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The Chalfonts is the collective name for a group of charming villages in Buckinghamshire, not far to the north west of London. Incidentally, Chalfont means chalk spring, in reference to the water carrying capacities of the local terrain. This group of villages comprises Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Little Chalfont.
Chalfont St Peter is one of the largest villages in the United Kingdom due to the proximity of Gerrards Cross railway station, which lies between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill on the Chiltern Main Line. The first major development of the village was in the Georgian era, however most of the original Georgian shops have been demolished although some still remain. Chalfont St Peter is often described as the Gateway to the Chiltern Hills. It has many places to stay, the most notable being The Greyhound, which is situated at the foot of the village on the banks of the River Misbourne. Chalfont St Peter has excellent transport links with easy access to the M25, M40 and both mainline and underground train stations into London.
Chalfont St Giles is a delightful village on the edge of the Chilterns in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is 21 miles (33.6 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross and central London, and it is near Chalfont St Peter, Little Chalfont and Amersham. Milton’s Cottage is in Chalfont St Giles, it was the former home of writer John Milton of Paradise Lost fame and is open to the public as the writer’s museum.
Chalfont St Giles is in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. It has much to offer the visitor including sightseeing, refreshments and shopping. It also encompasses the smaller village of Jordans, famous as the last resting place of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and his family.
Little Chalfont is a 20th-century creation made by the coming of the Metropolitan Railway. A station called Chalfont Road was opened in 1889. At that time, the area was remote from the centres of the villages and towns, and consisted of isolated farms and cottages, and did not have a specific name. The coming of the railway eventually brought local housing development, and a community developed around the station, which was renamed to Chalfont & Latimer station in 1915, a name which it retains today. In 1925 at the request of the inhabitants, it was agreed that the group of houses near the station should be named Little Chalfont instead of “Chalfont Road Village”.
For many years, Little Chalfont was split mainly in the Amersham Town Council area, and partly in Chalfont St Giles parish. In 2007 it became a village in its own right. The area benefits from both state and private schools with outstanding reputations and within easy reach. These schools include Dr Challoners Schools, Chesham High School and the Chalfonts Community College, as well a number of excellent infant schools, junior schools and nurseries and some great private schools.
The proximity and ease of access of the Chalfonts to the capital has made the area highly sort after and many luxury houses have emerged to attract the rich and famous to take up residence. UK Sotheby’s International Realty recognises the significance of this fact and are pleased to offer Chalfont Manor to the market.
The manor for sale with a £1-million home theatre
Chalfont Manor, Nightingales Lane, Chalfont St Giles
112 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms
Chalfont Manor is a Tudor style mansion manor house estate with an outstanding specification. The property has undergone a £5 million new build refurbishment to an exceptionally high standard, involving multi-award-winning designers. Further to the primary residence there is the West Wing, comprising two additional self-contained apartments. Additionally, there is a luxurious ultra-high-end entertainment complex, comprising games room, studio/office, ‘The Ultimate TV & Gaming Room’, and to top it all a £1 million Steinway cinema, thrown in for free, that is so phenomenally high-end that it has been independently rated as being ‘The Best Cinema in The UK’, has won the award of worldwide ‘Home Theater of The Month’ with AVSForum, and is a finalist for worldwide ‘Home Theater of The Year’ for 2020 (expected to win). Also featuring in another part of the property is a sizeable swimming pool and a sumptuous wine cellar.