Ardenwood Bed & Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast - Aylesbury - Accommodation - Guest house located near the town centre. Bed and Breakfast (B & B) accommodation in Aylesbury, situated only 600 metres from the town centre and railway station. (London, Marylebone, 50 minutes by train).
We are located on the South Side of the town just off the A41. Close at hand are numerous amenities, pubs, supermarkets, restaurants, theatres and sports facilities.
Ardenwood guest house is an elegant Edwardian property set in 1/4 acre of gardens, which offers comfortable, spacious lodgings at good value for money prices. This is the ideal B&B accommodation for business travellers and weekenders visiting family and friends.
Buckinghamshire - whats to see?
ONE of the Home Counties, 'leafy' Buckinghamshire lies precariously close to London yet offers the traveller the curious contradiction of industrial bustle and delicate, time-worn countryside.
Away from urban centres, you will find a remarkable coterie of great houses, lavish woodlands and unexpected encounters with thatched cottages, old abbeys and ancient, history-laden churches.
As a bonus, this region has a long and illustrious association with many famous names, from William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, and one-time Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli to the poets John Milton - who came here to escape the plague - and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The county possesses one of the most important places in modern history, Bletchley Park, war-time base for Britain's secret war against Germany; a house that also gave the mathematician Alan Turing the opportunity to pioneer the use of electronic 'computing'.
In the south of the county lie the splendid, ramble-woven Chiltern Hills with their chalk beds and famous beech woods. In the summer months they come alive to the stentorian song of the nightingale.
In the north is the magnificent Vale of Aylesbury, which possesses some of the richest agricultural land in the Britain. It was here that the fabulously wealthy Rothschild family built a number of famous properties.
The majestic Grand Union Canal cuts across the northeast edge of Buckinghamshire en route to Birmingham and is another magnet for tourists.
Despite the growth of industry and suburbia, a number of towns and villages have managed to hold on to their traditional charm and there are many evocative old buildings and river bridges to draw the visitor's attention.
The county dates back to the 12th century but had been part of the 6th century kingdom of Mercia. The area around Aylesbury, however, is known to date back at least as far as 1,500BC, which is why the region has a wealth of pre-Roman earthworks as well as the outlines of a castle built by Cunobelinus, legendary king of the Britons. One of the great battles mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles took place at Chearsley. The Romans left their own road-building legacy in the form of Watling Street and Akeman Street.
The royal land-grabber Henry Vlll turned Aylesbury into the county town as part of his seduction of Anne Boleyn while a few years later the ultimate pilgrim, William Penn, left the Buckinghamshire village of Penn to found the US state of Pennsylvania.
The Industrial Revolution introduced the county to a series of important industries, including lace and paper-making, and it was during this time that the Rothschild banking family moved in to stamp their own character on the landscape, buying or building large houses and estates. These included Ascott House, Aston Clinton House, Eythorpe, Halton House, Mentore Towers and Waddesdon Manor.
Many other great houses live here, too. Loseley House was built in 1562 from stone taken from Waverley Abbey and contains panelling from Henry Vlll's now-vanished Nonsuch Palace. Its royal guests included both Elizabeth 1 and James 1. Hughenden Manor was the Victorian home of Benjamin Disraeli while the Italiante mansion Cliveden was the home of two dukes before it passed into the hands of the Astors.
Less grand but equally enthralling is the cottage - now a museum - that was inhabited by the poet John Milton in the lovely old village of Chalfont St Giles. Milton was old and blind when he came here to escape from the London plague, but he still managed to finish his 'Paradise Lost' and begin his 'Paradise Regained'.
If that's not enough to tempt you to Buckinghamshire, perhaps a visit to West Wycombe Park will suffice. This was the home of the comical Sir Francis Dashwood and the bizarre 'Hell Fire Club'.
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