A warm welcome awaits in Jordans, the historic Quaker village
With just two guest bedrooms, Spindrift B&B at Jordans is a cosy refuge in a beautiful part of the Chilterns. A sense of peace and tranquillity pervades the house. In the family living room is a grand piano once owned by Queen Alexandra, and sometimes Norma can be persuaded to play.
A huge part of Spindrift’s appeal is in its spectacular two-acre gardens, divided into different levels, each with an atmosphere all of its own. There’s the Hosta Garden, lush with foliage, a terraced garden tumbling with Irishes and a separate Monet Garden that shares its shape and colour palette with the world-famous gardens at Giverny. For a quieter mood head down into the wooded dell, or stroll through the kitchen garden to see choose your selection of fresh food for a salad. These gardens have been nurtured by Norma and her family for over half a century: unsurprisingly the gardens are open to the public during Open Garden Week but visitors aren’t allowed in the swimming pool – which is strictly for guests.
The village’s history goes back to the distant past: many Stone Age flint axes have been found here, many of which can be seen at the British Museum. But it achieved an international significance in the 17th century when Quakerism started: their Meeting House still stands on the outskirts of the village. Jordans was at the heart of the movement when persecution drove many to start the new colony in America and the village has a barn built using timbers from the Mayflower, which carried some of the founding fathers to America. At that time nearby Chalfont St Giles was also home to the poet John Milton, whose cottage still stands and is open to the public as a museum to his memory. Spindrift itself was designed itself by the Quaker architects Fred and Douglas Rowntree, descendants of the famous confectionary family.
Fresh flowers and home-made shortbread welcomes guest into the two guest bedrooms, one double and one twin. Both have en-suite facilities with quality toiletries. Hypnos beds are paired with crisp cotton linens, all warmed by goose down duvets and pillows (though fibre is available for guests with allergies. All in all it’s a supremely comfortable home from home. Each room is furnished with a television and tea- and coffee-making facilities but guests aren’t confined to their bedrooms: there’s a guest sitting room, a drawing room and a large garden room, often used to serve meals in fine weather.
Spindrift is the perfect place to explore the quieter side of rural British life. Jordans is a classic small village set around a village green and though there’s plenty of historic interest in the village itself, for many it’s the quieter pleasures of strolling across spreading lawns hemmed by flowers, exploring ponds and lawns, and generally just relaxing in beautiful, private surroundings. And when it’s time for a change, there’s a heated swimming pool, sheltered by a yew hedge from any passing breeze. Unusually for a B&B Norma will even provide lunch, or a packed lunch, if requested.
Explore the birthplace of Quakerism. The first meeting-house is a few yards from Spindrift, with its adjoining barn built from the Mayflower’s original timbers. Then return for supper: your hostess here is a Cordon-Bleu trained gourmet chef.
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Swimming Pool
- Places of Historical Interest
- Opening Times: open all year
- Tel: +44 (0) 1494 873 172
- Price Range: from £150
£75 per person per night based on 2 people sharing a double room, breakfast included
£85 per night for single occupancy, breakfast included
Through July and August pay just £129 per room for 2 guests (£75 for single occupancy)
For regular and group booking rates, please enquire.
Packed Lunch £12.50
Dinner, 4 courses £35, all drinks included
* Celebration of the Garden Special *
From M40 junction 2 follow signs for Beaconsfield, then take the A40 toward Gerrards Cross. Turn left at the first junction into Potkiln Lane (just past the 50 mph limit speed camera, where the carriageway narrows from 2 lanes into one). Drive straight for about half a mile, through the downhill cutting, and then take the second left turning, signposted for Jordans Village. Drive past the Jordans Village Estate Office on the Village Green, and turn right into Green West Road, go past the Village Store and continue straight all the way to the end of the road where you will find Spindrift tucked away on the left of the entrance to the Village School.
Take a Chiltern Line train (30 minutes from London Marylebone) to Seer Green & Jordans station, where you will be met by John. Alternatively, take a train that stops at either Beaconsfield or Gerrards Cross, and take a taxi from there to Spindrift.
"What a find! Beautiful garden so lovingly tended, and fabulous hosts. The only problem is my stay was too short"
"I really enjoyed everything, delicious meals, breakfasts, wonderful garden, and especially John & Norma's kind hospitality"
Kazumi, Kawasaki, Japan
- Bio : Your hosts here are Norma Desmond-Mawby, a Cordon-Bleu trained cook in charge of the cakes and biscuits that greet arriving guests, evening meals if required and many of the jams and preserves that add to the breakfast options. Breakfasts themselves are generally provided by John Mawby, himself a dab hand in the kitchen, with a full range of traditional options, including smoked salmon and haddock if required. Guests are also greeted by Rufus, the resident corgi, who is quite happy to share his home with like-minded guest pets.