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And the best place to live in Berkshire is…

A slice of rural heaven, this riverside haven has buzzy pubs, indie shops and an whizzy commute to London... we have a worthy winner!

The privet hedges were trimmed, the brass knockers polished and it was a tooth-and-nail contest among Berkshire’s finest towns and villages. But your votes in the inaugural Muddy ‘Best Places to Live’ competition have now been counted and…*drumroll*….the we’re delighted to announce that the worthy winner is: 


Pangbourne village river trees houses and church spire

This picture perfect village in West Berkshire has inspired literary greats and, because of its super whizzy commute into old London town, is one of the most sought-after locations to call home. It will seduce with its chocolate box prettiness, riverside walks, cosy pubs, outstanding schools and a high street full of chichi independent shops. Here, read our full Best Places to Live guide to Pangbourne to get a 360 on what makes it so special, and check out the final voting results.

1/ Pangbourne
2/ Cookham
3/ Windsor
4/ Bucklebury
5/ Wokingham
6/ Caversham
7/ Wargrave
8/ Riseley

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in BuckinghamshireOxfordshire, Hampshire or Surrey maybe plot the location for your next break or dream holiday home? Check out the full list of winners across 25 counties

Pangbourne river meadow

Don’t agree with the verdict? Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if can make the cut for next time.

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1 comment on “And the best place to live in Berkshire is…”

  • Ann Hessey March 4, 2021

    I was biased as I was born in Pangbourne but dont live there any more. The picture you showed was not of Pangbourne but was the Mill Pond at Whitechurch just over the bridge from Pangbourne and is in Oxfordshire.


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