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A place in the country

Many people who live and work in our big cities, especially London, often dream of buying a place in the country, to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Newbury area has long been favoured by London buyers because of its rural feel, beautiful open countryside, rivers, hills and of course its proximity to transport links. You can be on a train to London and in Paddington or Waterloo depending, on which station you choose, inside an hour and the M4 and M3 offer speedy access to town or Heathrow airport.

The area has a plethora of good restaurants and gastro pubs including The Woodspeen, The Vineyard, The Harrow and The Potkiln. Newbury town centre has some lovely coffee shops, excellent shopping and a world class Racecourse holding meetings throughout the year. Fly fishing can be found on the Rivers Kennet and Lambourn and many of England's top shooting estates are within easy driving distance including Faccombe and West Woodhay.  

With prices having peaked in the capital now could be the perfect time to buy your little slice of country life. We at Winkworth in Newbury have selected a few properties that we are currently marketing that would suit becoming a weekend retreat or holiday home.


This pretty cottage was once the lodge house to the Inglewood House Estate. It has no near neighbours and is surrounded by open fields and woodland, yet is only half a mile from Kintbury's main line railway station (London Paddington in 60 minutes), shops and pubs. It does need some work buy would make a terrific opportunity to create the holiday cottage of your dreams. Guided at £750,000.


Winterley Cottage is a charming period cottage, set in a pretty rural location midway between the villages of Inkpen and Kintbury in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has been the subject of a number of improvements over the years and is now a comfortable and stylish family home ready to move into and requiring no work. Again it is within a mile of Kintbury's main line railway station and there is a superb gastro pub (The Crown & Garter) just up the road at Inkpen. Guided at £675,000.


Cold Ash is a bustling village a mile or so north of Thatcham. It retains a good community spirit, with a primary school, village shop and newsagents and two pubs right at the end of the lane the cottage is on. It offers three beds and on a clear day you have views right across the Kennet Valley to the North Hampshire downs. Trains can be found at Thatcham station, three miles to the south taking you into London Paddington in less than an hour. Guide price for this pretty property is £599,000.


This charming and compact cottage is the perfect bolt hole for a couple or single person. Situated in a small village on the western outskirts of Newbury it has a sunny west facing garden, a hotel 200 yards away, the Woodspeen, a highly regarded local restaurant within a mile and access to the Lambourn Valley Way, a 15 mile footpath along a disused railway line nearby. Guide price is £325,000.

For those that might not want to commit to buying a country retreat before trying country life we have...


This period farmhouse has been the subject of a thorough and high quality renovation programme. It has no near neighbours and is situated away from the lane and with no road noise. The views are amazing, in a southerly direction across the valley, to the North Hampshire downs. The Yew Tree and Jack Russell gastro pubs are both within a few minutes drive and trains can be had to London in either Newbury or Whitchurch. We are seeking offers in the region of £3500 pcm.

If you would like to view any of these homes or register for help finding your dream weekend retreat do give the team a call on 01635 552552.


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