Originally a small Anglo-Saxon settlement along the banks of the River Misbourne, Chalfont St. Peter on the edge of the Chilterns has grown into one of the largest villages in Britain with a population of around 13,000. It is in the Chiltern District Council area. It has a thriving centre including a large Co-op Food, a post office, library, banks, greengrocer, baker, pharmacies, pubs, good restaurants and other popular retail outlets. There are two doctors’ surgeries, several dentists and opticians, a hospital as well as Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches. A short stroll up the hill from the Market Place brings you to the attractive Gold Hill Common, which is both a lovely place to walk and also the venue for many of the village’s community events.
Chalfont St. Peter is a great place to grow up and there are numerous independent and state schools, including the Chalfonts Community College. This is adjacent to the Leisure Centre, home to a busy gym, 25-metre swimming pool and other sporting facilities. The village also has its own hockey, cricket, tennis, football and youth clubs. It has scout and guide troupes, too. The Gerrards Cross Golf Club is actually in Chalfont St. Peter and there are many other golf clubs within a few miles including the world-famous Stoke Park Golf Club in Stoke Poges.
The popular Chalfont St Peter Community Centre hosts events during the year for clubs and societies including dancing, bridge and fine arts. On the outskirts of the village is the fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum, which is often used as a film location and has featured in Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife.
A well-appointed and convenient place to live, Chalfont St. Peter is just over two miles from both the M25 and the M40. The centre of London is a 22-mile drive and Heathrow is 14 miles away. For commuters, the village is ideal being around a mile and a half from Gerrards Cross Station (Chiltern Railways) which can reach Marylebone in 22 minutes. This line also serves Aylesbury, Wycombe, Bicester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. Chalfont St. Peter is about 4 miles from Chalfont & Latimer Station (Metropolitan Line & Chiltern Railways) both of which reach Baker Street/Marylebone in around half an hour. You can see why people treasure the location.
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