Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross
Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross are small affluent towns conveniently located for easy access to London and Heathrow. Both towns have a mainline station including a train service that goes into London Marylebone station, close to Baker Street. Also both have easy access to the M40 which runs from Birmingham, via Oxford, to London with easy access to the M25 motorway (London Orbital Motorway) making them popular commuter locations. The area also has very good private and state schooling and very desirable housing which is another reason why they are so popular.
Beaconsfield is situated just off the M40 at Junction 2 and is an old coaching town that has retained much of its character. It has both an ‘old town’ and a ‘new town’, each with its own high street. The old town to the south is a conservation area and is built in the traditional cross shape lined with 17th and 18th century buildings. The main roads of the old town are closed on the 10th May for an annual funfair, a tradition that originally began over 735 years ago as a livestock market. The new town lies 1 mile to the north and was developed with the arrival of the railway in the early part of the 20th century. The main shopping area is centred in the New Town and has a good selection for your ever day needs. The Old Town has an array of curiosity and boutique style shops.
Holtspur is an area of Beaconsfield to the west which has slightly smaller houses and a few local shops. Knotty Green is on the north side of Beaconsfield and is really only distinguishable as a different area because it falls under a different local authority. Seer Green and Jordans are two small rural villages to the east of Beaconsfield.
Gerrards Cross is to the south east of Beaconsfield and has a similar attractive charm. The main retail area is the High Street to the north of the A40 highway and is built around the train station. An area immediately to the south west of the town centre is commonly known as The Camp, an Iron Age fort camp dating back to 400BC and believed to be where Queen Boudicca camped with her army prior to the attack on Roman Londinium. Today the edges of The Camp form one of the highest value private housing estates in the UK, whilst the mounded centre remains a protected archaeological site.
Stoke Poges is a village to the south of Gerrards Cross. It is most famous for its churchyard where Thomas Gray wrote the poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard".
Denham village is located east of Gerrards Cross just north of junction 1 of the M40. Denham parish is located within the Colne Valley Regional Park. The park is made up of a mixture of farmland, woodland and water with large areas open to the public and accessible via a network of paths. Denham has developed over the years and expanded from the original village to include Higher Denham, New Denham and Denham Garden Village.
Gerrards Cross lies just over 5 miles to the south east of Beaconsfield so has slightly shorter train journey times. With the easy access from Beaconsfield directly on to the M40 means that often driving times from Beaconsfield to London will be comparable.
|From Beaconsfield to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Central London||26 miles, 44 mins||32 mins (direct to London Marylebone)|
|Heathrow Airport||14 miles, 19 mins||68 mins (2 changes)|
|Gatwick Airport||51 miles, 56 mins||89 mins (3 changes)|
|Oxford||37 miles, 43 mins||48 mins (direct to Oxford Parkway)|
Types of Housing and Pricing
Beaconsfield has some very desirable properties of various ages and sizes. The old town has some quaint cottages that date from the 18th century but these tend to be small and along the main road. The areas to the west and north of the town have a complete mix of good quality properties of all sizes and of varying age. Many of the older properties have been extended and others have newly built properties in the now split, huge old gardens. Each of these areas have estates that consist of detached four or five bedroomed properties with an open spacious feeling.
Further west toward the edge of the town lays Holtspur where the houses are mainly three bedroomed semi-detached houses. There are a couple of apartment blocks in Beaconsfield new town and some very large properties line the main road through Beaconsfield towards Knotty Green and Penn.
Seer Green and Jordans also have some large properties which cost about the same as those in Beaconsfield to buy or rent.
An area known as The Camp in Gerrards Cross has large detached houses that command premium prices. Some apartment blocks lie along the London Road and in some roads close to the town centre but the rest of the properties to the north are again mainly large detached houses, many dating from the 1920s and 1930s.
Stoke Poges has a mixture of housing stock ranging from turn of the century cottages to large country houses.
Denham Village retains some of the original old red brick houses with Denham Garden Village undergoing redevelopment in 2006. It offers a mixture of housing types and budgets.
|Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|1 bed||£275,000 - £500,000||£900 - £1900 per calendar month|
|2 bed||£350,000 - £1,000,000||£1000 - £2200 per calendar month|
|3-4 bed||£600,000 - £1,700,000+||£1600 - £5000+ per calendar month|
|5+ bed||£2,000,000+||£3000+ per calendar month|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Buckinghamshire and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
Buckinghamshire is a popular location for families with school-age children as it is one of only a few remaining LA’s that uses a selective system for comprehensive state school education. As such there are fewer independent schools in the area.
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
South Bucks District Council is the administrative authority responsible for your local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is Thames Valley. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
The High Street in Beaconsfield new town has a good mix of small shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. There are some well-known major retailers as well as a few exclusive boutiques. Beaconsfield also has two supermarkets so most shopping requirements can be met in the town. There is an open air market held in Beaconsfield old town every Tuesday and a monthly farmers market.
Gerrards Cross has a similar collection of shops on its high street. It has a mid-size and large supermarket along with two smaller ones. The nearest large shopping centres to Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross are High Wycombe and Slough.
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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The Beacon Sports Centre and Theatre is located in Holtspur and offers a multipurpose sports hall, fitness suite, mini soccer grass pitches and theatre. There is a comprehensive programme of activities for adults and children including group exercise classes and special events during the school holidays. The fully equipped 209 seat theatre has amateur and professional theatre productions throughout the year.
Beaconsfield Golf Club at Seer Green is a private club with a beautiful course designed by Harry Colt. Though it has a long waiting list for adult males, applications are usually open for ladies and juniors.
Gerrards Cross Golf Course is an 18 hole course set in beautiful wooded parkland originally established as an English estate in 1922. The popular clubhouse looks out over the River Misbourne and can be hired for private events.
Denham Golf Club is a traditional private members club founded in 1910. In addition the main course there are practice facilities and a short par 3 course.
The Everyman Cinema in Gerrards Cross is the oldest cinema in Buckinghamshire and first opened as a playhouse in 1925. The 2 screen cinema has been refurbished and the seating replaced with sofas and arm chairs to offer a more intimate 115 and 87 seat setting. As well as current films, live theatre productions and silver screenings can be seen.
The Bekonscot Model Village has been open since 1929 and is the oldest model village in the world. The model village reflects England in the 1930’s and is set in 1.5 acres of gardens with a gauge 1 model railway.
Odds Farm Park has livestock and rare breeds combined with indoor and outdoor play areas which make this an ideal fun day out with the children.
Clivden is a National Trust country house which is now a hotel. Set within beautiful gardens and woodland the grounds lead down to the River Thames. The Orangery Café and Dovecote Coffee shop offer refreshments and National Trust products and plants can be brought at the shop.
The Chilterns are the chalk hills that run through Buckinghamshire. These, and the countryside surrounding them were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965.
Colne Valley Park visitors centre has over 200 miles of rivers and canals and 60+ lakes set in beautiful woodland and farmland. The centre has an extensive calendar of events with something to suit all ages.