Monday 3 June 2019
‘Back to the simple life. Back to nature’ – Metroland, by Sir John Betjeman.
In 1973, the area to the northwest of London was immortalised by the then poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, with his critically acclaimed Metroland film and poetry piece broadcast by the BBC. The name ‘Metroland’ may have slipped from the memories of many, but the rural idyll that it once described remains as true as ever.
Metroland was the name coined for the spur of green land originating from London Baker Street and Marylebone stations, fanning out from a finger of land bordering the original Metropolitan railway to the north west of London. The land covers what are now busy suburbs bound by the M25, and stretches out as far as Verney Junction in deepest rural Buckinghamshire.
From its inception the Metropolitan Railway retained the land bordering their railway lines with a far-sighted plan to develop the routes further afield, selling the infill land for new homes to property developers, and of course increasing the number of commuters using their line.
The vision between the war years was to promulgate the dream of a rural idyll for all with speedy connections into London, linking towns such as Harrow, Amersham, Chesham, and Aylesbury, as well as many smaller towns and villages in between. A range of new home styles playing to a heartfelt desire to live in ‘Chiltern Country’ were specially crafted, becoming widely recognised under a variety of terms including ‘rustic’ and ‘Tudor revival’!
The Grove at Haddenham is perfectly placed to enjoy all the benefits of living the ‘Metroland dream’, described as a new kind of Eden for those seeking to escape the hubbub of city life and choosing to enjoy the pastoral sublime within easy commuting distance of the capital. Haddenham station is a brisk 15-minute walk away, from which central London can be reached in just 46 minutes, with 42 trains a day.
Offering a range of traditional, high-quality and luxurious new homes, incorporating a wide variety of layouts, your new home at The Grove awaits. There’s never been a better time to enjoy the fresher, cleaner, quieter location of an exquisite new home, built by one of the UK’s premier independent new home builders – award winning Dandara New Homes.
The Grove is situated a few minutes-walk from the centre of a picturesque village with its own duck pond, 12th century church, shops and historic public houses fringed by winding sleepy lanes and ancient buildings. There’s a real sense of belonging to a thriving local community, with over 100 clubs and societies to enjoy, and of course some of the best walking and outdoors lifestyle living to be had, all less than an hour from London.
Our friendly team of sales advisors are on hand seven days a week to guide you around the four beautifully furnished show homes, and provide advice and information about Dandara’s Assisted Move Scheme* and the government’s Help to Buy* initiative, all designed to make moving just that little bit easier.
*For further information on ‘assisted move’, Help to Buy and to register your interest about any of the new homes at The Grove visit the Marketing Suite, open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm or call 0800 5875 171.
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