26 March 2015
Is it possible to have it all? The Chilterns could just provide a positive answer if you’re after rural living without sacrificing easy access to London.
We’ve all watched London’s house prices soar exponentially over recent years but they are now at the point where those wanting to trade life in the capital for a rural existence can really take advantage of the value gap.
Knowing the Chilterns as well as I do, I would vote the area along the M40 corridor as a real contender for those buyers looking for better value for money. Less well documented than the Cotswolds which sit further down the line, the Chilterns have two key factors most often cited in searches – excellent schooling and an easy commute.
A plethora of good schools includes Moulsford Prep, Cranford House, Rupert House, Davenies and Ashfold School to name a few. Crucially, though, top schools doesn’t mean they have to be fee-paying. High performing state schools such as Sir William Borlase’s Grammar in Marlow and the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe are also popular.
Over recent years, the commute into London has greatly improved with the Chiltern Line taking just over 50 minutes from Banbury. Alongside this, a host of train stations such as Reading, Beaconsfield and Amersham whisk commuters into London in well under an hour.
And if that’s not a big enough draw to the area, the location has much to offer. As an AONB, there are spectacular walks and bike rides, there are tucked-away villages and market towns, there are pubs and Michelin star restaurants, there are music festivals and of course the infamous Henley Regatta.