Savour local produce at a farm shop
With such beautiful countryside and rich soil, the Chiltern Hills has fantastic farm shops. Stop for a coffee, treat yourself to some local goodies for a picnic lunch, or select some home-grown ingredients to cook a delicious meal back at your cottage.
To get you started, there’s Blue Tin Produce, a small, free-range farm in Ipsden, Oxfordshire. This one is particularly good for meat-eaters as it specialises in rare breed beef and pork, but there is much more to buy, a coffee shop and events including ‘Rum ‘n Ribs’ nights.
If you’re a cheese lover, The Nettlebed Creamery, sells artisan cheeses including the delicious Bix Cheese, plus milk and kefir. All are produce of the organic dairy herd on the farm and can be bought from The Shed Shop that’s open daily.
For something a little different, The Barn at Turville Heath, situated at the edge of Turville Heath Common, can only be reached by foot or bike. At its heart is a farm with a conservation approach, but there is a fantastic café and shop where you can sample everything from homemade burgers to pasties, while even the tables are made from local fallen trees. The countryside views from here are spectacular too.