This week we wanted to shine a light on the delights of Berkshire. Its main city Reading boasts three Universities and three grammar schools. It has an affinity with the technology industry, offices of the ‘Big Four’ and Head Office of Mars UK in Slough. Hugged by the North Wessex Downs (AONB) and the Chilterns, Berkshire is steeped in History with Windsor Castle, Donnington Castle and Highclear (Downton Abbey). Fast trains and good road networks mean there are some well-established commuter pockets which attract price tags that are out of range of many home-hunters. However, look beyond sprawling Reading and Slough and the area has some lovely villages with attractive prices.
Twyford – East Berkshire
A 15-minute drive east of the city and you’ll arrive at Twyford. Its station means you’ll be in Paddington in 31 minutes but Crossrail means passengers can get further access into London when it’s completed. The town has a selection of excellent primary schools, an active sports scene (cycle routes, tennis and football) and a Waitrose. The Stanlake Wine Estate attracts locals and visitors and benefits from one of the oldest and most popular pubs in Berkshire. Duke of Wellington was built around 1450 and has served punters ever since.
Hungerford – West Berkshire
Heading West and you’ll reach Hungerford. A market town comprising of mainly Georgian and Victorian architecture that connects London Paddington in 64 minutes. Hungerford has long been a centre for the antiques trade and the town is crammed with interesting and unusual shops, arcades and yards selling treasure from times past. With five state primary schools within a three-mile radius, all rated as Good by Ofsted, the town is a natural fit for families. There are some eight secondary schools, a mixture of state and independent, all within a ten-mile radius.
Wokingham – South East Berkshire
Nine miles South East of Reading lies the market town of Wokingham. The town has become a haven for commuters because it connects London Paddington in 40 minutes and that includes a change at Reading station. Part of the delight of Wokingham is the selection of thriving villages surrounding the town – offering a slice of rural living whilst still being close to the popular town. Check out the villages of Finchampstead, Barkham and Aborfield.
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