Visit Beaconsfield and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. The old town of Beaconsfield is separated from the new by over a quarter of a mile of wooded country. It is developed around what must have been two main highways, from London to Oxford and from Windsor to Aylesbury. There are coaching inns on opposite corners of the cross-roads. Along the roads centred by a green are houses of the Queen Anne and Georgian periods. The main inns where the coaches halted in the 18th century are the Royal Saracen's Head, a large building of half-timbered construction, and the Royal White Hart at which Queen Elizabeth I stayed and where Oliver Cromwell stationed his troops in the grounds.
The old town retains much of the charm of former days with the buildings standing back from the roadside, allowing ample parking space.
The Old Rectory, overlooking the churchyard, is of the 16th century, half-timbered with a panelled room and spiral staircase, and is now the parish meeting place. Edmund Burke, the great parliamentarian, lived in this village and was buried here in 1797, and G. K. Chesterton was resident here for many years.
Hall Barn House, a l7th century brick mansion, is south of the main road. It is ornately decorated and has stone pilasters and a garden filled with obelisks and temples.
St Mary's Church, on the corner of the crossroads, is of medieval origin, although mainly rebuilt in the last century. It has a fine flint tower rising above the trees, and between the chapel and the chancel is a section of a l5th century screen. There are many monuments of interest and an exquisite tapestry. Of note is an iron-bound chest covered in paintings of ships by a quayside. Opposite the church is a Victorian building in which the police station is housed.
The new town of Beaconsfield, which began to form in 1909, is a pleasant residential area. Of particular interest is Bekonscot Miniature Village in Warwick Road, laid out with tiny cottages, farms and meadows, churches, a railway, a lake, streams and an airport. The village is modelled on the scale of 1 in. to 1 ft. and is a children's paradise.
Close by are the Chiltern beechwoods at Coleshill and just east of the town is the golf course, adjacent to Wilton Park, a historic estate, from which can be seen the beauty of the countryside around.
Nearby villages: Penn, Seer Green, Hedgerley, Knotty Green, Hedsor, Winchmore Hill, Wooburn
Nearby towns: Amersham, The Chalfonts, Bourne End, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth, Chesham
Have you decided to visit Beaconsfield or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Beaconsfield bed and breakfast (a Beaconsfield B&B or Beaconsfield b and b)
- a Beaconsfield guesthouse
- a Beaconsfield hotel (or motel)
- a Beaconsfield self-catering establishment, or
- other Beaconsfield accommodation