Chinnor Area Guide

Chinnor is a large village at the base of the Chiltern Hills about 10 minutes’ drive from Thame.

Living in Chinnor

Chinnor is made up of a mixture of historic and modern housing merging old and new while retaining the village’s easy charm. Situated under 10 minutes’ drive from the M40, Chinnor is close enough to offer easy access to Oxford, Birmingham or London but far enough to remain entirely peaceful.

Learning in Chinnor

Outstanding OFSTED rated St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School is located in the heart of Chinnor on Station Road, and Mill Lane Community Primary School is situated in extensive grounds at the foot of the Chilterns. There are also several local nurseries and pre-schools in Chinnor for slightly younger children. Chinnor also homes a library which is open three days a week. Several secondary schools are located nearby, including Lord William’s School (or Lord Bill’s once you’re local) in Thame and the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury.

Relaxing in Chinnor

Chinnor boasts several large green spaces, including tennis courts, football pitches, children’s play grounds and a cricket ground. Finish up your game with a take away from the chippy, Chinese or one of two Indians. If sport isn’t your thing then how about a coffee and slice of homemade cake at one of the several coffee shops, or a pamper at one of the salons? Follow this up with a drink by the fire in the cosy Red Lion pub and dinner at Chinnor Indian. At the heart of Chinnor are the numerous local independent businesses, so whether you are looking for a baker, web designer, reflexologist, solicitor or electrician you are sure to find help locally. The village is also home to many clubs and societies for children and adults of all ages alike, including a youth club, several football clubs, chess club, Mothers Union, table tennis club, and Jazzercise! You can see a comprehensive list on the Parish Council website here:


A short Saturday morning walk can include ambling in the foot of the Chilterns, a stop at the butcher and bakery to pick up something for dinner and breakfast, and a meander back past the Wee Bookshop for coffee – what bliss and all before the day has really begun.

Local View

Having lived in Chinnor for the last year after various stints in other Oxfordshire locations I can happily say I have found home. My daily commute to Oxford is straightforward, and there’s plenty to do and see locally without needing to go further than your feet can take you. Locals put out their apples and eggs on the doorstep for sale or donation and a wander through with some spare change can bring a boon. The real joy is what is right there on the doorstep sitting effortlessly alongside the accessibility of easy trips to London or a short drive opening up Marlow, Dorchester on Thames and Henley for riverside walks.

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David Gilson

Managing Director

David Gilson

Managing Director