Gayhurst is a parish two miles north west of Newport Pagnell, but contains no village. The magnificent Gayhurst House was built during the reign of Elizabeth I and was given to Sir Francis Drake in recognition of his circumnavigation of the world, and the local pub as was is named after him. Subsequently, the house was occupied by Sir Everard Digby who was involved in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and executed for concealing Guy (Guido) Fawkes. The house was enlarged during the reign of Queen Anne and today has been converted into private, luxury apartments. Nearby is the Italian-style church with its cupolatopped tower, which was built in 1728. The city of Milton Keynes now provides for most people's needs including a very good communication system of roads and rail. The mainline railway station provides fast, direct InterCity services to commute to London Euston and the North. Access to the main A5 road is 2 miles away and M1 Motorway access is approximately 6 miles away at Junctions 13 and 14, making both the M25 and M6 motorways respectively very accessible. Luton International Airport is 25 miles away. The Central Milton Keynes shopping centre now features one of the largest undercover shopping centres in the UK with extensive entertainment facilities including nightclubs, bars, restaurants and a new Theatre district. In the surrounding areas can be found a comprehensive range of fitness/health clubs, indoor and outdoor sports centres and quality golf courses plus the internationally renowned Stables venue at Wavendon. Further leisure facilities include the National Hockey Stadium, bowling alleys, an ice rink and several large multiplex cinemas, the largest indoor ski slope in the UK plus dedicated water sports and equestrian facilities, all within easy access.