CHALFONT ST GILES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
A timber-framed, 16th-century cottage with a charming garden, the only surviving home in which John Milton lived and worked. He completed Paradise Lost and started Paradise Regained here. First editions of these works are among the many rare books and artefacts on display. The Grade II registered garden is worth a visit in it's own right.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Ground floor only accessible, wheelchair ramps are put out by prior arrangement
- Facilities: Special parking area close to cottage
- Opening Times: Open end Mar-end Oct, Wed-Sat 2-5 (last entry 4.30). Also open BH Sun & Mon & last Sun each month. Parties by prior arrangement for other dates. Please check website for up to date information
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About the area
Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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