A Vibrant Region
The affluent home county of Buckinghamshire is rich in character with pretty hamlets, ancient market towns and modern business facilities.
The market town of Dunstable is just 10 minutes’ drive from The Orchards and has a range of shopping facilities including The Quadrant Shopping Centre. Dunstable is also home to The Grove, a large community theatre with a wide-ranging repertoire including drama, dance, film screenings and pantos. Luton is also within easy reach and has a large shopping centre that is anchored by a Debenhams department store.
For cultural pursuits visit Jacobean Ascott House, the countryside residence of the de Rothschild family, or head south to the Dunstable Downs to discover the fascinating natural history of The Five Knolls, one of three protected monuments here. The area is one
of the UK’s top kite flying sites so many people come to watch stunt kites or paragliders and the London Gliding Club has its base at the foot of the Downs.
Whipsnade Zoo and Safari Park will prove to be a popular day out; its 600 acres and 3,000 animals, many on the endangered species list, will captivate the whole family. Alternatively take a canal boat trip on the Grand Union Canal, visit the beautiful historic churches or tour the heritage park and museum at nearby Pitstone.