If the great outdoors is calling, Turville has you covered. This tiny village near Henley-on-Thames has one pub, one church and one hell of a countryside setting. Wrapped in Chiltern Hills greenery and dotted with sixteenth-century cottages, Turville’s looks have landed it a bunch of TV roles. It was the perfect rural setting for ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ and where Villanelle embarked on a murderous chase in ‘Killing Eve’. Blow the cobwebs away with a walk along the Chiltern Way, stop to take in the view from one of several cosy pubs, and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about.
A perfect day in Turville
Stretch your legs with a walk up to the Cobstone Windmill, which features in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. Take the footpath between the church and the green – it’s a steep climb, but the lofty views over Turville and the Chilterns are worth it.
Swing by Turville’s half-timbered pub The Bull & Butcher. Expect proper pies, real ales and an interior that’s all open fires and original beams. The garden is the place to be on a sunny day, and four-legged friends are welcome. But Turville’s only pub gets busy, so book before you turn up.
For a pin-drop-peaceful walk, head towards Turville Heath, where Lord Sainsbury’s manor is tucked away. Even the café here is car-free to keep things quiet. The Barn at Turville Heath serves drinks and snacks to walkers, cyclists and horse riders – via an honesty box on weekdays.
Unless you need a new saddle for your horse, you won’t find much in the way of retail therapy in Turville. But head south towards Henley-on-Thames and you can shop for fine wines or book a tasting experience at Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery. It’s a ten-minute drive or a glorious 50-minute walk.
Pay a visit to St Mary the Virgin Church – AKA St Barnabus in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. Nestled in gardens dotted with wonky gravestones, it’s as quiet and peaceful outside as it is indoors – bar the odd bout of bell ringing
If you’re not quite ready to leave the green and pleasant Chiltern Hills behind, bed down in this sweet seventeenth-century farmhouse. White Pond Farm is in a tiny woodland village on the edge of the grand and historic Stonor Park estate. It’s ten minutes’ drive from Turville, but shares its IMDB credentials – the farm has appeared in ‘Midsomer Murders’ and James Bond flick ‘The Living Daylights’. Book a cute barn-conversion cottage or a wing of the main house to savour all that super-photogenic peace and quiet. From £375 for three nights.