What to See
Milton’s Cottage was built in the late 16th century, most probably for the estate manager of The Vache – once owned by Robert George Fleetwood, one of the Regicides of Charles I.
Fleeing the outbreak of the Bubonic plague in London, Milton came to Chalfont St. Giles with his wife and daughters in 1665, where a house had been secured for them by Milton’s friend and pupil, Thomas Ellwood – who famously referred to it as “that pretty box in St Giles, Chalfonte.”
Although he lived here for less than 2 years, Milton’s Cottage was an important place in the writer’s life: within these walls he completed Paradise Lost and was inspired to write its sequel, Paradise Regained. It was these late, great works that ensured his enduring poetic legacy and universal recognition as one of the world’s greatest writers.
Milton’s Cottage was secured for the nation after a public appeal to prevent it being dismantled and moved to the USA. Queen Victoria opened the subscription list of the purchase of Milton’s Cottage in 1887 and it has been open to the public as a museum ever since.
What we Offer
The garden at Milton’s Cottage has been planted with species of flowers and plants that are referenced in Milton’s writings.
It is the only cottage garden in the Chilterns listed by English Heritage as a Grade II Registered Historic Garden, worth visiting in its own right.
“Laurel and Myrtle and what higher grew
Of firm and fragrant leaf: on either side
Acanthus, and each odourous bushy shrub
Fenc’d up the verdant wall, each beauteous flower,
Iris all hues, Roses and Jessamine
Reard high their flourish’d heads between, and wrought
Paradise Lost, Book 4, Line 694
We are now closed for the winter months and will re-open again on 3rd April 2019.
Full details of our 2019 opening times will be posted soon.
Parties and coaches are welcome during our closed season by prior arrangement.
Open Season 2019
3rd April – 30th September
Miltons Cottage Museum
21 Deanway,Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4JH