Picturesque Villages Within One Hour Distance From London

You must have come across the famous saying that if you are bored of London, you are bored of life.   However, it might so happen that you are bored of the city temporarily and want to encounter something different and have an out of the world experience. Well, it might not be possible in London but, it does not mean that it is not possible at all. Take a quick break from the busy city and enjoy life amidst the rustic countryside for a day and come back to the city by evening.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, if you are staying in Shaftesbury Hyde Park International Hotel London then, the central London hotel deals will allow you to plan trips outside London with the help from the hotel staff. Though London never runs out of options for you to entertain, but, still there are some things, which you cannot do while here like gaze out over to the rolling hills of countryside or drink in hand and sit outside a pub.

However, if your heart long to do stuff like thus, there are some great places and chocolate box villages just an hour away from London to while away for the day and have some quintessential fun.

Ripley In Surrey
The village of Ripley is as old as Norman times and has been there around 1066 to 1216. The history is clearly visible from the architecture of its church namely St Mary Magdalen. It has some typical feature characteristics pointing towards its time of construction being around 1160. You will spot more than 20 listed public houses and buildings in the place and also some timber framed pretty Tudor buildings along the high street. Ripley is also the home to the famous Talbot Hotel dating back to 1453. Apart from this, the place also has three pubs, a Michelin start restaurant and some great shops selling wine, antiques and flowers.

Cookham In Berkshire
Having River Thames running alongside, the idyllic location of Cookham is a great place to while away the day away from the city. Cookham incorporates three islands with one main village and tow satellite villages as well. This site was inhabited for thousands of years as you can see a small Bronze Age area, three ancient barrows and two pre history megaliths nearby. It is thought that Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame’s was inspired by this place as the author having lived here since his entire childhood and came back to write a book in his later life.

Another notable personality who was born here was Stanley Spencer and many of his works depicted the village life. Visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in village center and see some of his works. As the place is quite old so its quaint high street is filled with historic buildings like Victorian and 17th century cottages, several restaurants and old inns. A walk down the village streets is a treat in itself and anyone will find heaven as Cookham have already given rise to many of Thames’s inspiring stretches.

Yalding In Kent
Once a favorite place classic children‘s fiction author, Edith Nesbit, the small town of Yalding has its own unique charm which has been captivating visitors and artists alike. She was also fond of Twyford Bridge, one of the three medieval bridge located in the village and is also a best example of Medieval Bridge in UK. As the local iron industry declined in the 1700s, this place went back to its native fruit farming in pear and apple orchards. This place has always been surrounded by bountiful countryside. Though, you will not find much in case of shops but, there are a number of pubs located in this place. Also, once a year this place hosts the contemporary music festival, The Vicar’s Picnic which is a hit among the locals.

Great Missendem In Buckinghamshire
Visit the heart of Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Missendem is surrounded by gorgeous scenery with paddocks, rolling hills, valleys and woods. The village is also picture perfect like the ones you have heard in stories and seen in movies. The winding streets go through the entire village and have pretty shop fronts. As the place is beautiful depicting every characteristics of British countryside, it has been extensively used for filming as well.

Many movies like Midsummer Murders along with several other Hammer Horror movies of the 80s where filmed here and its recent credit goes to the latest Bridget Jones movies.  When it comes to famous artist, this place was the home to author Ronald Dahl who lived here from 1954 till his death in the year 1990. Many local scenes and characters from this place are seen featuring in his work. The Ronald Dahl Museum and Story enter is located here on the high street and the Ronald Dahl Village trail will take the visitors along the paths of his inspiration. There are also a number of cafes, shops, restaurants and pubs found here in this village.

Bray In Berkshire
Occupying the three mile stretch of River Thames, the pretty village Bray often refers to as Bray-on-Thames. It main village is surrounded by a number of smaller villages, greens and hamlets making the larger parish of Bray. There are also immense chances to enjoy short walks in this area. This village is also the home of two three Michelin star restaurant and there are only four in UK. Places of interest in this village include the tomb of William Goddard. He was the one who built a row of red-brick almshouses in this village around 1609 naming The Jesus Hospital and also the nearby Bray Studios which is the original home of Hammer Horror.

Ashwell In Hertfordshire
This tiny village of Herfordshire is close to the remains of an Iron Age forge named as Arbury Banks, but this is not all when it comes to know the history of this little village. The architecture you will find here spans around many centuries with medieval cottages, Georgian and Tudor houses and many hoses with 15th and 16th century windows. One of such house has now turned into a museum with plenty of thatched roof on display.

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