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Chalfont St Giles Area Guide

With its picturesque duck pond, village green, 18th century cottages, ancient High Street and parish church, Chalfont St. Giles is a delightfully traditional English village in the heart of the Chilterns. One of England’s greatest poets and parliamentarians, John Milton, lived here and Milton’s Cottage is a popular tourist destination. The village is a favourite location for TV and film makers.


The High Street offers a broad range of shops including a Co-op Food, bakery, pharmacy, newsagents, a post office, butchers, greengrocer and several hairdressers. Chalfont St Giles also has a variety of pubs and restaurants, a library, a couple of dentists and a doctor’s surgery. In addition to the Parish Church there are Methodist and Roman Catholic churches. There’s a strong sense of village pride which explains why it is a regular winner of Buckinghamshire’s Best Kept Village. In 2008 Chalfont St. Giles was named by Channel 5’s Property List programme as ‘Britain’s most perfect village’, not least because it has so much to offer young and old alike.


Chalfont St. Giles’ services are provided by Chiltern District Council. It has well-rated infant and junior schools and lies in the catchment area for Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and Dr Challoner’s High School for Girls. There are numerous independent schools within a few miles. Leisure activities abound in the village including golf, cricket, football, bowls, snooker, tennis and Nordic walking in the beautiful Chiltern Hills and surrounding woodland. There are scout and guide troupes. The cultural life of Chalfont St. Giles is vibrant with an annual Literary Festival, maypole dancing on the village green, a dazzling November firework display as well as regular concerts and events at the Parish Church and Memorial Hall.


If you need to go farther afield, you’ll find yourself approximately 25 miles from both the centres of London and Oxford and around four miles from the M25 and M40. Heathrow is 17 miles away. From Chalfont & Latimer Station (Metropolitan Line and Chiltern Railways) in nearby Little Chalfont, you can be in Baker Street/Marylebone in around half an hour. From Gerrards Cross (Chiltern Railways) which is about four miles away you can be in Marylebone in as little as 22 minutes. Similarly, you can use Seer Green & Jordans (Chiltern Railways) which is about three miles away. This line also serves Aylesbury, Wycombe, Bicester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. Clearly it’s easy to get away, but it’s so nice to come home to Chalfont St. Giles.


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