Sometimes you just need a respite from the hassles of modern life and last week on a glorious spring day I swapped South West London for Chicheley Hall. A beautiful and elegant Grade I listed mansion set within 80 acres of immaculately kept grounds. It’s a place – and with good reason – which is exceptionally popular with weddings but also offers rooms and suites for a hotel break with a difference. Located in Buckinghamshire in the small but pretty village of Chicheley, the Hall (operated by DeVere Venues) is just 5 minutes’ drive from the M1 motorway and accessible by train from London Euston, the property is also home to the Kavli Royal Society Centre, a residential working retreat for scientists worldwide.
Just like you’d expect from such a stately house there’s a rich and colourful history attached too. Previous owners included the wealthy Pagnell family of Newport