Doorstep Adventures: How Turville Stole my Heart

How Turville Stole my Heart

I make no secret of the fact that England doesn’t butter my crumpets. I’ve never been able to picture myself putting down roots in the UK, but Turville has made me think twice.

Another doorstep adventure this week as we’re lucky enough to have this quaint English village just 20 minutes down the road. A day trip to this little gem feels like a mini holiday. Time to put your feet up, sip on a pint and bask in the country sunshine (or next to the fire, sheltering from the drizzle depending on what time of year you visit!)

Sure it’s absolutely tiny and you’d run out of things to do within about 6 hours… but it is SO quintessentially English and SO beautiful I can almost guarantee you’ll let it off.

It’s country lanes reach right through your chest and play your heart strings like a violin.

Nestled neatly in the Buckinghamshire Chiltern Hills, Turville is overflowing with charm. Picture perfect cottages that date back to the 16th century line the streets and everyone knows each other! This idyllic slice of country lifestyle is only an hour’s drive from the smog of London. Who’d have guessed! 

This post is going to be more photos than words… as lets face it, this place sells itself. Giving you a mixture of snaps from last summery weekend and our wintery trip last year. You lucky devils you.


okay so the wires aren’t the greatest… but country-folk like tele too!

It makes me feel ever so slightly less bitter about being stuck in the UK for the time being when I can explore places as beautiful as this.


Who wouldn’t want to live in Rose Cottage?!

Rose Cottage Turville

Rose Cottage – As beautiful in Winter as it is in Summer

What do Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Vicar of Dibley have in common? Turville. That’s what.

Oh yes, as you would expect of something so beautiful, Turville is a TV and movie star. Damn straight it can strut it’s diva stuff as good as Angelina. It’s done pretty well for itself.

I can almost guarantee it makes more money than I do.

rooftops in turville

Turville the star…

If you’ve never seen the Vicar of Dibley before, firstly you’re a bit of a dolly doughnut and secondly go watch it right now. I mean it. I don’t even care if you click off this post to do so, Dawn French is worth it.

The Vicar of Dibley is a comedy about a rather controversial, female vicar. She goes against everything a Vicar ‘should be’ and is absolutely fabulous in the process: “I know, you were expecting a bloke with bad breath and a Bible. Instead, you got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom.” What a woman. Dawn French lives in a little cottage, in the tiny English village of ‘Dibley’ (Turville) right next to her beloved church.

Vicar of Dibley Turville

The Vicar of Dibley vicarage in all its cottagey glory

From television sitcom to the silver screen now. It isn’t just a voluptuous vicar who called Turville home, but also a fairly well known car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

LOOK! The windmill from the film! I won’t lie to you, I may have squealed with delight when I first spotted this beauty. Talk about stepping back into your childhood. I fell hook line and sinker for this village right there and then.

The summery windmill….

The wintery windmill…

And if you don’t believe me… here’s the proof complete with good old Dick Van Dyke making an appearance. What a fine hunk of man.

As if that weren’t enough fame for this diddy town, Turville was also the location for classic film Goodnight Mr Tom. If Sleepy Cottage is good enough for Tom, it’s good enough for me.

Turville’s Watering Hole

It wasn’t just Turville’s stunning buildings and famous past that lured me in. Ohhh no no no. It has a pub to seal the deal.

The Bull and Butcher in Turville has everything that you could possibly want from an English pub. A fantastic array of draft beer and local ales, a roaring fire, friendly staff, chatty locals and a cosy interior. Trust me, one pint in here and you’ll be wanting to move into the cottage next door, pull on a pair of wellingtons and start a new country bumpkin lifestyle before the day is out.

The Bull and Butcher Turville

If you plan a visit to Turville, make sure you schedule in a mealtime at the pub. The food is CRACKING.

Have the burger. You won’t regret it. And if you can get your chops around it I’ll buy you a pint. We didn’t get a photo as we had demolished it before picking up the camera even came to mind. (Must work on that one).

All of this peace and beauty is just an hour from London. Here’s a handy map to help you find your way…

So there you have it. The beautiful, quintessential village of Turville. This is without doubt my favourite ‘oldy worldy village’ in England… SO worth a visit if you find yourself in this part of the world.

Has your heart been stolen by a quaint English village and it’s pub?


  • Abbi from Life in a rucksack ✈

    Great post Gabby! I love quaint English villages. I went to Hever in Kent this past weekend, and felt the same. Who says you can’t have adventures in your home country? Thanks for sharing!


    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks Abbi 🙂 – There’s just something about quaint English villages isn’t there? They make me want to grab a blanket, put some fluffy socks on and curl up in front of the fire :). Never been to Hever! Will have to check it out. Are you planning a post about it? Absolutely. Doorstep adventures are the perfect way to combat the ‘not-travelling-right-now’ blues. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


      • Abbi from Life in a rucksack ✈

        Definitely – I think England can be good in summer and winter. Beer gardens (Pimms on the lawn) in summer, and a good roast in front of a fire in a quaint pub in winter!
        I’ll be writing about Hever Castle for my Weekend Wander Series this week, so check it out tomorrow! (PS – I may have a collaboration opportunity for a post with you guys, if interested – but I will get back to you)


        • TheGlobeWanderers

          You’re so right… it’s not so great when it’s drizzling and grey though aye ;). We’ll definitely check out your Hever Castle post – looking forward to it. And excited about this collaboration opportunity!! You know where we are :))


  • Natalie Tanner

    Love the colorful language! Dolly Doughnut? LOL!! A perfectly beautiful place. Love it!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks Natalie! Pleased you liked the food based language ;). Turville really is stunningly beautiful – SO recommend spending an afternoon there if you find yourself near by. Thanks so much for the comment!


  • Tara Wilson Cannon

    What a lovely little town. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang…now there is a movie I haven’t thought of for a while (loved it as a child). I’ll definitely be popping by Turkville next time I am in London. Great post.

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      It’s a magical movie isn’t it Tara… definitely what I’d call a Sunday film :). You really should visit if you find yourself around London, and watch the film again before you go! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂


  • Girl Unspotted

    Omgoodness this is unbelievably gorgeous! It’s like it’s straight out of a fairytale. You took such amazing photos!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thank you so much! The village is absolutely picture perfect, it’s not hard to get good photographs of it – I can’t really take the credit :). Thanks for stopping by!


  • Chelsea

    Oh my gosh! That cottage is drop dead beautiful!I l love looking at traveling pics! This is such a cool post. Love the photos!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks so much Chelsea, really pleased you like the photos 🙂 Thanks for commenting!


  • Johanny Guillen-Casillas

    Your pics are beautiful. Love places like that, full of history👍🏼

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      It is a really stunning place Johanny… just spending an afternoon wandering around with a camera followed by a pint in the pub is perfection – definitely recommend! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  • ICEskatingVE R

    What an amazing pictures and a great blog! 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me guys 🙂 I am usually solo traveling and traveling in pair must be so cool :)) keep it up!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by – SO pleased we’ve inspired you. Best news :). Travelling in a couple is an amazing experience – but so is solo travel! So right back at you :).

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    I would love Turville! I love places off the beaten path, where you can relax and interact with the locals in a safe and threat-free way. I could definitely see myself enjoying the Rose Cottage, and then strolling over to the local watering hole!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Ahh Doreen, Turville is right up your street!! It is off the beaten path whilst at the same time still being so accessible from London. Some of the Turville locals actually work in the city – (What a weird transition that must be everyday!) James and I have fallen in love with Rose Cottage… every time we go we drool over it… worry the owners might start complaining about that odd couple who hang around ;). Thanks for the comment, hope you make it there one day 🙂


  • Tracie Howe

    I have yet to visit a part of England that is quintessentially English, but I think this is it! It’s what I imagined I’d see every time I’ve been to England, but I never did. Thanks for sharing, it’s going on my list!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      So much of England has lost its character these days (I’m not a huge fan if I’m honest) but these little villages pop up every so often and redeem it :). It really is absolutely stunning, you feel like you have stepped back in time and are miles away from anywhere. There are other gems like this scattered around, maybe i’ll put together a list :). Thanks so much for stopping by!


  • Valerie Perry

    Turville is going on my list for 2017’s UK trip. I would love to bike around this town. It looks beautiful!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Pleased to hear it Valerie! There are some amazing bike trails and hiking routes all around the area. There is also the little village of Hambleden just down the road which is where 101 dalmations and sleepy hollow was filmed. Also worth a trip if you’re on your bike! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!


  • Kimberly Erin

    This is beautiful, I love it. It looks so cozy and warm and friendly, I wouldnt mind having a cute little cottage here. When I was liing in the UK I fell in love with the little town of Rye…if you have the chance you may enjoy that too!

  • Gemma

    England doesn’t butter your crumpet has to be one of my favourite quotes from a blog – high five! Going to share this on FB for that quote alone. I have never come across Turville, as pretty as it is the thought of there makes me feel a bit claustrophobic, not that I love The Big Smoke cities but I think I’d need something a little bit more cultured. Great post, I adored Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I was younger. That Childsnatcher…

  • Bethaney

    What a lovely little English village. I lived in London for 2.5 years but did very little travel around the UK. Sad to say!

  • Karla

    I bookmarked this, super nice! I really like it. It feels like a scene from a fairytale. I will pay this a visit SOMEDAY. Thank you for sharing

  • Mike Howard –

    such a cool looking town….did you get a close look at that one house (with the black squares, maybe they are tar?) looks like a painting the way they did that. quite cool. Thanks for sharing such a cool place with us Gabrielle!

  • Maaike –

    Yes to that question Gabby! You probably know by now how much I adore British villages and cottages and everything that has to do with that 😉 And this being so close to London makes it the perfect candidate for my weekend wanderings I’m sure! Added to the list

  • Naomi86

    Yay i love Turville too! We often do a walk from Skirmett (park at the Frog) via Turville and stop at the pub, which is indeed lovely, and then onto Fingest and have a meal at The Chequers Inn. Highly recommended around this time of year with the bluebells out!