a period façade and finished to a very high and contemporary standard within. The surrounding villages and countryside boast quaint cottages aplenty plus many refurbished barns and outbuildings.

A little bit of history

The first written record of Beaconsfield was in 1185 when it is referred to as Bekenesfeld which is thought to mean clearing in the beech trees. But it’s travel, not trees, that has defined our town most over the years. As the first resting point on the road between London and Oxford, Old Beaconsfield grew up partly to serve coach traffic and still boasts several old coaching inns that once welcomed weary travellers. At the turn of the 20th century, the railway arrived one mile to the north and brought with it the development of the New Town.

Need to know

If parts of Beaconsfield feel uncannily familiar, that could be because you’ve seen them before. The Royal Saracens Head Inn appeared in the James Bond flick Thunderball. The Royal Standard pub provided the interior location for Hot Fuzz. The New Town featured in post-war colour films John & Julie and The Fast Lady. More recently, Beaconsfield has provided locations for Midsomer Murders. This is just one of the benefits of being so close to famous Pinewoood Studios, not to mention the National Film and Television School (once called Beaconsfield Film Studios). Beaconsfield has a literary connection too; it was the birth place of Discworld author Terry Pratchett.

Shopping

In keeping with its history as a market town, Beaconsfield offers two markets, one general market every Tuesday and a Farmers Market every fourth Saturday of the month. You’ll also find Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose supermarkets, a Homebase, several newsagents and pharmacies, a Boots Opticians and a selection of independent shops too. A few of our favourites are Forever Green Flowers, Beaconsfield Fine Jewellery and Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, where the wine buffs behind the counter always have a helpful recommendation.

Things to do

Beaconsfield is surrounded by beautiful countryside and we recommend anyone moving to the area invest in a book of local walks. For shorter strolls and dog walks, Walk Wood, Little Walk Wood, Ledborough Wood and Wilton Park are all excellent.

Sporty types will find local clubs and facilities for everything from cricket and rugby to squash and rackets. For something more relaxing, we recommend popping into Mulberry’s Beauty Salon for a pampering session. You can also catch the latest films nearby at the Empire in High Wycombe.

Eating and drinking

As well as popular favourites such as Zizzi’s, Costa and Starbucks, Beaconsfield offers some excellent independent eateries, including Spice Merchant, Tao, Bengal and the Old Tea Room. On lazy nights in, Spice Merchant, Tao and Bengal all do delicious takeaways too. And for those who like a night out, Stix Bar and Revolution are lively bars that open late and The Crazy Bear, Saracens Head and Loch Fyne are lots of fun too.

Transport links

By train: Beaconsfield Station is served by Chiltern Railways who run regular trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone. Beaconsfield to London Marylebone takes just under 30 minutes. Beaconsfield to London Charing Cross takes around an hour. The earliest train to London Marylebone is 05:38 and the latest is 23:33.

By bus: Ariva serve the local towns with the following bus route: High Wycombe - Wycombe Marsh - Loudwater - Holtspur - BEACONSFIELD - Hedgerley Corner - Farnham Common - Salt Hill – Slough.

By taxi: There is a taxi office on Platform 2 at Beaconsfield Station. We also recommend Beaconsfield Taxis & Cars (Tel: 01494 671479) Fleet Bucks (Tel: 01494 677308) and Beaconsfield Taxis & Cars (Tel: 01494 730094).

By car: Beaconsfield is off Junction 2 of the M40 less than 25 miles North West of the centre of London. For more information about Beaconsfield and properties to buy and rent in the area visit winkworth.co.uk/beaconsfield

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