At a glance...
The North Home Counties covers South Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, and Hertfordshire, and provides a vast expanse of beautiful countryside, as well as some of the UK’s most popular London commuter towns. With excellent transport links into London and easy access to London Heathrow airport, the region houses world-class amenities, events and restaurants, a big part of what makes it so appealing to international buyers or those working within the City.
Offering a country lifestyle with a uniquely cosmopolitan twist, and all within striking distance of London, the North Home Counties has a thriving social calendar, from the Henley Royal Regatta and Festival to Royal Ascot and Polo at Guards located in Windsor Great Park, there’s everything from sports to fashion and music on the doorstep. World-class golfing and private gated estates such as Wentworth and St George’s Hill, all add to the area’s glittering and often exclusive appeal.
For a touch of quintessential English charm, consider riverside locations such as Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. The Chiltern Hills, over 300 square miles of prime Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hertfordshire countryside, are smattered with market towns and villages showcasing brick and flint cottages, contemporary homes, and traditional Manor Houses, and provide miles and miles of wonderful footpaths, bridleways and views.
Most of the North Home Counties offer train or tube access into London within 30 to 60 minutes, with regular services into Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, and Waterloo. Popular commuter stations include Beaconsfield, Gerrard’s Cross, Didcot Parkway, Ascot and Virginia Water, Twyford, Maidenhead and Reading are also on the new Elizabeth Line of Crossrail giving direct access to The City of London. The Metropolitan underground line also links Amersham and the Chalfonts to the City. Due to the counties’ proximity, you have the benefit of all the capital’s international airports within easy reach.
Schooling within the Home Counties is particularly highly regarded and is home to a large proportion of the UK’s international schools, not to mention London’s multitude of world-class universities.