Top places to live in Berkshire Windsor
Bend into that virtual curtsey – Windsor has royal swagger, oodles of history and is within staggering distance of London. But it ain't cheap and there are a lot of tourists. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
It’s a world-famous address, oodles of history, a conveyor belt of Royal weddings and the most multi-millionaires outside of London. Oh, and you’ll be able to call The Queen, Elton John, Natalie Imbruglia, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, golfer Nick Faldo and half the royal family your neighbours.
One of the best gastropubs in the country for starters, The Oxford Blue in Old Windsor, run by chef Steven Ellis is a goodie, and you’re five miles from Bray’s seven Michelin twinklers – The Fat Duck, Waterside Inn and The Hind’s Head. Coworth Park‘s one-star restaurant is eight miles in the other direction. The Insta-fabulous Sel et Sucre is a great lunch spot in the building Shakespeare wrote the Merry Wives Of Windsor. After a good pub? Head to The Royal Windsor, Bel and the Dragon and Eton’s Henry VI.
Largely high street with a smattering of indies. The Royal Arcade has all the Muddy fave brands like Sweaty Betty, Jo Malone, Whistles, Farrow & Ball and Le Creuset. For something different, there’s indie fashion boutique Roz Clarke, eco general store Zero Joe’s, Huttons At Home and gift shop Vinegar Hill.
No chance of boredom here. Visit the Queen’s favourite residence, Windsor Castle, Windsor Great Parks for walks, runs and rides, plus Countryfile Live and Chris Evans’ RunFestRun take place here. For kids, there’s Legoland and super-cool soft play (yes, it can be done) The Jelly Lounge is a must for energetic littlies. Culture vultures will love the ornate Theatre Royal Windsor and quirky annual fringe festival. There’s racing at Windsor Racecourse, boating and rowing on the River Thames; and head to Cliveden for posh spa action.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Official figures show average house prices in Windsor are £526,986. The majority have been semi-detached homes costing on average £574,250, detached houses fetched £681,929 and flats £326,167. Be warned it’s a blurry figure. For homes close to the town centre or the most desirable postcodes, expect to pay a lot more. Contact local agents Hardings and Warren Property.
No shortage of stonking schools in this neighbourhood – for starters there’s the impressive St George’s Windsor Castle, with its sports matches held in the Queen’s back garden and church services in St George’s Chapel (wowzers). Plus, forward-thinking Upton House and Eton End Prep; traditional St John’s Beaumont and the world-famous Eton College. If you don’t mind a longer school run, The Marist, St George’s Ascot and LVS Ascot should be on your radar.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Mind the gap! it’s hard to believe, but the London Underground once extended out as far as Windsor. It was a total failure and closed 18 months later.
A seriously doable 21 miles. That’s an hour by car or anything between 25 and 55 minutes by train. London-bound there are two stations – Windsor and Eton Riverside and Central – servicing London Paddington (one change) or direct to Waterloo. A season train ticket starts at £3,040.
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