Luxury holidays in Windsor
Things get rather regal over in the Royal County of Berkshire, nowhere more so than Windsor, a picturesque town that shares more than just a name with Britain’s long line of sovereigns; it’s played stage to a host of stately goings-on from extravagant weddings to noble newborns, and even the occasional family feud. Best known for its eponymous castle built by William the Conqueror in 1070, this site of superlatives holds a number of records; not only as the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, where forty monarchs have laid their hats (or rather, crowns), including chop-happy Henry VIII and his flame-headed heir Elizabeth but also as the home of the world’s most elaborate dollhouse. Rising dramatically on a chalk cliff, the castle is the historical epicentre of Windsor’s old town, surrounded by miles of hunting ground and pristine pastoral lawns. Nearby, the Royal Windsor Racecourse is sure to please budding equestrians, the local deer herd and ancient oaks of Windsor’s Great Park will keep nature lovers entertained, while those of more scholastic persuasions can enjoy a tour of the famous Eton College. And if it all feels a little too, well, English, the Danish masters of play over at Lego have their own block-built resort just up the road.
When to go
Though summer beckons the (rather fickle) English sun, it also draws lines of tourists waiting to catch a glimpse of a certain someone from within her castle. A smart choice would be autumn when old Albion’s greens turn feisty shades of burnt orange and reds, or winter when the woodland of Great Windsor Park is illuminated with dazzling lights and projections.