Berkshire is one of the oldest counties in England. It has excellent transport links, is a perfect gateway to other English counties and also enjoys close proximity to London. Berkshire dates back to 860 AD and there is evidence of Roman occupation throughout the county. The town of Reading was important during the Middle Ages because of Reading Abbey, a monastery with close Royal connections. It was also heavily affected by the English Civil war, played a hugely important role in the 1688 Revolution and was transformed by the arrival of the Great Western Railway in the 19th Century. Today Berkshire is a glorious combination of countryside and commerce, history and hospitality. It's also full of top quality luxury hotels that really know how to pamper guests and treat them to a fabulous and memorable stay in this charismatic county.
Berkshire contains lots of delightful towns just waiting to be explored, many of which have their own selection of top quality luxury hotels. Eton is on the Berkshire side of the Thames and close to Windsor Castle. Often overlooked by those who are visiting Windsor, it's an attractive town with a number of historic buildings, the most famous being the elite Eton College, founded by Henry VI in 1440. Nearby Maidenhead was originally a popular residence of Edwardian actors, but today is an affluent area with several luxury hotels on offer. 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.
There are lots of attractions in Berkshire too. Ascot Racecourse, for example, is one of the leading and most famous racecourses in England. Used for thoroughbred horse racing, the course was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and still enjoys frequent Royal patronage. Elsewhere, Hosehill Lake in Thatcham is a nature reserve with a winding path with lots of seating and bird viewing areas at frequent intervals.
Luxury Hotels in Berkshire
Once you've spent a day exploring, it's time to relax and unwind. A stay in a luxury hotel in Berkshire means you'll be doing all that in complete comfort. Rooms are sumptuous, facilities are excellent and the service is second to none. This is hospitality at its finest, and a luxury hotel in Berkshire puts you right at the heart of the Royal County and all it has to offer.