What is Newbury like?
Newbury balances the rural lifestyle with culture and convenience. It is the perfect place for family living or for getting away from it all, and the villages around here support active communities.
We cover an area within a 15-mile radius of Newbury, ringed by the towns of Reading, Basingstoke, Andover, Marlborough and Wantage.
Property in Newbury
Newbury and the surrounding villages are the ideal hunting ground for handsome but unpretentious rural property. It is an area that exudes quality and aspiration, but there are few really substantial country houses since large landed estates still dominate. For superb village property and smaller country houses, though, this corner of Berkshire is prime territory.
Villages such as Bucklebury and Kintbury are highly picturesque and sought-after; the Bourne Valley, with picture-postcard villages such as Hurstbourne Tarrant and St Mary Bourne, is a particularly desirable location. These are places for genuinely rural living; for larger, livelier but still picturesque locations, look in small towns like Hungerford and Marlborough and Kinglsclere.
The local scene
A major lure is the sporting scene: there is racing at Newbury, with the racecourses at Salisbury and Ascot easily accessible, and superlative fishing on the area’s superb chalk streams, which include the Lambourne, the Pang, the Bourne, the Kennet and, of course, the Test. A lively cultural scene includes the acclaimed Watermill Theatre at Bagnor, and each year the Newbury Spring Festival presents a varied programme of music, theatre, dance, literature and cabaret, with plenty of events aimed at young people and families.
The railway line to London Paddington via Reading runs through Newbury, Hungerford, Kintbury and Thatcham; the journey from Newbury takes an hour.
Rail services to London Waterloo run to the south, calling at Andover, Whitchurch, Overton and Basingstoke.
Junction 13 of the M4 is four miles to the north of Newbury, providing fast access to Heathrow Airport and the M25. The A34 runs north to Oxford and connects with the M3 to the south.
Schools in Newbury
There are numerous excellent schools in, or within driving distance of, the Newbury area, including St Gabriel's, Horris Hill, Park House and St Bartholomew's at Newbury; Elstree School at Woolhampton; Cheam School at Headley; Bradfield College at Bradfield; Thorngrove at Woolton Hill; Downe House in Cold Ash; The Downs School at Compton; Brockhurst and Marlston House at Hermitage and further afield Marlborough College.
For our list of useful local contacts download our Newbury Notes.