Just 15 minutes from the chaos amid London's Charing Cross, the hamlet of Cowley in Uxbridge is set in the foothills of Colne Valley and has a whopping 16 listed buildings - a far cry from the capital and its commuter towns.
Brunel University is within walking distance of Cowley's centre, with comedian Jo Brand, Libertine's guitarist Carl Barât and Member of Parliament, John McDonnel, among its notable alumni.
Minutes away from abundant nature
Colne Valley Regional Park is a nature lover's paradise, with self-guided forest walks, angling and cycling trails.
For those who fancy getting their feet wet, windsurfing, canoeing and waterskiing take place in the many lakes dotted across the park. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, why not schedule your trip around one of the model boating events, or even try your hand at the pastime.
A balanced offering at Wexham's Black Park
A stunning lake, tranquil parklands and an exhilierating Go Ape aerial park is the great outdoors at its best at the Black Park in Nearby Wexham, less than five miles from Cowley.
Planning a trip to Cowley? Travelodge London Uxbridge Hotel is just a mile and a half away, while Travelodge Langley Hotel is a 15-minute drive.