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|Offroad private parking|
|TV with Freeview in rooms|
|Wireless internet access|
|Garden for guests|
|Ground floor bedrooms|
|Special diets catered for|
|Tea/coffee making facilities|
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RIDGEWAY LODGE, Upper Icknield Way,
Saunderton, Princes Risborough,
Bucks, HP27 9NL
OS Grid ref: SP 803 015
FIRST FLOOR STUDIO
GROUND FLOOR ANNEX
walk-in shower room
Prices valid from January 2015
including complimentary breakfast.
Bed and Breakfast with added extras!
Welcome to all visitors to Ridgeway Lodge and the Chilterns! Miv and John,who own Ridgeway Lodge aim to look after guests as they like to be looked after - and happily most seem to agree!
They have tried to provide visitors with everything needed to make their stay, whether it be for one night or several, as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
**Our ground floor annex bedrooms, level floors and wider than average doorways, plus our accessible recently fitted walk-in shower room means our less mobile guests can enjoy a luxurious shower which is equipped with a seat.**
Please ask for our access statement.
Help can be given in suggesting places to go and things to see during your stay, as well as finding somewhere to eat!
Ridgeway Lodge from the Southwest.
Ridgeway Lodge is in The Buckinghamshire Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on The Ridgeway and Upper Icknield Way,reputed to be the oldest roads in the Uk.
Situated a mile south of the market town of Princes Risborough*, Ridgeway Lodge is surrounded by farmland, with far-reaching views to the north, south, west and east with the ancient Ridgeway long-distance path skirting the property.
We are approximately 8 miles from the M40, providing easy access from Stratford, Warwick, Birmingham and London. Princes Risborough rail station is less than a mile from the house,has excellent direct train services from Wembley Stadium, London and Birmingham. Heathrow and Luton airports are both about 45 minutes drive, Gatwick approximately 90 minutes.
Our location makes a very convenient place to stay either coming from or going to the airport, or as a place to visit whilst enroute to all destinations to the east, west, north and south!
Try and spend a few days, enjoy the views, walk and chill out before heading back to the hustle and bustle of 'normal life'!
Ridgeway Lodge is a peaceful oasis, a place to relax and unwind - the only problem might be that it is too quiet for some people who are used to constant background noise- and street lighting!
Princes Risborough is well served with cafes,including a Costa coffee shop, pubs and several restaurants, including Chinese, Indian and Italian,a creperie and a fish and chip shop. There is a butcher,a delicatessen, M&S Simply Food, and a Tesco supermarket. In addition there are two art galleries/shops, opticians, dentists, several card and gift shops, Gorgeous Giggles, an award-winning children's clothes and toy shop, WH Smith, several ladies' clothes shops, an artists materials/stationers, a chocolate maker who also serves good food, a pet shop, estate agents, newsagent, Sally's Sewing Box,an Aladdin's Cave haberdashery and fabric shop stacked high to the ceiling with everything for hobbyists, a bead shop, several hair and beauty salons, florists, a nail bar and the Paddocks clinic. You'll find a well stocked library, charity bookshop and a new wine bar! If you need emergency repair to boots or shoes, or even a new pair, the excellent Wainright's shoe shop is well-stocked.There is a street market on a Thursday, with larger Farmer’s markets on the third Thursday each month.
Visitor information is now housed in the Library, open on Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday and Saturday morning
The local area abounds with country pubs and restaurants, all serving good food, some having been featured in Midsomer Murders and Inspector Morse.
The accommodation is accessed by a guest front door and hallway to all rooms.
Three good - sized rooms are available furnished with comfortable Hypnos beds, with Dunlopillo pillows, Hypnos* and/or memory foam mattresses for a restful night's sleep. Anti-allergy Duvets are provided, with sheets and blankets as an alternative if preferred. Large bath towels, hand towels, and quality toiletries are also provided.
The Ensuite Studio is a large, light, comfortable superking or twin room on the first floor accessed by a private staircase of 9 stairs with a hand rail. A large window looks out over the garden towards Risborough and the Whiteleaf Cross. Wall-mounted freeview digital tv, digital clock/radio, hairdryer, hanging and drawer storage, bedside tables, bedside lamps, easy chair and desk chair. This room is big enough for an additional child cot and/or extra bed which can be provided on request. It also contains a beautiful hand made wooden rocking horse belonging to my daughter! A complimentary refreshments tray is provided, and chilled water can be supplied on request.
The ensuite has a wide shower cubicle with inswing door, thermostatically controlled power shower, wc, and inset handbasin with toiletries storage,shaver point.
Thermostatically controlled radiator heating.
The Ground Floor Annex comprises hall, a double room with king-size bed and a twin room, all Hypnos* beds, level laminate floors. Double-glazed fire-escape windows and french doors offer access to and views over garden and hills.
The Double Room has king-size bed, wardrobe and drawer storage, bedside tables, hairdryer, digital clock radio, bedside lamps and is sufficiently large to take a travel cot which can be provided on request. the room is also large enough to provide space for a wheelchair.Wall mounted freeview digital TV/DVD player, thermostatically controlled radiators.
The Twin Room has single beds, wardrobe and drawer storage, bedside tables, bedside lamps, digital clock/radio and wall mounted freeview digital tv/DVD player, thermostatically controlled radiator, hairdryer.
Newly installed easy-access state-of-the-art shower room with thermostatically controlled power shower, underfloor heating(winter use) and heated towel rail. The bathroom is accessible for less-able visitors, with shower seat and walk-in shower, level floor.
There is a well equipped kitchenette, including a microwave oven/grill, fridge, freezer, china, glass and cutlery. Breakfast is served in the open plan dining area. The lounge area with French doors to the garden, has two sofas and a chair, tv and dvd player.
All guests have use of the kitchenette, garden and the lounge,which is well stocked with travel books,a selection of novels, and books on many topics from music, The Chilterns, to Oman, to mention a few. Board games, playing cards, jigsaws, too!
Wifi is provided free of charge, for emails, maps etc, but not downloading films or gaming.
Adequate o ff-road parking is provided and storage for bicycles is available on request. Drying space for wet weather gear.
Mountain type bikes are now available for hire locally,with helmet and security chain-very good prices too!!
Check-in times are usually between 3pm and 7pm, and are flexible, but it helps all of us to have an idea of arrival time, especially if it is earlier or later than would be usual. We try and accommodate requests for early check-in, but please remember this is a B&B, not a hotel. If it is likely to be a very early check-in, due to an early flight arrival etc, you will be invited to book the previous night as well to ensure your room is available. This also applies to wedding groups, who usually want early access to get ready for the wedding.
Check-out time on departure day is about 10 am (to vacate the room), but guests can use the sitting room until they leave. Guests staying more than one night, however, have access to their room at all times, we just ask that we are able to service the room at a reasonable time.
*Hypnos holds a Royal Warrant. These beds are made in Princes Risborough.
Please mention any special dietary requirements on booking.
A complimentary breakfast is provided,with plenty of choice,individually cooked to order, and at a time to suit you, between 7.30 and 9 am.
Cereals, porridge, yogurt, a trio of fresh fruit and fruit juice are offered. Try our homemade marmalade, lemon curd and preserves with croissants, and/or a variety of bread and toast.A choice of coffees and teas is also offered.
We use local, outdoor reared pork for bacon and sausages. Free-range eggs cooked in four different ways are provided by a friend's hens when in lay, mushrooms, fresh grilled tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans and black pudding complete the available options.
Veggie 'bacon', sausages and home-made vegetarian patties are available as an alternative.*
For early risers, an earlier breakfast can be prepared for you, and would comprise fruit, juice,cereals,yogurt, croissants and toast, coffees,hot chocolate and teas.
Breakfast is usually taken in the annex dining area, but can be on the patio in the summer, with wide views south towards West Wycombe- if the weather allows!
* These contain soya, seasonings,eggs and breadcrumbs.
The new EU Allergen Regulations came into force in January 2015. We will be pleased to discuss any possible allergens that may be in the food offered to you, on request.
Payment: An offer of accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking. To confirm the reservation,full payment for a single night is required in advance, but for several nights, 50% deposit of the total cost of the booking is required. Sometimes, due to time constraints a deposit is not paid,but, whether or not a deposit is paid, the booking, when confirmed by letter or email, is a legally binding contract and all accommodation charges become payable if the reservation is cancelled with less than 7 days' notice.
We do not take credit or debit cards, deposit/payment is by cheque or BACS bank transfer, for which some banks may charge. Any balance due is payable by cash or personal cheque on departure.
Please note that the following Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings:-
Confirmation and Cancellation policy: If a booking is cancelled more than 7 days in advance, any payment/deposit will be refunded, less a 10% administration fee, or the opportunity to rebook at a later date will be offered.
If you do need to cancel, please contact us immediately. A telephone call is still the easiest and simplest way to contact us. It is more personal and we can give immediate help and advice.
Our accommodation is very flexible but if we can’t accommodate you ourselves, we can often help you find somewhere else to stay.
In the interests of security, health and safety and fire insurance requirements, you cannot bring non-paying family, friends or colleagues into the premises without obtaining our prior consent.
As our two rescue cats are not used to having dogs on the premises, we regret that only assistance dogs can be accommodated, then only by prior arrangement.
Well-behaved children are welcome, but they are and must remain, the Parents' sole responsibility. Please telephone to discuss the most suitable accommodation available if you want to bring children.
Non-availability: Your booking would only be cancelled by Ridgeway Lodge if the accommodation became unavailable for reasons beyond our control. We would then attempt to find you alternative accommodation, but if this was not possible, or unacceptable to you, then we would refund all monies paid by you. Our liability will not extend beyond this refund.
Damages and Breakages:Please take care with our accommodation. Responsiblity and liability for any breakages or damages lies with the guest. Please report any damage as soon as it occurs. We do not normally charge for minor breakages, but we may send an invoice for repair or making good if the damage or breakage is significant and we have not been informed.
Liability: We do not accept liability for any damage, loss or injury to any member of your party, any vehicles or possessions, unless proven to be caused by a negligent act by ourselves or agents acting on our instruction.
Historical origins and Surrounding Area
Watched over by Red Kites and the Whiteleaf Cross cut into the chalk escarpment overlooking the town,Princes Risborough* was named after Edward the Black Prince. He had a hunting lodge close to where St. Mary’s church is today.
The town lies in a broad gap in the Chiltern Hills which provided ancient travellers with a link between theRiver Thames to the south and the Icknield Way which eventually led to Norfolk. Both were important routes from earliest times, together with the Ridgeway, an even more ancient trackway, which stretches from Avebury Stone circle near Stonehenge in the south west, to Ivinghoe Beacon in the north east.
The wooded areas had great significance for those travellers for forming settlements. The early inhabitants left their traces - the Neolithic barrow near the Whiteleaf Cross, Iron-Age earthworks at Pulpit Hill and Lodge Hill, and a Romano-British villa at Saunderton, and also Coombe Hill, to name a few. The clear chalk streams formed by the bubbling springs in the area, were very significant in the founding settlements, and were, more recently also home to many local watercress beds, sadly no more.
Today, many of our guests are walkers who follow in the tracks of those ancient travellers, taking on the challenge of the 87 miles of The Ridgeway.
Local places of interest
There are two 9-hole golf courses, Princes Risborough* and Whiteleaf, and an 18-hole course atEllesborough close to Chequers, 3 miles away.
Lacey Green Windmill, the oldest smock mill in the country,(built in 1650) is in Lacey Green, at the top of the hill to the east of the A4010, just south of Risborough. Climb up inside four floors to where the wheat arrived before being ground into flour and collected in sacks on the floors below. It is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays, manned by volunteers, from May to the end of September, and well worth a visit.
Bekonscot*, in Beaconsfield,to the south east of Wycombe, is a model village giving a fascinating glimpse of life in miniature in the 1930's, with a huge model railway which circuits the site and a ride on railway which also travels through the gardens. Enid Blyton’s house is a fairly recent addition. There is a large playground and covered picnic area as well as the ubiquitous shop, which is housed in an old railway carriage.
St. Tiggywinkles, at Haddenham* 3 miles away, is home to the world’s first Wildlife Teaching Hospital. (It started life in the garden shed of the man who still runs it, and the shed is still there to be seen!) Visitors can see birds and rescued animals, including foxes, deer, many prickly adult and not-so-prickly baby hedgehogs and birds, including Red Kites, which, after treatment, if not able to be released back into the wild, live happily in secure,but natural surroundings.
The village of West Wycombe and West Wycombe Park, both owned by the National Trust is a few minutes drive. The home of the Dashwoods, the house has been featured in many historical costume dramas.
Hughenden Manor, just north of High Wycombe, fascinating home of Bejamin Disraeli, favourite Prime Minister and friend of Queen Victoria, has a Map Room, highlighting the cellar’s wartime use as mapping headquarters for Bomber Command,(now Air Command) situated in Walter's Ash on top of the chalk ridge which runs from Risborough south to High Wycombe. Other recently added attractions are the kitchen area, also in the basement, and the Reprographic department, which shows how maps were photoraphed for copying for the bomber pilots' use in night-time raids during the Second World War.
Quainton, north of Aylesbury, is home of Thomas the Tank Engine, where you will find many old steam engines and other railway items of interest, as well as steam train rides. The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Steam Railway, based in Chinnor, 5 miles to the west also offer Easter and Santa Specials with mince pies and refreshments, on most weekends in November and December.
Waddesden Manor, also north of Aylesbury, one of the many homes of the Rothschilds, gives a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Cliveden, now an upmarket luxury hotel,but still owned by the National Trust,so is open at various times, home to the Astors and site of the Sixties Profumo scandal is about 30-minute drive.
Oxford*, Blenheim Palace, Grey's Court, Claydon House and other NT properties are within an hour’s drive of the house.
Highclere, where Downton Abbey is filmed, is also open to the public on certain days, but needs to be booked well in advance.
Bletchley Park home of Colossus and the Codebreakers in the Second World War- well worth a visit-but it will probably take you all day!
Princes Risborough* -an ideal base from which to indulge your interest-whatever it may be!
*Featured in Midsomer Murders
Where to eat
The Black Horse, Lacey Green, good food, and vegetarian choices.
The Three Crowns, Askett, good variety, lots of fish and shellfish.
Bella Vita, Italian, Princes Risborough, open every day, good choices, fish as well as pasta and pizzas.
Radhuni, Market Square, Popular Indian restaurant.
The Red Lion, Whiteleaf. Fresh local food, new dining room.
The Boot, Bledlow Ridge. New menu, good food.
The Sir charles Napier, Chinnor Hill. Book months ahead!!
Information on other items of interest
Sunday walks start at 10.00 am. Usually about 5 or 6 miles. Allow 2½ hours.
Weekday walks start at 10.30 am. About 4 to 5 miles. Allow 2½ hours.
Amersham Museum, 49 High Street, Amersham, Bucks HP7 0DP
Tel: 01494 723700.