Visit Chalfont St Giles and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chalfont St Peter is one of a group of three villages, within 5 miles of each other, known as "The Chalfonts" on the edge of the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire - Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter and Little Chalfont. Chalfont means "chalk spring".
Chalfont St Peter, with a population of 13,000 is one of the UK's largest villages. Today little architecture of historic importance remains. In the 1960s most of the Georgian shops were demolished and replaced by a concrete development of flats, offices and shops fronts surrounding a central car park.
Chalfont St Peter is mainly inhabited by commuters to London and is often described as the "Gateway to the Chiltern Hills".
Though not a major tourist centre, there are, nevertheless, tourist attractions nearby: several beautiful manor houses; Colne Valley Regional Park; Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles; museums, cottages and parks; Bekonscot Model Village; Odds Farm Park; Harrow Museum; Cliveden; Dorney Court; Chenies Manor House; Hughenden Manor; Heritage Centre and Royal Windsor Racecourse.
Schools: Chalfont St Peter Infant; St. Joseph's Combined RC; Chalfonts Community College; Holy Cross Convent; Robertswood Combined; Chalfont St Peter C of E; Gayhurst
Little Chalfont was founded in the 20th century due to the arrival of the Metropolitan Line railway and the opening of the station. At that time the area comprising isolated farms and cottages became a community developed around the station. Chalfont & Latimer station in Little Chalfont provides rail access to Central London via the Metropolitan Line and the Chiltern Line.
Schools: Bell Lane Primary; Little Chalfont Primary; Dr Challoners High
Chalfont St Giles.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 949 made no distinction between the three separate villages. However, in the Domesday Book in 1086 Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter are listed as separate Manors with different owners.
During the Great Plague of London in 1665, John Milton retired to Chalfont St Giles, which is where he completed his epic poem Paradise Lost. Milton's Cottage is now open to the public.
Other famous residents, past and present:
- Bertram Mills (circus owner)
- J.T. Hearne (cricketer)
- Harry Golombek (British chess champion)
- Brian Connolly (musician)
The village is twinned with Graft De Rijp in the Netherlands.
Nearby villages: Gerrards Cross, Seer Green, Jordans, Harefield, Maple Cross
Nearby towns: High Wycombe, Rickmansworth, Amersham, Chesham, Chorleywood, Denham, London.
Have you decided to visit Chalfont St Giles or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Chalfont St Giles bed and breakfast (a Chalfont St Giles B&B or Chalfont St Giles b and b)
- a Chalfont St Giles guesthouse
- a Chalfont St Giles hotel (or motel)
- a Chalfont St Giles self-catering establishment, or
- other Chalfont St Giles accommodation