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The Royal County of Berkshire dates back to 860 AD, witnessed the birth of democracy in the signing of the Magna Carta, and played a hugely important role in the 1688 Revolution. Nowadays, however, things have settled down a bit, and the towns of Berkshire embrace the modern completely while still remaining links to their heritage. Reading, for example, has a splendid museum and the ruins of Reading Abbey to discover, while Maidenhead is a popular commuter town that has still managed to preserve its past. An overnight, weekend or longer stay in an Independent hotel in Berkshire lets you enjoy and experience all the attractions of the county by providing you with a high quality base for your break away.
Maidenhead, originally a popular location for Edwardian actors, is today a modern, bustling town near the Thames that still retains its historic charm. Just outside Maidenhead you'll find Cliveden, a gorgeous stately home that once belonged to the American businessman, newspaper publisher and politician William Waldorf Astor. Reading is a market town, a university town and one of the largest urban centres in Berkshire. Forming part of the London commuter belt, the area around Reading has been a settlement since Roman times, and with its Abbey, Forbury Gardens and ruined castles nearby is testament to both its heritage and its links with royalty.
Speaking of royals, the county still has strong links with the current monarch and her family. The town of Windsor is famous for the castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world, but the town itself is also well worth a visit due to its pretty streets and variety of shops. Elsewhere, the former royal hunting forest Windsor Great Park is home to Frogmore House and the mausoleum where Queen Victoria is buried next to Prince Albert. If you do step out of your Independent hotel and go to Windsor Great Park, see if you can find the totem pole!
Independent hotels in Berkshire contain everything you need to ensure your stay is as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. They also tend to have more character than other, more generic chain hotels. Facilities are excellent while rooms include room service, laundry and Wi-Fi. Rooms are available in a range of sizes with some accessible rooms also available if booked in advance.