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The Royal County of Berkshire is easily accessible from London and close to the M4. It's surrounded by Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Wiltshire, and so benefits from countryside that's both beautiful and quintessentially English. Berkshire is also close to the North Wessex Downs and South Downs, so it's the perfect county if you enjoy exploring nature reserves, ancient woodland and riverside rambles. Not forgetting the towns of Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading and Windsor, so whether you want to escape the crowds or hit the town, you'll find that a Relais & Chateaux hotel stay in Berkshire soothes both the heart and soul.
Berkshire boasts a number of important historic and interesting attractions. If you're intending to go to Windsor, Windsor Guildhall near the castle is a 17th century building designed by Sir Christopher Wren and now home to the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum. Windsor Great Park is also close by too. Elsewhere, Ashdown House in Lambourn, Newbury is a Dutch style 17th century house associated with Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Winter Queen and sister of Charles I. If you're planning on staying near Maidenhead, Taplow Court is a Victorian mansion with roots dating back to the 11th century. Taplow once belonged to monks of the order of Merton Priory, but today it is a Buddhist study centre open throughout the year to celebrate special heritage days. And if you're anywhere near Newbury, make sure you head to the first class racecourse and the stunning Highclere Castle, which is part of the Ridgeway National Trail across the Downs.
Berkshire offers a wide variety of choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The larger towns such as Reading, Maidenhead and Windsor contain a number of restaurants both familiar and local. The River Thames and River Kennet also flow through the county, providing plenty of opportunities to stumble across delightful riverside cafés or pubs with beer gardens down to the river and serving up English and international food.
Relais & Chateaux hotels are spacious, stylish and contain everything you need to ensure your stay in Berkshire is comfortable, relaxing and the perfect antidote to modern life! Facilities and amenities include housekeeping and WiFi.