Discover boutique and luxury hotels in Berkshire
This Thameside county – within easy reach of London – presents a meandering riverine landscape of wholesome villages such as Cookham and historic towns like sporting Ascot, studious Eton and stately Windsor, home to the 11th-century castle and royal residence to the Queen. Scenic walks snake the riverbank and timber-beamed pubs make for fine finishing posts.
When to go
The summer months of June, July and August are the most reliable in terms of the ever-unruly British weather. But frankly, a fresh spring morning, colourful autumn afternoon or crisp winter’s day are just as appealing in this swathe of southern England.
PlanesThe nearest hub is London’s Heathrow’s airport – around a 45-minute drive from Berkshire – and Gatwick’s also within an hour’s reach.
BoatsIt’s easy to hire boats along the river – Cliveden even has its own – and it’s one of the best ways to admire this Thameside county, where life play’s out on the water.
TrainsFrom London Waterloo, there are frequent services to Windsor and Reading; Reading also has national links to Edinburgh, Swansea, Oxford and Bristol, among others. Paddington station also offers good connections with Berkshire stations.
AutomobilesIt’s handy to hire a car to tour Berkshire’s towns and villages. The area is popular with weekending Londoners, though, so roads can be busy on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
TaxisSome of the smaller towns have limited taxi services. Your best bet is to get your hotel to sort out there-and-back drop-offs and pick-ups.