With Heathrow just twenty minutes away and the arterial routes of the M25, M4 and M3 on each side, the area is a surprisingly quiet, exclusive enclave. Windsor (56 minutes to Waterloo/30 minutes to Paddington) is a stunning historic town, overlooked by the beautiful castle and offering an array of shops to suit everyone. there cannot be a family in the area that does not grow up with the Changing of the guard as a favourite childhood memory; enjoying the thames in the summer and relishing Windsor great Park as a beautiful parkland on their doorstep.
As one of the most famous independent schools in the world, Eton College dominates this suburb of Windsor, providing a stunning backdrop to the town. Eton (50 minutes to Paddington) has a small quaint high street and provides a gentle annex to Windsor town centre. there are good state options at primary level with Eton Wick offering a ‘good’ frst school.
Datchet and Dorney frame the northern region on the M4, offering world-class watersports (Dorney Lake was an offcial olympic venue for London 2012 and now hosts a variety of sporting events). Dorney Court, one of England’s fnest tudor manors, is a calm oasis to visit and keen gardeners will enjoy the walled garden centre and delicious café for homemade treats. Sailing enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice, both Wraysbury and Datchet have fabulous family-friendly sailing clubs.
Holyport (maidenhead to Paddington 40 minutes) is a beautiful village with the convenience of the nearby m4; an ideal commuting combination. Famous locally not only for the Belgian Arms pub – always bustling and lively – but in September 2014 Holyport College opened as a state-funded partner to Eton College; a co-educational day and boarding school for 11–18 year olds. Holyport College is aligned educationally to Eton and has so far been a roaring success. Undoubtedly house prices will have taken a battering but this area now has lots to offer!
Ascot (55 minutes to Waterloo) is a world-famous town offering a busy racing calendar throughout the year. Local residents tend to avoid Royal Ascot week but camp out in local Cheapside – Cheapside Primary School has been rated ‘outstanding’ by ofsted and hosts the most fabulous tea tent during Ascot week for close up views of the Royal Family’s carriage ride to Ascot; a real local’s annual calendar event!
Further out from the m25 but equally well serviced by the m4 and m3 are the small towns of Crowthorne (55 minutes to Paddington) and Wokingham (52 minutes to Paddington / 70 minutes to Waterloo) where the popular Wellington College is based.
Wokingham is a sleepy town with lovely shops and a miniature railway for budding steam train enthusiasts. my own children like nothing more than a morning at grays Farm ‘PYo’ and Holme grange Craft village for a delicious brunch. A real summer treat.
Outside the larger towns, the area has fabulous family-friendly villages such as Sunningdale (50 minutes to Waterloo), which not only has a Waitrose but is also home to a famous golf course, one of the many world-class golf courses in this area. Virginia Water (45 minutes to Waterloo) is an exclusively wealthy enclave of millionaire homes all centered around the renowned Wentworth golf estate, a private retreat for golf lovers and those looking for privacy in an area known for public fgures.
Windlesham is one of the most active villages in the area, home to several family- friendly pubs, notably the Brickmakers, the Half moon, the Bee and the Surrey Cricketers – Ed Sheeran was recently spotted enjoying an afternoon pint! the annual Boxing Day charity pram race is a sight to behold and is an opportunity for residents to enjoy the vibrant village life.