Explore the Area
There is so much to see and do during your stay at Upper Farm Henton. Below are a few suggestions and useful links to help you plan your visit.
Midsomer Murders (TV Show Filming Locations)
Fans know Midsomer as the home of traditional pubs, village greens, fetes and Sunday afternoon cricket. They watch the improbable number of murders committed in dastardly yet creative ways, and solved by the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby of Causton CID. But that’s the fictional Midsomer County.
The real-life Midsomer Murders locations are spread across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire where towns and villages have names every bit as wonderful as their fictional counterparts. South Oxfordshire’s villages, stately homes, stone cottages and market towns provide around half of the filming locations.
The Pool House @ Upper Farm Henton, is an ideal base for visiting many of the locations used during filming.
Take a look at the Visit Midsomer web page to find out more about tours and filming locations. Click here.
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is an Award Winning heritage railway with its main station at Chinnor on the border between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. It runs along the foot of the Chilterns escarpment and the steam from the trains can be seen from Upper Farm.
A great destination for a family day-out. Plenty of parking, station cafe and gift shop.
Visit the website for further details on special events, opening times and train timetable. Click here.
The Hellfire Caves (also known as the West Wycombe Caves) are a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns which extend a quarter of a mile (500 metres) underground. They are situated above the village of West Wycombe (Approx. 8 miles from Upper Farm).
On entering the Caves, long winding passages lead deep underground for over half a mile, through the great Banqueting Hall and past various chambers. In these you will find statues of various members of the Hell-Fire Club. The final destination is the Inner Temple, which is reached by crossing the River Styx. You are now several hundred feet below the Church on top of the hill with its Golden Ball.
The Pool House at Upper Farm Henton is located on the Oxfordshire / Buckinghamshire border and is ideally situated for guests looking to visit a number of National Trust locations. Of particular note are:
Magnificent house and grounds in the style of a 16th-century French château.
Explore this French Renaissance-style château built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to entertain the fashionable world and to house his collection of fine art.
Hughenden offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia, and there's even a Victorian playroom for younger visitors.
West Wycombe Park
West Wycombe Park is one of the most theatrical and Italianate of all English country houses and the Dashwood family home for over 300 years. Set in 45 acres of landscaped park, the house as we see it today is the creation of the 2nd Baronet in the 18th Century. This Palladian gem is frequently featured on screen in the television series Downton Abbey and more recently Dr Thorne.
Fourteenth-century moated gatehouse, built by John de Haudlo and once part of a fortified manor house, set in gardens.
Discover seven centuries of history on a guided tour.
2012 marked the 700th birthday of this amazing tower.
Please click the National Trust logo above to view the full list of local National Trust locations in the area.
Bicester Village is located around 30 minutes from Upper Farm Henton. This luxury outlet shopping destination is home to more than 130 boutiques of world-famous brands, each offering exceptional value with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Together with a selection of restaurants and cafés, the Village offers luxury services that include Valet Parking, Hands-free Shopping, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, and onsite tax refund and money change service.
Tiggywinkles is the worlds leading wildlife hospital. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of the Chiltern countryside, the Tiggywinkles Visitor Centre is home to some permanent animals who cannot be returned to the wild. So a blind hedgehog or 3-legged deer can live there in near-natural conditions, where they can be health-assessed regularly so they can live out the rest of their lives in safety.
The centre also allows visitors to see the work that Tiggywinkles do first hand and learn about the history of the Hospital, the type of animals they treat and some of the innovative techniques that are employed. Tiggywinkles is less than 7 miles from Upper Farm.
The Bucks Goat Centre is a friendly open farm situated in Stoke Mandeville, 7 miles from Upper Farm.
Pet and feed clean and friendly farm animals in a child friendly environment.
There are a wide selection of animals on the farm, including playful piggy’s, cheeky chickens, very inquisitive alpacas, cuddly rabbits along with lots of friendly goats.
Animal Handling Sessions Available Every Day! (selected times at weekends)
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure - Unleash your inner Tarzan
This original experience involves fun and adventure across the tree tops in Wendover Woods (11 miles from Upper Farm).
Enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. Placed high up in the Chilterns, this leafy hideout at Wendover Woods is both spectacular and idyllic. This hidden gem in Buckinghamshire includes an 'extreme' site where you can take on the thrills and spills of the Wendover Walkway, the Chilterns Crossing, the Monkey Shuffle and much, much more!
Harry Potter Studios Tour - Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden, Watford
Step on to authentic sets and relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life. Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.
Located less that 30 miles from Upper Farm.
The Peacock Country Inn - (website)
Every stay at Upper Farm should include at least one visit to our local pub & restaurant. Run by Martin Roberts and his team, The Peacock serves great food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The Wheatsheaf - (website)
Chinnor has it's own South African pub and restaurant and it's pretty damn good. Whether you are after traditional pub grub or more adventurous South African dishes, it's well worth a visit.
Duo Chef - (website)
If you can't live without an Indian meal during your stay, then Duo Chef Indian Fusion restaurant is definitely worth a visit. We've tried most of the Indian restaurants in the area and this is our personal favourite and a sure fire winner with all our guests.
The Sir Charles Napier - (website)
This is an old-fashioned inn located on the outskirts of Chinnor just happens to serve some of the best food in the county, as well as having the best grounds. The perfect halfway house between urban-floorboard gastropub and twee country ale house.
La Chouette - (website)
Located in a little village called Dinton (15 minutes from the farm), this Belgian restaurant is one of the quirkiest restaurants that we've ever eaten at. The food is superb and the owner/chef Frederic creates a truly memorable dining experience. Booking is absolutely essential.
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (2 Michelin Stars) - (website)
Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences and is only 20 minutes from Upper Farm.