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Where’s the best place to live in Berkshire?

The Sunday Times has revealed its top spots to live in 2020 – but did your hometown make the cut?

It looks like we’ll all be spending plenty of time at home at the moment, so what better time to appreciate where you’re living (or, alternatively, start dreamily house-hunting on Rightmove)? The Sunday Times has just released its annual round-up of the best spots in the country to lay your hat – its Best Places to Live Guide 2020, takes into account house prices, air quality, good schools and access to green spaces, as well as community spirit – we can all use a spade load of that right now!

Altrincham in Greater Manchester took the national top spot (pah!), but two of our local neighbourhoods – Caversham, nr Reading and Hurley, Nr Maidenhead – made it onto the Best of the South East list. Bravo!


Caversham won major points for its excellent commuting opps (hello Crossrail in 202… oh, who knows), outstanding schools and sense of community. But this family-friendly suburb of Reading is much more than a transport hotspot or nappy valley. They raved about the period houses, proximity to Reading Festival and the abundance of indie bars and shops on Church Street and Bridge Street. Family-owned bakery Warings got a shout-out (journo seduced by hot cross buns SHOCK!), as did The Griffin pub and The Fox and Hounds. Although, I would argue there are more stylish indies in the ‘hood worth hollering about.

Hurley village red brick period houses, green and white wooden signpost

Sandwiched between Marlow and Henley, you’ll discover the chocolate box village of Hurley – now and forever to be known as ‘Gorgeous-on-Thames. It got a glowing report for its riverside location, wildlife, pretty period housing, and top-notch pubs. The Olde Bell and Rising Sun both got glowing reviews as did the bacon butties from the village shop.  

If you’re not in one of these two property hotspots for the foreseeable (let’s not even guess what month we’ll be allowed our of own homes), take a look at who else made the cut in our area.

Best places to live in the South East

  • Regional winner: St Albans, Herts
  • Bishop’s Stortford, Herts
  • Bishop’s Waltham, Hants
  • Brockenhurst, Hants
  • Caversham, Berks
  • Chichester, West Sussex
  • Deal, Kent
  • Farnham, Surrey
  • Guildford, Surrey
  • Hove, East Sussex
  • Hurley, Berks
  • Petworth, West Sussex
  • Sevenoaks, Kent

See the rest of the list on The Times website.

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1 comment on “Where’s the best place to live in Berkshire?”

  • SUSAN March 26, 2020

    Well – I can understand Deal – a castle, lovely sea air and the pier – but Caversham? Really???

    Had no idea I was so near to such a lovely spot!

    bemused from Sonning Common.


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