If you are looking to move to Berkshire, have you ever considered Lambourn or Hungerford?
Lambourn is a historic village nestled in the Lambourn Valley, part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The village lies between Swindon and Newbury, north of the M4 motorway, an ideal spot to live the village lifestyle whilst being close to local towns for additional amenities.
The area is known for its racing links, with the breeding and training of racehorses an integral part of Lambourn and its surrounding villages since the 18th century. To this day there are over 30 training establishments in and around the Lambourn Valley.
Less than a 20 minute drive away is Hungerford, a picturesque historic market town set alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal, which passes through the town. The town is a haven for antique lovers, with many shops and boutiques to get lost in, and tea shops and restaurants after for much needed nourishment!
Hungerford boasts good transport links, conveniently placed not far from Newbury, Marlborough, Salisbury, and access to the M4. The town also sits on the main train line from London Paddington to the West Country, so is a perfect spot for commuters.
Both Lambourn & Hungerford have great access to amenities in the immediate and surrounding area, making them great locations for residents to branch out into other towns.
Medical – In the heart of Lambourn village is the Lambourn Surgery GP practise, which is complemented by a dentist practice and a community pharmacy.
Education – Lambourn has its own primary school and nearby secondary school and sixth form college.
Shopping – There are several shops in Lambourn, including a chemist, butchers, grocery shops, and our very own estate agents. If you want to branch out further afield, the nearby towns of Wantage, Newbury, Swindon and Hungerford offer a broader selection of shops, including the Swindon Outlet Centre.
From fashion boutiques to books and homeware stores, over 95% of Hungerford’s shops are independent. Hungerford is world renowned as an antiques centre, with hundreds of dealers in outlets and arcades. As well as café’s and restaurants, there are also a couple of supermarket options to grab groceries.
Leisure & Facilities – Lambourn boasts several facilities most might find in larger villages and towns, including a library and two hairdressers.
The village is great for anyone interested in sports. In the heart of the village is a fully equipped gym, sports hall, and sauna. Lambourn is also ideally located for anyone who enjoys horseriding at any level and is home to several sports clubs including cricket, bowls, and football.
A short drive away, Hungerford also has a good variety of sports to enjoy, including a rugby club and leisure centre with features including a pool and exercise classes. If you are into outdoor pursuits, explore local walks along the canal and local walkways, and why not try your hand at traditional fly-fishing lessons on the River Kennet and River Dun.
Arts & Culture – There is a real community village atmosphere in Lambourn, with many annual events such as racing yard opening day and carnival, organised throughout the year.
If you are looking for a community feel in a town setting, Hungerford is ideal. With upheld traditions like blessing the apple orchard, Tutti Day, Christmas Extravaganza and The Bellman in his black gold laced hat leading parades, there are a range of activities to see and enjoy.
Both Lambourn and Hungerford are surrounded by beautiful countryside, with many opportunities to walk and explore the area.
Discover the Wilton Windmill, the only working windmill in Wessex, set in the heart of the North Wessex Downs. Built in 1821 after the Kennet and Avon canal had been constructed, the mill eventually fell into ruin, but was fully restored once more by the 1970s. The mill still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour!
Built in the 17th century, Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country home surrounded by its 5,000-acre estate. The house has been made famous by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, and in more recent years, as the filming location for the popular TV drama and film, Downton Abbey.
From Iron Age woodlands to 18th century mansions, the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire region has a rich history waiting to be explored.
Here are some National Trust highlights you can’t miss in the area around Lambourn and Hungerford:
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