West Berkshire Property Finder

West Berkshire is situated in the South East of England and is bordered by Hampshire to the south, Wiltshire to the west and Oxfordshire to the north. The Berkshire districts of Reading and Wokingham are to the east.
Walbury Hill near the village of Inkpen is the highest point in south east England at a hight of 297metres.

The Lambourn Downs, part of the North Wessex Downs, cover a large part of the area; 231 square miles in fact. In days gone by the poor chalk soil meant the land was unsuitable for crops and so was used for breeding sheep and horses. Today the area is famous as a centre for horse racing.
The River Thames passes briefly through the area. Other water courses of note are the rivers Pang, Lambourn, Kennett and Bourne. The Kennett and Avon Canal also passes through the area starting at Bristol and ending at Reading.

The main towns in West Berkshire are, Newbury, Hungerford, Thatcham and Pangbourne. Some of the more popular villages include Streatley, Kintbury and now particularly with the connection to Katherine Middleton, Bucklebury.

Heathrow,  Bristol, Birmingham and Southampton are all easily accessible from this area.

West Berkshire is well placed for travel in any direction. The main routes are the M4 from Swansea to London and the A34 from Oxford to Southampton.

First Great Western trains travel into London Paddington. The journey time from Reading is approximately 30 minutes and from Newbury approximately 1 hour. Those in the north of the county may prefer to travel from Didcot where the journey time is 45 minutes.

From new build estates around the industrial areas to country estates in acres of parkland the properties to be found in the area are fairly diverse. There is a predominance of red brick in the period properties and some thatch.

Despite being predominantly a rural area West Berkshire has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Europe. It has a strong industrial base but is fast becoming a key area for knowledge based and technology industries. Vodafone a major company in Newbury employs over 6000 people.
Certain aspects of the rural economy remain less rosy with local shops closing and cuts in public transport.

State Education – is available from small village primary schools to large sixth form community colleges. There are two grammar schools in Reading; Kendrick School (girls only) and Reading School (boys only). Details of all state schools can be found on the local authority West Berkshire website. Further information can be obtained from Ofsted the schools inspectorate.

Independent Education

Further information can be found on the website of the Independent Schools Council

There is plenty to keep you occupied here in West Berkshire. Horses play a big part in the area with racing at Newbury and the racing yards in Lambourn holding open days for visitors. There are also many bridleways if you wish to take to the saddle yourself.

Narrow boats are available to hire or just for a trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal. If you go along the River Thames at Streatley you can stop for a drink at The Bull made famous by Jerome K Jeromes’s ‘Three men in a boat’. Continuing with the watery theme, chalkstream fly fishing is available on the River Kennet at Barton Court and the River Lambourn at Donnington Grove.

The Ridgeway, The Thames Path and The Kennet & Avon Canal towpath all offer long distance routes for those keen on cycling and walking.

Just outside Newbury is the Watermill Theatre one of the best producing regional theatres in the country and in Newbury town is the Corn Exchange theatre.

Every September The Royal County Of Berkshire Show takes place at the Newbury showground just off the M4. This is great county show including animal displays, bands, rural crafts, livestock, equestrian classes and much more.

If you like eating out or a weekend away then you will find something for everyone from small rural pubs to five star luxury. For a special occasion try The Vineyard between Hungerford and Newbury.

What will a Stacks buying agent in Berkshire East and Buckinghamshire South do for you?

Professional Expertise

We’ll talk with you about how you want to live, the demands of your work, and your plans. We’ll establish what you need from your next home… and why.

Finding a Property

We’ll scour the market, bend the ears of our contacts, and hound the estate agents. We’ll leave no stone unturned to find the right home for you.

Saving you Money

We’ll haggle hard and bring all that we’ve discovered to bear to agree the best terms on your behalf. Our clients enjoy preferred bidder status with estate agents. 

Trouble Free Completion

We’ll problem-bust, tackle obstacles, arrange surveys, and liaise with planners. A myriad of issues can raise their head at this point… we’ll deal with them all for you.

Call Nick to discuss what you are looking for.
Tel: 01628 777991

How We Do It

“You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

“We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

“We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

“Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

“It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

“Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

“Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

“I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

“Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

“You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

“We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

“I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

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